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Good People by Marcus Sakey

>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Good People by Marcus Sakey

Genre: Suspense, Crime Fiction
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 326
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
When circumstances offer the chance for an unexpected windfall, a young couple also discover it comes with unexpected complications; some of which might be life threatening

Why I Read It:
Both The Hubster and I have read and enjoyed Marcus Sakey’s first two books and I wanted to read this one before his next one comes out in June.

The Book
What if you hit it big in the lottery? What if that lottery wasn’t exactly a lottery but the cabinets in your downstairs apartment after your reclusive tenant unexpectedly dies? With no sign that he had any friends or family would anyone know or care if you kept your tenant’s money?

Anna and Tom desperately want a child, but fertility treatments and failed in-vitro attempts have left them in debt and with a marriage showing clear signs of strain. When an unexpected windfall of seemingly ownerless cash lands in their hands they may have the opportunity for a fresh start and possibly have another try for a child.

What Anna and Tom don’t know about the money is what could kill them.

My Thoughts:
This was another exciting and interesting thriller from an author who has become one of my favorites. If you’re in the mood for a fast paces suspense story I can definitely recommend this one.

Tom and Anna were interesting protagonists and while I wasn’t necessarily rooting for them to succeed in getting away with their ill-gotten gains, they made for a suspenseful story. Usually in a thriller I’m rooting for someone, but in this case I found myself wanting Tom and Anna to face some of the reality that they were so intent on avoiding. I found it interesting that Sakey could keep me so involved with the story despite the fact that for many reasons I didn’t really like or have any desire to root for the main characters.

All in all it makes for a fun and thrilling story that will most definitely capture your attention and hold it right up until the end.

I’m definitely passing this one along to The Hubster and can readily recommend it. I’m eagerly anticipating reading another of Marcus Sakey’s books soon.

Rating 4.5/5


Coming to Whimpulsive: Short Story Mondays

>> Monday, May 30, 2011

I have managed to amass a respectable stack of books that are short story collections as well as several single stories that have been made available online. Notice I said amass a stack and I didn’t mention a darn thing about actually reading any of those short stories? I keep setting aside the books of short stories in favor of other books and while I have several short stories on my nook, I have only read a few.

Enter John at The Book Mine Set with Short Story Mondays. He's been hosting this weekly event for a while now and I've decided it's time for me to join in.

This is perfect. While I may not pick up and read a collection of short stories, I can certainly find a way to read at least one short story a week. This is going to be a great incentive to actually read some of these short stories that I’ve managed to collect.

So, starting next week I’ll be posting about short stories on Mondays. I’m not sure whether I’ll stick with one story every week or exactly how it’ll play out, but I’m going to dive in and see how it goes. I know I have some great ones here and I’m excited to have found a way to talk about them on a regular basis.


Weekend Update: May 28, 2011

>> Saturday, May 28, 2011

This week:
I finished reading Good People by Marcus Sakey and as usual with his books I’ll be passing this one along to the Hubster. It’s a good suspense thriller. I’ll have more of a review of that one up next week. I also went back picked up Purity in Death by J.D. Robb. This is a book I’d started back in March when we were on vacation and had set aside for something else and never managed to get back to. The Eve Dallas series is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. The combination of crime fiction, a bit of romance and some ‘science-fiction light’ given the series setting slightly in the future is just fun. It’s a ridiculously long series (the latest release is #33) that I’m about halfway through and still enjoying.

This little guy sat in the tree and watched me read on the front porch one afternoon this week

I’m still not finished listening to Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters, but will likely finish that one up this week. I guess I need to pick my next audiobook pretty soon.

Other than books and reading:
I pretty much took this week off from book reviews here on the blog. Many of the book bloggers I know have spent this week either in New York at Book Expo America or they’ve been busy with a huge week of blogging with Armchair BEA. It seemed like an opportune time to take a short break here and focus on reading and getting reviews written for next week.

I’ve also been toying with an idea for a new regular weekly posting here that I’ll tell you more about on Monday.

