Entries RSS Comments RSS

Archive for August, 2013

Book 22 in the 2013 Booklist: Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1 by Denise Swanson

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1 by Denise Swanson
Finished: June 25
“Loved, loved, loved this book!”
That was my first note I made about this book upon completion. I loved it so much in fact, that once I finished it I grabbed the next book in the series. I was sad to realize it was a series in its infancy, and only had 2 books. I really hope the author continues on, because I fell in love with this series! This is another good ol’ found it on Audible sale book. I am starting to notice a trend here, I am really being pleasantly surprised with how much I am loving the books I pick up at random on Audible sales! This is your somewhat typical “who done it” book, but the combination of the author’s writing style and the narrator I became more involved in the characters individually and as a group more than the plot itself. I felt as if I had known the characters for a long time by the time I went on to book 2, almost as if this were my favorite TV show I had been watching for years. I won’t give much away about the plot of the book, because the summary on Audible doesn’t either, but I will warn you, the narrator is probably a love or hate her type of narrator. Just so happens I loved her after a little while, so I encourage you to not give up on her too soon!
Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn’t focus on finding the killer of her ex’s fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

That’s all folks!
Amanda Ellen

Book 21 in the 2013 Booklist: The Poet by Michael Connelly

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Poet by Michael Connelly
Finished: June 22
This is another one of those in between actual Bosch books, but still part of the over all Bosch series. I really enjoy this character Jack McEvoy, but heck I haven’t not enjoyed a Connelly character yet!
This is a sort of book suggestion from RO, so have her post about it This book really had me thinking, and I sometimes like that about a book! The Edgar Allan Poe quotes really grabbed my attention since I believe deep down, I have a lit major that just wants out.
The main character really sounded similar to a character mentioned in an earlier Bosch book, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I kind of hope/hoped that we get this character again in another in between Bosch book, because I found him quite enjoyable! This plot captured my mind, but I also was getting into this book reading funk about then. The funk is still here, and probably why these posts are so far behind, and not a whole lot of new books are being added to my list.
So, with the beginnings of the funk, it took me a little longer than usual to finish it, but once we got to the end I was very happy with the book.
This books title is mentioned in an earlier stand alone book with Terry McCaleb having worked the case, and is probably why I was so anxious to read this book!
I can only suggest this 1 if you like crime books, because you don’t have to read it in order with the other Bosch books since it is a stand alone book.

That’s it for this one.
Amanda Ellen

Book 20 in the 2013 Booklist: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood by Mark Twain
Finished: June 6
This is a classic that I read portions of in an American Literature class I took a few years ago. I really enjoyed the way the professor explained the text then, which made me enjoy what I read of it. So, when I found this book on Audible, on sale I believe, I grabbed it up. I am really glad I did, the narrator was most excellent, and I still enjoyed the whole story, from start to finish!
If you are easily offended, I don’t suggest reading this book. There is offensive language used, and is not good for all readers. If you on the other hand, can handle a little harsh language, then this book is great! Many parts of this book kept me laughing. I highly suggest this to anyone who wants to take a chance on the classics, because this version of Huck Finn is great!
So, go grab this and tell me you didn’t like it, I challnege you!

I grabbed Tom Sawyer because apparently you need to read it before Huck Finn, but I haven’t gotten to read it yet. I only hope it is as good as Huck Finn.

Amanda Ellen