Tuesday, April 29, 2008

63. Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber

About the book

Widow Anne Marie Roche owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but still feels empty. Anne Marie creates a list of 20 wishes, which leads her to volunteer at a school, where she meets eight-year-old Ellen. Soon, both learn that wishes can come true.

I loved this book. I always enjoy a trip back to Blossom St.

Monday, April 28, 2008

62. Santa Fe Dead By Stuart Woods

About the book

When last we encountered Ed Eagle, he had been the target of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by his wife, Barbara, the ultimate black widow. But when Barbara escapes from police custody, Ed knows that not only will his life be in danger but also the life of his new girlfriend, and, of course, of any rich man unlucky enough to be lured into Barbara's web. To add to his troubles, Ed has taken on a new client, Don Wells, who may or may not have murdered his own wife and son.
From the posh resorts of southern California to the New Mexico desert and the seedy hotels of Tijuana, Ed Eagle will follow every lead and hope that he doesn't wind up "Santa Fe Dead."

Overall I enjoyed this. A bit slow in spots. And I knew from the beginning how it would end up.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

61. Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

about the book

After twenty years, Elizabeth "Betts" McGee has finally managed to put her past behind her. She hasn't been home to beautiful South Carolina and untouched Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston's golden boy, J. D. Langley.
Now twenty years have gone by and Betts, a top investment bank executive, must leave her comfortable life in New York City to return to the home she thought she'd left behind forever. But spearheading the most important project of her career puts her back in contact with everything she's tried so hard to forget: her estranged sister, her father, J.D., and her past.
Once she's home, can Betts keep the secret that threatens all she holds dear? Or will her fear of the past wreck her future happiness? And what about that crazy gator? All will be revealed on Bulls Island.

AN ok read. I usually love her books but this one was to predictable.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

60. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

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Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill—the latest in a string of issues at school—they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."
Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for Spencer put together by his classmates, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death ... and he wasn't alone. She thinks it is Adam Baye standing just outside the camera's range; but when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community. For Tia and Mike Baye, the question they must answer is this: When it comes to your kids, is it possible to know too much?

Very good book. Keeps you reading until you make it to the end. Who needs sleep.

Monday, April 21, 2008

59. Die For Me by Karen Rose

About the book

Homicide detective Vito Ciccotelli has never encountered a killer who murders young women with ancient weapons and torture devices. Archaeologist Sophie Johnson is called in for her expertise on medieval warfare. Although they feel an instant attraction, Vito and Sophies troubled pasts keep them from getting too close

I loved this book. The suspense was great.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

58. Eat, Drink and by Wary by Tamar Myers

about the book

When Magdalena Yoder, proprietor of the PennDutch Inn, reluctantly agreed to her cook's request to host the East Coast Delicacies Bake-Off, she never thought it would turn into a recipe for murder. When the sponsor of the contest is found with a paring knife in his back, and the Inn's own cook is named the number-one suspect, it's up to Magdalena to solve the crime--before the killer stops her first!

No 6 in the series. I like these books. but I really think there is way to much repeating.....

57. On Thin Ice by Alina Adams

About the Book

Bex Levy has seen her share of skating stars. But thirteen-year-old Jeremy Hunt may be the best of the best, with his winning smile, flawless technique, and more talent than most skaters twice his age. So, when his strangely protective father refuses to allow him to go to Nationals, and the two vanish, Bex knows there's a better story off the ice than on.

I still have to think about this one. It was ok. A bit far-fetched at times..

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

56. Jasmine Moon Murder by Laura Childs

About the book

Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery. When the organizer drops dead--and it looks like foul play, Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation. Includes a recipe and tea-making tips.

I really enjoy this series and need to get caught up. I don't like tea but do enjoy the tea-making tips.

55. Stone Cold by David Baldacci

About the book

In a razor-sharp story of revenge, recurring characters Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are back to save the life of a beautiful con-artist, to implicate a shady casino king, and to solve a string of murders of Washington, D.C., political staffers.

I love this book and series. Not sure why I left it sitting here for such a long time.

Very happy that I finally read it.

54. Faux Finished by Peg Marberg

About the book
First in a new series. Seville, Indiana, has one interior design firm, co-founded by Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr. Lately they're finding that the keen eyes needed for plotting color schemes and tracking down flea market treasures also come in handy for interpreting more sinister designs. Includes decorating tips

I kind of liked this but something bugged me and I can't figure out what.. I guess I will have to give the next one a try.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

53. Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark

About the book

It has been ten years since twenty-one-year-old Charles MacKenzie Jr. ("Mack") went missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already accepted at Duke University Law School, he walked out of his apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side without a word to his college roommates and has never been seen again. However, he does make one ritual phone call to his mother every year: on Mother's Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, in the tragedy of 9/11 does not bring him home or break the pattern of his calls.
Mack's sister, Carolyn, is now twenty-six, a law school graduate, and has just finished her clerkship for a civil court judge in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies, yet she realizes that she will never be able to have closure and get on with her life until she finds her brother. She resolves to discover what happened to Mack and why he has found it necessary to hide from them. So this year when Mack makes his annual Mother's Day call, Carolyn interrupts to announce her intention to track him down, no matter what it takes. The next morning after Mass, her uncle, Monsignor Devon MacKenzie, receives a scrawled message left in the collection basket: "Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me."
Mack's cryptic warning does nothing to deter his sister from taking up the search, despite the angry reaction of her mother, Olivia, and the polite disapproval of Elliott Wallace, Carolyn's honorary uncle, who is clearly in love with Olivia.

Not the best book she has written but I did enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

52. Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark

About the book
As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it's not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to discover. Minutes later, the blackout strikes, and both Reillys are called into action.

I am not sure why I continue to read this books. They are not the best written books,but I somehow became hooked on them. However, I have learned not to buy them in hardback, and borrow them from the library instead..Actually this one was a bit better than the last one

Monday, April 7, 2008

51. Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

About the book

Sara Linton— resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, — has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara’ s help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. But soon Sara an Jeffery are sifting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day— until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads.

I have loved this series since I read the first book way back in 2002? This book sat on the bookshelf for 8 months. Not sure why. Ok Maybe I have way to many other books sitting here. This book had me from page 1, I was annoyed that I had to work and could not just sit home and read...I knew something bad was going to happen at the end and it did... I know I will have to read the next book to see how it all plays out. I am still unhappy with the direction the author went....but she is the author and I am only a reader.. I hope the next book justifys the ending of this one.

50. Quicksand by Iris Johansen

About the Book

Obsessed with finding her daughter, Bonnie, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan enlists the aid of Dr. Megan Blair to help bring Bonnie's killer to justice, embarking on a perilous quest, accompanied by Joe Quinn, that will either bring her ultimate closure and revenge or destroy everything--and everyone--she cares about.

I love this series and was thrilled when I found out there would be a new book..Just when I think, ok this has gone on long enough...this storyline has to be coming to a close..The author finds away to hook me again and hoping that the next book will be coming out really soon.. If you have not read this series you need to find the first one and give it a go.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

49. Change Of Heart by Jodi Picoult

About the book
Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.
For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.
Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

It is hard to comment about this book without giving something away. So I will take the easy way out. I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think and just when you think you know what will happen..here comes something out of left field. If you have not read this book you should.