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February 2009 Wrap-Up

February 2009 Wrap-Up

Here’s my end of the month wrap-up:

  1. James Patterson, Jack & Jill
  2. Harlan Coben, Deal Breaker
  3. Sue Grafton, C is for Corpse
  4. Janet Evanovich, Three to Get Deadly
  5. Laura Lippman, To the Power of Three
  6. Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem

Here are some statistics in regards to my reading:

  • Books read: 6
  • Pages read: 2,082
  • New Authors: 0
  • Fiction: 6
  • Nonfiction: 0
  • Read for Challenges: 6
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A Quick Post…

…. to let everyone know that I’ve recently moved and am having trouble getting my internet turned on at my new house. I have received three different stories from AT&T in regards to why my internet has yet to be turned on. (1) they lost my original work order (2) their computer system messed up and (3) because of the storm in Kentucky I’m pretty much at the bottom of the list. So I don’t know when I’ll be up and running correctly again. I am SUPPOSED to be turned on on March 3rd (more than a week after I was originally supposed to be turned on). We’ll see. If I’m not up and running by then for whatever reason AT&T is losing my business. So that’s why I’ve been pretty quiet on here, I’ve gotten a couple more books read that I need to post a review on here about but right now I’m “borrowing” internet wirelessly from my new neighbors (welcome to the neighborhood, right, lol!) just long enough to check my e-mail daily. So that’s where I’m at right now and why I’m MIA. I’ll post more when I’m up and running on my own internet.

AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, Kay Scarpetta, Read in 2009, SERIES

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Postmortem
by Patricia Cornwell

Copyright: 1990
Pages: 327
Rating: 3.5/5
Read: Feb. 18-26, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; 2009 1st in a Series Challenge; RYOB 2009; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – Forensic mystery subcategory
Yearly Count: 13

First Line: It was raining in Richmond on Friday, June 6.

Someone is killing women in Richmond. Someone who is going completely undetected. A “Mr. Nobody” if you will. Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is determined to get to the bottom of these cases and find out who is behind these brutal killings. Even when it becomes apparent that someone is trying to sabotage Kay’s investigation from inside her own office she will not back down … even if someone might even want her dead …

I finally got around to reading the first in this series. I’ve only read a few of these books here and there, but this one is not as good as some of the later ones that I’ve read of this series. However I am glad that I finally read the first book and can start to understand more things about this series as I continue on with it in order now.

AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, L, Read in 2009

To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman

To the Power of Three
by Laura Lippman

Copyright: 2005
Pages: 412
Rating: 4/5
Read: Feb. 13-17, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge; RYOB 2009; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – Drama thriller subcategory
Yearly Count: 12

First Line: People would want to know what she was thinking, the night before.

Josie, Perri, and Kat have been best friends since the third grade. However high school will eventually test their friendship. But things really come to a head when one of the girls brings a gun to school. When the police finally arrive they find one girl dead and the other two wounded, one of them critically. What could possibly drive one of these three girls to snap like that? In this small affluent suburb, people want answers … or do they?

I really enjoyed this book!!! I think I have only read one other Laura Lippman book but this one was really really really good!! For those of you who are involved in the Suspense & Thriller challenge, I categorized this as a Drama Thriller mainly because of the character development – you really learn who the girls were and why they eventually split up during high school. Anyway, I really recommend this book!!

AUTHOR, Book Review, E, Fiction, Read in 2009, SERIES, Stephanie Plum

Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

Three to Get Deadly
by Janet Evanovich

Copyright: 1997
Pages: 321
Rating: 3.5/5
Read: Feb. 10-12, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2009
Yearly Count: 11

First Line: It was January in Trenton

Uncle Mo has missed his court appearance and Stephanie Plum is the bounty hunter charged with taking him back into custody. Unfortunately, Uncle Mo is considered a saint around Trenton. However, as the body count begins to add up , Stephanie finds herself involved with drug dealers and people wanting to kill her.

This book was not as funny as the second one in my opinion. However, I did enjoy this one. I usually don’t read books that are of a lighter, more humorous tone, but for some reason I enjoy this series.

AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, G, Kinsey Millhone, Read in 2009, SERIES

C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse
by Sue Grafton

Copyright: 1986
Pages: 213
Rating: 3.5/5
Read: Feb. 5-9, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2009
Yearly Count: 10

First Line: I met Bobby Callahan on Monday of that week.

