Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rumpole and the Angel of Death, by John Mortimer

Title: Rumpole and the Angel of Death
Author: John Mortimer
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library audiobook
Started: 9/10/2019
Finished: 9/15/2019

Another great Rumpole novel. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Rumpole for the Defense, by John Mortimer

  • Title:  Rumpole for the Defense
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 9/7/2019
  • Finished: 9/9/2019
Another great Rumpole book.

Friday, September 6, 2019

King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard

  • Title:  King Solomon's Mines
  • Author:  H. Rider Haggard
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 9/4/2019
  • Finished: 9/6/2019
Fun, easy, classic adventure story.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

She, by H. Rider Haggard

Title: She
Author: H. Rider Haggard
Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library audiobook
Started: 8/30/2019
Finished: 9/3/2019

Entertaining adventure story. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Dear Mr M, by Herman Koch

  • Title:  Dear Mr. M
  • Author:  Herman Koch
  • Purchased from Ocean City, MD Public Library (hardback, book sale)
  • Started:  8/27/2019
  • Finished: 9/2/2019
Didn't love this one, but I have to admit I did not see the twist coming.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Rumpole and the Golden Thread, by John Mortimer

  • Title:  Rumpole and the Golden Thread
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started:  8/28/2019
  • Finished:  8/29/2019
These are just fantastic books.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Paris, I love you but you're bringing me down, by Rosecrans Baldwin

Book club selection -- an easy read but not very enjoyable.


Monday, August 26, 2019

The Trials of Rumpole, by John Mortimer

  • Title:  The Trials of Rumpole
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 8/25/2019
  • Finished: 8/26/2019
It is all Rumpole all the time for me, I should move onto something else but these are just so enjoyable...

Friday, August 23, 2019

Rumpole a'la Carte, by John Mortimer

  • Title: Rumpole a'la Carte
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started:8/22/2019
  • Finished: 8/23/2019
Absolutely loving these Rumpole short stories.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rumpole of the Bailey, by John Mortimer

  • Title: Rumpole of the Bailey
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 8/19/2019
  • Finished: 8/20/2019
Really enjoying these Rumpole books, in the middle of another one now.  Expertly read by David Case (aka Frederick Davidson).

Monday, August 19, 2019

Rumpole's Last Case, by John Mortimer

  • Title: Rumpole's Last Case
  • Author:  John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 8/1/2019
  • Finished: 8/19/2019
Very entertaining, I'll be listening to more of these...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lullaby, by Ace Atkins

Title: Lullaby
Author: Ace Atkins
Purchased paperback from salvation army in Key Largo
Started: 8/17/2019
Finished 8/18/2019

Spenser novel, pretty enjoyable. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Death in Paradise, by Robert Parker

Title: Death in Paradise
Author: Robert Parker
Purchased in paperback from salvation army in Key Largo, FL
Started: 8/16/2019
Finished: 8/17/2019

Enjoyable Jesse Stone novel. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Red Death, by Walter Mosley

Title: A Red Death
Author: Walter Mosley
Borrowed from Little Free Library in Ocean City MD (paperback)
Started: 8/10/2019
Finished: 8/16/2019

Second book in the Easy Rawlins series, a bit far fetched but a fun read. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Ticket to the Boneyard

Title: A Ticket to the Boneyard
Author: Lawrence Block
Borrowed from Little Library in Ocean City, MD (paperback)
Started: 8/4/2019
Finished: 8/6/2019

Easy and decent detective novel. Good vacation read. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Ice Harvest, by Scott Phillips

  • Title:  The Ice Harvest
  • Author:  Scott Phillips
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/30/2019
  • Finished: 7/31/2019
This was entertaining enough, but seemed a bit like an Elmore Leonard knock-off.  You could see the ending coming from a mile away.  Still, enjoyable short novel.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Out of Sight, by Elmore Leonard

  • Title:  Out of Sight
  • Author:  Elmore Leonard
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/25/2019
  • Finished: 7/30/2019
Another enjoyable Leonard crime novel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Deck the Hounds, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Deck the Hounds
  • Author:  David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/23/2019
  • Finished: 7/24/2019
Not the best of these books, but a good way to spend a few hours walking to/from the office.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Night Film, by Marisha Pessl

  • Title:  Night Film
  • Author:  Marisha Pessl
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/13/2019
  • Finished: 7/22/2019
I liked this one a lot, kept me guessing, was never sure where it was going.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Title: Normal People
Author: Sally Rooney
Purchased hardback from Kramer Books in DC
Started: 7/09/2019
Finished: 7/21/2019