Last weekend we headed out to the Gaston, Oregon area for some wine tasting. Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekends are the major Wine Tasting times here and many places have started doing preview events the weekend before. One of our favorites does that and it’s nice to have a chance to avoid some of the crowds and get more of an opportunity to chat with the winemakers. The place we went is one where several of our favorite winemakers get together so it makes for one stop shopping for us. As usual we had no trouble finding several wines that were worthy of adding to our supply. We’ll probably head out this weekend to a couple of other wineries we like.

I need to spend some time working on photos. I have at least two weeks worth of photos either still on the camera or on the computer but not edited or organized. Maybe this week I’ll finally get to those so I can have some photos so share over at Out on a Whim.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

These Dark Things by Jan Weiss

I first learned about this one at S.Krishna’s Books when she mentioned it as one she was looking forward to. A new mystery series set in Italy? I had to give it a chance.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

It was this review by Pam at that prompted me to give this one a try. I’d overloaded a bit on the YA stuff and haven’t been reading it much lately, but Pam’s praise for the time travel science in this one intrigues me because I know how picky she is about time travel stories.

The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen

Mulholland Books posted the first chapter of this book earlier this week. After reading only part of that first chapter, I’m hooked and looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

Purchased this week:

I didn’t buy any books this week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more books in my house because my library request list got a workout.

Since the Library Stack was down to one last week, it seemed like a good time to restock my library books:

Have a great weekend!


Wordless Wednesday #86

>> Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
off Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Weekend Update: May 21, 2011

>> Saturday, May 21, 2011

This week:
I finished reading False Mermaid by Erin Hart and caught up in another series. I know there is a fourth book planned for this series but I can’t find any publication information about it yet.

I started Good People by Marcus Sakey. Both The Hubster and I liked his first two suspense thriller type books and this one is another fun and suspenseful read.

In the car, I’m still listening to Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters, I’ve got probably a couple more weeks of driving around time listening of this one to go but that could change depending on how much driving I end up doing.

Other than books and reading:
The Hubster and I took last Monday off and spent a nice relaxing long weekend over at the coast. Cannon Beach is about an hour and a half from home, so it’s a nice close location that still feels like a getaway. The weather wasn’t great, but as The Hubster said – “I’d rather watch it rain at the coast than at home”. We had a nice relaxing time. We read a lot, managed to dodge the rainshowers enough for a nice walk on the beach and a little bit of walking around town.

Of course no trip to Cannon Beach is complete without a stop in at one of my favorite bookstores.

I haven’t done much of anything with most of my pictures from last weekend but I hope to get to those soon and get them posted. I did use one for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post and there are a couple already over at Out on a Whim that made me giggle.

I also got a decent chunk of knitting time in and the baby afghan is starting to actually look like it might someday be a baby afghan.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz

Because The Amazing Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts said on Twitter regarding this and another book I already have “If you usually get book recommendations from REALLY want to read both books, I promise!” That was sufficient for me to get on the library waiting list for it.

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

It was this review by Raych that tipped me off the fence I was straddling about this book over to the I think I want to read it side.

Purchased this week:

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

A trip to Cannon Beach is never complete without a stop in the bookstore and when The Hubster was looking at this one I mentioned that I’d had it on my TBR list for a while and had heard good things about it. He was also interested in reading it so it came home with us.

Lifeless by Mark Billingham

Next up in the series and I wanted to have it on hand when I’m ready to start it.

The Library Stack is actually down to one. I’m saving this one for next weekend:

Have a great weekend and safe travels to those of you headed to NYC for Book Expo America.


False Mermaid by Erin Hart

>> Friday, May 20, 2011

False Mermaid by Erin Hart

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction
Series: #3 in the Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire series
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 316
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Forensic pathologist Nora Gavin returns home to Minnesota from Ireland to determine once and for all if her brother-in-law is the man who killed her sister five years ago.

Why I Read It:
The first two books in this series were such a wonderful mix of crime fiction and intriguing science related to bodies found in Irish peat bogs that I couldn’t help but continue as Nora heads home to face the crime that has haunted her for the past 5 years.

