My Library at my first apartment.

My Library at my first apartment.

Here are all the books I read in 2015, with short reviews or summaries.

Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #10 Cast On, Kill Off even carefully laid plans can backfire
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #11 Close Knit Killer eh, no sympathy for murder victim
Lee Schnedbly Being Happy Being Married: a Guide to Building a Better Relationship every couple should read this
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #12 Yarn Over Murder as wildfires range, murder is solved
Maggie Sefton Knitting Mysteries #13 Purl Up and Die over-protective mothers don’t help children
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Pendergast Series #14: Blue Labyrinth couldn’t put it down
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #1 Last Wool and Testament irritating cops, mopy ghosts, granny’s a witch?
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #2 Dyeing Wishes annoying ghost, mom in denial, spiveys
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #3 Spinning in Her Grave embezzler, icky realtor, unwanted kiss, fire
Molly MacRea A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #4 Plagued by Quilt no sympathy for murder victim-abuser
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #1 Books Can be Deceiving plagiarizing a*hole; crazed stalker; incompetent police captain
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #2 Due or Die obsessive stalker; theft of rare books; sniper shot’
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #3 Book, Line, and Sinker (Dec 2012) pirates, ex-fiance, awkwardness all around
Jenn McKinlay Library Lover’s Mysteries #4 Read It & Weep indecisive Sully, Munchausen’s, vindictiveness
David Allen Getting Things Done: the art to Stress-Free Productivity good ideas, kinda confusing at times
Shelia Connolly Museum Mysteries #1 Fundraising the Dead interesting from a library worker’s perspective
Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: great advice, nice sound bites & quotes to live by
Michelle Knudsen Evil Librarian  
Janis Owens American Ghost small town secrets get dredged up
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee At Knit’s End: To be read over and over!
Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train Love Octagon gone wrong
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #1: The Christie Curse alright, hard to relate to protagonist
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #2: The Sayers Swindle interesting, mob related
Victoria Abbott A Book Collector Mystery #3: The Wolfe Widow did not see it coming
Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series #15.5 Bones in Her Pocket  

What did you read last year? (Can’t believe 2015 is over already!!!)

© Cori Large January 2, 2016

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Books Read from Sept 2014 to Dec 2014

Here are all the books I’ve read from September to the end of the year. I’m still working on a presentation format. I don’t know if 2015’s will be split like it was in 2014.

  1. Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine; A Domestic Bliss Mystery
  2. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #11 of the Pendergast series
  3. Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #12 of the Pendergast series
  4. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  5. White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #13 of the Pendergast series
  6. Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson
  7. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
  8. Knit 1, Kill 2 by Maggie Sefton; #1 in Knitting Mysteries
  9. Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton; #2 in Knitting Mysteries
  10. A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton; #3 in Knitting Mysteries
  11. A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #4 in Knitting Mysteries; Eh. Moves the storyline along, but doesn’t do much else.
  12. Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton; #6 in Knitting Mysteries
  13. Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton; #5 in Knitting Mysteries
  14. Dropped Dead Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #7 in Knitting Mysteries
  15. Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton; #8 in Knitting Mysteries
  16. Unraveled by Maggie Sefton; #9 in Knitting Mysteries

Unless marked otherwise, all titles are recommended.

Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

 The body of a young girl is found on the side of the road. Based on age, clothing, and suspected ethnicity, it is believed she was an illegal immigrant brought to the US via the sex trade. In addition to that case, Tempe is brought in as an expert for a military trial involving the potential murder of Afghan civilians. What Tempe doesn’t suspect at all is the two cases are related.

 Opinion:

 Decent book. Not one of my favorites, but I did learn about what a guest stay on a military base was like, and just how extensive the international sex trade is.

 © Cori Large December 2013

Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

Three dead infants are found hidden in an apartment. Search for the mother leads Tempe and Andrew Ryan all over Canada. Drug dealers, half-siblings, and potential diamond rights turn up. Will there be any more babies to find?

