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Can Steve Hamilton’s Nick Mason Find His Exit Strategy?

Exit Strategy -Steve Hamilton

Exist Strategy – Steve Hamilton  (Nick Mason #2)

Exit Strategy is the second. book in the Nick Mason series from author Steve Hamilton. The Second Life of Nick Mason  was the first book in the series and it introduced readers to a different kind of hero. Nick Mason was a prisoner serving 25 years as the result of a robbery gone wrong. While in prison gang kingpin Darius Cole offers Nick his freedom, but not without a catch. The catch is that Nick has to carry out any mission assigned to him. And if he doesn’t hs ex-wife and nine-year old daughter will pay a heavy price. The missions – kill people who Cole needs dead!! read more

Is Parnell Hall’s Puzzle Lady Series Getting Better and Better?

A Puzzle to Be Named Later - Parnell Hall

A Puzzle to Be Named Later – Parnell Hall

Ok so maybe juts maybe Parnell Hall is not going to win any major literary awards for his Puzzle Lady series. But if you are looking for a fast, funny and just enjoyable read try a Puzzle Lady book! I admit I have not read even close to the majority of the book series. I usually just pick up one of them at the library when I need a laugh break from all the murder and mayhem that I read. And the latest one that I just finished A Puzzle to Be Named Later was a welcome break after the last few intense books that I’ve finished. Especially, Chris Carter’s I Am Death and of course the ongoing circus of the Trump Administration. read more

Books from Three of My “Must Read” Authors Among July New Releases

The Secret She Keeps Among July's Mystery and ThrillerrNew Releases

Books on My Reading Radar – July 2017 New Releases!

It looks like I really need to get moving on reading those books I have planned to read in July. I need to get reading because, three of the books that are on my reading radar for the second half of 2017, are set to be released in July!!

Each of the books just happens to be from one of my “must-read” authors!  Here they are……

July 11 New Releases

Last Breath - Karin SlaughterLast Breath Karin Slaughter

This  novella is a prequel to Slaughter’s book The Good Daughter set to be released in August. It is set thirteen years prior to the actions in The Good Daughter and introduces the reader to the book’s main character Charlie Quinn. read more

Reading Challenges Update – End of June, Start of July

A Puzzle to Be Named Later - Parnell Hall

Reading Challenges Update and Proposed July Reads

So I wrote the other day, that I am slightly behind the pace I need to maintain to reach my goal of reading 60 books in 2017. Right now I am at 29 books and I will need to read 6 books by the end of July to get back on pace. The following chart provide a tabulation of  where I am on my various reading challenges

2017 Literature Reading Challenge Kindle Bookshelves Library Total Goal % of Goal
General Fiction 0 1 2 3 2 150.00%
Classics (Books I should have read but didn’t) 0 0 0 0 2 0.00%
Award-Winners 0 0 1 1 2 50.00%
2017 Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge
Mystery – New Series 1 0 8 9 6 150.00%
Series that I am behind on (i.e. Gabriel Allon) 1 1 0 2 6 33.00%
Current Mystery Authors (series or non-series) 1 1 4 6 12 25.00%
New Mystery Authors 0 0 3 3 12 8.00%
2017 Science Fiction /Fantasy Challenge 0 1 1 3 6 50.00%
2017 Nonfiction Reading Challenge 1 1 0 2 12
Totals 3 5 14 29 60 38.00%

Overall I doesn’t seem that I am doing to badly. It looks like I have to read a couple of books that are part of a series that I am behind on. And of course I need to read a classic or two  that I have never read! But we’ll worry about those books in the months ahead! read more

Marked for Life by Emilie Schepp – One of the best of 2016!

Marked For Life - Emelie Scheep

Marked for Life – Emelie Schepp

Sometime last month I picked up Emelie Scheep’s book Marked for Revenge. On the cover it said that she was “2016  Swedish Crime Writer of the Year”. I am a fan of Nordic crime writing. That meant there was no way this book was not gong home with me. When I got it home though I discovered that the book was the second book in a trilogy. I decided that there was no sense in reading book two first and then book one so I checked out the first book of the trilogy Marked For Life. I read it first. When I finished it I agreed that the Crime Writer of the Year award was justly deserved. read more

The Girl Who Was Taken Another Winner from Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken – Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken is second book written by Charlie Donlea I read his debut novel Summit Lake last year and thought it was a great read. I think that this book is even better. So I can’t wait for book his next book!

In The Girl Who Was Taken, two girls are taken. After two weeks one girl escapes Magen McDonald. She becomes a celebrity while the second girl Nicole Cutty is forgotten. That is until the body of a jumper turns up on the autopsy table of her Nicole’s sister Livia. Her autopsy reveals that the young man did not commit suicide but was murdered. In addition, Livia discovers that the young man was Nicole’s boyfriend during the summer she when she was taken. read more

Vicious Circle – Joe Pickett vs. the Cates Family Part 2 – C.J.Box

Vicious Circle – C.J.Box (Joe Pickett # 17)

Earlier in the week, I finished Vicious Circle the latest book In the Joe Pickett series from C.J.Box. It’s the seventeenth book chronicling the adventures of Joe and his family. Like all of the books in the series. It’s a great read.

If you are unfamiliar with the series, Joe Pickett is a game warden living in Saddlestring Wyoming. Joe has a way of being in the wrong place at the wrong time which makes for many exciting adventures and the loss of a lot of government trucks.g

Typically, somewhere along the way Joe is assisted by his friend the shadowy Nate Romanowski. Nate operates on the edges of the law and serves to offset Joe’ Dudley Do-Rightish nature. read more

Book Reviews for the Last Two Books I’ve Read in May 2017.

Book Reviews -Books 22 and 23 for 2017 – At Rope’s End and The Collapsing Empire

So my last two reads were just slightly different. The first At Rooe’s End was a typical mystery with a police detective and a forensic psychologist chasing a serial killer. The second The Collapsing Empire was a great science fiction book about the plight of the Interdependency. The one thing that they do have in common is that they are both the first book in a new series.

At Rope’s End. – (James Verraday #1) -Edward Kay  Rating: ***

James Verraday is a forensic psychologist who’ is not a friend of the Seattle Police Department. He currently has a lawsuit pending against the Department. But years earlier his life was turned upside down when a drunken police officer crashed into his family car. The accident left his mother dead and his sister paralyzed. After the accident the officer walked away from the accident while Verraday cried for help. read more

Mid-May 2017 Reading Challenges Update

Mid-May Reading Challenge Update…

Ok so I really must apologize for not posting here for a fairly long time. But just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading or listening. So in the next few posts I will try to catch up and then maybe get back on a more regular schedule for posting.

My April – May Reads

in my last post about reading I presented the four books that I planned to read in the remaining days of April and on into May. The four books were: Exit West by Moshin Hamid, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, The Nowhere Man from Gregg Hurwitz and The Fifth Element by Jorgon Brekke read more

Four Reading Challenge Reads for the Rest of April

Four Reads for the Remainder of April……

In my post for The Blood Strand, I indicated that I have currently read 18 books on a goal of 60 books. So to stay on pace I only need to read two more books before the end of the month. That should be doable! Here are four books that I am currently reading or plan to read over the next few weeks

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

One of my individual Reading Challenges is to read the Literature Reading Challenge. This challenge is to move me a little out of my comfort zone and challenges me to read books that I just don’t read. Knowing that I am not going to read a lot of general fiction the goal is to only read six books of this type. I have already read one All That Man Is by David Szalay. read more