Thursday, August 30, 2012

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

Heather Wells is helping the woman who stole her boyfriend. Tania Trace, international pop star, is now married to Jordan Cartwright, Heather's ex and also famous pop star. Tania and Jordan are filming a reality show about their lives when Tania's bodyguard is shot. Not feeling safe, Tania relocates her music summer camp to Fischer Hall where Heather is the assistant dorm adviser.

The first day ends in tragedy when the producer dies after eating cupcakes intended for Tania. It is now clear that someone is out to get her. Cooper Cartwright is hired to act as bodyguard for Tania while she is at Fischer Hall. He is a PI and Heather's secret fiancee and the black sheep of the Cartwright family. Heather knows she should butt out but she can't help herself. She does have previous experience solving murders. And then Tania tells her a secret that blows the whole investigation wide open.

This is the fourth book in the Heather Wells mysteries and it is just as fun as the other three! I really enjoy the characters.The next one will be called Size 12 is the New Black.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Fiction 8/28/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine
Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
The Mirrored World by Debra Dean
Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

Saturday, August 25, 2012

When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

In Harbison's latest, Gemma Craig (not Jenny Craig), a private chef in the Washington, D.C. area, has a slew of regular clients every day of the week, and each one has their own peculiarities.  Her Monday night client may possibly work for the Russian Mafia.  Then there is the mysterious Mr. Tuesday who leaves her notes full of banter, but who she has never actually met.  The wife of the Wednesday client claims she is allergic to almost everything.  And even Friday's client is a reality show diva who has no problem reminding Gemma she is the help.

Although Gemma is working at her dream job, she struggles financially to make ends meet.  Fortunately she is able to pick up catering jobs on the weekends, but when somebody starts bad-mouthing her around town, she loses the once source of extra cash that she depends on.  In addition, her Friday night client fired her, so she is really in a pickle (pun intended).

But her finances are only part of her troubles.  With her cousin being pregnant and on bed rest, Gemma reflects on the child she gave up as a teenager and whether putting her career first means she will ever find love (and have kids).  Gemma daydreams about the one-night stand she had with Mack a few weeks ago, but without a phone number or last name, she doesn't believe she will ever find him again.  Unbeknownst to Gemma, fate may have other plans in store for her and the future.

The only thing I would change about this novel is that it should have included recipes!  Harbison describes these mouth-watering dishes that many readers would probably love to make, so recipes would have been a definite bonus.  Otherwise, this was a very enjoyable read that will appeal to those looking for a light-hearted read with substance and humor.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Young Sherlock Holmes (series) by Andy Lane

In Death Cloud, a young Sherlock is sent to live with relatives that he has never met while his brother works, his father goes off to battle, and his ailing mother rests. Soon Sherlock makes friends and is working to solve his first case. With the help of tutor Amyus Crowe, and his new best friend Matty, Sherlock manages to against all odds stay alive. The second book of the series, Rebel Fire, sees Sherlock travelling to America to retrieve a kidnapped Matty, and setting out to prove that Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth is alive.

Even with my only exposure to Sherlock Holmes being the 2009 film and the current BBC series, it was easy to see the formation of some of the character traits that Sherlock exhibits in his adult life. It was also interesting to see how had it not been for Sherlock’s American tutor, he may have never become the world’s first consulting detective. In the first installment we see where he gets his skills for detecting and logical thinking, and in the sequel we see Sherlock pick up a violin for the first time.

The first teen series endorsed by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, there are expected to be at least three more books in the series. I for one cannot wait to pick up the next title.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Fiction 8/21/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction releaLinksed this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Absent One by Jussi Alder-Olsen
The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig
Hostage by Elie Wiesel
A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller
The Lincoln Letter by William Martin
Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis
Not My Blood by Barbara Cleverly
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams
Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump

Candace Woodrow has woken up in a stranger's bed. Three weeks before her wedding. It doesn't help that she has no idea how she ended up in his bed or the fact that he is super hot. Trying to maintain some dignity, Candace tries to leave. But not before the hottie introduces himself as Michael Volger and much to her relief reveals  that he slept on the couch. Now Candace just wants to put it all behind her.

Easier said than done. Candace owns a gift basket shop with her two best friends. And guess who shows up to place a huge order for his company-Michael Volger. With Michael hanging around, Candace starts to have second thoughts about her wedding. She is marrying a reliable but boring guy. And everything seems to be going wrong with the wedding planning. Her original wedding dress was lost in a fire and she still doesn't have a replacement and her soon to be mother-in-law is in town and she is a nightmare.

Candace doesn't know what to do. Does she marry safe, reliable and boring? Or does she take a chance on hot and exciting? With the help of her grandma and friends, Candace will have to make this tough decision. But will she choose the right one?

The characters and the story were great. I also liked all the recipes at the beginning of each chapter. The next book is The Devil Served Tortellini.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson

This is the only James Patterson series I read now.  I love Patterson, but I guess after reading so much of his stuff, I just got burnt out.  I was a little bit disappointed in this fifth offering in the Michael Bennett series; it just didn't grab me like the previous books.  However, it was a quick read and am hooked on his relationship with Mary Catherine, so I imagine I will keep on reading this series to see how that pans out for Bennett.

NYPD detective Bennett is on the task force to take down notorious Mexican drug lord Perrine who ordered a hit on two boarder patrol officers and their families.  They received a tip that Perrine would be in disguise in New York City to attend his daughter's college graduation.  Even with all the back up, Perrine and his bodyguard, a sexy Lantino, manage to escape while causing quite a bit of damage in the process, including taking down one of New York's finest and Bennett's closest friend, who jumped in front of the bullet to save Bennett.

