Thursday, February 19, 2015

Coming up....

I am getting ready to start Natchez Burning by Greg Isles. This will be our next Mystery Book Club book to read. Our wonderful "leader" Kay, chooses such great books for us to read. We always have great discussions but we don't all necessarily share the same opinions on the books.

"#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years—Natchez Burning—the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage."

I will give my take on it probably not until April as it is a long book. :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Longmire on Netflix

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I checked on the status of Longmire coming on Netflix. I had it marked down to start in March 2015. Looks like they are starting production (yay) in about a month. Speculation is that it will be ready to be shown late 2015.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Finished reading The Last Policeman

Finished reading The Last Policeman by Ben Winters.

The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)

This is the first book in a trilogy. It borders on sci-fi.  It is told in the first person by Detective Hank Palace. The setting is Concord on the brink of an earth destroying asteroid. There has been another suicide, which is pretty common given the circumstances. But Hank believes there is more to it than a suicide. Despite the end of the earth coming, Hank is seeking the truth.

The story is a "murder mystery" but also explores what pre-apocalyptic earth may be like. People are "going bucket list"; quitting their jobs and going to do whatever they have always dreamed about. Some people have become so anxious and hopeless that they are taking their own lives. Groups are planning how to survive; building vessels to leave earth, hoarding food and weapons.

Others like Hank are trying to keep up normalcy and law and order.

You will want to read the next two in the trilogy since we haven't gotten to "the end", when this first book is finished.

Quick read, not a lot of superfluous description but full of surprises.

This book won Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction for this trilogy.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Long Way Home

I  finished "The Long Way Home" by Louise Penny yesterday.

I had to take a day to think about what to say about this book. You will know why once you have read it. And especially if you follow the series. This is #10 in the Gamache series.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired from the force and moved to Three Pines with his wife. They are enjoying the life of leisure; breakfast at the café in the mornings, strolls in the park, casual dinners with their close friends at night. How wonderful...

One of their close friends Clara, after much thinking and agonizing, asks Gamache to put his Inspector hat back on and find her husband, Peter. They had agreed to separate one year ago and to meet at the end of one year and see how they felt about their relationship. Peter has not appeared as agreed upon.

Gamache agrees to help Clara and solicits help from his now son-in-law, Jean Guy to find Peter. Clara and their friend Myrna accompany them.  They travel many miles, by car, plane and boat, and talk to many people searching for Peter.

Ms. Penny is able to make us feel we are on that journey. I felt the impatience, tediousness, exhaustion and waiting that the friends felt. They run into many dead ends and more mystery.

I also found parts of the story humorous. I could just picture four middle aged and older people running across a town center in their bathrobes at 6 a.m. as described in one part of the story.  I find Ruth pretty funny. She and her companion, Rosa the Goose make me laugh.

As always, Louise Penny has written a great story with an unexpected ending.....

What did you think about it?