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- (3/31)A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton.
- Very enjoyable mystery featuring an ex-cop, ex-baseball
player, current private investigator named Alex McKnight. He retired from
the force after he was nearly killed by a maniac named Maximilian Rose.
When two bookies in his small town are found murdered, all the signs point
to Rose as the killer. But that is impossible -- the prison swears he's
still in his cell and will be for the rest of his life. So who is leaving
spooky notes on Alex's door, saying things only Alex and Rose know about?
I was totally surprised by the ending (but part of that might be because I
was busy for a week and was only reading it a few pages at a time). Am
looking forward to the next book in the series (if there ever is one!).
- (3/23)Fire and Ice by Paul Garrison.
- Doctors Sarah and Michael Stone, along with their young
daughter Ronnie, seem to have a pretty ideal life. They sail around the
Pacific treating patients all over the islands. Just as they are about to
pull into a remote atoll to see if anybody needs help, they get a call
from a giant carrier ship nearby: it's captain has been seriously injured
and needs urgent medical care. So, Sarah and Ronnie drop off Michael to
check out the atoll and continue alone to the ship. The next thing they
know, their boat has been hoisted up and they've been kidnapped. Michael
has to figure out how to save them before it's too late! Pretty exciting
plot, though it got a little slow in places.
- (3/20)Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding.
- The sequel to Bridget Jones' Diary, this novel's gotten what I
think is a pretty undeserved bad rap from the critics. Sure, it's not as
good as the first one, but I think part of that is because we were all
so amazed and pleased by the writing style of the first one and this time
we know what to expect. So, maybe we're not steadily amused by every
alcohol unit count and weekly/daily weigh-in. But does it still deliver a
lot of laughs? You bet! Just try NOT to laugh out loud when you
read Bridget's interview with Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth. The more I kept
reading, the more I kept thinking, "Oh my god, I AM Bridget Jones!" If
Bridget Jones knew how to use a computer, you can bet she'd have a web
site called "The Boyfriend of the Week."
- (3/18)The Last Dance by Ed McBain.
- The newest 87th Precinct novel (yay! yay!); also happens to be
the FIFTIETH 87th Precinct novel (and I'll be damned, but it's true --
I've read all 50). These are great, great books, people. The characters
are terrific, the plots are usually pretty good, and getting to read a new
one is like getting to spend an afternoon with a bunch of friends you
haven't seen for awhile. Marvelous! This one is about a suspicious
hanging death of an old man, who, it turns out, held the rights to a play
that was a real flop, but is suddenly a very hot commodity. Who killed
him? Was it for the play? What's the deal? Truth be told, I couldn't
care less -- I just wanted to hang out with Carella, Meyer, and Kling and
shake my head at Fat Ollie Weeks again. If you haven't read any of these,
you are one lucky cookie -- you get to read them all for the first time!!
So, get going!
- (3/16)Rules of the Lake by Irene Ziegler.
- Set of interrelated short stories about a 12 year old girl who
lives on the banks of a lake with her father and sister (and mother, for
the first couple of stories). Coming-of-age stories about wanting to be a
mermaid or a girl scout or a grown-up. Very enjoyable and well-written;
made me wish I could be twelve again myself.
- (3/14)All My Patients are Under the Bed: Memoirs of a Cat
Doctor by Dr. Louis J. Camuti.
- Short and sweet book about the life of a veterinarian who
specialized in cats and had a practice that predominantly involved making
house calls. Cute anecdotes about scaredy-cats and also some pretty
horrifying stories about seriously injured ones. Not great literature,
but pretty enjoyable anyway.
- (3/11)How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat -- Not a Sour Puss by
- Excellent book about how to raise a healthy and happy kitty.
just got my first cat ever (6 months old) and was desperate for a good
reference book on behavior, health, and other cat issues. But most of the
books I found were all pictures, no substance. This book, which sounds
like it's going to be about cat psychology, is actually an EXCELLENT
It has a chapter on just about everything you could think of, as well as
extremely useful lists (like, of which houseplants are poisonous) and
instructions (like, on how to do kitty CPR). The author has several
cats herself, of various ages, and, as a result, is full of
tried-and-true solutions for everyday problems (like, how to keep kitty
off the kitchen counters!) I'm sure this book will be
the equivalent to "Our Bodies, Our Selves" (a women's health reference I
use all the time) for my cat. I'm extremely happy I stumbled across it!
- (3/8)The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver.
- When eleven-year-old Eva is picked up on her fourth
shoplifting charge, her mother Miriam decides it's time to pack up all
their stuff and move to the country. Eva is convinced her mother hates
her and is trying to ruin her life, but at the same time is absolutely
DESPERATE to be close to her. In their new place, Miriam immediately
starts work, leaving Eva with an elderly babysitter who lets her just run
off into the woods every day. It's in the woods that Eva meets Burl, a
middle-aged beekeeper who takes her on as his apprentice. This is a
wonderful novel that explores everything from coming-of-age to
mother-daughter relationships to how keeping secrets in a family can tear
everybody apart. Oh yeah, and it's about bees, too. Highly
- (3/2)Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen.
- Very funny novel (no big surprise) about an eco-terrorist and
his victims: a nasty litterer, his wife Desie, and their poor, poor dog
Boodle. When the eco-terrorist (Twilly) sees the litterer (Stoat) toss
garbage out of the window of his car, he tracks him down to exact revenge.
But instead of being a standard kind of revenge story, this one involves
eyeballs, a human bulldozer, calamitous romance, and a lot of other really
weird and delightful things. Like a rhinocerous. Look, there's really no
explaining it to you -- just go read it. This is only my second Hiaasen
novel (first was "Lucky You," which is also a lot of fun), but it's got me
hooked on him. I'll be reading the rest within the next few months so
keep checking back if you're a fan.