“Entombed” by Linda Fairstein (Alexandra Cooper #7)


Title:  Entombed

Author:  Linda Fairstein

Series:  Alexandra Cooper #7

Synopsis (from bn.com):  From New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes a chilling new Alexandra Cooper novel, Entombed, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself-Edgar Allan Poe…

Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Edgar Allan Poe once lived discover a human skeleton entombed — standing — behind a brick wall. When sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic Poe scene…except that forensic evidence shows that this young woman died within the last twenty-five years. Meanwhile, Alex’s old nemesis the Silk Stocking Rapist is once again terrorizing Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The attacks soon escalate to murder, and the search leads Alex and detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman to the city’s stunning Bronx Botanical Gardens. There, an enigmatic librarian presides over the Raven Society, a group devoted to the work of Poe. In exploring the fabled writer’s tormented life for clues, Alex will cross paths with a cunning killer and face some of the greatest challenges of her career. Entombed is masterful, exhilarating crime fiction from one of crime writing’s most dazzling stars.


My thoughts:  I really, really want to love this series, and I just can’t identify exactly what about it I don’t fully like!

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  The overall storyline, detective piece, investigation and all were enjoyable, however I did find the book a bit sluggish, slow paced, repetitive, and long at times.  Granted, I read the book on a long plane ride which can be quite distracting, but there were times that I just couldn’t follow the storyline and it felt disjointed to me.

As any good series reader, I will keep up with the series though – I am not a quitter!

Overall, a decent mystery series with great characters and police work, just not a series that I run right to.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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“A Holiday Yarn” by Sally Goldenbaum (Seaside Knitters Mystery #4)


Title:  A Holiday Yarn

Author:  Sally Goldenbaum

Series:  Seaside Knitters Mystery #4

Synopsis (from bn.com):  In Sea Harbor the scent of snow fills the salty air, and at Izzy’s Seaside Studio, the Seaside Knitters feast on cookies, knit their gifts, and plan their gatherings. And Mary Pisano is transforming the estate she inherited from her grandfather into a bed-and-breakfast. But then Mary’s cousin Pamela is found dead on the B and B’s snowy back porch, and as the holiday draws nigh, the four friends will need all their crafty know-how to solve the crime.


My thoughts:  Alas, I finally got my hands on the 4th book in the lovely Seaside Knitters Mystery series through paperbackswap.com.   I have the rest of the books in the series on my shelf waiting to be read, but I am one of those series readers who has to read all the books in order!  I know, I know  . . . :)

Anyway, I truly enjoy this wonderful cozy series.  It offers all of the necessary pieces of a great cozy mystery . . . an amazing cozy location on the seashore, a group of kind, loving characters, and warm fuzzies throughout!

If you are a fan of cozies, I highly suggest this series!  You won’t be disappointed.


And remember,

Books Are Life,



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“Life in Motion” by Misty Copeland


Title:  Life in Motion

Author:  Misty Copeland

Synopsis (from bn.com): Misty Copeland, an African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, shares her harrowing life story from her humble beginnings to dancing with one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.


My thoughts:  I started to become very intrigued with Misty Copeland during all of the recent Facebook posts and news reports when she was promoted to the first African-American soloist at ABT.  Hence, of course as any good avid reader would do, I picked up a copy of her book at the library!

I readily admit that I was a bit fearful that this book would be the typical “poor girl from very humble, awful beginnings defies all odds to become a star” and leave me wanting something more.   I was pleasantly surprised that although yes there of course was the “rags to riches” story, it was done very well and made for a nice read.

As I was reading, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the struggles and process of what it takes to become a world-renowned prima ballerina.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book – the story, the artistry, the power of the human spirit to follow ones dreams!


And remember,

Books Are Life,


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Book Review: “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen (Catherine Ling #3)


Title:  Live to See Tomorrow

Author:  Iris Johansen

Series:  Catherine Ling #3

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. When Luke was kidnapped at the age of two, it nearly broke her. Now, nine years later, her son has astonishingly been returned to her and Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence. Now Erin Sullivan, an American journalist with mysterious ties to Hu Chang, has been kidnapped in Tibet. If Catherine doesn’t agree to spearhead the CIA rescue mission, she knows that Hu Chang himself will go, a possibility she can’t risk. But she will be facing a monster whose crimes stretch back forty years, always eluding the CIA. And the job grows even more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who’s clearly not telling all he knows. Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn’t at all sure that he can be trusted. If she’s going to rescue this journalist with a story worth killing for, she’ll need to keep Cameron very close. From the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas to the twisting back alleys of San Francisco, the clock is ticking for Catherine and those she loves most. At every turn she faces a ruthless enemy who is determined to keep the truth buried, even if it means that none of them live to see tomorrow, in this novel from bestseller Iris Johansen.

