Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cell by Robin Cook

Started: 2/19/14
Finished: 3/24/14
Year: 2014
Pages: 402
Genre: Medical mystery
Grade: B+
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from book jacket): "George Wilson, MD, a senior radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter the medical profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift-and the convergence of information technology, nanotechnology, and genomics-foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical tool by rather as a fully customizable-care physician that can diagnose and treat even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.
"George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed beside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them were part of the small large-scale beta test.
"Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers-and that the US government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal for him and countless others."
Opinion: A very interesting look at what could happen in the near future in the world of medicine. The ending is left for the reader to determine what truly happens.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Started: 3/13/14
Finished: 3/15/14
Year: 2014
Pages: 334
Genre: mystery
Grade: B
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from book jacket): "Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving down a winding contry road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she's arrested...for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn't hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust-and get herself to the church on time..."
Opinion: Well, the ending left me wanting the next book in the series now. It resolved the mystery of who was the man that Hannah hit but left whether Hannah would be sitting in jail for it or not. Some great recipes in it like most of Fluke's books.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris

Started: 3/3/14
Finished: 3/13/14
Year: 2014
Pages: 295
Genre: mystery
Grade: B
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from book jacket): "Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn't hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punch needle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers.
"Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk's therapy pool, and Betsy's sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encounted before. The young woman had three lovers-each with a motive for the murder.
"It's up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer, or the wrong man is bound to get pinned for a crime he didn't commit..."
Opinion: A fairly predictive mystery but still enjoyable nonetheless. Plenty of suspects. Some little unexpected plot twists.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

Started 2/23/14
Finished: 3/2/14
Year: 2010
Pages: 350
Genre: Thriller
Grade: B
Reason for reading: borrowed from library
Blurb (from book jacket): "Dexter Morgan's happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He's always lived by a single golden rule-he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy-to an eight-piund curiosity named Lily Anne-and strangely, Dex's dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his truty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What's a serial killer to do?"
Opinion: I didn't want to give away anything about the investigation that leads Dexter and his sister Deborah to places from their past and some unsavory characters.  This book takes Dexter to a very strange and hopefully unrealistic place.