Friday, February 27, 2015

"Chef for a Day" at Ronald McDonald House

A couple of Sundays ago, three of my colleagues met me at the Tucson Ronald McDonald house to prepare the Sunday evening meal for the people staying there.  There were eight families, averaging four people per family (which I understand is the norm.)  The kitchen is huge - it has two identical sides, each side with a dishwasher, two sinks, two stoves, a multitude of refrigerators, and cupboards filled with every tool and spice that we might ever need.

The facility is beautiful, warm, and friendly.  The volunteers who were staffing the area were extremely kind...and so thankful to us.  And we had fun.  We did a good did and had a good time doing so.

What did we prepare?  We were told that many of the meals provided are spaghetti and/or tacos.  We decided to have two different casseroles - one being vegetarian; two desserts; homemade rolls; and a big tossed salad.  Everything has to be prepared on site. It took the four of us about two hours to unload, get our bearings, and prepare the meal for 30.

We served:

Chicken-Rice Casserole
Chicken Enchalada Casserole
Rolls
Tossed Salad
Brownies
Millionaire's Pie

I can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MOVIE - Spare Parts

Rating/Time
Wide/Limited release
Viewed date at
RT Critic: Audience:
Cag: 6/Awesome 5/Loved it 4/Liked it a lot 3/Liked it 2/It was okay 1/Didn’t like it
Directed by
Studio
Based on the book by

Actors

My comments:


RT Summary:

17. Shine Shine Shine - Lydia Netzer

Audio read by Joshilyn Jackson - beautifully!
9 unabridged discs
2012 St. Martin's Press
309 pgs.
Adult CRF
Finished 11-24-2015
Goodreads rating:  3.48
My rating:  4 Liked it a whole lot
TPPL
Setting: Contemporary Virginia (but many flashbacks to Burma and rural Pennsylvania)

My comments:  This is a really difficult book to rate.  It was read beautifully by Joshilyn Jackson, one of the wonderful things about the book.  The characters were over-the-top quirky - I love quirky but are these characters just a little too-too far....every single one of them? Maxon, the husband, is awesome and believable; utterly and wonderfully autistic, I wanted more of him. Emma, the mother, sickening so quickly and refusing to die, having played such a huge part in teaching Maxon how to fit into a world that was different - and not so understanding of - a person like him.   But this is Sunny's story, and Sunny is the one I had the most difficulty with. One minute I though I had her pegged, but the next...?  The story is pretty cool - fanciful and unbelievable (as well as believable) and exotic and different and funny, too. Whew!  I guess I really liked almost all of it.  

Goodreads book summary:  A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be human.
          Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town. Her house and her friends are picture-perfect. Even her genius husband, Maxon, has been trained to pass for normal. But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed. Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she’s trying to be. As her facade begins to unravel, we discover the singular world of Sunny, an everywoman searching for the perfect life, and Maxon, an astronaut on his way to colonize the moon.                   Theirs is a wondrous, strange relationship formed of dark secrets, decades-old murders and the urgent desire for connection. As children, the bald, temperamental Sunny and the neglected savant Maxon found an unlikely friendship no one else could understand. She taught him to feel -- helped him translate his intelligence for numbers into a language of emotion. He saw her spirit where others saw only a freak. As they grew into adults, their profound understanding blossomed into love and marriage.     
           But with motherhood comes a craving for normalcy that begins to strangle Sunny’s marriage and family. As Sunny and Maxon are on the brink of destruction, at each other’s throats with blame and fear of how they’ve lost their way, Maxon departs for the moon, where he’s charged with programming the robots that will build the fledgling colony. Just as the car accident jars Sunny out of her wig and into an awareness of what she really needs, an accident involving Maxon’s rocket threatens everything they’ve built, revealing the things they’ve kept hidden. And nothing will ever be the same.

Friday, February 20, 2015

16. One Kick - Chelsea Cain

# 1 in a new series about Kit Lannigan
Audio read by Heather Lind
8 unabridged discs
2014 Simon & Schuster
309 pgs.
Adult murder mystery
Finished 2/20/2015
Goodreads rating:  3.77
My rating:    3.5 I liked it
TPPL
Setting: mostly Oregon/Washington and a bit of SanDiego - contemporary

1st sentence/s:

My comments:  Whew!  So what do I think about this book?  Setting, plot, characters, let's see.  Plot, though horribly grizzly, was well conceived and written in an interesting way; jumping back and forth on itself as memories from Kit's kidnapped years keep appearing. There are really three mysteries being examined - current abductions, Kit's abduction, and the mysterious identity and intentions of John Bishop. The setting flips between the American northwest and the San Diego area. The only character I couldn't totally get into was that of the protagonist!  She was so cockily sure of herself, but many of her actions were immature and poorly thought-out.  I felt no sexual pull at all between Kit and Bishop, so when it began straying in that direction, I was disconcerted.  I want to know more information about her "brother", James, and look forward to another book that might answer many of the questions that Kit ... and I ... have about Bishop.

