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April 24, 2009

What’s on Order – April Book Orders

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Well, I do buy a lot of books, but this was my big order for the month.  I found that for books for my keeper shelf, I want paper copies, so I ordered a whole bunch of titles I already read as ebooks.  I’m still waiting for several books to be released.

Confessions of a Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle –  It just looked interesting for a romance.  I’ve read a few of her books and they were good.

In the Bleak Mid-Winter by Julia Spencer-Fleming.  I read one of her books several years ago and had a rather mixed reaction to it.  I’ll try one more and see if this one strikes a cord.

Her Royal Spyness byRhys Bowen – Who could resist a title like that?  Historical romance.  Review posted.

Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh – I always have mixed reactions to Lora Leigh, but so far I’ve mostly enjoyed her Nauti series.  Let’s see where this one falls.  How can one author produce 4 books in a single year?  First Olny Pleasure for the Bound Hearts series, then Maverick for the Elite Ops series, now another Nauti book and in the fall one of her Breeds books.  This woman either works 24/7/365 or had a pile of manuscripts in the hopper.  Review posted.

Big Bad Wolf: A COS Commando Novel by Gennita Low – one of my favorite romantic suspense author’s latest book.  Looks a little different from her usual, but we’ll see.

Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston – OK, this is one of my ebooks I’m buying a paper copy of.  How could I not?  It’s a favorite for a good laugh and some romance.

Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy – The second book in the series White House Chef Mysteries.  The first one, State of the Onion, was one of the better cozies I’ve read lately.

Death of a Cozy Writer – A St Just Mystery by G. M. Malliet – This one I just received and I’m just starting it.  So far so good. Review posted.

Sudden Death and Dead Center both by David Rosenfelt – These books are part of the Andy Carpenter series.  A humorous legal thriller.  I’ve read several of his books and liked them all so far. Nearly finished Sudden Death.

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl – A contemporary romance and the heroine writes erotic romance on the sly.  Irresistible.!  Almost done.

Passionate by Anthea Lawson – This one was a $3.99 special from Zebra by a new author.  An historical romance set in the mid-1800’s.

I’m sure I’ll get more, but my hotly awaited books by Lindsey Davis and Daniel Silva are yet to be released.  SIGH


BOOK REVIEW: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Every so often I read a book that gets excellent reviews, great word of mouth and is hugely popular and I find myself far less enamored of it than I expected.  Perhaps my expectations are too high, or maybe the style just does not suit me.  Whatever the difference in perception is, I find myself in that position with this review.  I wanted to love this book, be enthralled, swept away, but I was not.  The sharp wit that opens the book only visits off and on thereafter.

Silent in the Grave has a brilliant opening:

To say I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate.  Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching on the floor.

Unfortunately, the next 100+ pages were remarkably tedious before the story got interesting again.  As it turns out, that became something of a pattern in the book.   Long breaks of introspective self analysis were followed by a flurry of activity and progress by inches. (more…)

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