Tuesday, January 29, 2008

18. Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard

A mysterious plane crash . . . a dangerous trek through the Idaho wilderness . . . a smoldering attraction . . . and a deadly game of cat and mouse. In her latest tour de force of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard blends these elements into a gripping story that will keep readers breathless–and leave them begging for more. For in Linda Howard’s world, trust can be a weapon, a kiss can be a threat, and intimacy can be deadly.

Bailey Wingate’s scheming adult stepchildren are surprised when their father’s will leaves Bailey in control of their fortune, and war ensues. A year later, while flying from Seattle to Denver in a small plane, Bailey nearly dies herself when the engine sputters–and then fails.

Cam Justice, her sexy Texan pilot, manages to crash-land the aircraft. Stranded in the wilderness, and struggling to douse her feelings for the ruggedly handsome man by her side, Bailey begins to wonder whether this was a mere accident. Who tampered with their plane? Who’s trying to reunite Bailey and her husband in the afterlife? Cut off from the world, and with little hope of rescue, Bailey must trust her life–and heart–to Cam, as they battle the harsh elements to find a way out of the unforgiving wilds and back to civilization . . . where a killer may be waiting to finish the job.

I usually love Linda Howard's books. For me this one was way to predictable. On the other hand it was a very quick read.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen

She has a gift of unspeakable power....

He must control her or destroy her....

For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head - voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Megan possesses psychic powers that have been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she's tried so desperately to forget. But now everything has come to a boiling point - someone is trying to kill her, and others are trying to use her, including the deadly and seductive Neal Grady. Shocking secrets about her life and her mother's death bombard her as she fights to take control of her heritage and save herself and everything she believes in. Grady holds the key to understanding her future, a future in which Megan's life will never be the same.

If she survives to have a future.

I have been reading Iris Johansen for years, and even though this books was not about Eve Duncan...and in the beginning I was not fond of the book, I ended up really enjoying it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

16. Too Pretty To Die by Susan McBride

They call them "pretty parties," and they're the latest rage among Dallas debutantes—get-togethers with light refreshments, heavy gossip, and Dr. Sonja Madhavi and her magic Botox needles. Former socialite Andy Kendricks normally wouldn't be caught dead at such an event, but she's attending as a favor to her friend Janet, a society reporter in search of a juicy story. And boy does she find one when aging beauty queen Miranda DuBois bursts into the room—drunk, disorderly, and packing a pistol.

Miranda's wrinkles have seen better days, and she blames it all on Dr. Madhavi. Luckily, Andy calms her down and gets her home to bed . . . where she's found dead the next morning. The police suspect suicide, but Andy knows that no former pageant girl would give up that easily. She's determined to find Miranda's killer herself, but she'll have to be careful. After all, Botox can make you look younger, but it can't bring you back from the grave.

I have really enjoyed this series. Since this is the last book in the series I was torn between reading it right away or waiting a few years. Of course I had to read it. I thought the ending was kind of lame...I am going to miss Andy and the gang.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

15. Capitol Conspiracy by William Bernhardt

Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid has found himself smack in the middle of more than a few controversies and deadly predicaments–and the unexpected leap from his modest Tulsa law offices to Washington, D.C.’s Senate chamber hasn’t taken the edge off Ben’s knack for stepping into the line of fire. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of lethal intrigue when a shocking campaign of terror against key government officials rocks the nation’s capital.

The nightmare begins with the abduction and murder of the director of Homeland Security; escalates with the killing of the Senate minority leader, who is felled in his office by an envelope laced with weaponized poison; and comes to a shattering climax at the site of the Oklahoma City Memorial, where a fusillade of sniper fire meant for the president claims unintended victims. In all, twelve people perish in the melee, while Ben himself narrowly escapes a car-bomb blast that leaves his best friend, Tulsa cop Mike Morelli, comatose. But the smoke has barely cleared when the stunned nation is sent reeling yet again by the president’s impassioned call to amend the U.S. Constitution with an antiterrorism law that would drastically curtail civil liberties.

I love this series and I could not put this book down until I finished it. Lots of twists and turns,that keep you turning the pages. William Bernhardt has never disappointed me. I can't wait for the next book.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

14. Stripped by Brian Freeeman

There is a serial killer at work and he is doing a fine job of leaving everyone confused. I really enjoyed this book. This is the second book in the series and it does not disappoint. Lots of twists and turns.
I had a hard time putting this one down...So I had to stay up really late last night to finsh it. Looking forward to the next book and catching up with Jonathan and Serena.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

13. A Peach Of A Murder by Livia J Washburn

The first in a new to me cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book. I was so wrapped up in the story that I never realized who the killer was. Also some great sounding recipes at the back of the book that I will have to try.

I have the next book in the series sitting here so looking forward to seeing what trouble Phyllis, Sam, Carolyn and Eve get into. I really like the main characters in this story.

12. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

Another between the numbers books that I think are very corny and very short. So why do I read them. My mother loves this series of books. My cousin gave her some to read awhile back and she really enjoyed them. So now when a new book comes out I buy it and give them to her to read to keep her updated.

So I have to read them since at times she talks about the books with me. LOL She especially gets a kick out of grandma and Lulu.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

11. Adam and Evil

Philadelphia Prep's English teacher, Amanda Pepper, is distracted by a mid-life crisis . Amanda has been having trouble with Adam, an intelligent but erratic student who tests her resolve to continue teaching. Adam's behavior has become disturbing: his essays are nonsensical, and he is acting hostile. Amanda thinks he should be getting professional help. During a meeting with his parents, however, they accuse Amanda of being the problem. The next day, while Amanda's class is in the library, an assistant librarian in the Rare Books Room is strangled, and Adam goes missing. The police are sure Adam killed the woman, but Amanda isn't convinced. To exonerate the boy, she determines to find out more about the victim, who was a friend of Amanda's sister, Beth. The siblings compile a list of possible killers, including an ambitious former husband, who took everything in the divorce, and a sister to whom the dead woman loaned money. In the meantime, Amanda is having problems with her live-in lover, C.K. Mackenzie, who believes Adam is guilty and is trying to track him down. She is also in trouble with her principal, at first for angering Adam's parents, then for bringing unwanted media attention to the school.

I am making my way thru this series and plan to finish them really soon. I was not as thrilled with this one. Hoping the next one is better

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Collectors by David Baldacci

renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and selling our country's secrets to the highest bidder. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers headed by ex-CIA assassin Caleb Shaw, becomes involved with Seagraves through a killing at the Library of Congress, where one of the club members works. Meanwhile, an enigmatic young woman, Annabelle Conroy, is assembling a team to engineer a "long con," a $33 million scam targeting Jerry Bagger, the sleazy owner of an Atlantic City casino.

I loved this book. Now why did I have it sitting here for such a long time. I already have the next one in the series sitting here and it will be read very soon.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford

When Bernadette Simmons goes to work for her sister Libby's catering business in New York, it's a recipe for disaster as the two find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery they can really sink their teeth into. It's only been a few days since Bernie and Libby started working together I A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full - baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a "Dracula" theme and a very strange guest of honour: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're proven right when Laird pours a glass of water, takes a long sip - and drops stone-cold dead...Now, with murder on the menu and Libby under suspicion, the sisters will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit - in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite.

I loved this book. Not sure why I had it sitting here for such a long time.. I am happy that I finally picked it up and read it. Looking forward to more in the series.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hokus Pokus by Fern Michaels

There is no match for the Sisterhood - the seven friends who have taken vigilante justice to a new level - not even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the women foiled former FBI director Mitch Riley's plot to frame their friends Judge Nellie Easter and lawyer Lizzie Fox, now they must remain in exile or risk capture. They can't complain about their opulent digs on a remote, luxurious mountaintop, but the ladies desperately miss home.

Their wish to return might come true sooner than they expect when they receive a panicked call from Supreme Court Chief Justice Pearl Barnes, who faces blackmail for her own illegal brand of justice. Now the women must not only sneak back into the United States, but also remain undetected as they investigate. But how do you make seven women disappear? With a nosy reporter on the brink of exposing them, the clock is ticking as the Sisterhood tries to create a little magic - and save the day . . .

Another great installment in the sisterhood series. You know everything is going to work out for them in the end...but still a fun read

A Murderous Glaze by Melissa Glazer

This debut of the Clay and Crime mysteries introduces Vermont paint-your-own-pottery shop owner Carolyn Emerson, who after finding dead body, must clear her name, with the help of The Firing Squad, her shops pottery club. Includes directions for a pottery project.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Death Song by Michael McGarrity

I read a lot of series and I am always happy when the next book come out. Michael McGarrity does it again. This book does not disappoint. In fact I came home from work early and relaxed and read until I was finished with it. Now the long wait for the next one.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Knitting Bones by Monica Ferris

It was nice catching up with Betsy and crew. Not the best book in the series but
still an enjoyable read.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper

I have been waiting awhile for this book to be released and in my opinion it was
worth the wait. I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out.It was nice to catch up with Bishop and the gang, and the new characters.

Monday, January 7, 2008

The Devil Served Tortellini by Shirley Jump

I don't usually read romance, unless they are romantic suspense...However, I have had this sitting here for awhile... I enjoyed it. It was a fun cute story.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Ghost And The Dead Man's Library

I really enjoy this Haunted Bookshop Mystery. I enjoy the interaction of
Pen and Jack. Can't wait for the next one to come out in May

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson

Cissy Cahill's world is unraveling.. Members of her family are dying.. Why and who is doing it Very good mystery. Lisa Jackson does not disappoint. Not sure why it took me so long to pick this one off of the shelves but I am glad that I did