Goodreads book summary:  Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…


Sunday, February 15, 2015

POETRY PICTURE BOOK - Got Geography!

Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Philip Stanton
2006. Greenwillow Books
32 pgs.
Goodreads rating:2.93
My rating: 4
Endpapers Deep brick-cranberry
16 poems (wish there were more!)
full-colored edge-to-edge painting using deep, gorgeous colors



Latitude Longitude Dreams

Magellan moved via stars
Steered his ship by celestial rays.
Columbus sailed on over the edge
Discovering lands and waterways.

They traversed their dreams, set their course
Voyaging over oceans and seas.
Etching earth with invisible designs
Crossing rivers, rivers, ice, and trees.

These lines that slide from pole to pole
Wrapping around the watery girth
Coordinate all of us on this globe
Our home, our ship, or planet earth.

         ~ Drew Lamm and James Hildreth

If I Were the Equator

If I were the equator
I would have an attitude.
I'd boast the most about my no degrees of latitude.
I'd say, though there are other lines who run from east to west
with nearly 25,000 miles I clearly am the best.
My equidistance from the poles,
I'd mention with a laugh,
makes me the one -- the only one -- who

splits the globe in half.
Smack dab
between the Tropics
with the sun high up above,
indeed,
I'd plead,
what on earth could there be
about me not to love?

             -Kathryn Madeline Allen

Horizon
Just as the thin line
in a long division problem
divides the greater number
by the smaller,
horizon
divides earth and sky.

Gozinta, my mother called division,
explaining to me
the mysteries of math.
But earth does not gozinta sky,
held in place by horizon,
else we would all be flung,
unwilling, into the greater stars.

            - Jane Yolen

My comments:  There are some great poems in here (J. Patrick Lewis, Carl Sandburg, David Harrison, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Jane Yolen, Kristine O'Connell George, and Marilyn Singer to name a few) - but it's a very short selection.  The gorgeous, brilliantly-colored illustrations set them all off perfectly.


Goodreads: Geography is more than maps and globes, more than latitude and longitude lines, more than continents, oceans, islands, and your own neighborhood.
          In Got Geography! Lee Bennett Hopkins gathers vivid poems by sixteen poets and Philip Stanton creates glorious artwork to show that geography isn't just about finding your way. It's the jumping-off point for dreams and imagination.
          If you've got geography, you're ready for adventure. . . .

Saturday, February 14, 2015

15. The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths

#1 Ruth Galloway, Norfolk (England) forensic archeologist
Audio read by Jane McDowell
8 unabridged cds (8:27)
2009 AudioGO
2010 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
320 pgs.
Adult murder mystery with archaeological overtones
Finished 2/14/2015
Goodreads rating: 3.85
My rating:    4 - Loved it
TPPL
Setting: Contemporary Norfolk, England

1st sentence/s:  "They wait for the tide and set out at first light.   It has rained all night and in the morning the ground is seething gently, a mist rising up to join the overhanging clouds."

My comments:  I'm quite excited to have found a new mystery series, and it seems to have pulled me right in! Ruth Galloway, in her late thirties, short and overweight (12 1/2 stone, but I'm not at all sure how much that is) lives by herself with her cats in a small cottage in the salt marshes near Norfolk, England.  I can't quite picture this salt marsh, where people who are walking along can get swallowed up and die/drown, or easily get pulled out to sea.  I really want to see this place!  I think I've actually been quite close, taking the train from Cambridge to Norwich a few years ago - while looking for Norfolk on a map of Britain, it seemed quite close.  Ruth's relationship with Inspector Harry Nelson was really interesting, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's going to develop in later books.  Their working relationship and respect for each other is strong, but the personal relationship that's begun certainly has some far-reaching possibilities. Although resolution of the mystery was, indeed, pretty easy to figure out, I'm expecting some good things from books-to-come in this series.  This was just setting them up!

Goodreads book summary:  When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.
      When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
      The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. 
      As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.
     THE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.


MOVIE - Fifty Shades of Grey

R (1:50)
Wide release 2/13/2015
Viewed date at Roadhouse on opening day 2/13/2015
RT Critic: 27   Audience:   53
Cag: 4/Liked it a lot
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson
Focus Featires
Contemporary Seattle
Based on the book by E. L. James

Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden

My comments:  Yes, I went to see it on opening day.  And yes, I liked it.  I was really curious to see how they'd handle all the x-rated scenes from the book - which was a good half of it - in an R-rated movie. In my very own, personal opinion, the movie worked really well.  Sure, there were things from the book that were missing, but the sex scenes were really well done and titillating enough to make me giggle. The book was pretty poorly written, but the movie was quite well done.  Yes, others disagree with me, but it really worked for me and I enjoyed it.  The leads were terrific.  However, other than perhaps Marcia Gay Harden as Christian's mom and definitely Max Martini as Taylor, I didn't like any of the people cast as the supporting actors.  None of them worked for me. So, all in all, the movie was ten times better than the book, but I'm glad I read the book first.

RT Summary:E.L. James' kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman, whose desires for extreme intimacy pen from secrets in his past. 

