So, for June I decided to read only books from series I already enjoy. I will probably not do this again! You can click here to see the page where I’m keeping track of all that.
I read 3 Lincoln Rhyme novels (by Deaver), 3 Women’s Murder Club books (by Patterson), 2 Baily Weggins novels (by White), and 1 Milan Jacovich mystery (by Roberts). I also read the first of the FBI series by Coulter.
So I am caught up on the Bailey Weggins series and am 1 away on 2 more. This is a good thing.
My big complaint about this trial was the fact that all of these series are mysteries and I had a little mystery overload. That’s why I tried the FBI series – was looking for a little romance 🙂
I asked you for suggestions and I appreciate those of you who gave me recommendations. Here are the ones I received-
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Paige Turner series by Amanda Matetsky
Thomas Lynley series by Elizabeth George
Gaslight mysteries by Victoria Thompson
WWI series by Anne Perry
Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes series
Harmony series by Philip Gulley
Pink Carnation series
I’m going to take a look and try one. Probably not this month, but in August. Here are the ones I recommend-
Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series – start with Deal Breaker
Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series – start with The Bone Collector
Dinaa Gabaldon’s Outlander series – start with Outlander
Brenda Joyce’s Deadly series – start with Deadly Love
John Sandford’s Prey series – start with Rules of Prey
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This is book 7 of the Women’s Murder Club series
“After a few hours, Ricky decided to cut up his body with a knife. It was the most horrible thing I could ever imagine – and I grew up on a farm! I was throwing up and crying,” Junie said, looking as though she might do it now.
I pulled out my chair again, put my butt in the seat, determined not to scare the little hooker even as she shocked me to the bone.
“But once we started cutting, there was no way back,” Junie said, pleading to Conklin with her eyes. “I helped Ricky put Michael’s body into about eight garbage bags, and then we piled the bags into Ricky’s truck. It was was like five in the morning. And no one was around.”
I know I complain about this series every time I write about it, so I am taking this book off. As a matter of fact, this was my favorite book of the series (so far). I thought there was more mystery and surprise in this one than in the others and the relationships of the women moved along nicely.
A poster child for goodwill vanishes and after six months the police finally have a lead and they bring in an angelic looking prostitute for questioning. Lindsay and Conklin are able to get a confession and Yuki, is awarded the case for the district attorney. She thinks it is an open and shut case, but things start to go south in court and at home as she is stalked by a writer covering the story.
There is also a number of arson and murder cases that claim some of San Francisco’s wealthiest as victims. Things turn personal when Conklin must tell an old flame that her parents have been burned to death.
Lindsay is still conflicted about her feelings for Joe and Conklin. It makes you want to sit down and talk to her about what is going on in her head! There is also a baby to one of the women in the club and a surprise in the plot at the end that left the book ending on a high note.
This is my fourth movie version on Jane Eyre in 8 months! Mr. Rochester was played by Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson was Jane. I really don’t want to get into the story again – so I’ll just compare it with the other three versions I’ve watched.
I was going to start with the things I liked, but the things that come to mind first are the things that bothered me. So, let me start by saying that I did not like Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester, although he did have a nice head of hair! He was playful and flirtatious and way too accessible. Mr. Rochester is a commanding man and I didn’t get that from Stephens. Now, I’ve made my husband sit through one of the movies, parts of another, AND take me to see it on Broadway years ago. So, just to make sure I wasn’t being too judgemental I made him watch 15 minutes of this version and he said after 5 that Rochester was not serious enough. I think that’s all I’m going to say about that.
I thought Ruth Wilson was fine as Jane Eyre. But this whole movie felt like a slick, sexy, modern 4 hour version of the book. The production was outstanding and as a movie I really liked it, but as an interpretation of the book, not so much.
I know many people love this movie, so comment away 🙂
Here’s my ranking of the four that I’ve seen so far…
1. 1983 version with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. I reviewed it here
2. 1944 version with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. I reviewed it here
3. This 2006 version.
4. 1996 version with William hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg. I reviewed it here
I’m off to the DC area to visit friends in a few hours, some of which I haven’t seen in over five years! As many of you know from my bio, I don’t have kids. On my trek I will be staying with four different girlfriends WHO ALL HAVE THREE YEAR OLDS 🙂 Weird, huh? Two of these friends also have a second, younger child. I am very much looking forward to my trip to see some wonderful friends and family and to see these gals in their role as mother. Be back Tuesday night, with lots of fun baby stories I’m sure.
Please sign up for my giveaway of The Triumph of Deborah here. I will have a few things posting while I’m gone.
