Monday, Oct. 5
Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan by Ali Eteraz
Children of Dust is a searing memoir revealing the truth about militant Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan and the culture shock of moving to the U.S. Astonishingly honest, darkly comic, and beautifully told, Children of Dust is an extraordinary adventure that reveals the diversity of Islamic beliefs, the vastness of the Pakistani diaspora, and the very human search for home.
I received this book to review from FSB Associates. I usually don’t read books like this but for some reason the description of this book really drew me in and intrigued me. So I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes!
The Last Pope by Luis Miguel Rocha
Vatican City, 1978: On September 29, the world awakens to news of the shocking, sudden death of Pope John Paul I, elected only thirty-three days earlier. The Vatican’s official response: His Holiness died of unknown causes, “possibly associated with a heart attack.” The pope’s body is embalmed within twenty-four hours, preventing any possibility of an autopsy. London, 2006: Journalist Sarah Monteiro returns from vacation to find a mysterious envelope stuffed in her mailbox. Inside is a list of unfamiliar names and a coded message. At first, Sarah is merely puzzled by the strange delivery. But when a masked intruder breaks into her home, she knows that the list has put her in danger. Drawn into a vortex of hidden identity and double crosses, Sarah soon learns that the contents of the envelope hold th ekey to unveiling corruption beyond anythign she has ever investigated – a plot that implicates not only unscrupulous mercenaries and crooked politicians but also princes of the Church, and perhaps even her own family. Indeed, the appearance of the envelope brings to light a number of long-unanswered questions: What really happened during the brief reign of John Paul I? Whose plans were cut short that fatal night in September 1978? And who might have benefited from the pope’s sudden demise?
I received this one from my wish list on PBS. It sounds SOOOO good and I’m really looking forward to this one!!
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Iced by Carol Higgins Clark
P.I. Regan Reilly has high hopes for her Aspen vacation – such as meeting an unmarried man! But a mystery soon has the chic detective snooping rather than skiin. Million-dollar paintings have been disappearaing, and an old friend of Regan’s – a folksy ex-con named Eben Bean – has vanished too. Everyone except Regan believes Eben has gone bad … again. Her hunt to find him points to the families who founded this once frontier town, including a wild and wooly seventy-something lady harboring a shocking secret. Now as new snow blankets Aspen, Regan may be learning a new winter sport – trying to catch a killer while running for her life.
I’ve read the first two in this series and when I was offered a box on PBS and found this one on her shelf, I was happy to pick it up and get back to this series!
Twanged by Carol Higgins Clark
Sleuth Regan Reilly is hired as a bodyguard for singer Brigid O’Neill, a rising country star who has been receiving threatening “love notes.” Brigid also possesses a “magical” Irish fiddle said to be cursed – whoever takes it out of Ireland will have an accident or face death. Still, Brigid brings it to the Hamptons for a Fourth of July concert and Regan joins her. Chappy Tinka, heir to a thumbtack fortune, and his ditzy wife, Bettina, are their hosts at “Chappy’s Compound,” where a party guest is soon found floating facedown in the pool. Is the curse of the fiddle real? Is there a murderer in the house? As the concert nears, the menace grows, and Regan must discover the truth before some country tunes turn into a funeral march.
This was the second book that I picked for the box from PBS and the fourth in this series.
Thursday, Oct. 8
The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver
Forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme and his protegee Amelia Sachs are called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the police closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits them with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and Sachs must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all …
I have read the first book in this series and am looking forward to continuing on with it and found this one on another PBS’ers shelf for a box.
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
It is a boiling hot summer in Boston. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized – a sadistic demand that ends in death. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently put behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced to reconfront the killer who scarred her – literally and figuratively – she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence. But this time around, the vendetta is more vicious than she ever would have imagined.
I recently read The Surgeon and found this one for the abovementioned box because I’m looking forward to continuing with this series.
Shiver by Lisa Jackson
A serial killer is turning the Big Easy into his personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs – no connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. It’s a very sick game, and it’s only just begun. Abby Chastain left New Orleans long ago and for good reason. Now she’s back where she feels watched, as if the devil himself is scraping a fingernail along her spine. It doesn’t help that Detective Reuben Montoya is convinced she’s somehow the key to unlocking these horrible crimes – a mystery that has something to do with Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital, a decaying old asylum where unspeakable crimes were once committed, and a human predator may still wait. As more bodies are found in gruesome, staged scenarios, Montoya and Abby are in a desperate race to stop a killer whose terrifying crimes are bringing them even nearer to a shocking revelation. For the past is never completely gone. Its sins must be avenged. And a twisted psychopath is getting close enough to make them … Shiver.
This was the third and final book that I chose for the PBS box. I really enjoy Lisa Jackson’s books and am always on the lookout for more of her books and was pleased to see this one available to try out.