Opinion:

I believe I’ve only read one other book as fast as I read this one, and it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Already hooked before the book came out. Why would some woman who obviously must not want her babies (as she keeps killing them) keep getting pregnant and carrying to term? The reason why is absolutely sickening and infuriating. Recommended.

© Cori Endicott September 2012

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

The weekend of the big NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a big enough spectacle without the addition of human remains being discovered. Over a decade before, two teenagers disappeared, so naturally speculation ensues. Toss in a White Supremacist group, a missing husband in from Atlanta on business, and planning her ex’s wedding with his new fiancée,Tempe’s got a lot on her plate. Cherry on top: the FBI step in and confiscate the remains and destroy them.

Opinion:

This was the most recently published book in the Temperance Brennan series. It was okay. Another non-page-turner. The next one is due out in August. I spoke to soon before about Reichs finding her stride. (See 206 Bones.) Hopefully, the next one will be good.

© Cori Endicott June 2012

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

When a set of remains shows up in Montreal with fingerprints matching a deceased Vietnam vet who is interred inNorth Carolina,Tempe is off to Hawaii to the JPAC center to try to straighten things out. Throw in the Sons of Samoa gang, a couple of shark attack victims, and Andrew Ryan showing up with daughter, Lilly, things are going to get interesting.

Opinion:

While the plot wasn’t riveting, in my opinion, I did learn a lot about JPAC and how they are working continually to bring every American solider home. As of the printing of Spider Bones, 78,000 World War II, 8100 Korean, 120 Cold War, and 1800Vietnam soldiers are waiting to come home. (Found in the back of the book.) JPAC’s motto touches me: UNTIL THEY ARE HOME.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

Tempe is accused of mishandling remains which begins an unseemingly connected chain to discredit her as an anthropologist. A new pathologist comes to fill in while LaManche recovers from heart surgery. The pathology seems to be everywhere and has no qualms about usurping her new coworkers. How far will she go? And how involved is she will Tempe’s sub-terrain tomb burial?

Opinion:

This one proves that people just can’t be trusted and loyalty doesn’t exist. Ryan is stll in the picture. Interesting one. Maybe Reichs has found her stride.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

Satanists, Wiccans, and homosexuals, oh my! Bizarre bodies and religious paraphernalia keep showing up. And our favorite Canadian detective turns up as well. What could he possibly have to say for himself?

Opinion:

It was interesting to learn about Santeria, and how mob-minded religious fanatics will go after anything—such sheep! I did wonder how long the author would go before addressing the Andrew Ryan situation. Nice curveball with Charlie, though. Quite surprised at getting another interesting storyline so soon. For those of you who have read my reviews on previous Kathy Reichs novels, usually it is every other book or every two books for a good storyline (my opinion only) to appear.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

Memories of a childhood friend that disappeared are reawakened when skeletal remains matching her last known description appear. Toss in flamboyant sister, Harry, cameo appearance by estranged husband, Pete, and some would-be thugs, Tempe’s in for more than the Nancy Drew detecting she used to do. Oh, cherry on top: Andrew Ryan’s latest bombshell!

Opinion:

This was one of the better ones. The storyline was interesting and held my attention. Tempe handled Ryan’s speech with dignity and grace; something I’m not sure if I could manage. It will be interesting to see how it is dealt with in the subsequent books.

© Cori Endicott May 2012

Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

Tempe is filling in for a colleague when fresh remains, instead of ancient remains, show up at an archaeology site. When estranged husband, Pete, comes to town on business, both end up sharing a friend’s beach house, much to Tempe’s annoyance. Andrew Ryan shows up and gets the wrong idea. How much more could go wrong for her?

Opinion:

This one didn’t have me hooked like some, but it wasn’t a bad story either. The tension between Peter and Andrew Ryan was very amusing. Decent story murder-wise. Needed more smut!

© Cori Endicott April 2012