Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – Fun Fluff

One thing working nights meant was a lot of time sitting around looking for things to do. I spent some of that time reading. I tried reading a book that was somewhat deep and philosophical and my brain just didn’t want to function in that capacity at two in the morning. I needed something lighter.Continue reading “Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – Fun Fluff”

Book Review: The Silversmith by Jeff Carson – Second Novel in the Series Builds the Characters and Thrills the Reader

At the end of Foreign Deceit, the first book in this series of novels, Deputy Sheriff David Wolf returned from Italy with the body of his murdered brother to learn that the Sheriff’s position, which he’d been a shoo-in for, had just been given to Derek Connell, the son of a local power-broker who alsoContinue reading “Book Review: The Silversmith by Jeff Carson – Second Novel in the Series Builds the Characters and Thrills the Reader”

Book Review: A Death in China by Carl Hiaasen – Strange Days Indeed

I’ve been trying to get into Carl Hiaasen at the urging of a friend who enjoys him quite a bit. The early books with his off-beat humor don’t quite grab me. However, this mystery co-written with Bill Montalbano works quite well. Thomas Stratton is an art history professor on a boring tour of China inContinue reading “Book Review: A Death in China by Carl Hiaasen – Strange Days Indeed”

Book Review: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

I’ve been a fan of Michael Connelly’s writing for quite some time now. I like that he has great characters who are fallible. My favorite, of course, is Harry Bosch. However, not being a one-trick pony, Connelly has managed to craft other characters on the periphery of Bosch’s world who are interesting enough to generateContinue reading “Book Review: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly”

Book Review: Offside Trap by A.J. Stewart

The second book in the Miami Jones series by author A.J. Stewart finds Miami Jones answering the call of an old girlfriend. Miami Jones is a former minor-league baseball player turned private investigator. People tend to hire him when they want investigations handled in a way the local authorities won’t, either by pressing the envelopeContinue reading “Book Review: Offside Trap by A.J. Stewart”

Book Review: Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen

I haven’t decided yet how I feel about Carl Hiaasen. I was told to try his books if I liked quirky macabre mysteries with a sense of humor. After reading Tourist Season, I’m still on the fence. I’ve seen enough “Florida Man” stories to know they are kind of crazy down there, but the darknessContinue reading “Book Review: Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen”

Book Review: Dead Dreams by M.K. Coker

In a dying South Dakota town, Adam Van Eck returns to care for his ailing mother. Once a promising actor, his Broadway dreams have faded over the years. Four days after he returns, his mother is found dead in her garden, and Adam is folding a shotgun. Sheriff Karen Mehaffey brings in part-time detective, MarekContinue reading “Book Review: Dead Dreams by M.K. Coker”

Book Review: Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron

This is the third entry in the series that follows n’er do-well Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch. He’s not a bad guy, but he has a history of making bad decisions that untimately impact his career. He’s also a bit of a rule-breaker who follows his instincts, although they don’t always serve him well. HisContinue reading “Book Review: Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron”

Book Review: The Book Case by Nelson DeMille

The window on the right featured contemporary bestselling authors like Brad Meltzer, James Patterson, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille, and others who make more money writing about what I do than I make doing what I do. John Corey is a recurring character in Nelson DeMille’s work. He’s a sarcastic detective with the New York PoliceContinue reading “Book Review: The Book Case by Nelson DeMille”

Book Review: Dead White by M.K. Coker

When I think of South Dakota, I think of Little Town on the Prairie. I loved the “Little House” books growing up. I think of the rolling prairie grasses with vast tracts of farmland and small towns dotting the landscape here and there. The modern-day economics of a place like that, though, is something quiteContinue reading “Book Review: Dead White by M.K. Coker”