3 PICTURE BOOKS by Mary Murphy

I found all three of these at the Arivaca Library on 10/17/14.  The two librarians there turned me on to Mary Murphy.

Koala and the Flower
2001 Roaring Brook Press
HC & price
28 pgs  (I wonder if the end pages might have been pulled out?
Goodreads rating:
My rating: 4.5
     Badger and Raccoon see things n black and white.  They are always sure they are right.  Little gray Koala isn't sure about many things.  She asks lots of questions.
     What a clever book - and it has all sorts of atrributes!  Two pages of "graphic novel."  The appearance of a LIBRARY and BOOKS!  Two supposed friends who are subtle bullies.  The excitement of watching plants (flowers! grow from seeds with just a tiny bit of nurturing.  SO much to take in - and all of it was wonderful.

I Like It When ...
Board Book - 12 pgs.
1997

I like it when
     you hold my hand
     you let me help    (thank you)
     we eat new things   (surprise)
     we play peekaboo    (b00)
     you tickle me
     you dance with me
     you read to me
     you hug me tight
     we splash about
     we kiss goodnight

Say Hello Like This!
2014, Candlewick
ages 2 - 5
endpapers:  loud and cool - cows and cucks and chiks.

"A dog hello is licky and loud..."  (turn a half page and see what is described  - "a cat hello is prissy and proud"

Such a vibrant story - both in illustrations AND plot.  I'm not a huge animal person, but the front and back endpapers are just wonderful.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MOVIE - Two Days, One Night

PG-13 (1:35)
Limited release 12/24/2015
Viewed at the Loft with Sheila 2/9/15
RT Critic: 96   Audience: 79
Cag: 3.5 It kept my attention....
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
IFC Films
In French, with subtitles

Actors: Marion Cotillard

My comments:  Yes, Cotillard did a superb job in this role.  The story was quite interesting, too.  But it was slow.  Really, really slow.  Too slow.  I loved listening to the French.  There really wasn't a whole lot of talking, so I could follow much of the conversation.

RT Summary:  Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

14. The Evelyn Project - Kfir Luzzatto

Read on my iPhone
2012 Kindle edition, Pine Ten LLC
305 pgs.
Adult CRF/Mystery (supposedly)
Finished 2/9/15
Goodreads rating: 3.83 (30 ratings)
My rating:  1 - Yuck
Setting: Contemporary London, Italy, Austria

1st sentence/s: "London welcomed Franco back as he alighted on the sunny sidewalk, right after the end of his weekly student reception hour, by cunningly thrusting upon him an elderly millionaire who spoke in riddles."

My comments:  I hate reviewing a book when I don't like it, but I guess I've got to be honest.  I didn't like this story - or the storytelling - at all.  It was all tell, no show.  It was like the author made an outline and then filled in a few nouns and verbs.  No character development and very little plot development....nothing surprising or disconcerting, and no reason to read through until the end.  Yuck.

Goodreads book summary:  A loving father's cry for help gets into the wrong hands, and a hundred years later things get out of control.
          Evelyn’s father did everything that was in his power to save his dying daughter, black magic included. But when a century later his plea for help gets into the wrong hands, all hell breaks loose.
          Caught in the slippery battlefield between the Vatican and a cult that wants to change the past, a young Italian professor and a beautiful French aspiring actress are too busy running away from murder and conspiracy to let physical attraction develop into love.
          And it doesn’t help that Her Majesty's Secret Service decides to take an interest in what everybody else is doing and to pull some strings of its own. Quite the contrary, in fact


MOVIE - Jupiter Ascending

PG-13 (2:05)
Wide release 2/6/15
Viewed date at Roadhouse with Cyra on Friday, 2/6/2015
RT Critic: 22   Audience:   51
Cag:  1.5/Didn't like it, but it wasn't quite gag-worthy
Directed by Lana Wochowski & Andy Lochowski (who also wrote it)
Warner Borthers
Action/Adventure/ SciFi

Actors: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum

My comments:  Yuck.  I love a good sci-fi, but this sure wasn't a good one.  Lots of whizzing around in outer space, careening this way and that, explosions, light shows...but all without being able to tell what was going on, lots of plot "stuff" you had to guess at...but lots and lots and LOTS of really great ears.  Yup, ears.  All the space aliens had different weird ears, and I loved 'em all!

RT SummaryFrom the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, "Jupiter Ascending" tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along-her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

13 - Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Audio read by Suzy Jackson
11 unabridged discs (12.75 hrs.)
2014, Recorded Books
449 pgs.
YA CRF
Finished 2/7/2015
Goodreads rating:  4.17
My rating:   4.5 Totally loved it- didn't want it to end
TPPL
Setting: contemporary coastal Connecticut, the summer before Senior year. 

My comments:  This book was so much fun to listen to!  Suzy Jackson did a terrific job as a reader, and although her voice for Emily was sweet and young, when she became Frank (especially) she added just enough male inflection to make it sound masculine and believable.  The story itself was great, watching a timid girl come into her own.  Such a nice change from the grizzlier YAs I've read recently.  And this book was totally and wonderfully real.  I think I was a lot like Emily when I was 17.....  So why not a five?  The last few chapters dragged a bit, at least compared to the rest of the book.

