Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Re-Book Review (again)

I am so glad I have taken the summer off for book reviews and blogging in general.  For the second time, the gracious people at Bethany House have had to contact me because I have missing blog reviews.  I write the review in blogger and then edit it for an Amazon review, so I know it was here at some point. But drat, they keep dissappearing!  So, long story short, here is my re-post of Death by the Book!!!

I received Murder by the Book by Julianna Dearing for free (!) so that I could review it. When I first started to read this, I didn't realize that it is the second book in a series (The Drew Farthering Mystery series).  Interestingly enough, I have the first book in my Amazon "saved" basket :)

So, generally, when I read books from a series and miss the first one (or two), several things may happen 1) I am totally confused or 2) I want to read the first book (and don't because now I know what happens later) or 3) I'm not confused and may or may not want to read the first book. I am happy to report that I was not confused. Mostly. I was obviously confused enough to wonder if I had missed a book... but most of the holes were filled in as I read. I guess what clued me in is that I sort of felt like I walked into a group of people, who obviously new each other and each others histories, and I didn't. If a third book is written and I read it, I don't think I'll feel that way, so I got to know the characters fairly well!

Moving on! In case you couldn't tell from the title... this is a mystery novel set in the early part of the 20th century (took me a while to figure that one out too) in England. The main character (Drew Farthering) is a rich young man, the master of a large estate, who, with the help of his girlfriend (whom he is waiting for a "yes" to his proposal from) and friend, aide the police in solving several serial murder cases. Insert comment here about how he intermingled with upper and lower society with ease... and thanks to Downtown Abbey, I'm not sure it was all believable! He is, of course, successful, but the person who "did it" is not who I expected, until the end, when it's painfully obvious :) If I were to rank this book on a scale of 1 to 5... I'd probably give it a 3. I'm not inclined to go back and read book 1, I wouldn't pass up book 3. But, since I was left a little confused and it took me a while to get into the story, I have to knock a star or two off!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review

Since I was just notified by Bethany House that one of my reviews was missing, it reminded me that I have another book review to put in!  I decided to take the summer off with my book reviews, since Daddy just got home and we are taking school off, I just didn't want to add anything else to my plate.  But, in the shuffle of J getting home, I totally forgot to review my last-book-before-a-break.

So, I read Stuck Together by Mary Connealy, free to me from Bethany House so I could review it. This is Book 3 in the Trouble in Texas series.  When I saw the book as an option, for some reason, I thought it was part of the Kincaide Bride series... which I have previously reviewed.  It's not.  Don't get confused.  So, after I started reading and realized that I didn't recognize the characters, I chucked my Kincaide family and hunkered down to read.  Just now I looked up this series... turns out I have read the first book... so, I guess I'm a dork :)

Well, the series name, "Trouble in Texas" should give you a clue as the setting... Texas :)  Mid 1800's (just after the Civil War), small town.  The main character, Tina (not sure that is a period name, but since I wasn't around then, we'll let it slide), is the local pastor's sister, a spit-fire, determined to shut down the local saloon, and not get wrapped up in any relationship with the local sheriff.  Of course, that doesn't work.  Vince, the local sheriff,long ago, left his peculiar family in order to build a more normal life for himself.  Unfortunately, his no-good father tracks him down and leaves his something-wrong-in-the-head-mother and newly-found-out-half-sister under his care.

So, there is your set up... sheriff, unique family, spit-fire lady, and, did I fail to mention, some indians and ranch hands who get in a kerfuffle along with some mysterious rum-runner.  Well, with that combination, you are bound to get an entertaining book ;)  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if the characters didn't really seem to fit my mental version of how a civil war era people would act.  I even took the book on the treadmill and read out there (which is also another reason why I have forgotten to post, I finished the book out there and left it on the saw table)!  I definitely recommend the read... and don't worry if you didn't read the first two... it's okay!