December 22, 2016

November 2016 Reads

Nov 65 Deadline John Sandford
66 Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil Melina Marchetta
67 IQ Joe Ide
68 Eileen Ottessa Moshfegh
69 The Whistler John Grisham
70 The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles Katherine Pancol
71 Neon Rain James Lee Burke

Last month I mentioned how much I love reading John Sanford.  Virgil Flowers is my favorite Sanford character and Deadline did not disappoint.  There's a whole series featuring Flowers and you can start with any of them.

I really enjoyed debut author Joe Ides’ tale of IQ, the detective.  The story took place in my old neighborhood, Westside Long Beach, but this is fiction and Ide takes some liberties that others might not notice.  IQ is quirky, full of action and has a great cast of characters.  All in all a very good read.

The Whistler by John Grisham is riveting.  Grisham delivers an elaborate conspiracy that involves crooked, very dangerous judges.  I'm a fan of Grisham; one reason I keep reading him is that he doesn't find a winning plot formula then proceed to write the same story over and over.  Many well-known, successful authors are guilty of this type of "formula" writing.  They fall off my "must-read" list in no time at all.  Not Grisham, he keeps it fresh, each and every time.

I loved The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol.  I'm going to give you a review quote that says it all ~ “This multilayered well-paced tale will delight you with its entertaining cast of characters and madcap adventures from Paris to the wilds of Africa.” - Katharine Davis, author of Capturing Paris.

James Lee Burkes' Neon Rain is the first in a series. New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheaux is going to be one your favorite characters in fiction.  After you read this one, there are many more Robicheaux tales to catch up with.  I didn't read them in order and I haven't read them all but the ones I've read have been great.

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