This week, I downloaded a bunch of free and inexpensive books. #50 and #51 are part of that. I also picked up M in the Demon Realm (urban fantasy), The Haunting of Hattie Hastings part one (paranormal mystery), and Prince of Poison: Stoneborn #1 (fantasy). I'll read those eventually.
52) Puppet on a Chain by Alistair MacLean (8/3/18) - Suspense - 4 stars. Neither new nor underappreciated. Part of my old crime novel collection that I'm slowly working my way through.
If it wasn't for the fact
that the story takes a rather long time to get to the point and there
seems to be a lot of extraneous information between here and there, this
would probably be five stars. I almost gave up on it several times.
Obviously not my favorite MacLean novel, but it's good if you can hang
in there and read it all. And when you get closer to the end, some of
the extraneous stuff begins to make sense and weave into the plot. Not a
book for those with a lack of patience."
51) Murder Most Thorny (Myrtle Grove Garden Club #2) by LouLou Harrington (8/1/18) - Cozy Mystery* - 4 stars. New to me, but plenty of reviews.
little cozy mystery. Might have been better if I'd read the first book
in the series before I read this one, but I didn't really feel like I
was left out by not reading it. I might go back and get the first book,
or just forge ahead."
50) Ghosts of Pinkerton: Vampire and The Frenchman by Andy DeJong (7/30/18) - Supernatural Adventure?*# - 5 stars. New to me and way underappreciated.
was AWESOME! I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Jasper and
Cole. And Angus. And Emma. Even Gilles... until, you know. Malice was a
deliciously evil villain. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
There'll be a next book, right? Pretty please?"
(This question mark is there because I wasn't quite sure what genre to list this as. It's kind of a genre blender.)
49) The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (7/29/18) - Technothriller - 3 stars. Neither new to me nor underappreciated.
Review: "Well written, interesting, thrilling up to a point. But ultimately, disappointing."
DNF 7/29/18 - Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson. A recent thrift store find. Many times over the years, I'd heard of this but never took the chance to read it. I didn't get that far in before I decided I wasn't really that interested in learning more about Thomas Covenant or his leprosy. It probably gets better, but I don't have that kind of patience right now.
DNF 7/29/18 - Krondor the Betrayal by Raymond Feist. One of my thrift store finds from years ago that I've held onto because I paid good money for it and I wanted to read it. I got a couple dozen pages in and meh.
I finished that MacLean novel last night and I wasn't sure what I'd read next when I finished this post. Plus, it was almost time for Live PD. You'll find out next week what book was next. ;o)