Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Widening Gyre, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Widening Gyre
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 1/19/2020
  • Finished: 1/22/2020
Finally Spenser visits DC, but I wasn't thrilled with the book.  The blackmail scheme was bizarre, and the final resolution contrived and seems unsatisfactory.  Still, DC...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Early Autumn, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Early Autumn
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/19/2020
  • Finished: 1/20/2020
Pretty good Spenser book.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Looking for Rachel Wallace, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Looking for Rachel Wallace
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/12/2020
  • Finished: 1/14/2020
I liked this one more now than when I read it originally years ago.  Solid Spenser novel.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Judas Goat, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Judas Goat
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/12/2019
  • Finished: 1/12/2019
These Spenser novels are not taxing, and sometimes they're not even very good, but they are comfortable, fun, and easy to read.  And there is kind of great feeling of accomplishment that comes with reading a book cover to cover in one day.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

A Savage Place, by Robert B. Parker

Title: A Savage Place
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 1/6/2020
Finished: 1/12/2020

A not very good Spenser book. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Godwulf Manuscript, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Godwulf Manuscript
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 1/4/2019
  • Finished: 1/9/2020
I read this one before, back in May of 2009 (I've been keeping track of books here for a long time!) in paperback.  Decided to give it a listen since I wanted something easy and fun.  This fit the bill, Narrated by the same guy who did all of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books (Michael Prichard).  Good narrator for Spenser too.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Blood Relatives, by Ed McBain

Title: Blood Relatives
Author: Ed McBain
Hardback from little free library in Ocean City MD
Started: October 2019
Finished: 1/3/2020

Started this 87th precinct novel last fall but left it at the beach. Went back after the new year and finished today.  Pretty obvious mystery. 

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

  • Title:  The Good Earth
  • Author:  Pearl S. Buck
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  12/10/2010
  • Finished: 12/30/2019
Coming in just under the wire, my final read for 2019.  This was my book club selection, really liked it.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Book club book, I enjoyed it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Morse's Greatest Mystery And Other Stories, by Colin Dexter

Collection of short stories, some better than others.  So-so overall.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Flashman at the Charge, by George MacDonald Fraser

  • Title:  Flashman at the Charge
  • Author:  George MacDonald Fraser
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  11/2/2019
  • Finished: 11/7/2019
Enjoyable as ever.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

  • Title:  The Exorcist
  • Author:  William Peter Blatty
  • Borrowed from Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)
  • Started: 10/22/2019
  • Finished: 11/6/2019
Around Halloween my wife & I decided to read this one to each other.  Kind of sweet and bizarre, I suppose, but it mad for several fun weeks of after-dinner reading.  I had read this once before in college, 20+ years ago.  I remembered two things strongly:
  1. The Columbo-like detective in the book
  2. That the book (unlike the movie) made it seem less like a possession and more likely insanity
Well, this reading changed my mind on #2 (Columbo-like detective still stands).  Anyway, we had a fun time with this one.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Flashman and the Tiger, by George MacDonald Fraser

Title: Flashman and the Tiger
Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 10/25/2019
Finished: 11/2/2019

Not my favorite Flashman novel, but the knock on Sherlock Holmes at the end is pretty good. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

There There, by Tommy Orange

Title: There There
Author: Tommy Orange
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 10/20/2019
Finished: 10/24/2019

This was an interesting read that got pretty intense in the final part.  Book club members recommendation. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Give-a-Damn Jones, by Bill Pronzini

  • Title:  Give-a-Damn Jones
  • Author:  Bill Pronzini
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/16/2019
  • Finished: 10/20/2019
A so-so novel about a newspaper typesetter in the old west.  But credit where do, I was curious and kept at it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flashman and the Redskins, by George MacDonald Fraser

  • Title:  Flashman and the Redskins
  • Author:  George MacDonald Fraser
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  10/10/2019
  • Finished:  10/15/2019
By far the best of this fantastic series.  My review from 2016 stands, I love this book.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rumpole and the Primrose Path, by John Mortimer

Title: Rumpole and the Primrose Path
Author: John Mortimer
Purchased used from Amazon hardback
Started: 10/1/2019
Finished: 10/13/2019

First story was very entertaining, the rest less so but still enjoyable. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Jewel That Was Ours, by Colin Dexter

  • Title:  The Jewel that was Ours
  • Author:  Colin Dexter
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/3/2019
  • Finished: 10/8/2019
My first Inspector Morse book (9th in the series).  Not bad, not amazing.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

All Cry Chaos, by Leonard Rosen

  • Title:  All Cry Chaos
  • Author:  Leonard Rosen
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 9/28/2019
  • Finished: 10/2/2019
I didn't really like this one, but there was just enough in the story to keep me going.  Really it was Grover Gardner's narration that kept me going.  

Friday, September 27, 2019

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown

Title: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Author: Dee Brown
Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/24/2019
Finished: 9/27/2019

Whew, this was a tough, emotional read. Glad I read it. 

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror, by John Mortimer

  • Title:  Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
  • Author: John Mortimer
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library (Kindle Edition)
  • Started: 9/24/2019
  • Finished: 9/26/2019
While there is a lot of repetition in these later Rumpole books, I do enjoy that they are a bit more current day. This one follows the 9/11 attacks and is pretty interesting for that alone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, by John Mortimer

Pretty good, but after hearing so much about the Penge Bungalow Murders I expected something a bit more.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Trent's Last Case, by E. C. Bentley

  • Title:  Trent's Last Case
  • Author:  E. C. Bentley
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 9/18/2019
  • Finished: 9/23/2019
Didn't enjoy this one much.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

A Rumpole Christmas, by John Mortimer

Title: A Rumpole Christmas
Author: John Mortimer
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library Kindle edition
Started: 9/22/2019
Finished: 9/22/2019

My first Rumpole in print. Still good stuff. 

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Testaments
Author: Margaret Atwood
Purchased from Kramer Books, hardback
Started: 9/13/2019
Finished: 9/22/2019

Book club selection. Good page Turner, disappointment when compared to The Handmaid's Tale. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Perfect Murder, by H. R. F. Keating

  • Title:  The Perfect Murder
  • Author: H. R. F. Keating
  • Borrowed from Worcester County, MD Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 9/15/2019
  • Finished: 9/17/2019
Very enjoyable mystery.

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.