Last month when I read a book a day I decided to give a few series a try. I read four and although I liked them all I will probably only continue with one or maybe two of them.
Naked In Death by JD Robb. Finished 9-30-19, 4/5 stars, mystery, pub. 1995
First in the In Death series featuring Eve Dallas.
New York City in 2058 is fairly recognizable. The skies are full of transports around town and to other planets, but the mechanics of human living are not so different. Except that guns are no longer the killers they are today. When guns show up in a new series of murders involving legal ‘companions’ it’s an anomaly and Eve Dallas, ten years in the force is faced with political pressure like she’s never known. Passion like she’s never known too.
This was great for car listening and I look forward to more of Eve and Rourke.
Borderlands by Brian McGilloway. Finished 9-23-19, mystery, 4/5 stars, pub. 2007
First in the Inspector Devlin series.
A girl’s body is found in the borderlands, and area between north and south Ireland where jurisdiction can go either way. When Inspector Devlin gets the case he must sort through a lot of suspects and events from 30 years ago that touch way too close to home. He’s has a bit of a roving eye (and lips) but his wife seems able to overlook it, bless her. The mystery was complicated, but good.
I liked it, but it reminded me a bit too much of the Inspector Rebus series to continue with right now. (Yes, this is Ireland and Rebus is Scotland, but they feel similar)
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie. Finished 9-26-29, 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 1993
First in the Kincaid and James mystery series.
Duncan Kincaid is a Scotland Yard Superintendent, something he wants to keep quiet on his vacation to a Yorkshire timeshare. But, as sometimes happens, a man is electrocuted in a hot tub and Kincaid is first on the scene. And while he’s looking into that another person is killed and he’s living in a house of suspects. He calls is his assistant, Gemma James, for some long distance help and the two try and figure it out before someone else gets murdered.
It was fun and it’s possible I continue, but I may try and read the print if I do and see if I like it better. There were a lot of people to keep track while I was driving.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Finished 9-14-19, 3.5/5 stars, YA, 265 pages, pub. 2008
First in the Jenna Fox Chronicles
Jenna is 17 and has just woken from a coma. She is at home in California, but she has no memory. Her dad is across the country, her grandmother seems to dislike her a great deal and her mother wants her to watch videos from when she was a child to see if she can remember. This book addressed a lot of issues about what it means to be human and what a parent would do to keep their child alive. Is this where we are headed in the future? It seems like many of these questions are being played out in real life so it’s possible.
I’m glad I read it, but don’t have a desire to continue and even wonder how it could continue given the ending.