Book club selection, didn't love it. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Elephant of Surprise, by Joe R. Lansdale

Title: The Elephant of Surprise
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Borrowed from DC Public Library (Hardback)
Started: 7/13/2019
Finished: 7/13/2019

Picked up this hold from my local library on Saturday late morning and spent a pleasant day reading it off and on between walks with the dog, sitting on the balcony, grilling, and of course drinking.  An easy, fun, action-movie read for a relaxing day. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz

  • Title:  The House of Silk
  • Author:  Anthony Horowitz
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/9/2019
  • Finished: 7/12/2019
I've been reading a lot of Horowitz recently... this was probably the best of the bunch.  It wasn't tough to figure out the mystery, but it was definitely a good Holmes pastiche.  

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Crossing, by Howard Fast

  • Title:  The Crossing
  • Author:  Howard Fast
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library, ebook
  • Started:6/10/2019
  • Finished: 7/8/2019
This is not a long novel and it is very good, so don't let the month it took me to read it fool you.  I was simply having difficulty finding the time to devote to it.

In fact, I loved this book, as I have many of Fast's novels.  I'd venture to say he is right now one of my favorite writers for historical fiction.  July 4th was a fun time to be reading this one.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Trigger Mortis, by Anthony Horowitz

  • Title:  Trigger Mortis
  • Author: Anthony Horowitz
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 7/2/2019
  • Finished: 7/8/2019
Non-Flemming Bond book, not bad.  The narrator did a decent job with Bond, but terrible with many other characters and all females. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Lives of the Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius

  • Title:  Lives of the Twelve Caesars
  • Author:  Suetonius
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 6/25/2019
  • Finished: 7/1/2019
Enjoyable & gossipy, hard to believe how long ago these events took place and when this was written.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz

  • Title:  Moriarty
  • Author:  Anthony Horowitz
  • Borrowed from Worcester County Public Library
  • Started: 6/19/2019
  • Finished: 6/24/2019
This book wasn't great, but the ending was pretty good.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The World's Most Haunted House, by William J. Hall

  • Title:  The World's Most Haunted House
  • Author:  William J Hall
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started:6/16/2019
  • Finished: 6/18/2019
After seeing some of The Conjuring movies I was curious about Ed & Lorraine Warren books.  I couldn't locate any so I went with this one that the Warren's at least participated in.  Wasn't a great book, but to my mind neither was the Amityville Horror (never understood people who thought that book was scary).  One thing this book did have going for it were the official documents and transcripts.  Near the end you get a clear-headed account in one of these transcripts that provides the most rational explanation of the events.  It's a sad story for the little girl at the center, and her overbearing parents (especially mom).

Monday, June 10, 2019

Circe, by Madeline Miller

  • Title:  Circe
  • Author:  Madeline Miller
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library
  • Started: 6/6/2019
  • Finished: 6/10/2019
Following Miller's Song of Achilles I decided to move right onto Circe.  I liked them both, but I need a break from mythology now...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan

Title: Machines Like Me
Author: Ian McEwan
Purchased from Amazon Kindle edition
Started: 5/32019
Finished: 6/9/2019

Book club selection, not sure how I feel about it. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

  • Title:  The Song of Achilles
  • Author:  Madeline Miller
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 6/2/2019
  • Finished: 6/5/2019
Took me a while to get into this one but overall enjoyed it.  Wasn't thrilled with the narrator, but he did a reasonable job.  

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rescued, by David Rosenfelt

Title: Rescued
Author: David Rosenfeld
Borrowed from Worcester Md Public Library audiobook
Started:5/28/2019
Finished: 6/2/2019

Another Andy Carpenter book, funny but not as funny as some.  Another major terrorist attack thwarted...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Ten Caesars, by Barry Strauss

Title: Ten Caesars
Author: Barry Strauss
Borrowed from DC Public Library Hardback
Started: 5/15/2019
Finished: 5/28/2019

This was ok but not great. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Borrowed from Fairfax county public library audiobook
Started: 5/20/2019
Finished: 5/27/2019

Pretty blah thriller. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Mexican Tree Duck, by James Crumley

Title: The Mexican Tree Duck
Author: James Crumley
Purchased from Amazon used hardback
Started: 5/18/2019
Finished: 5/24/2019

Enjoyed this one but not as much as The Last Good Kiss. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sharpe's Triumph, by Bernard Cornwell