Goodreads book summary:  The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. 
          But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
          Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
          Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
          Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
          Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
          Go Skinny Dipping? Um…


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Series (and Books On Hand)

Andrews, Sarah
Em Hansen, Wyoming geologist

1 - Tensleep - have book
2 - A Fall in Denver
3 - Mother Nature
4 - Only Flesh and Bones
5 - Bone Hunter
6 - An Eye for Gold
7 - Fault Line
8 - Killer Dust
9 - Earth Colors
10 - Dry Dead
11 - Rock Bottom

Barnes, Linda
Carlotta Carlisle, Boston PI
1 -  A Trouble of Fools
2 - The Snake Tattoo
3 - Coyote
4 - Steel Guitar
5 - Snapshot
6 - Hardware
7 - Cold Case
8 - Flashpoint
9 - The Big Dig
10 - Deep Pockets
11 - Heart of the World
12 - Lie Down With the Devil

Cain, Chelsea
Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell
1 - Heart Sick
2 - Sweetheart
3 - Evil at Heart
4 - The Night Season
5 - Kill You Twice
6 - Let Me Go

Kick Lannigan
1 - One Kick

Browning, Sinclair
Trade Ellis, Tucson part-time PI
1 - The Last Song Dogs - have book
2 - The Sporting Club - have book
3 - Rode Hard, Put Away Dead
4 - Crack Shot  - have book
5 - Traggedy Ann - have book

Burke, Jan
Irene Kelly, southern California investigative reporter
1 - Goodnight, Irene - have book
2 - Sweet Dreams, Irene - have book
3 - Dear Irene
4 - Remember Me, Irene
5 - Hocus
6 - Liar
7 - Bones
8 - Flight
9 - Bloodlines
10 - Kidnapped
11 - Disturbance

Castillo, Linda
Kate Burkholder, Ohio Amish Country Chief of Police
1 - Sworn to Silence
2 - Pray for Silence
3 - Breaking Silence
4 - Gone Missing
4.5 - Long Lost (ebook 52 pgs.)
5 - Her Last Breath
6 - The Dead Will Tell
7 - After the Storm (due out 7/2015)

Child, Lee
Jack Reacher
1 - Killing Floor
2 - Die Trying
3 - Tripwire
4 - Running Blind - have book
5 - Echo Burning
6 - Without Fail
7 - Persuader
8 - The Enemy
9 - One Shot
10 - The Hard Way
11 - Bad Luck and Trouble
12 - Nothing to Lose
13 - Gone Tomorrow - have book
14 - 61 Hours
15 - Worth Dying For
15.5 - Second Son (ebook 32 pgs.)
16 - The Affair
16.5 - Deep Down (ebook 48 pgs.)
17 - A Wanted Man
17.5 - High Heat (ebook 64 pgs.)
18 - Never Go Back
18.5 - Not a Drill (ebook 52 pgs.)
19 - Personal

Coben, Harlan
Myron Bolitar, Sports Agent
1 - Deal Breaker
2 - Drop Shot
3 - Fade Away - have book
4 - Back Spin - have book & cd
5 - One False Move - have book
6 - The Final Detail - have book
7 - Darkest Fear
8 - Promise Me - have book & cd
9 - Long Lost - have cd
10 - Live Wire
OTHERS
Tell No One - have book (David Beck)
The Innocent - have cd (Matt Hunter)
The Woods - have cd (Paul Copeland)
Hold Tight - have cd
Caught  - have book

Coel, Margaret
Wind River Reservation
1 - The Eagle Catcher - have book & cassettes
2 - The Ghost Walker - have book
3 - The Dream Stalker
4 - The Story Teller
5 - The Lost Bird
6 - The Spirit Woman - have book
7 - The Thunder Keeper
8 - The Shadow Dancer - have book
9 - Killing Raven
10 - Wife of Moon - have book
11 - Eye of the Wolf
12 - The Drowning Man
13 - The Girl with Braided Hair
14 - The Silent Spirit
15 - The Spider's Web
16 - Buffalo Bill's Dead Now
17 - Killing Custer
18 - Night of the White Bufallo

Catherine McCloud, Denver investigative reporter 
1 - Blood Memory
2 - The Perfect Suspect

Cole, David
Laura Winslow- Arizona - Hopi cyber-investigator
1 - Butterfly Lost - no review (read)
2 - The Killing Maze - no review (read)

3 - Stalking Moon - no review (read)
4 - Scorpion Rain - no review (read)
5 - Dragonfly Bones - have book
6 - Shadow Play - have book
7 - Falling Down - have book

