Thursday, November 16, 2017

MAGIC CITY by James W. Hall

No stars. Got bored to death after 2 chapters and ditched it. It has something to do with Cuba, the 60s, bombs, Kennedy, Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston and I'm done right there.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

T is for TRESP├ůSS by Sue Grafton ****

Kinsey Millhone has a few things she's dealing with. One is that she has to serve a cease and desist order to someone to vacate an apartment and of course at the end she never finds them cuz they've run out and tear the place apart before they go.

Also her neighbor is a frail old guy who dislocates his shoulder and needs a companion. The niece is in a big hurry and hires the first idiot to apply but this wasn't your garden variety idiot. This one had stolen someone else's name and copied her personal info from the last job because she thought they looked similar and she got away with it for almost a year nearly robbing the old guy blind, her nasty adult son unable to speak clearly probably has autism beats the old man.

The woman Solana finds and sells his dead wife's jewelry, robs his savings account, pays herself in the thousands of dollars and has "someone else" in charge of his estate which was just an alias she's used before. The aunt asked Kinsey to "check out the references" of the hired LVN who wasn't even an LVN she was nothing but a maid previously. Kinsey drops the ball and only searches so far then quits which was all the niece wanted but crap she's a PI and couldn't go out of her way for a neighbor by doing a better job of seeing he was taken care of. Every time she  tries to visit him, Solana says he's sleeping, he's tired, he doesn't want to see her and STILL DOESN"T CATCH ON. She really doesn't care about this neighbor as much as she thinks. Like watching your neighbor's dog out in the winter snow and 30 below zero and you just say "poor dog" instead of calling a cop or ACO.

Monday, October 16, 2017

L is for LAWLESS by Sue Grafton ****

I picked it up at a library sale for a buck. The storyline was ok, Kinsey gets caught up with a criminal who is looking for another guys money from a bank robbery about 4 of them carried out when they were teenagers and are now mid 60s.

So this guy Ray went to see his daughter Laura (a bitch) who was black and blue from her boyfriend, who was one of Ray's pals who pulled off the bank heist and he was a traitor, liar and girlfriend beater. There are some scenes that are pretty boring, right after something good happens you get this life long description of the area where they are what is forward, behind them and all around them and if they're wet or hungry or have to pee. All the descriptions were page filler, easy to tell.

So the 90 yr old landloard's 94 yr old brother was marrying the restaurant owner down the street and she barely makes it to the wedding. I just finished Evanovich and both have so many similarities. Both live nearby old men they think are attractive. I'm 65 and boy I can't find ONE guy I'm attracted to so much for that. They both are PI's they both live alone or with a pet, neither cook well, both aren't great at their jobs, someone is always trying to kill them or harm them or whatever.

There must be collusion or I swear same person writes em both. So anyway Kinsey gets out alive but beaten with a baseball bat by Laura the bitch she gets to the wedding on time. If someone cracked me as hard in the head as it sounded she got hit I wouldn't wake up for days if not never. Who can get hit hard in the head with a baseball bat and go to a wedding in 2 days? Must have a steel skull.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

HARD EIGHT by Janet Evanovich ****

It's easy fast reading with some comedy involved. Beach type reading or before falling asleep. The thing is that once you've read one of these Stephanie Plum novels you've pretty much read them all. The only thing changes is the 'trouble' factor.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The CARETAKER by Thomas William Simpson ****

The plot was very good, I liked it but of course one of the main characters has a fling with someone bent on revenging this family.

I'm not giving things away but some of it is quite unbelievable with an interior passageway and spying on the people living in the house. Who the fk builds a hidden passageway to watch people? Like one in a billion.

On page 272 the author  believes it's possible to blush whenever the guy wants to. That's a rare talent and it reminds me of the lady who writes about calico cats. She thinks the males exist. They do not- one of her males knocked up a female another impossibility because the males IF THEY EXISTED would be infertile. So what the fuck? This guy cannot blush on cue I call "pants on fire".

This is a yard sale find, dated from the 90s. It's suspenseful and the husband is a stupid moron who cheats on his wife with his caretaker never even realizing she's a HOOKER. So good for him and all the diseases he now has.

