Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer Reading Week 9


Welcome to the results of Week 9 of Summer Reading 2012.  We have 368 people signed up.  This week 21 people read 75 books (1 submitted entries for the first time this week.)  So far, 152 people have read 1115 books!



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So Many Steps to Death
So Many Steps to Death
By Christie, Agatha
1992-09 - Thorndike Press
9780816146024 Check Our Catalog

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Last Bus to Woodstock
Last Bus to Woodstock
By Dexter, Colin
1975-01 - MacMillan Publishing Company
9780333179291 Check Our Catalog

"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot."
--The New York Times Book Review
"YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW MORSE UNTIL YOU'VE READ
HIM. . . . Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Morse in the PBS Mystery! anthology series should welcome the deeper character development in Dexter's novels."
--Chicago Sun-Times
Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia's bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock, near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is, he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline.
"Few novelists write books as intelligent and deliciously frightening as those by Colin Dexter. . . . What Mr. Dexter does so well, so brilliantly, is weave a thick, cerebral story chock-full of literary references and clever red herrings."
--The Washington Times
"A MASTERFUL CRIME WRITER WHOM FEW OTHERS MATCH."
--Publishers Weekly
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Country Plot
Country Plot
By Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
2012-06 - Severn House Publishers
9780727881465 Check Our Catalog

Horrified to discover that her elderly cousin Kitty may be forced to sell her country mansion Holtby House, Jenna throws herself into a scheme to save it. But when an attempt is made on her life, Jenna finds herself in a race to save Holtby, Kitty, and herself. …More


Wicked Business
Wicked Business
By Evanovich, Janet
2012-06 - Bantam
9780345527776 Check Our Catalog

Elizabeth Tucker is content baking cupcakes, but her life is derailed by Diesel, an irresistible man with his own set of unusual talents and a mission that only Lizzy can help him complete. Meanwhile, Grimoire Gerwulf lurks as he seeks the Seven Stones of Power. …More


Night Watch
Night Watch
By Fairstein, Linda
2012-07 - Dutton Books
9780525952633 Check Our Catalog

"New York Times"-bestselling author Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City's most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents. …More


Sinful
Sinful
By Featherstone, Charlotte
2010-05 - Spice
9780373605439 Check Our Catalog

In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.
While these numerous dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel--and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more.
Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy--despite Matthew's growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew's secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous it could destroy everyone he loves. A sin, he fears, not even the love of a good woman can take away... …More


The Way Back Home
The Way Back Home
By Freethy, Barbara
2012-08 - Center Point Large Print
9781611734836 Check Our Catalog

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Scarlet
Scarlet
By Gaughen, A. C.
2012-02 - Walker Childrens
9780802723468 Check Our Catalog

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Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart
By Gould, Sasha
2012-03 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780385741507 Check Our Catalog

When Laura della Scala's older sister drowns, Laura leaves the shelter of the convent where she has spent the last six years and enters the upper echelons of sixteenth-century Venetian society, while she searches for the truth about what happened to her sister. …More


Calico Joe
Calico Joe
By Grisham, John
2012-04 - Doubleday Books
9780385536073 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


Joe Castle, from Calico Rock, Arkansas, took the baseball world by storm in 1973. He homered in his first three major league at bats for the Chicago Cubs. Two months later, he was still hitting more than .500. Then, in his next at bat after homering off Warren Tracey, a surly journeyman pitcher, Tracey drilled a fastball at Joe's head. The damage was severe. Joe's right eye socket was destroyed, and he never played again, retreating back to Calico Rock, far from the public eye. Tracey soon retired from the Mets and drifted into booze and a succession of ex-wives. Thirty years later, Tracey's estranged son, Paul, on learning of his father's impending death from cancer, tries to bring Warren Tracey and Joe Castle together.
Not the usual Grisham book, but it is interesting and keeps ones attention.  I recommend reading it.
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The Other Woman's House
The Other Woman's House
By Hannah, Sophie
2012-06 - Penguin Books
9780143121510 Check Our Catalog

It's past midnight, but Connie can't sleep. To pass the time, she logs onto a real estate website in search of a particular house, the address of which was mysteriously in the GPS of her car that afternoon. As she clicks through the virtual tour of 11 Bentley Grove, she's shocked to see the body of a woman, lying face down on the living room floor in a pool of blood. But when she returns to show her husband Kit moments later, there is no body, no blood- only an ordinary beige carpet in an ordinary living room. …More


A Discount for Death: A Posadas County Mystery
A Discount for Death: A Posadas County Mystery
By Havill, Steven F.
2010-11 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590586594 Check Our Catalog