Connelly, Michael
Harry Bosch, LAPD cop
1 - The Black Echo - no review - read
2 - The Black Ice - no review - read
3 - The Concrete Blonde - no review - read
4 - The Last Coyote
5 - Trunk Music
6 - Angel's Flight 
7 - A Darkness More Than Night (Terry McCaleb #2) (skipped)
8 - City of Bones
9 - Lost Light
10 - The Narrows (The Poet and Terry McCaleb's death)
11 - The Closers - have book & cd
12 - Echo Park - have cd
13 - The Overlook - have cd
14 - The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller #2) - have cd
15 - Nine Dragons
16 - The Reversal (Mickey Haller #3)
17 - The Drop - have cd
18 - The Black Box
19 - The Burning Room

Connor, Beverly
Diane Fallon, Georgia museum director & reluctant detective
1 - One Grave Too Many - have book
2 - Dead Guilty
3 - Dead Secret - have book
4 - Dead Past
5 - Dead Hunt
6 - Scattered Graves
7 - Dust to Dust
8 - The Night Killer
9 - One Grave Less

Emily Chamberlain, southeastern archeaologist
1 - A Rumor of Bones  - have book
2 - Questionable Remains
3 - Dressed to Die
4 - Skeleton Crew
5 - Airtight Case

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner, Richmond, VA & top forensic pathologist
1 - Postmortem
2 - Body of Evidence
3 - All That Remains
4 - Cruel and Unusual
5 - The Body Farm
6 - From Potter's Field
7 - Cause of Death
8 - Unnatural Exposure
9 - Point of Origin
10 - Black Notice
11 - The Last Precinct
12 - Blowfly
13 - Trace - have cd
14 - Predator
15 - Book of the Dead - have cd
16 - Scarpetta
17 - The Scarpetta Factor
18 - Port Mortuary
19 - Red Mist - have cd
20 - The Bone Bed
21 - Dust
22 - Flesh and Blood

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole
1 - The Monkey's Raincoat - have cassettes
2 - Stalking the Angel
3 - Lullaby Town
4 - Free Fall
5 - Voodoo River
6 - Sunset Express - have book
7 - Indigo Slam
8 - L.A. Requiem - no review - read
9 - The Last Detective
10 - The Forgotten Man - no review - read
11 - Chasing Darkness
12 - The Sentry (Joe Pike #3)
13 - Taken (Joe Pike #4)
14 - The Promise (Joe Pike #5)

Joe Pike (Elvis Cole's cohort)
1 - The Watchman
2 - The First Rule
3 - The Sentry (Elvis Cole #12)
4 - Taken (Elvis Cole #13)
5 - The Promise (Elvis Cole #14)

Doiron, Paul
Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden
1 - The Poacher's Son
2 - Trespasser
3 - Bad Little Falls
4 - Massacre Pond
4.5 - The Bear Trap
5 - The Bone Orchard
6 - The Precipice



Dunning, John
Cliff Janeway, Denver homicide detective and rare book expert
1 - Booked to Die - have book
2 - The Bookman's Wake
3 - The Bookman's Promise - have book
4 - The Sign of the Book
5 - The Bookwoman's Last Fling


Ellison, J. T.
Dr. Samantha Owens, Tennessee medical examiner
1 - A Deeper Darkness
2 - Edge of Black
3 - When Shadows Fall
4 - What Lies Behind

Evanovich, Janet
Stephanie Plum, Trenton NJ bounty hunter
1 - One for the Money - no review - read
2 - Two for the Dough - no review - read
3 - Three to Get Deadly - no review - read
4 - Four to Score - no review - read
5 - High Five  - no review - read
6 - Hot Six - no review - read
7 - Seven Up  - no review - read
8 - Hard Eight  - no review - read
9 - To the Nines - no review - read
10 - Ten Big Ones - no review - read
11 - Eleven on Top - no review - read
12 - Twelve Sharp
13 - Lean, Mean Thirteen
14 - Fearless Fourteen
15 - Finger Lickin' Fifteen
16 - Sizzling Sixteen
17 - Smokin' Seventeen
18 - Explosive Eighteen
19 - Notorious Nineteen
20 - Takedown Twenty
21 - Top Secret Twenty-One

Fairstein, Linda
Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan ass't DA - Sex Crimes Unit
1 - Final Jeopardy
2 - Likely to Die
3 - Cold Hit
4 - The Dead House
5 - The Bone Vault
6 - The Kills
7 - Entombed
8 - Death Dance
9 - Bad Blood
10 - Killer Heat
11 - Lethal Legacy
12 - Hell Gate
13 - Silent Mercy
14 - Night Watch
15 - Death Angel
16 - Terminal City
17 - Devil's Bridge

Fossum, Karin
Konrad Sejer - Oslo, Norway police inspector
1 - Evas Oga
2 - Don't Look Back
3 - He Who Fears the Wolf
4 - When the Devil Holds the Candle
5 - The Indian Bride
6 - Black Seconds
7 - The Murder of Harriet Krohn
8 - The Water's Edge
9 - Bad Intentions
10 - The Caller
11 - untranslated at this time
12 - untranslated at this time

