Natural Causes by James Oswald

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)Natural Causes by James Oswald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a crime ebook from an author I’ve never read before, though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is a lot going on with this one. It’s a police crime novel, but our main character police man isn’t just working one case, he has three(?) at least.

I like that idea, it kept the plot moving, it kept our main character moving, and kept the reading interesting. There’s no real inkling of how it’s going to end, and I liked that too. This is a series, and I haven’t looked at the next book, but I’m left wondering how the series continues on from here.

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Meet Me at the Library

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I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.

The 3rd Degree by James Patterson

The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?

Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?

 

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Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As with most books that are based on screenplays this book was relatively short to read. It was a wonderfully laid out who-dun-it by Agatha Christie who practically invented the genre. I’m not sure what else to say here as Agatha Christie is a very well known and classic author of the detective novel.

All I can really say is that I’ve been enjoying reading her books, plan to read more as I find them, and now that I’ve read “Spider’s Web” will be looking to find the screenplay version somewhere so I can watch how it plays out.

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Meet Me at the Library

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Another duo from my local library, 2 very different books – one by Agatha Christie, a classic mystery, another by Stephen King someone I’m surprised I haven’t read more of on this blog as he’s one of my favorite authors.

Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie

In the bestselling tradition of Black Coffee and The Unexpected Guest, a classic Christy mystery is finally available in novel form. Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room and must hide it from her husband and the police while attempting to uncover the identity of the murderer.

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

At first glance, Stephen King’s latest bears a familial resemblance to Christine , his 1983 saga of a haunted, homicidal Plymouth Fury. But From a Buick 8 is a marked departure from this earlier tale of adolescent angst and teenage tribal rituals. It is the work of an older, more reflective writer, one who knows that the most pressing questions often have no answers.

The story begins in western Pennsylvania in 1979, when a mysterious figure parks a vintage Buick Roadmaster at a local gas station, then disappears forever. The police discover that the Buick isn’t a car at all but rather a Buick-shaped enigma: self-healing; impregnable to dents, dirt, and scratches; composed of unidentifiable materials; and containing a completely nonfunctional engine. Confronted with a mystery of unprecedented proportions, the troopers of Barracks D claim the Buick for themselves and spend 20 years attempting to understand its nature, purpose, and provenance.

Over the years, the Buick is the site of a number of inexplicable occurrences, from occasional blinding “lightquakes” to more sinister happenings that suggest this alien object is a doorway to another dimension. King recounts the most dramatic of these with an intensity and attention to detail that evoke a primordial sense of terror, awe, and revulsion. Through it all, and despite the obsessive fascination of those around it, the Buick remains an impregnable mystery. And that, of course, is very much the point. The world, King tells us, rarely stops to explain itself. From a Buick 8 is one of King’s best, mostly tightly focused novels since The Green Mile . With great narrative economy, it encompasses 25 years in the interconnected lives of a diverse group of characters, and its unmistakable, deeply familiar voice is as haunting and engaging as ever. On the evidence at hand, it’s clear that King continues to command the hypnotic power that has made him one of the dominant figures in modern popular culture. Bill Sheehan

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2nd Chance by James Patterson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in the Women’s Murder Club continues on from the first book (which I’ve reviewed). Another mastermind criminal is shooting black victims in a so-called hate crime spree. It’s up to our murder club to put their heads together and figure it out.

The focus is shifted from Lindsay (where it was focused on the first book) and is more well rounded to include the entire group. One of them goes through a personal trauma, another finds love, and the fourth becomes personally involved in the crime spree.

I think I enjoyed this book more than the first because I got a better look and the entire group of women, rather than just Lindsay our resident cop. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Meet Me at the Library

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Two at a time seems to be the magic number for me to check out from my local library. So when I was done with the last two books from the library I checked out two more, one, the second in a series from James Patterson,  the other a book about horses and family from Danielle Steel.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.’

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war… and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter — in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless.

But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion — now named Pegasus — the centerpiece of the show.

Pegasus tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, It is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

 

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Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot InvestigatesPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been watching the Poirot television series for quite some time now, they’ve been on Netflix and some episodes can be found on YouTube. I love the idea of solving crimes without all this technology we’ve become accustomed to.

So when I found a copy of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in my local library I snapped it up and read through it rather quickly. I soon found that the collections of short stories followed the episodes pretty closely, but the episodes contain quite a bit more information than the stories. The shows would depict everything as it happened, while in the stories, some of that had already happened.

That didn’t matter much as I was already a fan of Poirot and his investigations.

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