Title:  Sharpe's Triumph
Author:  Bernard Cornwell
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library
Started: 5/15/2019
Finished: 5/19/2019

I still don't love these Richard Sharpe books, but I do love the narration (David Case).  Going to try to find something else and not turn back to these.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Witch Elm, by Tana French

  • Title:  The Witch Elm
  • Author: Tana French
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 5/6/2019
  • Finished: 5/14/2019
Struggled with this one, didn't like it nearly as much as other French novels.  Didn't care for or about any of the characters which made it a tough read to enjoy.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bunker Hill, by Howard Fast

Title: Bunker Hill
Author: Howard Fast
Borrowed from Worcester Md Public Library e-book
Started: 5/7/2019
Finished: 5/11/2019

Loving these Howard Fast novels, this was no exception.  

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sharpe's Tiger, by Bernard Cornwell

Title: Sharpe's Tiger
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library audiobook
Started: 4/30/2019
Finished: 5/5/2019

First in the Richard Sharpe books (chronologically, anyway).  Reasonably enjoyable, but no Flashman...

The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See

Title: The Island of Sea Women
Author: Lisa See
Purchased from Amazon Kindle edition
Started: 4/29/2018
Finished: 5/52019

Book club book, did not like this one. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Claudius the God: And His Wife Messalina, by Robert Graves

I'm very sad this is over, I love I, Claudius as well as this second volume, Claudius the God.  I think I could read this on an annual basis.


Friday, April 26, 2019

April Morning, by Howard Fast

Title: April Morning
Author: Howard Fast
Borrowed from Worcester Md Public library ebook
Started: 4/20/2019
Finished: 4/26/2019

Loved this book of the revolutionary war. Fantastic. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

  • Title:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Author:  Mark Twain
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started:4/20/2019
  • Finished: 4/25/2019
Somehow I had never read this book, although I've read Huck Finn and several other Twain books.  Very enjoyable.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Annotated Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler; Edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Rizzuto

  • Title:  The Annotated Big Sleep
  • Author:  Raymond Chandler
  • Editors: Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, Anthony Rizzuto
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Paperback
  • Started:  3/18/2019
  • Finished: 4/17/2019
I had high hopes for this one, because as you can see in my earlier posts I LOVE annotated classics.  Those Holmes and Dracula annotated volumes by Leslie Klinger are some of my favorites.  

Unfortunately the Annotated Big Sleep didn't live up to those expectations.  It was still good and entertaining, but the annotations were a pretty big disappointment.  Some were insightful, most unnecessary or mundane. 

Still, fun to revisit this book.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Rounding the Mark, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Title:  Rounding the Mark
  • Author:  Andrea Camilleri
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started:4/9/2019
  • Finished: 4/11/2019
Another Inspector Montalbano book,not great.

Monday, April 8, 2019

I, Claudius, by Robert Graves

  • Title:  I, Claudius
  • Author:  Robert Graves
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 4/1/2019
  • Finished: 4/8/2019
I had listened to the BBC radio production before but never the actual book, loved it.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Death is Hard Work, by Khaled Khalifa

Title: Death is Hard Work
Author: Khaled Khalifa
Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle edition
Started: 3/23/2019
Finished: 3/31/2019

Book club book, my selection. Liked it, saving the rest for the discussion. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips

  • Title: Fierce Kingdom
  • Author:  Gin Phillips
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 3/27/2019
  • Finished: 3/29/2019
A recommendation from my mother, this was a pretty good if somewhat frustrating thriller.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates

  • Title:  The Accursed
  • Author:  Joyce Carol Oates
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 3/18/2019
  • Finished: 3/26/2019
This was an interesting (and huge) novel.  Or maybe it just felt huge because it seemed to go on and on.  That sounds like a complaint, but it isn't really (or not entirely).  I liked it, sometimes a lot, but it was strange -- at times very.   Overall I enjoyed it, but I'm also glad it is behind me...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Lady in the Lake, by Raymond Chandler

Title: The Lady in the Lake
Author: Raymond Chandler
Borrowed from little library (paperback) on S St NW in DC
Started: 3/6/2019
Finished: 3/17/2019

Philip Marlowe book, pretty enjoyable.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Collard, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Collard
  • Author:  David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 3/8/2019
  • Finished:  3/11/2019
It's a tossup as to which I like better about these mysteries:  the banter between the characters, or the narration by Grover Gardner.  Maybe it is the combo, but it is good stuff and I typically find myself chuckling/laughing out loud as I listen to them.