Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Pilot's Wife

I loved The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve. It is about a wife who has to deal with her husband's death when his plane crashes. As the investigation into the crash develops Kathryn learns that her husband has secrets.

This is book number 3 in my TBR Challenge. Why did I love it? I loved how I was pulled into the story. I felt her pain and her grief. I went along with her on her journey of discovery and saw how the discoveries affected her. Even though she wanted life to stop she was forced to continue to face her pain and discoveries. After reading this book one wonders does one ever know the people they love.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Code Red: Next of Kin

This book is part of the Code Red series. It is written by C.J. Carmichael. I enjoy the Code Red series and this book did not disappoint. I am catching up on this series. Trying to find past copies at used book stores.

Jackie Kellison is a ER nurse. Casey Guthrie is a motorcycle cop. They meet when there is a multi car accident. They hear a baby crying. The woman in the car is dead. They take the baby to the hospital. Then they find out that the baby is kidnapped. Jackie and Casey try to find out the truth about the kidnapping. During the investigation they discover a mutal attraction.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Concubine's Tattoo

The Concubine's Tattoo by The Laura Joh Rowland is a mystery set in the late 1600s Japan. This is the fourth book in Sana Ichiro series and the first one that I read.

Sana Ichiro has just married, but on his wedding day one of the Shogun's concubine dies. As Shogun's honorable investigator, he is sent to investigate the death. He realizes that the concubine was murdered. He finds out that the concubine is poisoned while applying a tattoo.

Reiko is Sano's new bride. She is not the traditional Japanese wife that is found in the 1600s Japan. As the only child of a widowed magistrate, she was allowed to watch his court cases. She was trained in the ways of the Samurai warrior. She is not the docile wife Sano expected. Reiko helps with the investigation even though Sano tells her no. He is furious when he finds out.

Can Sano solve the murder and work things out with Reiko?

When I started to read this book, I was not sure if I would like it. But I kept going and the book became better. This is not your traditional mystery. This mystery does not get solved quickly. There is a lot of twist and turns in this book. I thought I figured out who committed the murder but Rowland there in some twist and it was not who I thought. This is definitely a thinker mystery. If you like mysteries then you will like this book. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Freedom Walkers

Freedom Walkers: the Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott By Russell Freedman
My Daughter read this book for the Battle of the Books competition. It caught my eye, so I decided to read it.
The book takes us back to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and it did not start with Rosa Parks. There were other ladies before her who refused to get up and were arrested. Mrs. Parks was the ideal defendant to take bus segregation issues into the federal court. The book also explains what happens to the leaders of the boycott and the car pools.
I thought it was a good book. I am glad it was chosen for The Battle of the Books competition. It is a wonderful introduction to the Civil Rights Movement. I even learned something new, that there were other ladies before Rosa Parks and that the bus boycott lasted a year. If you know a child between 4-6th grade definitely get it for them.
This is the second book that I read from The Battle of the Books. I read one from last year's list. It was called Hanna's Suitcase by Karen Levine.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Poisonwood Bible

I read this book for the TBR challenge. This was my first book completed for this challenge, 11 more to go.

This is a story about a family of Evangelical Baptists who go to Africa to be missionaries. Through the narration of 5 different viewpoints, the mother and the 4 daughters, we see how cultures clash, learn about African (Congo) politics and the status of women. We see a family fall apart and then come back together.

I found The Poisonwood Bible difficult to get into at the beginning. I believe that it was due to the writing style of the author. I either became use to the style or the story became to enthralling to put the book down. After the first 100 pages the book became easier. The further I got in the book, I wanted to know more about the characters

Overall, I found the book a good read. I would definitely recommend it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Familiar Escape

This book is part of series about a cat detective. This is the first one that I read in the series. It is about Molly whose sister is murdered and her niece has disappeared. Not believing that her niece is dead as the local police state; she hires Familiar to find here niece. Molly goes to the local jail to interview the man who is accused of killing Molly's sister Anna in the hopes that he will help find her niece. He states that he did not kill Anna and that he wants to help find the person who did.

I found that this book started out slow. I kept plugging away. It became better about half way through. If you are patient this is nice light read. I do want to read the other books in this series, so that says something about this book.