A year later, Perrine has been captured and is awaiting trial.  Consumed with guilt for the loss of Hughie, Bennett is determined to make sure justice is served and is working with one of the prosecuting attorneys on the case who is also Hughie's cousin, Tara  During breaks in the trail he hopes to get a few moments away at the upstate cabin with his brood of 10 children and nanny, Mary Catherine.  Just when he is starting to relax, two of his sons go missing from their vacation home.  Could this be the work of Perrine and his crew?

Bennett is a likable character and easy to root for, so I can see why this series has a following.  The first-person narration makes him a sympathetic character who only has the best intentions at heart.  I don't see another Bennett book on schedule quite yet, but there is sure to be another one in 2013.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Fiction 8/14/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
Right State by Mat Johnson
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
Summer Lies by Bernard Schlink
Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read
When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Kate Wilson was just your average Wall Street analyst when she met Julian Laurence. Julian is anything but average. He is handsome and a billionaire and he wants Kate. Kate cannot believe it but she goes with it. After texting for a couple of days, she hears nothing from him. Then a couple of months later, they reconnect. But when Kate is fired from her job, there seems to be more going on then she knows and it has to do with Julian.

Julian takes Kate away to his house in the country. Everything is going great but Kate knows something is off. He can't tell Kate the details because he is afraid. Julian isn't from this time. But Kate starts to put the pieces together and starts to remember. With bad guys lurking and an unclear future, Kate will do anything to be with Julian. Even if it means traveling through time.

I want to say so much more about this book but I don't want to give anything away! Let's just say it is a great love story and I loved the characters. I can't wait to read the next book by Beatriz Williams!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Fiction 8/7/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

12.21 by Dustin Thomason
Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron
The Black Isle by Sandi Tan
A Brew to Kill by Cleo Coyle
Cat in a White Tie and Tails by Carole Nelson Douglas
City of Women by David Gillham
The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton
The Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas Cook
The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang
The Dog Star's by Peter Heller
A Foreign Country by Charles Cummings
Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain
The Last Victim by Karen Robards
Line of Fire by Stephen White
Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston
Munster's Case by Hakan Nesser
No Way to Kill a Lady by Nancy Martin
The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
The Prophet by Michael Koryta
Requiem by Frances Itani
The Sentinel by Matthew Dunn
The Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford
Shunning Sarah by Julie Kramer
Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion
Sneaky Pie for President by Rita Mae Brown
The Spymasters by W.E.B. Griffin
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
This is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon
Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Vengeance by Benjamin Black
The Viper by Hakan Ostlundh
What in God's Name? by Simon Rich
You Don't Want To Know by Lisa Jackson

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson

Sadie Jo Hollowell is back in Lovett, Texas. Her cousin is getting married and she has been summoned home to be a bridesmaid. Her mom died when she was five and her dad didn't quite know what to do with her. At eighteen, she left home for college and only came back periodically.  On her way back into town, Sadie sees a man stranded on the side of the road. Sadie ends up giving him a ride into town and daringly asks him to be her date to the wedding. His only response is he doesn't have a suit.

Vince Haven has been out of Seals team for 5 years now. Not his choice and he is still trying to figure out his life. Lately he has realized he has a knack of buying property, fixing it up, and selling it. He is in Texas because his aunt has a proposition for him. What he didn't expect to find was Sadie. Not one to owe anyone, Vince reluctantly shows up at the wedding. And boy is he glad he did. Sadie and Vince find themselves in a compromising position. One they both enjoyed.

Sadie is ready to get back to her life in Arizona but her dad ends up in the hospital after getting kicked by a horse. Now Sadie is sticking around to help. And so is Vince. His aunt wants him to buy her gas station. Vince does and starts a full remodel. Sadie and Vince become friends with benefits. But we all know how that goes. Sadie falls in love with Vince. But will Vince be able to get over his commitment issues to love her back?

This was not my favorite book by Rachel Gibson. I was disappointed. I never felt that Vince and Sadie were in love. Oh well. I can't like them all! But I am a big fan of Rachel Gibson's and I do recommend her books.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Who knew that a book in which you end up hating both protagonists could still be so good?  Gone Girl is the must read book of the summer (after the Fifty Shades trilogy, of course) and a perfect choice for the beach, a plane ride, or a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Tons of unexpected twists keep you turning the pages in this dark and twisted psychological thriller.

The book alternates chapters from the perspective of Nick Dunne and wife Amy. On the day of their five year anniversary, Nick receives a phone call from a neighbor to report that their front door is open.  When Nick arrives home, the glass coffee table is shattered, an ottoman is overturned, and Amy is no where to be seen.  Clearly something not right has happened here, so Nick alerts the police, who, after questioning him, feel he doesn't quite act like a man whose wife has been abducted should.  Even though neither Amy nor her body has been found, circumstantial evidence keeps accumulating that leave a cloud of suspicion over Nick.  The support of Amy's parents will only last so long, and Nick finds himself hiring an attorney known for representing high profile cases.  Readers will be reminded of the media sensation that surrounded the real life cases of Scott Peterson and Drew Peterson.

The chapters narrated by Amy are through a diary which hasn't been found yet.  The diary goes back seven years and chronicles when they first met, their time in New York City as a young couple, and their eventual relocation to Nick's home town of Cartharge, Missouri, where they moved after both had lost their jobs in the recession and Nick learned that is mom was dying of cancer.  Like a lot of marriages, things are perfect at first, but their passion for one another turns into resentment.  The reader wonders if their marriage was bad enough that murder was the only way out.

One thing to keep in mind with this book is nothing is what it appears.  Just when you think you have got it all figured out, Flynn keeps you on your toes with unexpected turns of events.  If you loved Chevy Stevens' Still Missing and Never Knowing like me, then this is the book for you.