Tuesday, December 06, 2011
My September Reads
I am months behind on reporting what I have read, so I am going to catch up now. First, up is September.
All ratings are on a scale from 1 (bad) to 5 (great).
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J. K. Rowling - 4
Now that the last movie is out, I decided to reread the series. (Still haven't made it to year two, however). A slow start but still magical even if have read it before.
PIPSQUEAK by Brian M. Wiprud - 2
Taxidermist Grant Carson thinks he's found a great piece of his childhood - a squirrel puppet from an old TV show. But within moments of finding it, it is stolen and he finds a dead body. The book is a wild ride, but the plot was too far fetched to be believable much of the time. It was supposed to be funny, but it really wasn't. And the characters were mostly flat. I did care by the end, but this isn't an author I'll go back to.
A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL INTERSECTION by W. S. Gager - 4
Reporter Mitch Malone's day off ends abruptly when he stumbles on a fatal accident. But the pieces don't add up, and Mitch soon begins to suspect that it wasn't an accident but murder. It took a while for me to warm up to Mitch, but I loved the supporting players right away, and the plot was very interesting. Note: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.
WHERE YOUR DADDY? by Sue Ann Jaffarian - 4
The third in the Holidays from Hell e short story series finds Zelda visiting her not so lovable grandfather in hopes of finding out where her dad currently is living. It has the usual mix of humor and more tender moments, although the humor didn't quite work for me here.
QUICKSTEP TO MURDER by Ella Barrick - 4
Stacy Graysin is the prime suspect when her professional and business partner/former fiancee is found dead in their ballroom dance studio. I really enjoyed this new cozy series debut and look forward to finding out what happens to Stacy next.
JOANNE FLUKE'S LAKE EDEN COOKBOOK by Joanne Fluke - 5
Yes, mostly recipes, but there are a few scenes with the characters from the series that are fun. All the recipes from the early books plus some new ones to enjoy.