The Book:
Forensic pathologist has returned home to St. Paul Minnesota after 3 years in Ireland. She’s not back for work, though. She’s still haunted by her sister Triona’s brutal murder five years ago. Triona’s husband Peter was the prime suspect but there was no evidence or not enough to charge him. Nora can’t let go and feels compelled to solve the case. It’s caused her endless guilt and sorrow and has also shattered her relationship with her parents. They haven’t supported Nora’s condemnation of Peter but in many ways it was because they didn’t want to lose contact with Triona’s daughter Elizabeth.

Nora is determined to find out the truth and find it out fast. Peter is about to get married again and perhaps leave the country with Elizabeth. In order to protect her niece and perhaps Peter’s new wife, Nora and the lead detective in the original murder investigation set off to take a new look at the events leading up to and after Triona’s murder.

In order to return to Minnesota to deal with her past, Nora has left her future on hold in Ireland. Her relationship with Cormac Maguire, the anthropologist she’s worked with on several investigations of ancient bodies found in Ireland’s peat bogs is in an uncertain state. The distance may prove to be the end of any potential relationship or it may prove that they belong together.

In the meantime, Cormac is in Ireland dealing with his own past. His father (absent for much of Cormac’s life) needs him and their strained relationship makes that difficult for both of them. The story of a hundred year old disappearance that may or may not be the realization of an ancient Irish myth also weaves its way through this story.

My Thoughts:
After reading and thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this series I was a bit worried at where the author would take it next. Yet another old body found in an Irish bog would have been too repetitive for the third installment of the series. I was impressed that the author managed to keep some elements of the first two books while at the same time taking it a whole different direction.

The things that were still there that I liked included the music and myths of Ireland that were so deeply infused in the first two books. Hart does an excellent job of continuing to weave these elements into even the parts of the story that take place in Minnesota. I also liked that the story of Nora and Cormac continues. The end of the last book left things a bit up in the air as to where their relationship was headed and I was worried that separating them by an ocean and part of a continent would dilute that part of the ongoing story. I should not have worried. The separation allows both of the characters to be even further established within their own families and histories before moving on.

Nora’s inability to deal with her grief and anger at her sister’s brutal murder was building in the first two books and to take her back to Minnesota to face her parents and her brother-in-law and the investigation head on was a good move. It made for an interesting and intriguing mystery with the added element of potential danger to her niece as motivation to move and move quickly in re-investigating Triona’s murder.

With Nora leaving Ireland I was a bit concerned that Cormac would only appear via telephone and email but his own story continued right along interspersed with that of Nora. Cormac finds himself dealing with his non-relationship with his father and doing a little research with a colleague regarding a long ago disappearance that may or may not be a real life playing out of an ancient myth.

This is an interesting and intriguing series with a couple of main characters that I’m like very much. I believe that the author is working on a fourth book in this series and I sincerely hope that is the case. I definitely want more.

Rating 4/5


The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham

>> Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction
Series: #4 in the Tom Thorne series
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 354
Source: Library

The Short Version:
An old crime that was supposedly solved is now in question and may also be connected to one of the major players in a current organized crime war.

Why I Read It:
I’m still working on getting caught up with this series before Bloodline comes out in mid July and although I’m going to have to step up my pace a bit that’s not a problem because it’s a great series.

The Book
Twenty years ago fifteen year old Jessica Clarke was set on fire. Despite a confession and conviction that case has continued to haunt former detective Carol Chamberlain. She has been called back from retirement to work on cold cases and her last one led to a friendship with Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. When Carol starts receiving odd phone calls that seem to be related to the Jessica Clarke case she asks Thorne to help her find out what is going on and why someone is dredging up this case just as the confessed attacker is due to be released from prison.

Thorne is already overworked and less than overjoyed to have his team working a special joint assignment that involves reporting to a man that Thorne has clashed with in the past. An apparent escalation in organized crime rivalries has the body count of both known criminals and innocents rising. Things are tense both in and out of the police headquarters.

When a connection arises between the old case and the players in the current turf war, Thorne is in the middle. He wants to proceed with the investigation of Carol’s cold case without making it part of his current special assignment. Once again, his issues with following the procedure manual manage to make things just that much more complicated.

My Thoughts:
The mixture of the old case that was solved yet now perhaps in question and the new troubles between organized crime groups makes for an interesting and intricate story.

