Here’s an update of the books I’ve read since well…the last update.Highlighted titles are ones I’d recommend.
53. A Beautiful Blue Death; Finch, Charles; 324
SASR: A maid is found dead – the quiet free-lance detective, Charles Lenox, attempts to solve the mystery of who solved her. The writing of the detective’s character is the great part of the book – sort of along the lines of how well-written Nero Wolfe is in Rex Stout’s mysteries. Rating: 8
54. Made From Scratch; Lee, Sandra; 270
SASR: Hard life overcome by hard work.
Mom Rating: 3 kids
55. Hollow; Morrow, Jena; 240
SASR: Author battles with anorexia.
Mom Rating: 2 kids
56. A Girl’s Best Friend; Billerbeck, Kristin; 319
SASR: Girl gets conned by a pretend musician who dumps her at the altar. Her dad also uses her to sell the diamonds for his company. This is supposed to be entertaining chick lit. Um…I’ve liked some of Billerbeck’s books, but this one just felt forced.
Mom Rating: 3 kids
57. The September Society; Finch, Charles;
SASR: Follow up to A Beautiful Blue Death. This was another great Victorian mystery from Charles Finch. We follow Lenox, who dreams of travelling – but never takes the trips – and asking his neighbor, Jane, to marry him. The mystery involves the mysterious deaths of a couple young men and the calling card of “the September Society”. The mystery is good and I didn’t really know what the ending would be, but more than that, I like his atmosphere, and most especially, cheered for his description of Lenox’s love for buying books from the bookstore. (A Soul Mate!)
Mom Rating: 2 kids and a cuppa tea!
58. Beyond Belief; Hamilton, Josh; 256
SASR: Amazing story of number one draft pick, Josh Hamilton. After an injury while in the minors, he became addicted to cocaine and crack and lost out on three years of baseball. But, with the help of his grandmother, and – more importantly – the Lord, he beat his addiction and made a comeback – and is now in the majors. It makes cheering for the Rangers this postseason all the more interesting with his story in mind.
Rating: While I’d love to give this a higher number, the writing in the book itself (Not written by Hamilton) was poor and often repeated entire phrases. So…6 for writing, but 9 for story.
Mom Rating: 3 kids and a postseason game
59. The end of overeating.; Kessler, Dr David; 321
SASR: Interesting book about our responses to food. Some good, maddening, gross insight into restaurants in America and their ways of developing food.
60. The Accidental Adventurer; Washburn, Barbara; 190
SASR: Barbara married Brad Washburn, who was a mountain climber and museum director. He just expected her to go along with him on his trips, and she did! In doing so, she became the first woman to climb Mt McKinley. This is her life story, told well and interestingly. In their later years, they helped develop a topographical map of the Grand Canyon and various mountains. We even found a map of Mt Everest my husband owns (which was published by National Geographic) and realized this was the map Brad was the director of. (Book on National Geographic’s list of 100 Best Adventure Books.)
Mom rating: Easy to read.
61. Licensed for Trouble; Warren, Susan May; 373
SASR: Warren is one of the few Christian fiction authors I read. This book is the third in a trilogy of mysteries starring PJ, a wannabe PI. The mystery surrounds a man who turns up as a handyman – but he has amnesia and wants PJ to search for…him. The mystery deepens as it’s discovered he was a soldier and possibly involved in a diamond smuggling gang. Note that this is the third in the trilogy, obviously, don’t be like me…start with the first one titled Double Trouble.
Mom Rating: Perfect escape reading