Sunday, December 30, 2018

Week Fifty-Two - 0 to Go

Setting is a small town, where John Sandford presents rural life with intense honesty. The teen character, J.J. Skinner, could become a potential Virgil Flowers. Hope the reader like pot pies. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Week Fifty-One - 1 to Go

Due to the verbose plot, this may not be the best WWI Nurse Bess Crawford Mystery. But a delightful new character, Australian Sergeant Larimore, saves the day.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2019

What's not to love about a challenge? Here is one, 2019 52 Books in 52 Weeks, that runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The rules are simple.



Week One

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week Fifty - 2 to Go

Helen Brann did a good job of picking up the ball and completing this Spenser novel. But Helen Brann is no Ace Atkins. While the voice is close to that of Spenser, the book comes up short regarding the Spenser humor.



Week Forty-Seven - 5 to Go

Desperate measures, indeed. Placing the focus of this novel on the murders of several blonde females, Stuart Woods desperately attempts to fill pages with a shallow story line. But true to Barrington's material wealth, the crew (Dino, Viv, and Stone’s latest tryst) visit swanky restaurants, use custom cars, and provide housing for Stone’s employees.


Week Forty-Nine - 3 to Go

Stan Lee, a cultural icon, was born Stanley Lieber. Bob Batchelor notes how Lee’s wife, Joanie, played a decisive role in encouraging him to become a comic book revolutionary. Bob Batchelor did well in presenting this account of a legend.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Week Forty-Eight - 4 to Go

Doris Kearns Goodwin is an excellent wordsmith which makes her latest title an extraordinary read. Mining the lives of four U.S. presidents, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and LBJ, Goodwin gives examples of how leadership is driven by great difficulties.