Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!
Where are your books taking you this week?
I will be visiting Pennsylvania this week!
Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.
Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell
Release Date – December 11, 2018
Setting – Kentucky
My Review will be up on Thursday.
Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
Release Date – November 17, 2015
Setting – New Jersey
Read Just for Fun!
Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble: A Novel
by Ann B. Ross
Release Date – April 9, 2013
Setting – North Carolina
Read Just For Fun!
Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
by Stephanie Blackmoore
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
With the holidays and Mr. Dollycas in the hospital, I will play the rest of my reads by ear, like last week, grabbing anything I want off the shelf and read as fast or as slow as I want, even taking a night completely off.
No New Cozies Being Released This Week.
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The City: A Novel
Publisher by Bantam Books(July 1, 2014)
A Random House Publishing Group
Hardcover: 416 pages
E-Book File Size: 1852 KB
The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.
Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.
I haven’t read a Dean Koontz novel since I have started blogging and this was a great one for my venture back into his unique way of storytelling. Sometimes his stories have just scared me to death but this one drew me in with its almost fantasy feel.
Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk takes us back in time and gives us an “oral history” of his life. And what a life it was. The key character to the whole story is “the city” and that doesn’t mean what you think but there will be no spoilers here. Jonah’s story is very complex and includes some characters them seem very ordinary at the beginning but become extraordinary in the end. I was shocked that the adult Jonah and I have something in common. This story then evoked some totally new emotions.
Let’s face it Koontz is a master storyteller. He creates plots that so intricate and multifaceted that grip the reader so tightly while examining hard issues. His characters come to life right off the page and his descriptive talents bring the time and place alive as well. There is so much going on in this story readers need to slow down and savor the words. There are several elements interwoven with the main theme that all add up to make this an outstanding story.
Now For The Giveaway!!
One lucky reader will win signed copies of The City for their ENTIRE book club (maximum 20 copies), and Dean will give the winning book club a Facebook shout out to his 1.4 million Facebook fans!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This is a challenge to help us get some of those books on out To-Be Read stacks read without the pressure of a review (unless we want to) or meeting any other challenge. These books are read totally Just For Fun.
The Heist: A Novel
(Fox and O’Hare)
First in Series
Bantam Books (JUNE 18, 2013)
Published By Random House
Hardcover: 320 pages
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
E-Book File Size: 1893 KB
From Janet Evanovich, #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.
Nicolas Fox is an international con man, famous for running elaborate scams on very rich and powerful people. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail for years—particularly FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare. But just when it seems that Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with O’Hare.
Their first assignment takes them to the side streets of Berlin, the California desert, and remote Indonesian islands as they team up to catch Derek Griffin, a corrupt investment banker charged with stealing millions from his clients. Finding Griffin on his private island is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.
As a Janet Evanovich fan I knew I would like this story.
While the authors stretch reality with a female who is a former Navy SEAL, this character was quite interesting but she is no Stephanie Plum. Kate O’Hare is a great protagonist and a woman on a mission and then that mission suddenly gets turned upside down. Likewise Nicolas Fox is an awesome con man but he is no Ranger, but he is a thorn in Kate side, that does make her heart rate increase.
Putting aside Evanovich’s Plum Series and letting this series stand on its own is hard but readers have to do that. This story does have some humor but it is more complex and plotted out just a bit differently which is what I believe Goldberg brings to the story. Together they bring us a story that is entertaining.
It was an amazing fast read. There were a few tense moments of suspense but this is a very light mystery. A fun beach read or a fun break if you read a lot of thriller books.
I have the second book, The Chase, waiting on my kindle and I plan to read it soon. For me the jury is still out on this series.
*This book was from my private collection.
Yes that says August. My life has just been crazy since Great Escapes Book Tours have taken off. I am reading about 1 less book a week and I really hate that! but I am loving these tours so I just need to sleep less, read and type faster, and maybe spend a little less time talking to friends on Facebook. 🙂
One of my challenges this year has to get to caught up on some of my favorite series. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich is the one I am concentrating on right now. I love these stories and they seem to give me just the pick me up I need. Plus they are really fast reads! Thankfully this is a Just For Fun catch up month!
Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Random House Publishing
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages (May 15, 2012)
Hardcover: 320 pages (November 22, 2011)
E-Book File Size: 1099 KB
Stephanie Plum was on the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii when things go horribly wrong and she heads back to Trenton early. When she returns home she finds out the guy in the seat next to her on the airplane for the first leg of her trip home has been found dead. No wonder he missed the flight. His killer could be anyone and when Stephanie learns the FBI is involved and that the key seems to be a picture the deceased was supposed to be carrying she knows she is in trouble. She has seen that picture, in her carry on bag from the plane.
So now she appears to be the killers new target plus Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.
These stories are like a pair of comfortable slippers. All the characters we have grown to love getting themselves in crazy trouble and Ranger and Morelli doing their best to win Stephanie’s heart and keep her alive in the process.
Since the movie was made I can clearly picture all the characters even though Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will always be my vision of Ranger. Just my personal preference.
The stories are light and funny and a very quick read. When I need to escape into a book for pure amusement Stephanie Plum is my go to girl. She and Lula always put a smile on my face.
*This book was from my private collection.
Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum Novels)
17th in Series
Bantam Books (June 21, 2011)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
E-Book File Size: 1401 KB
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Vinnie is just trying to rebuild his bail bonds office but that is not happening easily. When the backhoe shows up to prepare the sight they find much more than they bargained for. Not just one dead body but two and there could be more.
Stephanie just wants to pick up her FTA’s and collect her pay but she can’t help but do a little investigating. She needs to do something to get her mind off the curse Morelli’s grandmother put on her and her family has decided she really needs to settle down so they are throwing yet another man at her.
When she finds out the dead bodies have been left to scare her, she realizes the killer may be after her next.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
Sunday afternoon I was in the mood to read something fun. It didn’t take me long to pick up this book. You just can’t go wrong with a Stephanie Plum novel. They are quick reads and like always this one had me laughing out loud.
Let’s see besides the dead bodies, you have a man that always seems to answer his door stark naked who found out how quickly Lula can blow if you call her “fat”. Then you have another man who has failed to appear who thinks he is a vampire and will only come out at night. Another man who has no money so he leaves his “dancing bear” with Vinnie as collateral. Oh my this batch of bailed out individuals were something else.
Of course you have the regular cast of characters, “hunkalicious” Ranger, “McDreamy” Morelli, bodacious Lula, and Crazy Grandma Mazur all keep Stephanie’s life in utter chaos.
As any series that goes on this long things can get a little stale sometimes but it was the perfect pick me up for me. Just what I needed.
*This book was from my personal collection.