After I’m Gone

After I’m Gone, by Laura Lippman was a great story about Felix Brewer and his family. The style jumps from character to character, time period to time period, wealthly to poor. No ones particularly likable, but they are all charming. Felix meets the love of his life in 1959 and disappears in 1976. His mistress disappears in 1986 and everyone thought she met up with Felix until her remains were found. In 2012, a retired Baltimore detective picks up the cold case and opens old wounds that didn’t quite heal.

I read this in 2 days, staying up past midnight to finish it.

Exciting read!

Read August 2019

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Death Spiral

Death Spiral, by Leena Lehtolainen, has a very pregnant Maria Kallio trying to solve the murder of a rising ice skating star. Tensions run high in the small competitive skating world, but many seemed to lose with Noora’s death so theres no obvious murderer.

Fun cultural read about skating and Finland.

Read August 2019

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The Clockmakers Daughter

Kate Morton’s The Clockmakers Daughter tells the interconnectedness of people across time and space, all connected and drawn to the beautiful, mystical Birchwood Manor.Currently, Elodie Winslow, an archivist, comes across a beautiful photo from 1862. Edward Radcliffe, part of a group of artists at Birchwood in 1862, stopped painting after losing the love of his life. His sister Lucy, who used the manor for a girls school. As well as several others connected.

Slow start for me, but then I couldn’t put the book down to find out what happens.

Read July 2019.

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The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is a great story about women who are change to survive. So interesting about Portland’s racist history and how dealing with the mafia may be easier than white Christians in Portland. Sad stories about hiding from mafia, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Great characters. The slang was a little hard for me at times, but overall added a bit of fun.

Read July 2019

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Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty had Nine Perfect Strangers meet at Tranquillum House to change their life. They all aren’t strangers, one couple and a family of 3 are included in their quest for betterment. All are in a remote health spa for a 10 day cleanse which they willingly signed up for. Once there, it seems not many read the fine print about the requirements to participate; days of silence, mandatory mediations, dietary restrictions. And then the real work began.

This was a page turner from the begging. Moriarty tells the story from everyone’s perspective, including each’s opinion about each other. It starts off as a gossipy fun novel that takes a wicked turn.

Great read! Read in 2 days!

Read June 2019.

Deal Breaker

In Deal Breaker, like Harlan Coben’s HomeMyron Bolivar and his obscenely wealth friend Win, are able to work outside the law due to the amount of connections and wealth that Win has. Myron Bolivar runs a moderately successful sports agency, but with the help of his friend is able to strike deals and help players with methods just slightly less underhanded than the people he’s dealing with.

This is a very masculine, bro mystery where the main good guys have almost unbelievable abilities to solve mysteries and help people who deserve a little help.

Quick, easy read.

Read June 2019