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

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer

A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket
by Fran Rizer

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 282
Rating: 5/5
Read: June 7-10, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; 1st in a Series Challenge; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – Cozy Mystery subcategory
Yearly Count: 28

First Line: Eager to pump up my new underwear, I dashed into my apartment just as the phone rang.

Calamine “Callie” Parrish is a mortuary cosetologist at Middleton’s Mortuary. She likes to spend her free time with a moon pie and a mystery novel. Oh yeah, and watching Six Feet Under. But, she finds herself mixed up in a local murder. When the body of Bobby Saxon comes in with a hypodermic needle broken off in his neck, Callie realizes that his death wasn’t accidental as originally thought, and that there’s a killer on the loose in town. But with the list of suspects as long as her arm, Callie must figure out who the killer is before she turns up dead next.

Okay, so this is a little bit out of my comfort zone. I am more of a hard-boiled mystery reader. However, I do like the occasional cozy (or as I call them, “fluff books”) just to get myself out of a funk. I found Calamine to be an endearing character, even if a little naive for my taste. I had pretty much figured out who the killer was since Rizer didn’t hide her clues very well. But overall I enjoyed this quick and fun read.

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, June 8, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Mondays

Tuesday, June 2

The Court by William J. Coughlin The Court by William J. Coughlin

Nine Supreme Court judges will soon decide four history-making cases. Eight of them will split along party lines four to four. The ninth judge, holding the swing vote, will tip the scales of justice. He’s a good man, a fine man, and, unknown to nearly everyone, a dying man – barely kept alive by machines in a very private hospital. High-powered Washington attorney Jerry Green is one of the privileged few who discovers American justice rides on the rise and fall of a respirator. Now he’s been called by the President himself to do something about it. It’s a hunt for truth that will arouse his darkest suspicions … force him to make a shocking choice … and save the legitimacy of American justice. Or shatter it forever …

This book arrived today as part of a two book BOB off of PBS. I have read Coughlin before, I read Proof of Intent either last year or the year before, I’d have to look. I distinctly remember loving the end of that book because it had a great ending courtroom scene. And trust me, with all the books that I read it’s hard for me to remember anything! So I am looking forward to trying another Coughlin book soon!

State of Mind by John Katzenbach State of Mind by John Katzenbach

Twenty-five years ago, Jeffrey and Susan Clayton fled their tyrannical father – a man who was later suspected in the heinous murder of a young student. Though the father was never charged, he committed suicide. Or so it seemed. For someone has sent Susan a cryptic note. Once deciphered, it carries a terrifying message: I have found you. Meanwhile, a serial killer has invaded a tightly controlled community. Is Jeffrey Clayton’s father the source of this latest killing spree? The authorities think so – and they present Jeffrey, now a noted expert on serial killers, with a challenge: Find the butcher responsible for the newborn spate of canrage. Find your father

This was the second book in the BOB offer that came with The Court. I have another Katzenbach book here around the house somewhere, The Analyst. I haven’t gotten to that one yet but when I read the description of this book I had to have it! (I have a serious problem with books, lol). I hope that this one is as good as it sounds!!

Saturday, June 6

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer

Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine “Callie” Parrish likes to end her days in a relaxing way – with a Moon Pie, an episode of Six Feet Under, and a few chapters in one of her mystery novels. But right now she’s putting in some overtime at the undertaker’s. When the body of an up-and-coming car dealer Bobby Saxon comes into Middleton’s Mortuary with a hypodermic needle hidden in the neck, Callie realizes there’s a killer on the loose trying to bury some deadly crimes. With a list of suspects that includes Bobby’s dueling ex-wives, rival car dealers, and even her own boss, Callie must unearth the culprit – or she might be next. Callie’s got a knack for making the dead look their best. But no amount of concealer can cover up murder….

Got this one off of my PBS wish list. I had placed it on there a few weeks back because it sounded interesting and I got it relatively quickly. It looks like a quick and mindless read, which (no offense to the people that read strictly cozy mysteries of course), I do not generally read a lot of but tend to like to have a few of them around for brain candy as I like to call it. This one however, sounds humorous from the title and am looking forward to reading it in the near future so that hopefully I’ll come out of this reading slump quicker than I am.

AUTHOR, B, Book Review, Cotton Malone, Fiction, Read in 2009, READING CHALLENGES 2008, SERIES

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

The Templar Legacy
by Steve Berry

Copyright: 2006
Pages: 475
Rating: 5/5
Read: June 3-7, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge; 1st in a Series Challenge; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – Religious thriller subcategory
Yearly Count: 27

First Line: Jacques De Molay sought death, but knew salvation would never be offered.