The story is fast paced and coherent. Wasn't a dud and is good reading if you can find it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

R IS FOR RICOCHET by Sue Grafton ****

Picked this up for 50 cents at a yard sale, wasn't sure if I'd read it but I didn't. The story centers mostly around a) she gets laid & b)a girl named Reba who just gets out of jail and creates all kinds of havoc that Kinsey allows. She allows her to 'command" her to leave her purse behind and duh Kinsey has no idea why. WHY?? Cuz dummy Reba wanted to sneak back and steal 25 thousand bucks. Takes a genius.

She quotes a sign "Tattoos & Piercing done while you wait" which is a well known stupid thing about you have to wait any frigging way if they're tattooing unless you have removable body parts.

It took me a really really long time to read for some reason. I think I had a busy 2 weeks and didn't get much opportunity to read. There are a lot of names and situations to remember and when you're falling asleep sometimes you need to re-read some pages to keep up.

I thought it was ok, not one of her best but good reading anyway, nice book to take to the beach with you.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The BROKEN WINDOW by Jeffery Deaver ****

This was a quick read but a long one. There are a lot of narrative pages, some not really necessary to the storyline.

What I'm perplexed by is that Lincoln Ryme calls his girlfriend, Ameilia Sachs - Sachs. If that were my boyfriend I think I would insist he call me Amelia, or Ame or anything but my last name. I also am really not fond of new guys I meet calling me "babe" or "honey" because it's an obvious 'tell' they don't want to remember your name-they are serial daters.

The story line is a large data mining company has a killer in it's midst and Lincoln and his pals have to figure out which employee it is. The data is very expensive-in this story you wouldn't want these companies to know EVERYthing about you. They know where you are by your phone, where you've been by street or home cameras and can get this information without permission of the source. When you see the list of stuff they have on Amelia you'll be shocked. They (big brother) is truly watching you. Scary stuff to think about, they want your buying habits, food habits, routines, everything. And it's not hard to find-supposedly.

Like the story, lots of characters to remember from page to page but if Lincoln would call the female screwing him by her first name I'd be happier.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SUSPECT by Michael Robtham *****

Picked this up at either yard sale or thrift store. I liked the book a lot, it had a lot of mystery thrown in and red herrings. You aren't sure if the protagonist psychologist Joe is guilty of something or not. He has to pretty much figure out who the killer is and prove it because the killer set him up to be the perp.

It's was a unique idea, I liked reading it, I had trouble putting it down. The characters are well drawn out and there was enough narrative vs dialogue. Was a good read.

Friday, July 14, 2017

CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell ****

As per usual we have Kay, Lucy, Benton the entire family. Lucy and her girlfriend or wife had a transplanted kid who turns out not to be anyone they really know.

So the villain of the story, Carrie, has befriended Kay's sister and has been causing deaths with a pal of hers in town. She electrocutes her victims "somehow' and that's Kay's job to investigate and she finds other previous deaths that are similar and OF COURSE Carrie is out to kill Kay who finds the family in the backyard with her and OF COURSE she saves the day. Yay.

So typical Cornwell story full of a ton of descriptions about the day, the weather, the surroundings, the morgue all sorts of wherever the hell she is. If you've always liked her writing then I'm sure you'll be entertained again. Fast read, easy to keep up with characters unless she throws in some name at the end who was a bad guy.

I think I picked this up at a yard sale, or church sale or someplace.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The HELLFIRE CLUB by Peter Straub ***

There were so many names in this book it boggles the mind. In one paragraph on page 248 these are the names you should already know by reading this far: Georgina, Lincoln Chancel, Creeley, Driver, Bill Tidy's, Katherine Mannheim, Gingerbread, That's how so many of these paragraphs are written. I also think some of them are sort of difficult reading. I am a constant reader and this book took me an extra long time due to so many similar names: Dick Dirk, Driver, Nora, Norma, Norm, Davey, this also confused the story somewhat. There are more instances but I'm sick of it already.

I'm done reading and what the fuck was it about? I don't really know. Some bitch is looking to find a manuscript that was stolen a very very long time ago and someone named Agnes told Nora that a 'terrible ugly man raped Katherine Mannheim who wrote some crappy book or other that was stolen. Some long dead mistress of Agnes told her she had proof the book was stolen that the mistress made Mr. driver wrote down everything they did and were going to do.

I found it a dragged out novel with pretty much nothing to say other than a manuscript was stolen and a few women raped. Never a punishment going with the crimes.

I wasn't impressed at all but don't let that stop you from trying to sort the entire damn thing out. I did my best and didn't like it even stuck to it until the end. I never knew if I was in the past or present. Time to let his move along.