It has been many years since I have read any of Sandra
Brown’s books. I mean decades. However, because I’m boycotting TV I picked a
couple of her books up recently. Saying that I’m boycotting TV is really saying
a lot. Normally I watch a lot of movies and Netflix but since January, I have
been reading in my leisure time. The lighter the content the better. So, I’m
catching up on Sandra Brown.
I started with reading Friction.
It had a decent story line but more importantly I found it relaxing to read rather than watching the news. Right now, I’m
reading Sting. Sting caught my
attention because the book jacket said the main male character is a hitman.
He’s the hottie of the story, most of the time his character is the hero, but
in Sting, so far he is looking like a
criminal. I’m sure Sandra is going to throw a twist in there somewhere. If she
is going to surprise me I haven’t figured out how yet. If not, I don’t think I
can wrap my mind around rooting for a killer. I don’t care how much of a honey
he is, I don’t want to see him romance the savvy businesswoman.
Anyway, Sandra Brown is one of the better-known romance
writers and I’m sure she knows what she is doing. I hope so because I was
planning to read Mean Streak next or
maybe I’ll be ready for a good nonfiction.
Maybe the next 4 years won’t be so long after all! I just
finished Sting and there are a couple
of surprises. One I never expected but it was a zinger!
James Patterson is a prolific writer mostly as he doesn’t write them just by himself he is partnered with several different authors. For the Michael Bennett thriller series he has partnered with Michael Ledwidge. I like the Michael Bennett series he is a father with 12 children, his wife passed away a long time ago. Long enough that he can now date and readers are okay with that. I’m not always so crazy when the story involves his father who is a priest. This is number nine in the series. I think this one had enough action and not too much family involvement, not too much reflective thinking.
In this book Bullseye there is an assassin who was trying to kill the president. There was word that there would be an attempt to assassinate the president. So Michael Bennett as part of NYPD gets teamed up with a sniper and is in a helicopter over New York City acting as a spotter. Of course it’s the beginning of the book so Michael sees the assassin and foils the attempt but the assassin escapes. The rest of the book is them trying to find the assassin before he can try again. It kept my attention that’s how I judge a good book. Check it out at KPL.
In fifth grade May and Libby created Princess X together. For years after the two continued the story of the princess in the purple dress and red chucks who wields a katana. That is, until Libby and her mom drive off a bridge on a rainy night. Three years later, lonely May discovers a sticker of Princess X on a shop window. No one could have created it, except for Libby. It seems impossible, but May wonders if her friend might still be alive.
This clever murder mystery trails May on her quest to find out what exactly happened the night that Libby and her mom died, and to find Libby if she did indeed survive. Fans of webcomics, suspense, and puzzles will love this book! I sure did!
Do you need more dinosaurs, time travelers, and girl power
in your life? If so, I have two fantastic graphic novels for you. First up, is Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian
K. Vaughn, the writer named by Wired Magazine as " the greatest comic book visionary of the last five years." This suspenseful mystery starts
with a slow burn as four paper delivery girls head out to cover their route the
morning after Halloween in 1988. After
the girls accidentally set off a strange machine, the story kicks off at
break-neck speed, and soon the girls are facing off against dinosaurs,
laser-blasting knights, and sub-human creatures that might just be from the future. It’s intense, fast-paced, wicked
fun, and the series is only just beginning.
Also, make sure to check out the Lumberjanes series by Grace
Ellis and Noelle Stevenson. Lumberjanes follows five “hardcore lady types”
spending the summer at a crazy camp surrounded by bizarre supernatural
mysteries. The girls fight werewolves, solve riddles, and avoid the ever-watchful
eye of their group counselor in this manic, off-beat, fantastic read. This
series has been out for a while, but you can catch up on Hoopla digital.
Both of these series are a great mash-up of sci-fi, fantasy,
action, and mystery with fabulous artwork. So what are you waiting for?
A young mother is found dead, one of her children is missing. DCI Monika Paniatowski has just returned to work after maternity leave. Her nurturing disposition makes her vulnerable and the plight of the children sends her in directions she wouldn’t normally go.
Thicker than Water is another great mystery by Sally Spencer. Monika has become as likable as Inspector Woodend once was. The story is engaging and suspenseful. I couldn’t put it down.
As I neared the end of Samantha Hunt’s novel Mr. Splitfoot, I became upset to realize that I would soon finish it. I love this book; it encompasses everything that makes a great novel: flesh-and-blood characters, atmosphere, page-turning plot, and—most important to me—a literary tinge with incisive writing. I’m still sad I finished it.
One of the blurbs on the back of Mr. Splitfoot comes from Charlotte Bronte, speaking through a medium: “It’s intriguing because a person will know there’s something two-sided.” Bronte is right; this book is about duality. At the core are the relationships between life and death, mother and daughter, community and isolation, mainstream society and the fringes, earth and space. It’s a dark, gothic novel, a ghost story, set in the backwoods and small towns of New York. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes weird books that are both thrilling and multifaceted.