Posted in Loved It, Mystery

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Genre: Mystery

Rating: L

Synopsis:

When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more—the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene: “Tell your mother she’s next, then it’s your turn . . .”

Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as the producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. The sensational murder was news nationwide. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have a hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets . . . small and large.

And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too . . .

Bluestocking’s Opinion: There is such a funny story about how I bought this book. First off, I’ve never read anything by Mary Higgins Clark. Yeah, I know!!! I was in Wegmans a couple of weeks ago, and I noticed that they had all of her new books stacked up and people were getting tickets. I thought, “Surely Mary Higgins Clark wouldn’t be coming to a grocery store in NJ!” Sure enough, when I asked the store clerk, I was told that there was a book signing that afternoon.

Here are a few pictures:

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Thankfully it wasn’t too crowded. Ms. Clark was very friendly!!! When it was my turn to get the book signed I asked her what she did when she had writer’s block. Her response was that she would re-write and re-write that section. She said writer’s block usually happens when you’re writing something that is not consistent either with the way the characters behave, etc. She said that if she was having a true block, there were two words that always snapped her out of it. ROYALTY CHECK. That was pretty funny, I thought.

This book reminded me a lot of the mysteries that Carolyn Hart writes. They are very clean reads. I’m not saying that the people in the books are saints, because they aren’t; but rather there is a lack of sex scenes unnecessary foul language. I did not figure out who had done it until the end. If there were clues on which to go, I totally missed them.

Anyway, now I’m off to read more of her books.

Posted in Liked It, Sci-Fi Friday, Star Wars

Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

Star Wars Maul Lockdown

Author: Joe Schreiber

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

It’s kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: This book did something that I never thought was possible. It humanized Darth Maul. I recall that in one of the other Star WArs books, Count Dooku referred to Maul as an “animal.” For the most part that is correct, but Maul showed surprising compassion (though I doubt he’d call it that) on two separate occasions. This book also showed a vulnerability to Maul. He lived for his Master’s praise. It bothered him when or if he didn’t do something to meet his master’s expectation. That also surprised me. Reading some of the other Star Wars books and seeing the movie, he always seemed to have a swagger about him; there was no doubt that he would complete his mission.

There were two story lines that I would like continued: 1. whether or not he takes the boy he rescued as an Apprentice and 2. whether Vosa becomes a potential love interest. Wow!! Darth Maul in love, now that’s a scary thought.

Like others of Joe Schreiber’s works there was the out of control monster- Wolf Worm. Mr. Schreiber’s books seem to have a common element. It seems to be a group of people locked in a small space who are pitted against each other. There’s always some all consuming power roaming the area.

An interesting and quick read.

Posted in Detective, Liked It, Mystery

The Chase

The Chase

Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Genre: Mystery

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: The one thing I love about novels from this pair, is that I’m guaranteed to have a good laugh. These books are for character analysis, it’s just pure fluffy entertainment. I got to say, I really like how lethal Kate is. I wish Stephanie Plum would have a little more of this kind of pluck rather than always needing to be rescued!

This is a great beach read.

Posted in Autobiography, Memoir

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwfie

Teaser: “It’s not just a question of taking it easy and staying in bed some of the time. Sally has to have absolute bed rest, twenty-four hours a day, for the next four to six week.”

Author: Jennifer Worth

Genre: Memoir

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London’s East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English, to the prostitutes of the city’s seedier side.

Based on Jennifer Worth’s bestselling memoirs, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: PBS started this show last year. I’ve been absolutely hooked on it. These days giving birth using a midwife seems be returning to vogue, in the USA at any rate. I know that in Europe it is much more common for women to use a midwife.

Anyway, I didn’t realize that after WWII, there was a push to get quality medical care to the poor in London’s East End. This book chronicles nurse Jenny Lee’s rotation as a midwife working at Nonatus House. It was an absolutely fascinating book. I really enjoyed the stories of what life was like for people in the UK after WWII. I’ve only really ever read about post-WWII from the American perspective. I never really considered what life was like in the rest of the world.

The first season of Call the Midwife and the book followed fairly closely. There were some points in the tv version where they changed which character delivered the baby, but overall they did a fair job of translating the book into a tv show.

This is definitely a series that you need to read. It has definitely given me something to think about when it comes to the ob/gyn care that women in this country receive. I can really understand why some women today choose to have a midwife over the traditional doctor.

Posted in Uncategorized

Teaser Tuesday April 8, 2014

My teaser is from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

Seeing the others engaged in conversation, I asked him softly, “Have you ever heard of knockoff alchemist tattoos making it into general population?”

He gave me a startled look in return. “I don’t even know what that means.”

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