Read Any Good Books Lately?

Anyone read any good books lately? I just finished

  • Knock Out…….Catherine Coulter
  • Delusion in Death……J.D. Robb
  • Queen of the Night….J.A. Jance
  • The Whisperer……Carla Neggers

There seems to be a trend in my choice of novels. Some folks like Romance, some like Thrillers, some like Horror(you’ll never catch me with a Stephen King Novel…way too scary), some like biographies and so on.

I think you can call my choices Mystery with maybe a touch of paranormal tossed in.

dresses 013aKnock Out is one of Catherine Coulters FBI “Thrillers” but this one has more than a little paranormal/psychic thread to the plot. Fiction yes, but it does get you thinking about the so called “Power of the mind”. Its plot moves fast as 2 story lines keep our FBI heroes racing between bad guys in a desperate attempt to save everyone.

dresses 014 copyDelusion in Death by J. D. Robb is part of a series featuring a female homicide detective (Eve Dallas) for the NY City Police department and her  super rich husband (Rourke) set in and around 2058. Each book in the series is a murder mystery as well as moving you through Dallas’s growth as a person. So far there are 34 books in this series.( J. D. Robb is a pen name for Nora Roberts.)

dresses 012 copyQueen of the Night a novel by J.A. Jance brings back some of her earlier characters. Located in Arizona there is the underlying theme of the Indian Reservations and Spiritual Beliefs. The novel is often sad when man’s inhumanity to man spills over to the youngest and most innocent of our society. But unlike “real life” there is someone there to rise to the challenge…good over comes evil but not without hardship and loss.

dresses 011 copyThe Whisperer by Carla Neggers also brings back characters and plot themes from earlier novels but each story can stand alone if necessary. What I like about Carla Neggers is so many of her stories are set in New England…the Maine Coast, New Hampshire, Southie, Jamaica Plain, Beacon St, Boston…all real places to me. Her stories, including this one always have a heavy does of Ireland and Irish Folklore along with Boston PD, FBI and spies. So I recommend her to anyone who likes a bit of fairies and leprechauns thrown in with their murder investigations.

I don’t have the chance to read as much as I used to and stealing the time for these 4 novels has been a rare treat. Since some of my stolen time was time I would normally spend writing, it seems only fitting that I share these books with you. What have you been reading?

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0 Responses to Read Any Good Books Lately?

  1. Yes! A while back I read a good murder mystery that was so funny and well written I wished it lasted forever. ( not a Christian author or book) The woman author has that wonderful insight of how people really tick, and then describing it perfectly. You may have heard of her, her stories are set in N.H. “Live Free Or Die; The Granite State Mysteries” by Jessie Crockett bought from the Kindle store for 99 cents. 🙂 Do you have an e-reader? I bought a used one for cheap, and I get these daily e-newsletters with a list of free or near free books to purchase that I can buy and save later to read.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I haven’t heard of her. I will certainly look into her books. No I haven’t gone to e-readers yet. I find after a day working on the computer my eyes are tired and I am concerned that I wouldn’t want to read if I was using another computer screen. I’ll give in one of these days. 🙂

  2. Patti Ross says:

    Thanks for the good tips on books to read. I tend to rela each night with a couple chapters of some murder mystery or another–they help me relax. I like strong female characters like Patterson’s Womens Mystery Club series or with some focus on the southwest like the novels by Tony Hillerman. If you have not tried the novels by Rita Mae Brown (the Mrs. Murphy series co-written by Sneaky Pet Brown) or by Lillian Jackson Brown (the cat who series), i think you would like them. They are fast reads, murder mysteries but the first has cats and a dog as characters who actually share insights–you have to read it to see what I mean–Sneaky Pete Brown, the co-author, is Rita Mae’s cat. The cat who series has cats prominent in solving the cases too. Otherwise, my favorite author right now is Barbara Kingsolver–a wrote a post on her a bit ago.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      Oh I know Koko well. I love the “Cat Who” books. I’ve seen the Rita Mae Brown books but haven’t gotten around to reading any yet. I haven’t read Patterson or Hillerman but they are both authors featured on “Murder by the Book” a TV series that tells real crime stories but with insights from authors… and I certainly know them by reputation. 🙂