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47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers by Troy Cook

>> Saturday, January 31, 2009

Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 282
Support Your Local Library Challenge #5

Being raised by a single dad isn’t such a bad thing. When that dad is a bank robber who teaches you the family line of business and starts using you as an accomplice from the time you are 9 years old, it isn’t such a good thing either. Tara Evans definitely has a different sort of upbringing. She doesn’t mind doing the bank robberies, but she does mind that her dad seems to more and more psychotic and homicidal every day. About the time she decides to make the break from him, she also happens to meet and fall in love at first sight. Unfortunately the guy she falls in love with is the sheriff’s son.

Growing up a sheriff’s son is fine, but when your dad is a self help book junkie and doesn’t want you to leave town even though you’re 21 and ready to go have your own life it’s a bit stifling. When Max meets Tara he’s smitten right off the bat. The next time he sees her, however is in the middle of a bank robbery.

This book is kind of wacky. If you’re not a fan of dark humor, stay far far away from it. If you don’t mind a bit of twisted humor and craziness it’s not bad. It’s also not great, but a fun enough diversion for a couple of days worth of reading.


Audiobook – Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

>> Friday, January 30, 2009

Series: #3 in the Peter and the Starcatchers series
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publication Date: 2007
Read by: Jim Dale

This is the third book in the Peter Pan prequel series written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Pirates, Two different island tribes, invasions, Starstuff, Peter, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys, Captain Hook, etc. etc. etc. I have so thoroughly enjoyed listening to these. The action is non-stop and quite entertaining. The authors have done a wonderful job of telling a backstory to Peter Pan and all the characters in the original story. It's juvenile fiction, but tons of fun for adults.

This is such a great adventure series. I don’t know if reading the books could possibly be as fun as listening to them as read by Jim Dale.


The Bookman’s Wake by John Dunning

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Series: #2 in the Cliff Janeway series
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 432
TBR 2009 Challenge #4, Support Your Local Library Challenge #4, What’s In a Name 2 Challenge #2 (Profession)

I think I liked this second book in the Cliff Janeway series even more than the first one.

Cliff Janeway is a former cop who is now a book dealer in Colorado. He gets a visit from a former colleague who entices him into going to Seattle to transport a fugitive who is suspected of assault and possible stealing a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. It’s the book angle that convinces Janeway to agree to the job.

This book has a very noir-ish feel to it. I could almost see it playing out as a black and white movie as I read. Seattle in October is dark and rainy. There is an old mystery involving a small book publishing company that was destroyed by fire many years ago. There are characters straight out of a Sam Spade story stalking Janeway and his charge, Eleanor Rigby (yes, that’s really her name). Add in an enterprising reporter who has researched Grayson books and the possibility of finding copies of previously unknown books they’d produced and soon Janeway is not leaving town until he’s got this one solved.

It’s got old murders, new murders, lots of characters and plot twists. This is a great one for curling up on a cold winter weekend. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.


Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Series: #4 in the Aunt Dimity seriesGenre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 275
TBR 2009 Challenge #3, Support Your Local Library Challenge #3, What’s In a Name 2 Challenge #1 (Relative)

This cozy series has its charms as well as its quirkiness. It’s set in the small village of Finch in the English Cotswolds region. Lori Shepard and her husband Bill Willis have settled in the cottage Lori inherited from her ‘Aunt Dimity’. Dimity wasn’t really her aunt, but a close friend to Lori’s mother. Lori has recently given birth to twin boys and is completely overwhelmed with caring for them and attempting to be the perfect mother. Her friends and husband conspire to help her out by arranging for a young local woman to be their nanny.

There’s turmoil brewing in Finch, though. Peggy Kitchen is furious with the vicar. He’s allowing a visiting professor of archaeology use the schoolhouse as a base of operations for a nearby dig, but Peggy is worried that this will interfere with her plans to use the schoolhouse for her revival of the tradition of a Harvest Festival. Which side will prevail: those who want the archaeologist to discover something that will make Finch famous, or Peggy and those who want to revive some historic village traditions?

And what does an old missing pamphlet have to do with it? Who stole the pamphlet from the vicarage? Will the professor and the nanny fall in love? Lori is out to find out and she’s got Aunt Dimity to help her. Oh yes, Dimity is dead, but she ‘talks’ to Lori by writing in a journal. Told you it had quirks to go with the charm.