Thorne’s recurring issues with his bosses becomes almost as much of the story as the main story lines of Jessica Clarke’s case and the current gang turf war. The reappearance of a former enemy in DCI Tughan only makes Thorne’s less than cooperative tendencies even more pronounced. The continuing references to the official Murder Investigation Manual underscore the fact that Thorne is not an adherent to procedure.

Truth is elusive in this one. The suspects are lying, the investigators are not being completely truthful with each other and as a result my expectation of what would happen next continually changed as the real truth was unearthed a little bit at a time.

Amid the violence of the current killings, the story of a gentle innocent girl who was horribly burned is told through both flashbacks and her journal given to Thorne by the girl’s father. The reasons behind that crime make it only more horrifying and as the people behind it continue their lives twenty years later it becomes a piece of the puzzle in the current investigation.

Before it all plays out, however Tom Thorne takes things further outside the bounds of normal investigation than he’s gone before. He makes some serious mistakes and they’re not limited to his job performance.

As I’ve said before, Thorne is a great character. He’s messed up and his personal life is even more of a mess than his professional life most of the time. Despite that, he’s a guy I like and want to see find his way both professionally and personally. In this book the bigger focus seems to be on Thorne’s troubles at work, but the troubles in his personal life are not left out and by the end it’s a toss up as to which side of his life is the most messed up. I’m definitely looking forward to see where the next book in the series takes Thorne because he’s in a pretty deep downturn right now.

I’m not minding at all that I need to read the next in the series pretty soon in order to be ready for Bloodline in July.

Rating 4/5


Wordless Wednesday #85

>> Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Beach Fluff
Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Confessions of a Serial Reader – The ones I want to stay caught up with

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Last month I talked about the series that the next book I have to read has not been published yet.

For my purposes, I consider “caught up with a series” to mean that I’ve either read all that are available or that the next one I have to read is the last book or most current release. Any series that I have two or more to read is one I do not consider caught up. This month, I’m looking at the series that the next book I have to read is the current release or the last in the series.

Laurie Halse Anderson – Chains Series – Forge

This is a Young Adult planned trilogy set in New England during the Revolutionary War. It’s told from the viewpoint of a couple of young slaves. I liked the first and plan to read the second soon. I’m not sure when the final book of the trilogy will be released

Chelsea Cain – Archie and Gretchen Series – The Night Season

Both The Hubster and I have enjoyed this twisted and rather disturbing series from an author we first knew as a local newspaper columnist. Set in and around Portland it’s fun to see familiar places and local happenings worked into the books.

Linda Castillo – Kate Burkholder Series – Breaking Silence

I read and liked the first two in this series about a small town police chief who just happens to have been raised among the local Amish community before breaking with her family to join the ‘English’ community. I’m a bit leery about whether a small town can continue to be the setting for the same kind of gruesome crimes that the first two books had.

John Gilstrap - Jonathan Grave Series – Hostage Zero 

I read and enjoyed the first in this series about an independently wealthy man who manages a hostage rescue operation that works not exactly within the confines of the law. I have the second book and need to get busy and read it soon to keep this series in my ‘current’ list. The third book “Threat Warning” is due out at the end of June.

Erin Hart - Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire Series – False Mermaid

I’m currently reading the third in this series about a forensic pathologist. They’ve been fascinating books with the first two set in Ireland. The third has Nora Gavin back home in Minnesota working the cold case of her own sister’s murder while her friend and sometimes investigative partner Cormac Maguire (an archeologist) is looking into a 200 year old mystery.

Alexander McCall Smith - No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series – The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

This is one of my favorite series for audio. I’m on the waiting list at the library and hope to be listening to Lisette Lecat soon. (I also need this book for this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge Size category).

Michael Koryta - Lincoln Perry Series – The Silent Hour

I enjoyed the first few in this series but got sidetracked with Koryta’s recent excellent standalone The Cypress House. I need to get back and finish up this series before moving on to his other books.

Brad Parks - Carter Ross Series – Eyes of the Innocent

I’ve been looking forward to the second in this series ever since I read the first one last year. From what I’m hearing from my friends this is another good one.

What about you? Are there any series where you need to get busy and read the most current release because the next one is due out soon? Are there any series that you’ve read all but the last one? If so why? Have you lost interest or just didn’t want to say goodbye to the series quite yet?