Fowler, Earlene
Benni Harper - southern California amateur sleuth
1 - Fool's Puzzle - no review - read
2 - Irish Chain - have book
3 - Kansas Trouble - have book
4 - Goose in the Pond - have book
5 - Dove in the Window - have book
6 - Mariner's Compass
7 - Seven Sisters
8 - Arkansas Traveler
9 - Steps to the Altar
10 - Sunshine and Shadow - have book
11 - Broken Dishes
12 - Delectable Mountains
13 - Tumbling Blocks
14 - State Fair
15 - Spider Web

Gardner, Lisa
Quincy & Rainy, Oregon cop & former FBI
1 - The Perfect Husband
2 - The Third Victim
3 - The Next Accident
4 - The Killing Hour - no review - read
5 - Gone
6 - Say Goodbye (very disturbing)

Griffiths, Elly
Galloway, Ruth - Norfolk, England forensic archaeologist
1 - The Crossing Places
2 - The Janus Stone
3 - The House at Sea's End
4 - A Room Full of Bones
4.5 - Ruth's First Christmas Tree (25 pgs.)
5 - A Dying Fall
6 - The Outcast Dead
7 - The Ghost Fields

Grippando, James


Hamilton, Denise
Eve Diamond - LA Times Reporter
1 - The Jasmine Trade
2 - Sugar Skull - have book
3 - Last Lullaby
4 - Savage Garden
5 - Prisoner of Memory

Hayman, James
McCabe & Savage (Portland, ME PD)
1 - The Cutting
2 - The Chill of Night
3 - Darkness First


Jance, J. A.
Ali Reynolds (Sedona Blogger)
1 - Edge of Evil - no review - read2 - Web of Evil
3 - Hand of Evil
4 - Cruel Intent
5 - Trial by Fire - have cd
6 - Fatal Error
7 - Left for Dead
8 - Deadly Stakes
9 - Moving Target
9.5 - A Last Goodbye
10 - Cold Betrayal

Kellerman, Faye
Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, LAPD Lieutentant & Orthodox Jewish wife
1 - The Ritual Bath
2 - Sacred and Profane
3 - Milk and Honey
4 - A Day of Atonement - have cd
5 - False Prophet
6 - Grievous Sin
7 - Sanctuary
8 - Justice
9 - Prayer's for the Dead
10 - Serpent's Tooth
11 - Jupiter's Bones
12 - Stalker
13 - The Forgotten (read)
14 - Stone Kiss
15 - Street Dreams
16 - The Burnt House
17 - The Mercedes Coffin
18 - Blindman's Bluff
19 - Hangman
20 - Gun Games
21 - The Beast
22 - Murder 101

Krueger, William Kent
Cork O'Connor
1 - Iron Lake  - no review - read
2 - Boundary Waters - have book
3 - Purgatory Ridge - have book
4 - Blood Hollow - have book
5 - Mercy Falls
6 - Copper River - have book
7 - Thunder Bay - have book
8 - Red Knife
9 - Heaven's Keep
10 - Vermilion Drift
11 - Northwest Angle
12 - Trickster's Point
13 - Tamarack County
14 - Windigo Island

Standalone
The Devil's Bed - have book

Kuzneski, Chris
Jonathon Payne & David Jones (former "elite forces")
1 - The Plantation - have book
2 - Sign of the Cross - have book
3 - Sword of God
4 -The Lost Throne
5 - The Prophecy
6 - The Secret Crown
7 - The Death Relic
8 - The Einstein Pursuit


McGarrity, Michael
Kevin Kerney, NM
1 - Tularosa
2 - Mexican Hat
3 - Serpent Gate
4 - Hermit's Peak - have book
5 - The Judas Judge - have book
6 - Under Color of Law
7 - The Big Gamble - have book
8 - Everyone Dies - have book
9 - Slow Kill
10 - Nothing But Trouble - have book
11 - Death Song
12 - Dead or Alive

Miller, Susan Cummins
Frankie MacFarlane (southwest geologist)
1 - Death Assemblage
2 - Detachment Fault - have book
3 - Quarry - have book
4 - Hoodoo

Mina, Denise
Maureen O'Donnel TRILOGY, Scotland
1 - Garnet Hill
2 - Exile
3 - Resolution

Alex Morrow, Glasgow (Scotland) detective inspector
1 - Still Midnight - have book
2 - The End of the Wasp Ssason
3 - Gods and Beasts
4 - The Red Road

Paddy Meehan - Glasgow newspaper industry TRILOGY
1 - Field of Blood - have book
2 - The Dead Hour - have book
3 - Slip of the Knife


Nesbo, Jo
Harry Hole, Oslo cop and "loose cannon"
1 - The Bat
2 - Cockroaches
3 - The Redbreast - have book
4 - Nemesis
5 - The Devil's Star
6 - The Redeemer
7 - The Snowman
8 - The Leopard
9 - Phantom
10 - Police

O'Connell, Carol
Kathleen Mallory, NYPD cop
1 - Mallory's Oracle - no review - read
2 - The Man Who Cast Two Shadows - have book
3 - Killing Critics
4 - Stone Angel
5 - Shell Game - have book
6 - Crime School
7 - Dead Famous
8 - Winter House
9 - Find Me
10 - The Chalk Girl
11 - It Happens in the Dark - have book

