Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday – April 9, 2018

Mailbox Mondays

This one came from my grandmother with her description of it as being “really good.” Harlan Coben has never let me down, so I’m sure it is really good!

Don't Let Go.jpgSuburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since his senior year of high school, when his twin brother, Leo, and Leo’s girlfriend, Diana, were found dead on the railroad tracks – and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions – about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana – whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.


So my local used book store is unfortunately closing down 😥 They had tried to sell it and had a buyer, but something happened and the sale fell through. You have NO IDEA how much I wanted to buy this bookstore. I would be in absolute heaven. So anyway, I stopped in there last Friday after work. The picture below is 26 books that I picked up in a big bag of thrillers. Kind of a blind date type of thing, it was all sealed up and sold for $10. I figured why not…. I did pretty good. I’ve read one of those already and three others I already own, but I figured 22 books for not knowing what I was getting was pretty good. Besides … some of these look really interesting – lots of new-to-me authors!  

And this stack are the books that I picked out myself off the shelves. 

I’m sure I’ll make another stop back in there before they close (in mid-May) …. but there were already big gaps in their shelves that hadn’t been there a month or so ago 😦 And now I will have to drive at least 2 hours in order to get to a used book store. That’s a bummer … we do still have a Barnes & Noble locally, but there’s just something about used bookstores that I love.

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Review: Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood
by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood

Copyright: 2015

Pages: 336

Read: March 24-29, 2018

Rating: 2.5/5

Source: Barnes & Noble Serial Reads

 

 

Blurb: London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her young son has vanished, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man, an art collector seemingly beyond reach of the law.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson’s friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes’ own artistic nature to the limits.

 


Review: This was Barnes & Noble’s March selection on their Serial Reads program. I was really unsure about reading this one. While I do enjoy mysteries, Sherlock Holmes has never really been a huge draw for me. I posted the introduction to this book here, and based on the comments it was split whether or not my visitors would continue reading the book based on the intro. To be honest, the first few pages didn’t really immediately draw me in either, but I eventually got interested enough in the book to continue on.

Overall, this wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It just wasn’t really a home run for me either. It fell somewhere in the “eh” category. It felt a little convoluted and I didn’t like how the storyline kept switching from the missing boy to the art theft and back to the missing boy, constantly… I think it was a little too much. I wanted Holmes to concentrate on one or the other cases.

I’m not entirely sold that this book was really written in the Sherlock Holmes “way.”  It didn’t feel entirely authentic. Not that I’m an expert in Sherlock Holmes, but I just felt like something was missing from his character. It didn’t feel like an authentic Sherlock Holmes character in this book.

To be honest, this book didn’t do much for me in the end. It was a decent enough read for   a freebie. However, I don’t really feel the need to read the second book in this series. I’m not even entirely sure I would recommend this book. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to hard-core Sherlock Holmes fans … but I suppose the casual mystery lover may find something in this that I simply didn’t.

First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph – April 3, 2018

First Chapter

So this week I am featuring the April selection for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club:

Home Fire

Isma was going to miss her flight. The ticket wouldn’t be refunded, because the airline took no responsibility for passengers who arrived at the airport three hours ahead of the departure time and were escorted to an interrogation room.

Not going to lie …. that immediately caught my attention!! What about you?! Would you continue reading!?

Monthly Wrap Up

March 2018 Wrap-Up

Ok, so March was a pretty good month all around for me. I had some pretty good reading … had a good Spring Break with the family in Florida … it was just a good month and I’m definitely looking forward to April! (Bring on warmer weather, too!) I was able to finish five books and 1,634 pages. I’ve started the second book in the James Thomas Flexner George Washington series. Here’s what I read this month [Art in the Blood‘s review will be posted in April]:

George Washington- The Forge of ExperienceBaby TeethAll Together DeadMallory's OracleArt in the Blood

Baby Teeth would probably be my favorite this month. I enjoyed it, but I think it will be very divisive – you’ll either like it or you won’t. I am definitely on the like it side though!

Once again I did a lot of pre-scheduling this month and was able to provide quite a bit of content. To briefly recap:

March was a fun-filled month for us with our big roadtrip down to Florida. I had posted a few weeks before we left that I wasn’t really looking forward to it … we went with the in-laws. And to be honest, for the most part we had a good time. There was a hiccup or two (to be expected), but the kids had an absolute blast and that’s what really matters. It would have been nicer had the weather been a little warmer, but it beat the snow that we got back at home our first full day down there!

We didn’t watch a single movie in the month of March. Bummer.

We were able to spruce up a few areas of our house this month. We changed out some drapes and bathmats in our master bath and put up some new wall hangings. That made a world of difference in there. We also replaced some drapes in our living room. We’ve been in our house for a little over 3 years and for the most part have done very little to make it our own. We’re finally ready to start making some changes and doing some stuff around to make it feel more like our home. I hope to be able to get a painter in there to get some of our rooms repainted. Nathan would like to put up some crown molding. I guess we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that this is probably home for the foreseeable future we might as well make it more to our liking … ha! We still have a long way to go, but as Nathan likes to tell me … one room at a time 🙂

I started attending a new class at the gym. I’ve been taking kickboxing twice a week since August and now I’m adding in a step class twice a week. I’m already so sore, but I know that I’m going to get some new results simply because of the change in routine. All total, I’m down 28 pounds since March of 2017 🙂 But I’ve still got a long way to go… I don’t necessarily have a set number goal in mind … but someone please tell me how can someone lose 28lbs and not lose a freaking pants size?! Like it’s mindboggling….

Well I think that’s all I have for this month. Back to reading 🙂