Another Posadas County mystery with Estelle Reyes-Guzman as the undersheriff, but with the ever more popular Bill Gastner peering out of the wings to which he dispatched himself upon retirement. Estelle's new job continues to be far from easy, and now she is faced the death of a young woman on a motorcycle-- a death that could have been caused by improper driving from one of the county's traffic officers when he tried to stop her for speeding. But there is more than meets the eye. Gastner is there to help, but Estelle can go far to cope. …More


Scavengers: A Posadas County Mystery
Scavengers: A Posadas County Mystery
By Havill, Steven F.
2010-10 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590586600 Check Our Catalog


A man's body is found in the unforgiving New Mexico desert, his face so smashed that identification is impossible. It's the beginning of a brutal murder spree that will soon take Posadas County's new undersheriff, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, into a case that has roots on both sides of the border.With retired Sheriff Bill Gastner's help, Reyes-Guzman attempts to identify the "Juan" Doe. Another body turns up in a shallow grave, revealing little about the killer, but more about the victims. And when a fire takes a third life, the terrible twist finally offers the break Estelle has been looking for. …More


Statute of Limitations: A Posadas County Mystery
Statute of Limitations: A Posadas County Mystery
By Havill, Steven F.
2011-11 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590588772 Check Our Catalog


It's Christmas in Posadas County. Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is settling down to a quiet evening with her family, until her doctor husband gets a call. It+s from the retired chief- of-police Eduardo Martinez; he+s at a nearby motel, having pains. Doctor Guzman responds, and then Estelle gets a call herself.Estelle and ex-Sheriff Bill Gastner, who was visiting the Guzman home at the time, arrive at the motel parking lot to find it+s turned into the scene of a crime. It appears that Eduardo had an exchange with two men and then collapsed, the men taking off in his car. An out-of-town couple, the woman on the verge of giving birth, were the only ones to witness the encounter, but something seems off in their story.Havill triumphs once again, demonstrating his incredible talent for bringing out the characters and setting of this New Mexico community. This is the fourteenth in Havill's Posadas County mysteries. …More


Pearl Jinx
Pearl Jinx
By Hill, Sandra
2007-07 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446616515 Check Our Catalog

Bestselling author Sandra Hill's Jinx series continues with a delightful new tale filled with love and laughter. …More


The Red-Hot Cajun
The Red-Hot Cajun
By Hill, Sandra
2005-04 - Warner Forever
9780446612968 Check Our Catalog

The award-winning and bestselling author pens her latest spicy and hilarious Cajun romance, featuring two childhood nemeses who are all grown up, red-hot with desire, and more than ready for love. Original. …More


Rough and Ready
Rough and Ready
By Hill, Sandra
2007-07 - Thorndike Press
9780786296583 Check Our Catalog

Lt. Torolf Magnusson and his team of Navy SEALs travel back in time to the 11th-century on a search-and-destroy mission, but they land in the middle of a sanctuary filled with Norse women. Their plans are put on hold, much to the distress of Hilda, the head of the sanctuary. At first resistant to Torolf's pursuits, she soon succumbs to his passionate advances. Original. …More


Santa, Honey
Santa, Honey
By Angell, Kate
Author Hill, Sandra
Author Nash, Joy
2009-10 - Love Spell
9780505527530 Check Our Catalog

These three humorous contemporary novellas feature Santa in sometimes hilarious, sometimes compromising positions as he figures out just who's naughty and who's nice. Original. …More


So Into You
So Into You
By Hill, Sandra
2009-08 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446535779 Check Our Catalog

Angel Sabato has been in love with best friend Grace O'Brien for 10 years--but he's only just realized it. However, she doesn't take him seriously when he tells her about his feelings. Reeling from the rejection, Angel hightails it out of town. Now Grace wonders if her problems from the past are keeping her from opening herself to love. Original. …More


The Thread
The Thread
By Hislop, Victoria
2012-07 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062135582 Check Our Catalog

From the internationally acclaimed author of "The Island" and "The Return" comes a sweeping and unforgettable story of love and friendship and the choices that must be made when loyalties are challenged. …More


Taking the Fifth
Taking the Fifth
By Jance, J. A.
2009-12 - Harper
9780061958540 Check Our Catalog


There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all--until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close-up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish . . . and lethal. …More


What Doesn't Kill You
What Doesn't Kill You
By Johansen, Iris
2012-04 - St. Martin's Press
9780312651237 Check Our Catalog

From the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller. Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes readers from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul. …More


I Can Do Better All by Myself
I Can Do Better All by Myself
By Joy, E. N.
2011-11 - Urban Books
9781601628060 Check Our Catalog

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