Standalones:
Judas Child
Bone by Bone - have book

O'Shaughnessy, Perri
Nina Reilly, Lake Tahoe, NV attorney
1 - Motion to Suppress - no review - read
2 - Invasion of Privacy - have book
3 - Obstruction of Justice
4 - Breach of Promise
5 - Acts of Malice
6 - Move to Strike - have book
7 - Writ of Execution
8 - Unfit to Practice - have book
9 - Presumption of Death
10 - Unlucky in Law
11 - Case of Lies
12 - Show No Fear
13 - Dreams of the Dead

Parker, Barbara
Gail Connor & Anthony Quintana, Miama lawyers
1 - Suspicion of Innocence - have
2 - Suspicion of Guilt
3 - Suspicion of Deceit - have book
4 - Suspicion of Betrayal
5 - Suspicion of Malice
6 - Suspicion of Vengeance - have book
7 - Suspicion of Madness
8 - Suspicion of Rage


Parker, Robert B.
Spenser, Boston PI
1 - The Godwulf Manuscript
2 - God Save the Child
3 - Mortal Stakes
4 - Promised Land
5 - Judas Goat
6 - Looking For Rachel Wallace
7 - Early Autumn
8 - A Savage Place
9 - Ceremony
10 - The Widening Gyre
11 - Valediction
12 - A Catskill Eagle
13 - Taming a Sea-Horse
14 - Pale Kings and Princes
15 - Crimson Joy
16 - Playmates
17 - Stardust
18 - Pastime
19 - Double Deuce
20 - Paper Doll
21 - Walking Shadow
22 - Thin Air
23 - Chance
24 - Small Vice
25 - Sudden Mischief
26 - Hush Money
27 - Hugger Mugger
28 - Potshot
29 - Widow's Walk - have book
30 - Back Story 
31 - Bad Business
32 - Cold Service
33 - School Days
34 - Hundred-Dollar Baby - have cd
35 - Now & Then
36 - Rough Weather
37 - The Professional - have cd
38 - Painted Ladies
39 - Sixkill
40 - (Atkins) Lullaby
41 - (Atkins) Wonderland
42 - (Atkins) Cheap Shot
42.5 - (Brann) Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel

Jesse Stone, Paradise, MA police chief
1 - Night Passage
2 - Trouble in Paradise
3 - Death in Paradise
4 - Stone Cold
5 - Sea Change
6 - High Profile
7 - Stranger in Paradise
8 - Night and Day
9 - Split Image
10 - (Brandman) Killing the Blues
11 - (Brandman) Fool Me Twice
12 - (Brandman) Damned If You Do
13 - (Coleman) Blind Spot

Sunny Randall, Boston PI
1 - Family Honor - have book
2 - Perish Twice
3 - Shrink Rap
4 - Melancholy Baby
5 - Blue Screen - no review - read
6 - Spare Change





Parks, Brad
Carter Ross, Newark NJ investigative reporter
1 - Faces of the Gone
2 - Eyes of the Innocent - have book
3 - The Girl Next Door
4 - The Good Cop
5 - The Player
6 - The Fraud


Pearson, Ridley
Walt Fleming, Sun Valley, ID sheriff
1 - Killer Weekend
2 - Killer View
3 - Killer Summer - have cd
4 - In Harm's Way - have book



Reichs, Kathy
Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist
1 - Deja Dead
2 - Death du Jour - have book
3 - Deadly Decisions
4 - Fatal Voyage - have book
5 - Grave Secrets
6 - Bare Bones - have book
7 - Monday Mourning
8 - Cross Bones - have book
9 - Break No Bones - have book
10 - Bones to Ashes - have book
11 - Devil Bones
12 - 206 Bones
13 - Spider Bones
14 - Flash and Bones
15 - Bones are Forever
16 - Bones of the Lost
17 - Bones Never Lie
18 - Speaking in Bones

Riordan, Rick
Tres Navarre, unlicensed San Antonio PI & Tai Chi master
1 - Big Red Tequila
2 - The Widower's Two-Step - have book
3 - The Last King of Texas
4 - The Devil Went Down to Austin - have book
5 - Southtown - have book
6 - Mission Road
7 - Rebel Island



Sandford, John
Virgil Flowers, MN
1 - Dark of the Moon
2 - Heat Lightning
3 - Rough Country
4 - Bad Blood
5 - Shock Wave
6 - Mad River
7 - Storm Front
8 - Deadline

Lucas Davenport
1 - Rules of Prey - have book
2 - Shadow Prey
3 - Eyes of Prey
4 - Silent Prey
5 - Winter Prey
6 - Night Prey
7 - Mind Prey
8 - Sudden Prey
9 - Secret Prey
10 - Certain Prey
11 - Easy Prey
12 - Chosen Prey
13 - Mortal Prey - have book
14 - Naked Prey
15 - Hidden Prey
16 - Broken Prey
17 - Invisible Prey
18 - Phantom Prey
19 - Wicked Prey
20 - Storm Prey - have book
21 - Buried Prey
22 - Stolen Prey
23 - Silken Prey
24 - Field of Prey
25 - Gathering Prey

