Monday, October 22, 2012

Murder, She Meowed

Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown join forces in a tale of steeplechase excitment, big money, drugs, and old flames in the town of Crozet, Virginia. 

Following a race at Montepelier a jockey is found dead.  A few weeks later another jockey is killed. Then the daughter of a long missing lady is severly injured while racing in Camden from a sabatoged girth. 

As usual Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and Pewter are in the middle of it all adding insight and humor to the investigation. If only the people would listen to the animals life would be so much smoother.

A nice cozy type mystery which moves along nicely.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Mockingjay is to lead but when there is an unwilling hero problems arise and if a problem can arise Katniss runs slap dap into it.

Katniss struggles with fame, with being less than average, with working, with not working, basically she is messed up and that is what makes it all good.  She makes right decisions, wrong decisions, and at times no decision, they all play a part in the outcome.

Mockingjay is about war and politics on a grand scarl and brings up many moral issues that do not have a clear right or wrong.  I hope I would be more like Peeta but I believe I might be closer to Katniss and sometimes a touch of Gale. 

Many things to consider and it will take weeks for it all to sink in, the hallmark of literature.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Redoubt by Mercedes Lacket

Mercedes Lackey takes us once again into the land of Valdemar. Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles visits with Mags and Dallen showing their growth as a team and Mags development as a much more normal teen who has to face the fears of his previous existance. Readers of the series will remember that Mags was once a mine slave that has a very different take on the world of Companions as compared to most Heraldic trainees.

I found this novel to be a bit dark in the middle but it was appropriate darkness that made for page turning tension. Even for one that is Chosen life is not always clear as to right, wrong, or indifferent.

The ending leaves me thinking we may visit with Mags and Dallen again, I hope that is true.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Tower Treasure

The Tower Treasure, Book One of The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon

Frank and Joe are looking into their friend Chet's stolen car which has clues which lead to a theft of jewels and security bonds. The stakes increase when the father of a friend is accused of the theft and loses his job.

The appeal of this series is an easy reading level with main characters that are seventeen and eighteen. One things can be said, time has proven them to be popular as they are still read on a regular basis.