Sunday, May 22, 2016
In this outing, the FBI puts Amos and his extraordinary memory to work on a special team working on cold cases. Amos lobbies the team to take up the case of Melvin Mars, a gifted college football player who ended up on death row instead of playing in the NFL. Right before Melvin is to be executed someone else confesses to the murders for which he was convicted 20 years ago.
Typical Baldacci fare, which frankly is exactly what I like. And, I 'd like to throw out a big kiss to David Baldacci for making a library book very important to the story!
Friday, May 20, 2016
In Derbyshire, England, in 1978, two young girls are kidnapped on their way to school. One is found several hours later, traumatized, but otherwise unharmed. The other is never found. Fast forward thirty years later. The mother of the missing girl commits suicide. Days later, a teacher from the school ( not the girl's teacher) is found strangled in the woods. Rachel, the surviving girl, is now a genealogist. She uses her research skills to see how the recent deaths could be tied to the kidnapping. In the process, she also uncovers some family secrets. Has she also put herself in danger?
I book talked this to a group of middle schoolers last week and I hadn't really finished the book yet. It was checked out immediately. I hope whoever checked it out enjoyed it as much as I have. It was a a very sweet read and I think many young girls would easily relate to it.
Meanwhile, Beth and Jennifer email all day long. They know their email is being checked, but that doesn't censor them.
Lincoln starts looking forward to reading these exchanges between Jennifer and Beth.They are hilarious and the bright spot in his otherwise dull shift. Eventually he realizes that he has feelings for Beth, but he doesn't know what to do about them. How can he ask a girl out after reading all these messages? Knowing all these private details of her life? Not to mention the fact that she already has a boyfriend.
This is my second Rainbow Rowell novel and she is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It is 1893 and traveling secretary and amateur sleuth Hattie Davish has returned to her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri to attend the funeral of her friend's father. But . . . all is not as it should be in good ol' St. Joe.
I am not a big fan of cozy mysteries, I guess I like a bit of grit and gore. However, this was a fun book because it was set it St. Joseph and our heroine visited Mt. Mora Cemetery, the Lunatic Asylum, Lover's Lane and many other familiar places. And not to worry, she also solved that pesky mystery along the way.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Carly Simon is the 3rd child and daughter of Richard and Andrea Simon. A son, Peter, was born a few years after Carly. Her father was a co-founder of the publishing company Simon & Schuster, though he was ousted in later life.
Both Carly and her father suffered from anxiety and depression. I have always admired Carly Simon and enjoyed her music and never really considered she has the same worries and demons as everyone else. The book is a very candid look at her life and marriage to James Taylor. No surprise, she has a way with words.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Of course, it's not all ghosts and murders in this story. Willa makes a few new friends. Marnie, a Hollywood kid like Willa, Reed, her stepfather's handsome young assistant, and Wyatt, a serious guy who is obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. When Willa realizes the magnitude of the trouble she's in she needs someone to help her, but who?
I can't say much more without spoiling it. I will say I never would have picked this up had it not been an award nominee. Mysteries are fine, but ghost stories are not my cup of tea. Fortunately for me this was creepy, but not too scary. The story itself moved quickly and I stayed up too late finishing it last night and then stayed up even later watching something silly to counteract the creepiness.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Meanwhile, Delaney asks her friends Alvira and Willy to help her find her birth mother. What they uncover is a bit shocking! Will everyone live happily ever after?