Kidd & LuEllen, computer genius & cat burglar 
1 - The Fool's Run
2 - The Empress File
3 - The Devil's Code - have book
4 - The Hanged Man's Song - have book

Standalone
Dead Watch - have book

Satterthwait, Walter
Joshua Croft - Santa Fe, NM PI
1 - Wall of Glass
2 - At Ease With the Dead
3 - A Flower in the Desert - have book
4 - The Hanged Man
5 - Accustomed to the Dark

Sefton, Maggie
Kelly Flynn, CO (Cozy Knitting Mysteries)
1 -  Knit One, Kill Two - no review - read
2 - Needled to Death - have book
3 - A Deadly Yarn - have book
4 - A Killer Stitch
5 - Dyer Consequences
6 - Fleece Navidad
7 - Drop Dead Stitch
8 - Skein of the Crime
9 - Unraveled
10 - Cast On, Kill Off
11 - Close Knit Killer
12 - Yarn Over Murder
13 - Purl Up and Die

Stabenow, Dana
Kate Shugak, Alaskan ex-DA investigator
1 -  A Cold Day for Murder
2 - A Fatal Thaw
3 - Dead in the Water
4 - A Cold-Blooded Business
5 - Play With Fire
6 - Blood Will Tell
7 - Breakup
8 - Killing Grounds
9 - Hunter's Moon
10 - Midnight Come Again
11 - The Singing of the Dead
12 - A Fine and Bitter Snow
13 - A Grave Denied
14 - A Taint in the Blood
15 - A Deeper Sleep
16 - Whisper to the Blood
17 - A Night Too Dark
18 - Though Not Dead
19 - Restless in the Graves
20 - Bad Blood

Talton, Jon
David Mapstone, Phoenix ex-cop, history teacher - cop
1 - Concrete Desert - have book  - no review - read
2 - Camelback Falls - have book
3 - Dry Heat
4 - Arizona Dreams
5 - Cactus Heart
6 - South Phoenix Rules
7 - The Night Detectives

Thompson, James
Inspector Kari Vaara, Finland
1 - Snow Angels
2 - Lucifer's Tears
3 - Helsinki White
4 - Helsinki Blood
5 - Helsinki Dead



Thurlo, David & Aimee
Lee Nez, NM police officer (who's also a nightwalker/vampire...)
1 - Second Sunrise - have book  - no review - read
2 - Blood Retribution - have book
3 - Pale Death
4 - Surrogate Evil

Ella Clah, Shiprock NM Navajo cop, former FBI
1 - Blackening Song
2 - Death Walker
3 - Bad Medicine
4 - Enemy Way - have book
5 - Shooting Chant
6 - Red Mesa
7 - Changing Woman
8 - Tracking Bear
9 - Wind Spirit
10 - White Thunder - have book
11 - Mourning Dove
12 - Turquoise Girl
13 - Coyote's Wife
14 - Earthway
15 - Neverending Snake
16 - Black Thunder
17 - Ghost Medicine

John Verdon
Dave Gurney - upper NY state past hot-shot NYPD detective
1 - Think of a Number
2 - Shut Your Eyes Tight
3 - Let the Devil Sleep
4 - Peter Pan Must Die

Webb, Betty
Lena Jones, Arizona PI
1 - Desert Noir - have book - no review - read
2 - Desert Wives - no review - read
3 - Desert Shadows - have book
4 - Desert Run - have book
5 - Desert Cut
6 - Desert Lost - have book
7 - Desert Wind

Wilhelm, Kate
Barbara Holloway, Oregon defense attorney
1 - Death Qualified - have book
2 - The Best Defense
3 - Malice Prepense
4 - Defense for the Devil
5 - No Defense
6 - Desperate Measures
7 - Clear and Convincing Proof - have book
8 - The Unbidden Truth - have book
9 - Sleight of Hand
10 - A Wrongful Death
11 - Cold Case
12 - Heaven is High
13 - By Stone, By Blade, By Fire

Willig, Lauren
Pink Carnation Series
1 - The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - have book
2 - The Masque of the Black Tulip
3 - The Deception of the Emerald Ring - have book
4 - The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
5 - The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
6 - The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
7 - The Mischief of the Mistletoe
8 - The Orchid Affair
9 - The Garden Intrigue
10 - The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
11 - The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla
12 - The Lure of the Moonflower

Winspear, Jacqueline
Maisie Dobbs, psychologist & PI in 1920s London
1.  Maisie Dobbs - have book
2 - Birds of a Feather - have book
3 - Pardonable Lies
4 - Messenger of Truth
5 -An Incomplete Revenge
6 - Among the Mad
7 - The Mapping of Love and Death
8 -  A Lesson in Secrets
9 - Elegy for Eddie
10 - Leaving Everything Most Loved
11 - A Dangerous Place