Cotton Malone, once an agent for the US Justice Department, is enjoying a peaceful life in Copenhagen as a antiquarian book dealer. But all of that changes when his former boss tries to meet up with him while she is on vacation. However, he finds out rather quickly that she is not on vacation; she is not an any type of operation, but she is up to something. As he sets out to figure out what it is that his former boss does not want to let him in on, he quickly finds himself involved in an ancient puzzle that has mystified scholars for ages. The more involved he finds himself, the more dangers the stakes become, and the more intrigued Cotton Malone becomes. For there is one very powerful man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even with Cotton in his way.

I’ve been keeping my eye on this book for a while, but I had been slightly unsure about reading it. However, after seeing Angels & Demons in the theater, my interest in this type of book has been renewed (I also have Angels & Demons waiting anxiously on my TBR pile for me). So I checked this book out of the library the last time I was there. And let me tell you – I was absolutely hooked on this book from about page one!! I loved it. I loved the historical/religious aspect of it intertwined with the fast paced race-around-the-clock action!! I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet!

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday, June 1, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Mondays

Well, after seeing many editions of this meme on many different blogs I have decided to take the plunge and join in on the fun! Sometimes my mailbox is empty … sometimes it has nothing but bills …. sometimes my recipe magazines come … and sometimes new books arrive … naturally the new books is what makes me the happiest 🙂 And then sometimes I won’t have a book in the mail for a month, I find that I go in spurts. Either way I am wanting to try and keep track of my new arrivals and have decided that this will be the perfect way for me to do so 🙂 So here goes …

This past week, the following books have found their way to my mailbox:

Angels & Demons Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.

When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man’s chest. His baffling conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years – reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church. In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair – a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican. But with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly visible enemy…..

This book arrived to me on Saturday. I ordered it off of Frugal Reader after I saw the movie. I read The DaVinci Code a few years back but never got around to this one for some reason. I’m definitely looking forward to it 🙂

Faithless by Karin Slaughter Faithless by Karin Slaughter (Book 5 in the Grant County series).

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver sumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty, impeccably dressed young woman. And for Sara and Jeffrey, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of lives into the case. Lena Adams is one of them. A Grant County detective for years, she has her own reasons for being drawn to this case and a fierce drive to see justice done. For these three people, who have each seen the darkest side of human nautre, the body of the murdered girl is but the first in a series of shocking and sordid revelations. Now, as Jeffrey and Sara narrow the field of suspects, they must confront their own doubts and indiscretions, while Lena Adams sees herself reflected in the frightened eyes of a battered woman who may be the key figure in the case.

This book arrived to me on Friday as part of a two book book box on PBS. I chose it because it sounded interesting, but I really hate to read it now that I realize that it’s part of a series and have not read the first four in this series (although I do have Kisscut somewhere on my shelves).

Hide by Lisa Gardner Hide by Lisa Gardner (Book 2 in the Bobby Dodge series).

“I can’t afford to come back from the dead.” Annabelle has had many names in her life – Sally, Cindy, Lucille. Though her father moved her from city to city from the age of ten, changing names, houses, careers, and histories every few months, Annabelle never knew what they were running from. Now in her thirties, with both parents dead, she’s settled in Boston. But old habits die hard and she still looks over her shoulder when she leaves her apartment, still blends in with the crowd on the subway. Then at the Boston State Mental Hospital a multiple grave is discovered. Six young girls left to die in an underground chamber decades ago, while their captor looked on. When her original name appears in the paper, wrongly identifying her as one of the dead girls, Annabelle finally knows. This was the work of the monster her father fled from. But the killer is still on the loose. And he’s looked for her for a very long time. Bobby Dodge has been haunted by the Catherine Gagnon case for years. It nearly cost him his job and his sanity. As a child, Catherine was also held prisoner underground, like the victims in this latest cases. But Catherine’s captor was in prison when these girls were taken. Yet the similarities are too numerous to be just coincidence….

This was the second book in the swap that arrived Friday. I have read one other Lisa Gardner book, Gone, and enjoyed it so I am looking forward to getting a chance to read Gardner again.

Well there it is …. my first Mailbox Monday. These three books made it into my mailbox this week (I wonder how long they’ll sit on my shelves before I actually get around to reading them, lol). Looking forward to next week’s installment 🙂