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Weekly Book Club {9.27.17}

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I slacked off a bit on reading while Tyler was going through his concussion symptoms, which is why I didn’t have a post last week. But I have 2 good books to share today so hopefully that makes up for it!

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Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb– The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening. The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery. Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I love this series. It’s one of my absolute all time favorite series and it never disappoints me! This is book 45 in the series and it’s as fresh as book 1. I think one of my favorite things about this series is the characters. From book 1 the characters have been the same so the reader gets to see them grow and change. They’re like old friends now and I have a vested interest in their lives. I know, I’m weird. I devoured this book in less than a day because I couldn’t put it down. Then I walked around like a zombie for 2 days haha!

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The Breakdown by B.A. Paris– Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I enjoyed this book. I have exceedingly high standards when it comes to mystery and suspense books. They have to be amazing if they’re going to get a 5 star rating from me. This one was good, really good, but not knock my socks off level. I had my suspicions about who the bad guy was and I was wrong. It definitely kept my interest and I had to finish the book to figure out what was going on. And I was surprised. That’s not easy to do. I don’t know why it’s not a 5 star read for me. Maybe the characters? I didn’t feel any connection with them. I didn’t get the pit in my stomach that makes me feel all their feels. But it was definitely worth the read and it’s well written! 

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  • Emily Janz

    I’ve tried the In Death Series a couple of times. I want to like it. But I struggle with it. maybe I will give it one more try.

  • Stephanie Burris Towne

    I love the In Death series but I am woefully behind…
    The BA Paris book was just ok for me too. I think because it got to be too much-the story idea was a good one but it was drug out just a bit too much and I started to get tired of it towards the end.
    Stephanie (aka Steph’s Book Ramblings)