2013 Reads

Book 34 for 2013 – Linwood Barclay’s thriller – A Tap on the Window

Tap on the Window

 Several years ago, well to be a little more accurate back in 2007 I read Linwood Barclay’s first Zack Walker novel Bad Move  That book came to mind when I read the first line of Book 34 for 2013 Barclay’s latest thriller A Tap on the Window 

A middle-aged guy would have to be a total fool to pick up a teenage girl standing outside a bar with her thumb sticking out. Not that bright on her part, either, when you think about it But right now, we’re talking about my stupidity, not hers.

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Book 33 for 2013 – James Rollins – The Eye of God!

The Eye of God

The Eye of GodWith all the music listening and writing this week, I totally forgot to write about Book No. 33 of 2013, James Rollins The Eye of God. I have been a fan of Rollins’ Sigma Force novels since I read my first Map of Bones in 2005, and have enjoyed Rollins blending of science, history and of course a lot of action into 9 terrific reads!! It’s interesting as I write this that characters that first appeared in Map of Bones play a central part in this latest novel.

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Book 32 for 2013 – Harlan Coben’s – Six Years

So it has been a long time between Books No. 31 and 32 for 2013. One of the reasons is that I have  been listening to too much music late into the night and that cuts into reading time. Another reason is, no books have enthralled me recently!. I am currently reading James Rollins latest The Eye of God. I am a little more than halfway through it. While I have been enjoying the book. It hasn’t been a  real page turner  for me. Duh! That is exemplified by the fact that I’m still reading it!

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Book 30 – Unseen (Will Trent # 7) – Karin Slaughter


UnseenSo there may a few of you out there who are questioning why does this site have the words mysteries included in the title?? I will admit that September was a slow reading month resulting more music than mysteries appearing on the blog last month. However, I’ve still been reading and yesterday finally finished Book 30 for the year Karin Slaughter’s latest Unseen. Unseen is the seventh book in the Will Trent series couple that with the six books in the Grant County series and that makes a total of thirteen great books by Karin Slaughter!!

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Book 29 of 2013 – Caribbean Moon – Rick Murcer

Caribbean Moon

Caribbean MoonSo Rick Murcer‘s book Caribbean Moon, the first book in the Manny Williams series, has been on my Kindle and iPhone for a long while now. The other day (while I am in the middle of The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury) I started reading it and I didn’t put it down until it became book 29 for 2013. You can pickup the e-book at Amazon for 99 cents and I tell you it’s well worth it and a lot more! Murcer has nor always been a full-time writer’ He lost his job in 2008 due to the crashing of the economy. He then sent out over 600 resumes and still was unable to find employment. So  with unemployment benefits waning and savings nearly depleted he decided to become a full-time writer!! From his biography at his website:

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Book 28 of 2013 – Tess Gerritsen – The Silent Girl

The Silent Girl

The Silent GirlNote to Self: DO NOT PUT OFF READING TESS GERRITSEN BOOKS! Which is what I did with her book The Silent Girl, which sat on my bookshelf for a long time before it became Book 28 of 2013!

I started reading Tess Gerritsen books back in 2003 with The Surgeon, which I absolutely loved!  I quickly went out and read two of her early medical thrillers and then The Apprentice (Rizzoli and Isles #2) another winner, Since then I’ve read all the Rizzoli & Isles books. Why I put off reading The Silent Girl I can’t say, because once I started I became totally absorbed in the book and rarely put it down until I was finished.

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Book 27 of 2013 – Murder as a Fine Art – David Morrell

Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine ArtI have been a fan of David Morrell since the late 80s and early 90s, when he wrote his great thriller trilogy,  consisted of The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone and The League of Night and Fog. Since then I’ve read many of his novels, including his last three works, and while I have always enjoyed his writing none of them have.replaced any of the early works on my list of favorites. That is – until I read Book Number 27 of 2013 Murder as a Fine Art.

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Book 26 for 2013 – The Other Woman – Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Other Woman

The Other WomanJake Logan is a Boston city detective and Jane Ryland an ex-TV newswoman now working as a newspaper report for The Register. Together they form the tandem that is the basis of a new series from Award Winning mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryan,(Agatha Award for Best First Novel, Anthony Award for Best Short Story, Macavity Awards for Best Short Story) Ms Ryan is an investigative reporter for Channel 7 News on WHDH-TV, the NBC-affiliate station for Boston, Mass so she obviously knows her way around investigations like the one portrayed in  Book 26 for 2013 The Other Woman.   The first book in the series and I hope there are many more to come.

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Book 25 of 2013 – Breaking Point – C.J. Box

Breaking Point

Breaking PointSo the other night, while the “Lost Boys” that populate Dave Eggers What is the What, were in Atlanta and Kansas, I took a side trip to Saddlestring Wyoming  and read another one of Joe Pickett’s adventures. Book 25 for the year is Breaking Point, the 13 th in C.J.Box’s great series and it’s another good one. I had checked the book out a couple of weeks ago, but I got immersed in two other books and it sat on the shelf. Finally, a few nights ago I picked it up and I don’t think I set it down until I was done! Box can really tell a story with believable characters and suspense that doesn’t let up!

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Farewell, Dorothy Parker, Hello old me? (Book 22 of 2013)

Farewell Dorothy Parker

Farewell Dorothy Parker

Once upon a time I knew a young man who was semi-literate. He read books by Alexander Solzhenisten, John Fowles, Norman Mailer and James Baldwin among others. He loved the Marx Brothers and read about George S Kauffman, Alexander Woolcott and the rest of the members of the Algonquin Wits, including Dorothy Parker. But through the years as that young man aged, he found escape from the drudgery of work not in great literature, but in mysteries and thrillers, not that they aren’t good reads, but hey, saving the world from serial killers and nuclear annihilation isn’t the same as questioning the meaning of life!

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