This is book 1 in the FBI Suspense Thriller series
Someone was watching her. She tugged on the black wig, flattening it against her ears, and quickly put on another coat of deep-red lipstick, holding the mirror up so she scould see behind her.
The young Marine saw her face in the mirror and grinned at her.
Sally flees the east coast to The Cove, the picture perfect town on the Oregon coast, to find her Aunt Amabel, who she hopes will hide her. Sally is on the run after her father is murdered and the government wants answers from her that she is unable to give. Aunt Amabel accepts her and Sally is given respite for only a short time before she a murdered woman washed ashore. And James Quinlan, and undercover agent, finds Sally and befriends her without mentioning he was sent there to question her. Then she starts receiving phone calls and seeing her father although he is dead.
As Sally is unwillingly dragged back home, Quinlan must pull out all the stops to find her, especially since she now means more to him than a case to be solved. The horrors uncovered when Sally goes back home are brutal. And when she is led back to the Cove lives are at stake.
Okay, this is the first of a series and I own several that follow it already, so I imagine I will read more. The book was fast paced and had a few mysteries that kept me guessing. Sally was a sympathetic character, but I did find it difficult to believe what was done to her by her father, husband and doctor. I thought there might be more romance, this is Catherine Coulter after all, but I did find it lacking in that department.
The book is a fast, pleasant read, but nothing extra-special.
Book 2 in the Bailey Weggins mystery series
Was I out of my mind? was all I could think as I fired up the engine. The guy was a too intense, apparently humorless, small-city cop. I couldn’t believe he was making my heart pound so hard. This is what happens, I thought, when you go for months without physical contact. You look at men who are total strangers and feel the urge to tear their boxer shorts off with your teeth. You become attracted to a guy who probably bowls every Tuesday night and has a best friend named Choppy.
Magazine crime writer Bailey Weggins is back and ready for some R & R after solving her first case. She accepts an invitation to The Cedar Inn and Spa in rural Massachusetts. It is owned by an old family friend, Danny, who would like some help in promoting the spa. On her first night of relaxation Bailey discovers a murdered spa therapist and the R & R is over. Danny asks for help so the Inn and Spa don’t suffer and Bailey is thrown into an investigation that will lead to more dead bodies before the mystery is solved.
Bailey has been flying solo since her break up with Jack, but now he is back, hat in hand, and she must decide if his excuses are enough. There is also the cool, sexy Massachusetts detective that has taken a few opportunities to kiss her.
There is less New York, but it’s still full of the sometimes sarcastic writing that is filled with pop culture references. Bailey is still a New York gal, only stuck in a small town mystery. I really liked this one. It was full of surprises that I didn’t see coming. I also learned a little more than I needed to know about a massage ‘with benefits’.
Check out the answers to last week’s New York, New York Quiz here!
Father’s Day provides the perfect time to think about some of literature’s best dads. See if you recognize these fathers and the book they lived in. Here’s how to play…Identify these fathers by telling me their name(if they have one) and the book. Leave a comment with the # and I’ll cross it off the list. No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun!
1. This 70’s classic follows a father and son on a 17 day journey across the country. As the author explained, “it should in no way be associated with Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either”. (the father is never named, title only) Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Eva
2. Shakespeare’s last play, and best father, this is a story of betrayal and love on a remote island. This father is focused completely on his daughter’s happiness. Prospero form The Tempest – Phyl
3. Considered the best father in literature by many. The photo above is from the Award winning film based on the book. Atticus Finch form To Kill a Mockingbird – Eva
5. Not a true father, but when he took in a girl after her mother had died, his whole life changed. The town that had shunned him for stealing, accepted him for his wonderful daughter. Silas Marner from Silas Marner – Eva
6. This post-apocalyptic novel follows a father and son through the wilderness after most of life has been wiped out. This unnamed father will protect his son at any cost. The Road – Eva
7. He’s a bit eccentric, but it can’t be easy with a wife that’s a handful and five daughters. He supported his daughter when she wanted to marry for love. Who can ask for more than that? Mr. Bennett from Pride & Prejudice – Eva
8. Not only was he a father who supported his own family by being a good man, he also accepted a young wizard into the fold, never mind the potential danger. Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series – Eva
9. The father from this favorite childhood series was a widower, a lawyer, and a father who accepts help from his daughter on his cases and in turn helps her with hers. A very supportive dad. Carson Drew from the Nancy Drew series – Eva
10. A Father in name only, this monk struggles to build a great gothic cathedral in 12th century England. Philip from The Pillars of the Earth – Kathy