Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Excursion to Tindari, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Title:  Excursion to Tindari
  • Author:  Andrea Camilleri
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 1/26/2018
  • Finished: 1/30/2018
Another Montalbano mystery.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sudden Death, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Sudden Death
  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 1/24/2018
  • Finished: 1/25/2018
Another solid, funny, Andy Carpenter novel.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Bury the Lead, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Bury the Lead
  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County VA Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 1/22/2018
  • Finished: 1/24/2018
When I first started these Andy Carpenter books a couple of weeks ago, I said how funny I found them (like the Fletch books) but that the titles/covers of the majority were dog related -- too cutsey for me.

Well, I'm man enough to admit, if not when I'm wrong, when I've lost a battle.  The combination of smart-ass one liners, and the expert narration by Grover Gardner, means I'm going to end up going through the entire series -- probably happily so.  I'll note that the author, David Rosenfelt, also shares my high regards for Gardner's narration.  To quote Rosenfelt from his website "Grover could read the Milwaukee Telephone Directory and make it sound compelling"

This, the third book in the series, wasn't an outstanding mystery.  Nonetheless, on my mile long commute from my condo to the office, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person on more than one occasion.  You can't top that for free entertainment.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Voice of the Violin, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Title:  Voice of the Violin
  • Author:  Andrea Camilleri
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  1/20/2018
  • Finished: 1/22/2018
Another Inspector Montalbano mystery, not as good as the others, but still reasonably enjoyable.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

First Degree, by David Rosenfelt

Title: First Degree
Author: David Rosenfelt
Borrowed from Fairfax county VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/19/2018
Finished: 1/20/2018

The second Andy Carpenter book, decent though not as entertaining as the first. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Midsummer's Equation, by Keigo Higashino

  • Title:  A Midsummer's Equation
  • Author:  Keigo Higashino
  • Borrowed from HooplaDigital.com, via Worchester County (MD) Public Library, Audiobook
  • Started:  1/15/2018
  • Finished:  1/19/2018
Higashino is probably the best twist ending author alive today.  His books are so entertaining, and I have yet to actually solve/guess the final twist.

This book wasn't as tight as the others I've read, but it was still very entertaining and the twists at the end were perfect.  Really enjoy his work.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

Title: The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Borrowed from Take one leave one library (paperback)
Started: 1/16/2018
Finished: 1/18/2018

What an enjoyable book. Charming, entering, heartwarming.  Really liked this one. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Stone Cold, by Robert B Parker

Title: Stone Cold
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Take one Leave One library in DC, paperback
Started: 1/14/2018
Finished: 1/15/2018

A Jesse Stone book, enjoyable. 

The Snack Thief, by Andrea Camilleri

Title: The Snack Their
Author: Andrea Camilleri
Borrowed from Fairfax county VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/12/2018
Finished: 1/15/2018

Another Montalbano mystery. Good stuff. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hit Man, by Lawrence Block

  • Title: Hit Man
  • Author:  Lawrence Block
  • Purchased (paperback) at Auction to Benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue (Bark Ball)
  • Started: 1/10/2018
  • Finished  1/13/2018
Didnt enjoy this one very much. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Open and Shut, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Open and Shut
  • Author:  David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started:  1/9/2018
  • Finished:  1/11/2018
This is the first in a series, a series which I've avoided because the book covers look too cutesy (all covered with dogs and most with title relating to dogs).  I love dogs, don't have kids and don't want them (much to the dismay of my parents & inlaws) but I'd have dozens of dogs if I could.  But in my downtown condo, one dog is the max (Bica, now 11, lived with us for 10 years, hound love of my life).

But as much as I love dogs, I don't want to read a mystery series centered around them with titles like "Play Dead" and "Dog Tags" and "One Dog Night."

But the first book in the series has no cute dog title, simply "Open & Shut" and it was read by one of my favorite voice actors, Grover Gardner.

With all that said -- I liked this one.  The main character (Andy Carpenter, I think) is wise-cracking, intelligent, and a bit of wimp (although somehow, of course, landing beautiful women).  I thought he seemed very Fletch-like, which I like, though I imagine these books get on the nerves of others.

Anyway, will almost certainly move onto the next one at some point.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Burglars Can't Be Choosers, by Lawrence Block

  • Title:  Burglars Can't Be Choosers
  • Author:  Lawrence Block
  • Purchased (paperback) at Auction to Benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue (Bark Ball)
  • Started: 1/6/2018
  • Finished  1/9/2018
Very enjoyable easy read.  My wife read it first and enjoyed it as well.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Title: The Sympathizer
Author: Viet Thank Nguyen
Borrowed from Worcester County MD Public Library (Kindle Edition)
Started: 12/20/2017
Finished: 1/7/2018

Book club book, saving commentary for discussion. 

Faithful Place, by Tana French

Title: Faithful Place
Author: Tana French
Borrowed from Fairfax county VA Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/1/2018
Finished: 1/7/2018

Another in the series that started with Into the Wood.  So far only enjoyed that first one.