Kinsey Millhone meets Bobby Callahan at the local gym. Kinsey is doing physical therapy after getting shot on her previous case. Callahan is at the gym doing his physical therapy after barely surviving a horrific car accident. Bobby knows that someone was after him and that the car accident was not an accident, but unfortunately the accident took away most of his memory and he can’t remember who was after him or why. So he hires Kinsey to find out what really happened that night and what it was that he knew that was worth killing over. But three days later, Bobby is dead and Kinsey is more determined thane ver to find out what it was that Bobby knew that would get him killed.

This book was pretty good. Like I’ve said about the two previous books in this series that I’ve read, it’s hard to get an entire story into 200 short pages. But this story was actually pretty good. This series is definitely getting better for me and I’m looking forward to reading ‘D’.

AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, Myron Bolitar, Read in 2009, SERIES

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Deal Breaker
by Harlan Coben

Copyright: 1995
Pages: 343
Rating: 3.5/5
Read: Feb. 3-5, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2009; 2009 1st in a Series Challenge; 2009 Celebrate the Author Challenge
Yearly Count: 9

First Line: Otto Burke, the Wizard of Schmooze, raised his game another level.

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is representing rookie quarterback, Christian Steele. But when Christian receives a mysterious phone call from who he thinks is his former girlfriend who has been missing for over a year everything starts to spin out of control for Christian. And it is Myron who is at the helm of investigating what is really going on. But what he will find out will shock him more than he can believe possible.

This is the first in the Myron Bolitar series. I enjoyed it. However, I personally feel that his stand alone books might be better than this. I am going to continue this series, but I’m really not in much of a rush to do so.

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Books Read Prior to 2007

  1. Ablow, Keith – Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson
  2. Bernhardt, William – Hate Crime
  3. Brown, Dan – The DaVinci Code
  4. Clark, Mary Higgins – Daddy’s Little Girl
  5. Clark, Mary Higgins – Nighttime is My Time
  6. Clark, Mary Higgins – On the Street Where You Live
  7. Clark, Mary Higgins – Stillwatch
  8. Clark, Mary Higgins – Two Little Girls in Blue
  9. Connelly, Michael – The Black Echo
  10. Connelly, Michael – The Black Ice
  11. Connelly, Michael – The Last Coyote
  12. Connelly, Michael – The Poet
  13. Connolly, John – The Killing Kind
  14. Cornwell, Patricia – All that Remains
  15. Cornwell, Patricia – Blow Fly
  16. Cornwell, Patricia – Postmortem
  17. Cornwell, Patricia – Unnatural Exposure
  18. Coughlin, William – Proof of Intent
  19. Crichton, Michael – Timeline
  20. Deaver, Jeffery – Hard News
  21. French, Nicci – The Red Room
  22. Grisham, John – Bleachers
  23. Grisham, John – The Client
  24. Hall, James W. – Blackwater Sound
  25. Hall, James W. – Rough Draft
  26. Howard, Linda – Open Season
  27. Iles, Greg – 24 Hours
  28. Iles, Greg – Mortal Fear
  29. King, Stephen – Dreamcatcher
  30. King, Stephen – It
  31. King, Stephen – Lisey’s Story
  32. King, Stephen – Pet Sematary
  33. King, Stephen – The Shining
  34. King, Stephen – Thinner
  35. Koontz, Dean – Eyes of Darkness
  36. Koontz, Dean – Intensity
  37. Koontz, Dean – Odd Thomas
  38. Koontz, Dean – Soul Survivor
  39. Koontz, Dean – Whispers
  40. Laymon, Richard – Blood Games
  41. Martini, Steve – The Attorney
  42. Mooney, Chris – Deviant Ways
  43. O’Shaughnessy, Perri – Invasion of Privacy
  44. Rule, Ann – Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer – America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer
  45. Savage, Tom – Scavenger
  46. Scottoline, Lisa – Everywhere that Mary Went
Alex Cross, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, Read in 2009, SERIES

Jack & Jill by James Patterson

Jack & Jill
by James Patterson

Copyright: 1996
Pages: 466
Rating: 4/5
Read: Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2009
Yearly Count: 8

First Line: Sam Harrison swung his agile body out of the silver blue Ford Aerostar, which he had parked on Q Street in the Georgetown section of Washington.

Jack and Jill have come to the Hill. That’s right, there’s a serial killer couple on the streets in Washington D.C. And they’re killing celebrities. And leaving a little rhyme at each crime scene. This is only one string of killings going on in the city though. There are also little children being killed. And unfortunately, the celebrity murders are getting more press than the children’s murders. But Dr. Alex Cross has a bad feeling that somehow the two are connected. It will take a lot out of Alex in order to figure out what is really going on in his city.

I love James Patterson’s books. I’m definitely enjoying reading this series. They keep getting better and better. I really recommend this series if you’ve never tried it before.