Weekend Update: May 13, 2011

>> Saturday, May 14, 2011

This week:
I finished reading Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress and in my effort to get through the library stack moved on to The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham. I’ve been working on catching up in Billingham’s Tom Thorne series before the US edition of the eighth book in the series (Bloodline) is released in July. I finished that one yesterday and then started False Mermaid by Erin Hart.

I’m still enjoying my current audiobook, Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters. I tend to do most of my audiobook listening while driving so it takes a while to get through them.

Other than books and reading:
Last Saturday The Hubster and I did a couple of races out at Hagg Lake. He ran the 10.4 mile loop around the lake and I walked the 10k route. The weather was iffy that morning so I went prepared. I was dressed and ready to walk, but I had my book in case it was raining around start time so I could just hang out in the car while he ran if necessary. Luckily the weather cooperated and it stopped raining before start time and stayed mostly dry until we got home. We even had a nice little pre-race rainbow about 15 minutes before the start.

After the race we took a drive back around the lake so I could take more pictures. They’re over at Out on a Whim if you care to take a look.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

Threat Warning by John Gilstrap

This is the third book in his Jonathan Grave series.
I’ve enjoyed many of Gilstrap’s books, particularly the first in this series (No Mercy). I‘d like to get the second one read before this third one is comes out at the end of June.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

I heard about this on on Twitter this week and it just sounds fascinating.

Purchased this week:

A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer
Just grabbing one that's been on the TBR list for a couple of months.

I knocked a couple off of the library stack this week, so it’s down a bit for a change:


Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress

>> Friday, May 13, 2011

Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 278
Source: Library

The Short Version:
A modern day Southern Belle will do what is necessary to take care of the family and family home, all the while maintaining the proper appearances, but can she keep it all going?

Why I Read It:
I’m a sucker for books set in the South that include quirky characters and when my friend Eleanor said she was reading this, I took a look and immediately got on the library waiting list.

The Book:
I’ve had a hard time with a synopsis for this one so I’m going to use parts of the jacket copy.

Georgia Bottoms may be Six Points, Alabama’s finest feature--beautiful, worldly, a splendid cook and faithful churchgoer who cares for her aged mother and sells handmade quilts to her grateful neighbors.

Georgia also has a discreet side business, “entertaining” six local gentlemen at night. Judge Barnett on Sunday, Sheriff Allred on Friday, the doctor on Wednesday (Monday’s are Georgia’s own). Each gentleman gets a night tailored to his particular tastes; each has been trained to leave a “gift” to help Georgia get by, and each one thinks he is Georgia’s only secret lover.

When Preacher Eugene Hendrix (Saturdays) decides he must confess their affair in front of his wife and the entire congregation, Georgia may be able to stop him in time. But one pin pulled out of her elaborately protected life may be all it takes to send the whole structure to hell in a hurry. Chin high, posture perfect, her Chanel handbag firmly clasped in her hand, Georgia sets out to save herself, her mama, and her particular notion of virtue from total ruin. Nothing in Six Points will ever be the same.

My Thoughts:
This was a fun and entertaining book that was exactly what I expected in some places and surprised the heck out of me in others.

The description above led me to believe that it would be somewhat like a light comedy movie type of story and in many ways it was. Georgia is a bit over the top, a bit selfish and unlikeable, a bit naïve despite her history, but darn it you like her anyway.

On the other hand, in between the future movie highlight comedy moments (sure to be starring Reese Witherspoon or God help us, Katherine Heigl) and the checklist of stereotypical Southern Fiction caricatures are moments that touch something deeper. As much as Georgia sees her mother and brother as a burden she must bear it’s a burden she’s not going to shrug off because they’re her family. As different as she and her best friend Krystal (who happens to be the mayor) are, they are best friends and when that friendship is tested the pain is clear and palpable.

I really don’t want to say much more that might give away plot developments, but I will say that as much as I wanted to slap Georgia, I was still rooting for her all the way through.

This is a light and entertaining read that might surprise you as with its heart in between the giggles and the downright unbelievable.

