Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay

Started: 8/17/12
Finished: 8/20/12
Year: 2006
Pages: 280
Genre: Literature
Grade: B+
Reason for reading: grabbed off the TBR shelf
Blurb (from paper book jacket): "On an ordinary morning in Fox Harbor, Wisconsin, Meg and Rex Van Dorn's lives are irrevocably altered when a drunk driver-Meg's onetime best friend, Cindy Ann Kreisler-slams into the Van Dorns' car, killing their six-year-old son, Evan. As Meg recovers from her own injuries, She and Rex are shocked when Cindy Ann receives a mere slap on the wrst. In their rage and grief, they buy a boat to sail around the world, hoping to put as much distance as possible between themselves and Cindy  Ann. But when Meg returns to Fox Harbor for a family wedding, she's forced to face the complex ties that bind her to the woman who has destroyed her peace.
Opinion: A heart-wrenching story where ultimately forgiveness is key. Great story.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker

Started: 8/10/12
Finished: 8/16/12
Year: 1985
Pages: 322
Genre: mystery
Grade: B+
Reason for reading: grabbed off the TBR pile
Blurb (from back cover): "Laguna...where every day the sun makes a promise the nightime breaks, while the super rich live out expensive fantasies in posh beach houses and drown their memories in Cuervo Gold margaritas...
Laguna...where trouble has swept in like a Santa Ana wind, blowing the cover off a world of torture, murder, and blood red secrets...
Laguna...where a crazed killer has turned paradise into a Disenyland of depraved violence-with a fiery vengeance-and where homicide cop Tom Shephard unravels a grisly mystery that reaches back across forty years of sordid sex, blackmail, and suicide into the dark corner of his own past, and sweats out a deadly truth in the sweltering...Laguna Heat."
Opinion: I'm a big fan of Parker's and somehow I missed this when I started reading his books.  A solid background to Shephard's character.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Started: 7/9/12
Finished: 8/9/12
Pages: 224
Year: 1957 (this edition)
Genre: mystery
Grade: B+
Blurb (from back cover): "Three near-fatal accidents in three days. As Miss Buckley told of her nattor brush with death, Hercule Poirot felt a thrill of fear. Were these accidents-or attempted murder?"
Opinion: Another Christie classic. A good plot with the case not being solved into the last few pages.