My thoughts:  This book was a mixed bag for me.  Yes – I love this newer Catherine Ling series which is spin off from Iris Johansen’s highly successful Eve Duncan series.

I truly love the character of Catherine Ling who is a bad ass CIA operative, basically a strong, empowered, no nonsense, take no prisoners character who is in a word – AWESOME!

That being said no – I didn’t love this particular book in the series.  It fell a bit flat for me in its action and particularly when the author insisted on bringing in an odd supernatural component where Catherine could hear and feel when one of the other main characters was communicating with her despite him not actually being there with her.  Ugh  . . . why do authors feel the undying need to add this supernatural stuff to their books.

The overall storyline and action felt a bit repetitive to me as well . . . a theme I’m starting to notice in many of Johansen’s books.

Thank goodness I decided to read this on my iPad at the gym while working out . . . even a so so read is tolerable when you are trying to forget the pain and annoyance of the treadmill!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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Book Review: “12th of Never” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #12)


Title:  12th of Never

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #12

Synopsis (from bn.com):

It’s finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor—while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby daughter is born! While Lindsay and Joe are at home in bliss, San Francisco gets hit with multiple killings. An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a murder that he claims is real. No one believes him-until a vicious shooting fits the man’s description to the last detail.

Then the girlfriend of a star player for the San Francisco 49ers is found dead in her car, making the athlete the prime suspect. This seems like an open-and-shut case-until the body inexplicably vanishes from the morgue. When the desperate chief of police calls for help, Lindsay is forced to return to work after only one week at home with her newborn.

But all the crimes in the world will seem like nothing when she suddenly faces the most devastating loss of her life. With heart-pounding emotion and suspense, 12TH OF NEVER is James Patterson’s most shocking and sensational Women’s Murder Club novel yet.


My thoughts:  I decided to jump back into this series after some time away (after I lost my mojo with it after a disappointing #10) and I’m certainly glad I did.  I really enjoyed this book and of course flew through it like I do most Patterson books.

I love jumping back into a storyline with a cast of characters that I know . . . its like returning home!

I also truly enjoyed the overall plot lines of this book.  There were two or more simultaneous storylines that flowed well together and played off one another beautifully.


I know Patterson takes quite a bit of flack for publishing so many books, and basically having other authors write them while is name is on them . . . but let’s face it, if you love them you love them.  Read on!


Very much looking forward to #13 which happens to come out days before I get on a plane for Hawaii!  Can’t wait to read it.


And remember,

Books Are Life,



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Book review: “11th Hour” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #11)


Title:  11th Hour

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #11

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Your best friend

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends.

Or a vicious killer?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.

You won’t know until the 11th hour

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to—especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.


My thoughts:  I am so very glad I got back into this series . . . I really, truly enjoyed this installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series.  Frankly, after the 10th book in the serious which fell a bit flat for me I was hesitant to get back in and finish up the series.  I am glad I did!

I love James Patterson, particularly the Alex Cross series, . . . and this series is a close second for me.

I love coming back to good, comfortable, familiar characters in these novels.

I love how the 2 or 3 seemingly separate storylines play off one another, work well together, and keep the plot moving quickly ahead.

I flew through this book, which is exactly what I needed for this little reading slump that I am in.

On to number 12 in the series . . . full speed ahead!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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Book Review: “Book Clubbed” by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #8)


Title:  Book Clubbed

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #8

Synopsis (from bn.com):

The New York Times bestselling author of Not the Killing Type is back in Booktown with another page-turning mystery. Bookstore owner Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, must put their problems on the shelf to catch a killer who turns a bookcase into a murder weapon…

After cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her will, which is packed with surprises. It seems Betsy was hiding volumes of secrets behind her perpetual frown—one of which might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But Tricia and Angelica will need to watch their step carefully to make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.


My thoughts:  Well I can’t beat about the bush here . . . I love this cozy series, but I fear that it is getting a bit stale and old.  The last couple books I have read in this series have just not felt the same and I feel like I’m trudging through waiting for the action to happen.

One of the problems I’m noticing is that the books are starting to focus on the events of the city and the shopkeepers rather than any murder mystery . . . in amongst all of fluff in the story I realize that the actual murder mystery is completely lost.

I love the premise of the cozy series . . . I mean what on earth is better that a cozy surrounding a mystery book store in a town called Booktown.

I am hopeful that the author freshens up this series in the next installment coming out soon, The Final Chapter!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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