Rating 3.5/5


Wordless Wednesday #84

>> Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hosta Curls

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Audiobook – The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

>> Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

Genre: Mystery
Series: #5 in the Inspector Armand Gamache series
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: 2009
Read by: Ralph Cosham
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Murder visits the village of Three Pines again and this time the suspect list includes a man that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to consider a friend.

Why I Read It:
I love this series, I love Ralph Cosham’s reading of the audio versions and I’m still working on getting caught up.

The Book:
When an unknown man’s body is found in Olivier’s Bistro, the residents of Three Pines are stunned. No one seems to know him. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team from the Surete du Quebec once again set up a temporary office in the village to investigate the man’s murder.

Gamache finds himself in the difficult position of questioning people he now considers friends about the man and his murder. Soon it is clear that the man was not killed in the bistro so the case becomes even more complex. Who is this man? Where was he killed and why? Why was his body moved to Olivier’s place of business? Is the killer someone Gamache’s team already knows from their previous investigations in Three Pines or is it someone new to town or even a total stranger?

As the story plays out, the history of this man becomes as much a mystery as his death. His cabin in the woods reveals more questions than answers. Gamache follows the leads as far away as Europe and British Columbia.

By the end of the book secrets and past actions of many of the new and familiar characters are revealed leaving things in Three Pines perhaps solved, yet still very unsettled.

My Thoughts:
I love the way every book in this series has a familiar yet very different feel to it. Whether the crime happens in Three Pines or not the now familiar recurring characters are a part of the setting if not a part of the investigation.

This time around, though the investigation truly involves one of the recurring characters. There are other suspects, but the tension of listening to the story and Gamache’s interviews with Olivier as well the investigation of his past was tough. It’s always tough when an established character in a series is a prime suspect, but Penny does it better than anyone I’ve read before. I could feel Gamache’s frustration in his interviews with Olivier in the way he kept giving Olivier the benefit of the doubt while at the same time nearly begging him to tell the entire side of his story without changing it yet again.

I liked the way that some of the other residents of the village were introduced in connection with the story and hope that at least some of them will appear again. I particularly liked the couple with the child with Down’s Syndrome.

Ruth remains one of my favorites of the regular characters. She’s so cantankerous yet becomes more of a favorite of mine with every book. Gamache’s assistant, Jean Guy Beauvoir’s backstory and relationships continue to be a growing part of the series too. I enjoy him almost as much as he drives me nuts.

Ralph Cosham remains the main reason I prefer to listen to this series rather than read it. His voice just is Chief Inspector Gamache to me. He did an excellent job in this one of expressing Gamache’s frustrations as well as his gentleness.

I have a question for those of you who have listened to this series. Am I crazy or did Ralph Cosham change Ruth’s voice ever so slightly in this one? It just didn’t sound like the same voice characterization for Ruth as in the previous books.

Rating 4/5


Weekend Update: May 7, 2011

>> Saturday, May 7, 2011

This week:
I finished reading You Believers by Jane Bradley, please check out my review and then go get the book. It’s wonderful. After I finished that I finally got around to getting to one of the books on my library stack and started Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress. This one has to be read first because there are holds on it and I won’t be able to renew it.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my current audiobook, Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters. This is one of my favorite audio series.

Other than books and reading:

The goldfinches are happy that it finally dried out enough that I could get to the bird feeders and refill them. Even though it started raining again, they're doing their best to empty the feeders quickly so I'll refill them.

I’ve hardly touched the baby afghan this week and I’d best get busy if I’m going to get it done my friend’s baby arrives. I'm going to wait until I have more progress to show before posting another picture.

Check out this weeks fun and nonsense at Out on a Whim

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

Two upcoming crime-fiction books set in Copenhagan

Mercy by Jussi-Adler Olsen

This is the UK title. It’ll be published as the Keeper of Lost Causes in the US this summer. It looks like the beginning of a good new Nordic Crime fiction series.

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts mentioned this one on Twitter and after looking it up I’m already looking forward to reading it.

Purchased this week:

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

This is the first in the Alex McKnight series that I've had on my TBR list for a while now. I've heard good things about this series from many reliable sources.

As usual, here’s the current Library stack which is also most of my next to be read list:


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