My Copy: 9781683690399 (image from bn.com) (sigh) I really wanted to like this book. I browsed and found it and just busted out laughing. The cover caught my eye and made me wonder. And that's probably the best part of the whole thing. I stopped around 2/3 of the way through, so take this review … Continue reading Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer
from The Shinbone Star website. I felt sick when I read about the migrant women in detention, and the hysterectomies. Somehow in the back of my mind, I was hoping this step would never occur, but it seems like it has. "It can't happen here," my ass. Our ugliest human-rights defying history is rhyming very, … Continue reading Only women bleed
My Copy: 9780446574723 (image from bn.com) I wondered if I'd find a James Patterson book that I didn't like...and I finally have. To be fair and truthful, I couldn't finish the book. I stopped at about page 105. Private is about a former marine named Jack Morgan who's had some bad crap go on in … Continue reading Private (Private #1), by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
My Copy: 0553259334 (image from pinterest) I've read a few dozen Nero Wolfe novels and novellas so far, and this is one I barely remembered. I mean, I knew I read it, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me, apparently. Well, now I have an idea why. I thought the setup was … Continue reading The League of Frightened Men, by Rex Stout
My copy: 9780446561358 (image from amazon.com) It took me a bit of time to get into this one, because it felt abrupt and too fast at first...and then it just kept on going. I had a feeling I might like this one, but it's way beyond my initial expectations. The setup and the pace was … Continue reading Swimsuit, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
My Copy: 9780831777814 (image from amazon.com) I can't explain my fascination with shipwrecks. All I know is probably every other time mom took me to the public library, I'd end up taking this one home. When I found it on eBay--decades later--I couldn't believe my luck. Probably some of the best memories of my childhood … Continue reading Great Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, by Thomas E. Bonsall
The last of Doyle's novels has a heckuva punch in it. I don't remember the last time I read this, but it must've been a very long time ago because the story of the murdered man really took me by surprise, probably the biggest surprise I'd read yet in the Holmes stories.
I guess this weekend's events are still taking up space in my noggin (see yesterday's post), because I know I had other questions I could've asked today. But damn it--with our everyday lives being forced online, how the hell are we realistically supposed to be protected and protect ourselves? Now, some might be of the … Continue reading #023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?
(4/12/17 Edit: I woke up this morning and realized my title--using the word "pseudo-stalking"--shows I'm still trying to rationalize his behavior in some way. I need to call it what it was--unwanted attention and stalking--hence the change.)
My copy: 9780898798234 As a crime novelist-in-training (so to speak), I've had a soft spot for the Howdunit Series of books for writers. Some I picked out of a resale pile, others I bought online wherever I could, but I'm always eager to read, take notes, and pass them along to writing groups I've been … Continue reading Just the Facts, Ma’am: a writer’s guide to investigators & investigation techniques, by Greg Fallis