Friday, September 30, 2016

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, 376 pages

A young woman is consigned to a mental asylum in the late 1800s. Slowly dying in the horrible conditions, she is saved by a doctor and moved to a more hospitable asylum to serve as his assistant investigating crime scenes. A very dark and disturbing read, but outstanding, none the less.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton, 280 pages

I think Agatha Raisin might be one of my favorite literary characters. I enjoy the fact that she isn't perfect, she manages to delude herself in the name of love, but will pull herself back and look at life with candid eyes, only to fall back into the chase of love. This is a series that you need to read from the beginning to truly appreciate the character development by the author.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, 375 pages

I'd really enjoyed the new twist on the Wizard of Oz story by this author, so I had to pick up her newest book. Kind of Snow White, but not, very different. I'm not as big a fan on this book.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn, 425 pages

I really like the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. This one was set at the Tower of the London.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, 277 pages

I'd read this decades ago and would have never picked it up again if it weren't for book club. I'm not sure if that would be a bad thing. Not my cup of tea.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Novice's Tale by Margaret Frazer, 229 pages

A historical mystery set in 1431 England, featuring a nun as the detective. Not bad
, but I don't think I'll pick up the others in the series.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Special Fate by Alison Leslie Gold, 176 pages

A juvenile book looking at Japanese diplomat Chiune Siguhara, who, while posted in Lithuania, handwrote 6,000 visas to enable Jews to escape the Nazis. A great read!

Gunpowder Plot by Carola Dunn, 246 pages

Another fun Daisy Dalrymple mystery.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris, 353 pages

Another great Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. I love Hero, her growing relationship with Sebastian really adds to the books.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers, 264 pages

A collection of some of squirrel girl's previous adventures, especially with the Great Lakes Avengers, no, the Great Lakes X-men, no, make that the Great Lakes Champions. Darker and a little more twisted, especially with Deadpool. It includes the death of Monkey Joe.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Slave in a Box by M.M. Manring, 210 pages

This book was mentioned in another book and I was interested in learning about the advertising history of Aunt Jemima. This actually covered very little of the actual advertising history and centered more on the societial mores. The book was pretty dry and geared more towards a thesis than a book it seemed like. Not the best nonfiction read I've picked up.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan, 508 pages

Imagine Dracula revived to fight the Nazi invaders of his homeland. Then, what if Hitler discovered news of Dracula and wanted immortality for himself. If this plot piques your interest, this is the book for you. Very well-done, not hokey or trite. I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen, 307 pages

Another fun mystery that I was lucky enough to get from Nightowl Reviews. I'm ready for Darcy and her to get married.

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life by Steve Almond, 240 pages

This was a book club book. Definitely one I wouldn't have picked up on my own, not one of my favorite reads. But I did really enjoy Candyfreak by the author.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sage Volume Six by Fiona Staples and Brian Vaughan, 152 pages

I think this was my favorite book in this collection so far.

Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews, 455 pages

Another fun bird-themed mystery. I do have to say though that Meg kind of upsets me in how perfect she is and how perfect her life and family is. But I'll still read the books.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tea With Jam and Dread by Tamar Myers, 217 pages

Usually I love the Magdelena Yoder books but this one just didn't grab me like the past ones. I almost felt like it was trying to hard to hit all the cliches and bad jokes of Magdalena instead of just letting her be herself.