>> Monday, January 19, 2009

Just a cool story of friendship . . .


Coyote by Linda Barnes

>> Thursday, January 15, 2009

Series: #3 in the Carlotta Carlyle seriesGenre: Mystery
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 257
TBR 2009 Challenge #2, Support Your Local Library Challenge #2

I’m continuing with my quest to make some progress in my series reading. This is the third book in a series that’s not exactly a cozy mystery, but not exactly a hard boiled crime mystery either. Carlotta Carlyle is a former cop, but now she’s working as a private detective and supplementing her income as a part time cab driver in Boston.

In this book, Carlotta’s gets a new client. It’s a woman who needs some help getting her missing green card back. The woman then disappears and when a body is found with the supposedly missing green card, Carlotta is not sure who her client really is (or was?). The first thing she needs to do is to find out who it was who gave this woman Carlotta’s business card. If she can find out who referred her, maybe she can find her client, or at least find out the woman’s true identity.

Things get even more complicated when Carlotta begins to wonder if the mysterious woman is somehow connected to Carlotta’s ‘little sister’ (via the Big Sisters program), Paolina. Unfortunately, neither Paolina, nor her mother are being honest with Carlotta.

The story involves illegal aliens, the people who prey on them, the INS and, of course, Carlotta’s friends in the Boston Police Department.

I’m liking this series more and more with each book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next one.


Audiobook – Dave Barry’s Money Secrets

>> Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Genre: Humor
Publication Date: 2007
Read by: Dick Hill

Dave Barry’s newspaper column is pretty hit and miss for me. Some will make me laugh out loud and others just leave me flat. This book is like listening to a series of his columns. Some chapters made me giggle, others were just not that funny.

All in all, it was pretty short and ok for driving around, but not something I’d recommend you make an effort to read.


Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert

>> Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Series: #6 in the China Bayles seriesGenre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 304
TBR 2009 Challenge #1, Support Your Local Library Challenge #1

I’m finished with book six in this series and still enjoying it. I like to slip in a few cozy mysteries in between the grittier books. By now China Bayles and the supporting cast are familiar characters with some ongoing storylines.

China is a former attorney who gave up her practice in Houston to move to Pecan Springs in the hill country of Texas. Seeking a simpler, safer life, she’s now the owner of a successful herb shop and comfortably settled in. When a former Texas Ranger who has recently moved to town is found dead, there are questions about whether it was a suicide or did his wife have something to do with it? China finds herself involved in the investigation when the man’s wife asks for her help with some legal questions. Before long China and her friend Ruby are asking more and more questions. Is the death a suicide? Is the wife involved? On top of all that, no sooner does China finally decide that she’s ready to marry her longtime boyfriend, than he starts showing signs that he may be cheating on her.

The mystery and the continuing storylines go hand in hand in this series, so my recommendation is to read them in order. It’s definitely a cozy series I thoroughly enjoy.


Welcome to Whimpulsive

>> Monday, January 12, 2009

This blog is the new home for a combined version of 3 of my blogs. Pirate Bendy will remain in his own world. It's best that way. There are links to his blog in the tab above and in the right sidebar.

The header of this blog says it all. It will be primarily about books and reading with occasional other stuff thrown in.

Hope you like the combined version.


Triptych by Karin Slaughter

>> Thursday, January 8, 2009

Series: #1 in the Will Trent series
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 480
Challenges: none

Originally this was a standalone book as Karin Slaughter took a break from her Grant County series. It turns out that she’s now written a follow up, turning this into the first in another series.

There is a serial rapist/killer on the loose in Atlanta. The crimes are particularly awful. Detective Michael Ormewood is investigating and Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assigned to join him in the investigation. These two men don’t particularly like or trust each other and things just get more and more complicated as the book progresses.

Like the Grant County books, this one has some pretty brutal action and the good guys are as flawed (if not more) than the bad guys. There’s always at least one main character in her books that I just can’t find likeable in any way. I won’t say which character it is in this book. That’s because figuring out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are in this one is part of the mystery. There are lots of twists and turns and I like books that do that well.

If you’ve read and liked any of the Grant County series, I strongly encourage you to give this one a try.


Don't take yourself too seriously

>> Tuesday, January 6, 2009

because Morgan Freeman is one of the few people who can pull this off.

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