B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Dark Wolf (Dark, #22)Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book in the Dark series from Christine Feehan, and yes I’m still going out of order. This one does tie in to several other books, but the one that sticks out for me is Dark Celebration, a book I read several years ago.

This one carries on with one of the couples that were mentioned in that book, Skyler and Dimitri. This series revolves around lifemates, and these two already know they are intended. But, Skyler is human, very young, and with a dark past that haunts her. Dimitri is stuck between two factions, the Lycans and the Carpathians, because he is both. The political atmosphere is murky, and there are traitors in their midst.

Some issues are resolved, and some issues are too big to be resolved in one book. The next book in the series, Dark Blood, seems to continue almost exactly where this one leaves off (she includes an excerpt) and I now want to read that one too!

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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve actually read these out of order already. I think I read U is for Undertow(?), because this is my mom’s favorite series. It’s dated in the 1980’s, which she relates to, and I quite like, so there’s none of this new technology, but it’s not so far removed from modern times either.

This is obviously the first book in the alphabet mysteries as they do proceed in order from A to Z, though there is no Z yet. Anyway, introduction over.

This was a good book, I did like reading it. I love crime and mystery novels, and this is a good one, or else there wouldn’t be as many in the series. It ties in a cold case from Kinsey’s past, an innocent person accused of the recent crime, and a nice little plot twist. Very nice. It wasn’t entirely predictable, but Kinsey’s intuitions are pretty spot on. It’ll be fun to see what B brings.

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Meet Me at the Library RETURNS

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Since I moved last year I lost regular access to the library I had been visiting, but now I’ve discovered the location of the library in my new location. Which brings the return of Meet Me at the Library!

As you can seen I am continuing the Dark series by Christine Feehan and starting a new series (one that my Mom appreciates and collects), Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series (or the Alphabet Mysteries?).

Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A IS FOR AVENGER
A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.

A IS FOR ACCUSED
That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.

A IS FOR ALIBI 
If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer–and sharper–than she imagined.

Have you visited your local library lately? What have you been reading?

Keep reading little book worms!

4th of July by James Patterson

4th of July (Women's Murder Club, #4)4th of July by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4th of July is the fourth installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club book series. I have been reading these in order as I can find them.

I was a bit mad after the events of the third book in the series, but this book redeemed those actions somewhat. Lindsey Boxer (heroine) deals with a serial killer as well as the results of a deadly shoot out involving teenagers whose father has some influence. Its a relevant take on some things that have happened recently with the police force and the use of unreasonable force and police brutality.

It also brought a new member to the Women’s Murder Club, which I applaud, but hope it’s not a running theme to continually replace the members of the club (because that would be plot mechanic that would get old really quickly).

At any rate, I liked how the book caught us up on the lives of the characters in this series, it was an easy, enjoyable read.

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Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

Dark Guardian (Dark, #8)Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read much of her Dark series now and a few books in other series and I’ve enjoyed everyone of them. This one is no different, I can’t say its my favorite of the series but it is very good.

It involves and ‘ancient’ and a small female cop that has danger following her everywhere. In general I dislike the idea that the heroine is “so beautiful and every man in the book wants her”. It gets old for me really quickly. This heroine was more “danger follows her everywhere”, evil humans, evil vampires, and ghouls. It didn’t get old, but by the end of the book it was a little worn out.

However, that did not deter me from reading the whole thing in two days. I wanted to see what happened next, how the plot developed, how the relationship developed, and how it tied into the series’ plot. I will be reading more of these this year, now that I’ve found my local library and they have quite a few of Feehan’s books!

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The Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

The Rose-Garden HusbandThe Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book suggested to me by my mom. It’s not often she suggests books for me to read so I went and found it on Amazon (it’s free!).

As she warned me, this is an old fashioned romance ebook, but it’s still very sweet. It involves arranged marriages, the library (!), and, of course, a rose garden. It is very much rated PG13, because it does involve adult kind of things, like death, injury, and some wedding night expectations, but nothing racey, bloody, or violent. It’s also fairly short. I recommend it to everyone interested at all, and since it’s free on Amazon there’s no reason not to.

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