Monday, January 17, 2000

2018 Book Reviews

My usual post wherein I record things I have read over the past year and occasionally review them..

118.  Murder on the Mind by L.L.Bartlett
117.  Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

116.  Berlin 1936 by Oliver Hilmes
During the 16 days of the 1936 Olympic games,  Berlin was the focus of a myriad of social and political currents.  Rather than narrate the games themselves, the Olympic games serve as the focus for a myriad of vignettes featuring people both famous and unknown, rich and poor, important and obscure.   It paints a vivid picture of a cosmopolitan city in the spotlight, while the Games are used to distract the world from the Reich's plans.

115.  Manical by C.M. Sutter
114.  Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz
113.  Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey
112.  One Perfect Shot by Steven F. Havill
111.  When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz
110.  Quicksilver by Amanda Quick
109.  Bag Limit by Steven F. Havill
108.  Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
107.  The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord
106.  The Fourth Time is Murder by Steven F. Havill
105.  Hounded by Kevin Hearne
104.  Sacred and Profane by Faye Kellerman
103.  Dead Weight by Steven F. Havill
102.  Out of Season by Steven F. Havill
101.  Prolonged Exposure by Steven F. Havill
100.  Severed Relations by Rebecca Forster
99.  Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann
98.  Damaged by Patricia Callow
97.  Material Witness by Lisa Mondello
96.  Breaking Point by Allison Brennan
95.  Final Payment by Steven F. Havill
94.  The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods
93.  Nova by Margaret Fortune
92.  Privileged to Killy by Steven F. Havill
91.  The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
90.  After Moonrise by P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter
89.  Before She Dies by Steven F. Havill
88.  Tennison by Lynda La Plante

87.  The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon
The story of the 1917 explosion that devastated Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It's a chapter in history with effects beyond the immediate disaster, and which deserves to be better known than it is.  Bacon's evocative and moving account aims to accomplish this, as well as honoring the many people who in crisis responded with compassion and generosity, and the survivors who persevered through pain, injury and devastating losses.

86.  Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born
The latest entry in the Michael Bennett series, and a considerable disappointment.  The first half of the book wanders around while the character agonizes about personal troubles and investigates a murder in a desultory fashion. The second half of the book is completely unrelated except by the vague similarity of having similarly aged victims both involved in drugs.   The disjointed lack of structure is not what I expect from this series.   I can't entirely blame the new co-writer, since Patterson should know better, but the books with Michael Ledwidge were all better than this.

85.  Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
84.  Statute of Limitations by Steven F. Havill
83.  Twice Buried by Steven F. Havill
82.  Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner
81.  Bitter Recoil by Steven F. Havill
80.  Convenient Disposal by Steven F. Havill
79.  No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
78.  A Discount for Death by Steven F. Havill
77.  Head On by John Scalzi
76.  Heartshot by Steven F. Havill
75.  Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
74.  A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff
73.  The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

72.  The Queen's Pirate:  Sir Francis Drake by Kevin Jackson
An account of the early career of Francis Drake, and his circumnavigation of the globe.  While not an in depth analysis, it gives a clear and lively account of his early piratical exploits and the events that made him rich and famous in England and reviled in Spain, long before the defeat of the Armada.

71.  Scavengers by Steven F. Havill
70.  Valor's Trial by Tanya Huff (reread)
69.  The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff (reread)
68.  The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff (reread)
67.  An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff (reread)

66.  Fatal Jeopardy by Marie Force
65,  The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard
64.  No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr
63.  Fatal Mistake by Marie Force
62.  Fatal Deception by Marie Force
61.  Kris Longknife:  Emissary by Mike Shepherd
60.  Heart of Evil by Heather Graham

59.  The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

58.  Blue Blooded by Emma Jameson
57.  Fatal Flaw by Marie Force
56.  Fatal Consequences by Marie Force.
55.  Fatal Justice by Marie Force
54.  Fatal Affair by Marie Force
53.  Murder in Misdirection by Anne Cleeland
52.  Original Sin by Allison Brennan
51.  Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
50.  In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes by Abby Rosmarin
49.  Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann
48.  Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
47.  Free Fall/Ready to Roll by Suzanne Brockmann
46.  Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
45.  (reread) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
44.  Dangerous Waters by Toni Anderson
43.  Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann
42.  Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
41.  The Kill Sign by Nichole Christoff
40.  Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann
39.  Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders
38.  Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
37.  Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose
36.  How the Finch Stole Christmas by Donna Andrews
35.  Death's Bright Day by David Drake
34.  Nowhere to Run by Suzanne Brockmann
33.  The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
32.  Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
31.  Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann
30.  All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann
29.  Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann
28.  Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann
27.  Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
Notable for the vividly depicted setting in Ghana, the mystery was a bit pedestrian- I spotted the killer well before the ending.  However the novelty of the setting and culture stil made it a fascinating read.

26.  Lost and Found by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
25.  Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann
24.  Bodyguard by Suzanne Brockmann
23.  Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann

22.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
A justly lauded book about the woman from whom the first cell culture line was taken, and the interactions of science, race and medical ethics that surround it.  Highly recommended.

21.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstien
20.  I Have a Secrety by Cheryl Bradshaw
19.  The Way of the Warrier (anthology)
18.  Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann
17.  Vacations Cab Be Murder by Connie Shelton
16.  Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockmann
15.  Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
14.  Into the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

13. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
While I've always known that sleep was important, this book was quite eye-opening (so to speak) as to just how much so.  The downsides of even short intervals of sleep deprivation are quite scary, and the long term effects are horrific.  The book makes a good case for reprioritzing sleep at the top of my to-do list.

12.  Gone Gull by Donna Andrews
11.  Repressed by Elizabeth Naughton
10. Degrees of Separation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
9. Hot Pursuit by Julie Walker
8. Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
7. Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann
6. Frosted by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin.
5. Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
4. Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann
3. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
2. The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
1. The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

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