|bookwoman_cat's Book Lists|
|Kristi's 2013 Book List in memory of Maggie, the cat (157 titles)
Happy to say my new reading companion is Abby the tabby, the funniest cat who has ever owned me.
|Kristi & Maggie the cat read together in 2012 (145 titles)
eclectic - modern literature, mystery, non-fiction...
|kristi & Maggie's Literature Wish List (778 titles)
modern fiction - women's literature - historical fiction....
|kristi & Maggie's Non-fiction Wish List (277 titles)
history, biography, autobiography, religion, psychology, medicine
|Kristi and Maggie the cat - 2011 list (125 titles)
mystery, modern literature, history, biography
|The sound of broken glass |
by Crombie, Deborah.
**** stars. This is the 15th book in the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid British police procedural series. Ms. Crombie creates extremely enjoyable characters in additional to excellent mysteries. Half the enjoyment of her series is to find out the latest developments in the lives of Gemma and Duncan. The fact that she also writes intriguing and complex mysteries is the frosting on the cake. We begin in the past, on a hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, London, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition. An isolated thirteen-year-old boy meets his next door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by their lonliness, the unlikely pair form a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. We move to the present and find that Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their emotionally fragile three-year-old foster daughter. She has been assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London,and is assisted by her colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case involves a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim, a well-respected barrister, is found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion. When another man turns up dead in the same manner, they realize they are facing a serial killer. As the bodies accumulate they find that the trails all lead to the former lonely boy who is now a successful guitarist. Is he the murderer or the victim of very old hatred. I always look forward to the next edition in this excellent series. Again, if you are not familiar with this author, I always recommend starting from the beginning to enjoy the ongoing story of Gemma and Duncan. The first book in the series is "A Share in Death" published in 1993. Highly recommend. posted Oct 24, 2013 at 9:28PM
|Light of the world [sound recording] |
by Burke, James Lee, 1936-
**** stars. I have been reading and enjoying Dave Robicheaux mysteries for 27 years. I love him, his daughter, Alafair, and best friend Clete Purcel. I wait each year for their newest adventure. Louisiana Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives, and the lives of their families, are in danger.First, Alafair is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail. Then Clete’s daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, has a run-in with a local cop. Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town—but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette be loose on the streets of Montana? Surrette committed a string of vicious murders while capital punishment was outlawed in his home state of Kansas. Years later, Alafair, a lawyer and novelist, interviewed Surrette in prison, aiming to prove him guilty of other crimes and eligible for the death penalty. Recently, a prison transport van carrying Surrette crashed and he is believed dead, but Alafair isn’t so sure. Wyatt Dixon, a former rodeo champion and convicted felon who first appeared in Burke’s 2001 novel “Bitterroot”, is another potential suspect. The search for Surrette, which stands at the novel’s center, widens to encompass a related series of abductions and murders that involves both Surrette and the family of a wealthy oil baron, one of the corporate profiteers who have helped lay waste to a formerly pristine environment. An alcoholic in recovery, Dave Robicheaux is visited by ghosts of the past, and his musings have deep roots in mythology and mysticism. He is a complex, thoughtful, damaged and violent man, unlike any protagonist in modern mystery fiction. The nature of evil is a theme also familiar to Mr. Burke's readers. Mr. Burke's books are always complex page-turners, he has been called “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” (The New York Times Book Review). If you have not met this great writer and his characters, start with "The Neon Rain" published in 1987 and hold on to your hat for quite a ride!! Highly recommend! posted Oct 24, 2013 at 9:05PM
|Unknown means |
by Becka, Elizabeth, 1963-
*** stars. New mystery author for me. Evelyn James is a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner's office who's juggling a demanding workload. Somehow she always happens to be involved in some of the twistiest, most challenging crime scenes imaginable. This time around she's called in to investigate what appears to be a locked-room mystery: A wealthy woman is murdered in the penthouse suite of a luxurious, high-security building. The building's intricate surveillance system didn't pick up anything, the entrance wasn't forced, and the victim's husband has an airtight alibi. Things look even trickier when another victim turns up in another penthouse suite. Then Evelyn's best friend is attacked. And when a third person is found dead, Evelyn realizes that the killer's choice of victim is anything but random. But what is the connection? Pretty good mystery with likeable characters - recommend. posted Oct 24, 2013 at 8:38PM
|Benediction [sound recording] |
by Haruf, Kent.
* stars When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife must work together, along with their daughter, to make his final days as comfortable as possible, despite the absence of their estranged son. Next door, a young girl moves in with her grandmother and contends with the memories that Dad’s condition stirs up of her own mother’s death. A newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and son, and soon faces the disdain of his congregation. And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle-aged daughter do all they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors. I really liked Haruf's book Plainsong, so was looking forward to this book. Benediction is so depressing!!! I think we are supposed to empathize with "Dad" because he is estranged from his son, yet the reason for the separation is because Dad rejected his son because he is gay. Dad has had faithful employees helping him manage his store for years, but asks his daughter to give up her own life to come home and take over the store. The people who have worked for him for years no longer matter. Dad fired an employee for stealing from his store and then helped to support the man's family after he commits suicide. This does not make him a good man, it makes him a judgmental man who assuages his conscience by doing "the right thing" when it is too late. When his wife, Mary, briefly hospitalized for stress over the burden of caring for him, checks out AMA and walks home all the way across town, he tells her: “If you keep this up, I’m going to die right now and not put it off any longer, just to keep you from doing this again.” Good empathy there, Dad. Benediction means blessing - there is no blessing in this book except when Dad finally passes away and puts everyone, especially the reader out of our misery. I don't understand the author's purpose in writing this book. There is no redemption, no insight, no healing. I simply found the book profoundly depressing. Cannot recommend. posted Oct 9, 2013 at 3:50PM
|The white garden : a novel of Virginia Woolf |
by Barron, Stephanie.
*** 1/2 stars. In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England’s River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. Six decades after her death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy travels to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville - West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather’s unexplained suicide. Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf’s last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself. Is the diary and content about Jo's grandfather real? Does it explain Jock's suicide when Jo told him she was going to England? Interesting premise. Nice read. Recommend If authenticated, Jo’s discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf’s final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo’s quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to the White Garden ultimately proved devastating. posted Oct 9, 2013 at 3:19PM