Johnny Horton sang about it

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks; 2018; $15.99; 303 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN; 978-0-71808385-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 9/3/0/18-10/3/18

Why did I this?  Somewhere I read a good review of this.

Murphy has moved to Kodiak, Alaska seeking clues to the murder of her twin sister.  She finds several clues and also discovers that her sister’s killer has escaped from prison in Alaska.  Murphy manages to get a job as a forensic artist with a local department through a little bit of deception and some lies of omission.  She gets involved with a cold case that leads to some of the most important members of the community.  As she investigates more and more, the bodies start to pile up.  As the story climaxes a twist comes out of absolutely nowhere, there are no clues that I saw coming that leads to this reveal. I rated it an 8 of 10 because to me it seemed that the author didn’t know how to end the story and made an inexplicable conclusion.


What is with the title of the review? Johnny Horton sang a great song, North to Alaska, which is where this story takes place.



He did it again!

Wrapped in Rain, A Novel of Coming Home by Charles Martin’; 2005; $14.99; 317 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN; 978-0-7852-6182-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 9/28/18-9/30/18

Why did I read this? Because Charles Martin is my second favorite author, just behind Pat Conroy.

Tucker Rain is an award winning globe trotting photographer who had a horrendous childhood.   He and his brother Matt, were raised by an old African American woman because their father did nothing but drink and beat and ignore the three of them. After he grows up he starts photographing things all over the world, and attains a measure of success.  His brother Matt however is an institution and heavily medicated.  One night Tucker comes a woman and her son who are obviously running from something.  Just as he offers to help them his brother escapes the institution. After Tucker brings his brother home, things become more and more difficult yet fulfilling.


What is with the title of the review?  Once again Charles Martin has made me cry while reading one of his books.



Mitch and Grisha

Red War by Kyle Mills; 2018; $28.99; 370 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-9059-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 9/26/18-9/27/18

Why did I read this?  Because Kyle Mills is doing a great job of carrying on the series that Vince Flynn started starring Mitch Rapp.

When the President of Russia starts suffering symptoms of a brain tumor he decides that he must do something to cement his place in world history.  He drops off the grid but not before putting into motion a plan to remove all those who he views as a threat to himself or his place in history.  He begins with Grisha, his former assassin, who has assisted Mitch in operations before.  Mitch is tasked by Irene Kennedy to track down the President and end the threat.  The action circles the globe  This is the very definition of a page turner.


What is with the title of the review?  Mitch Rapp and his Russian counterpart Grisha work together to find the Russian President and prevent World War III.

Don you were right!

  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena; 2016; $26.00; 308 pages; Pamela Dorman Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7352-2100-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 9/23/18-9/26/18
  • Why did I read this?  My friend and co-worker Don Bradley said that he read it in one sitting and he never does that, so I thought I would read it.

Two couples share a duplex and one night they are celebrating a Birthday together.  One couple is childless and likes to party.  The other couple has a baby who they live in her crib with a baby monitor while they party next door.  When the wife goes to check on the baby in the night she is not there.  So begins a mystery.  The biggest mystery is how do you know your neighbors, your parents, and even your own spouse.  There are a lot of twist and turns right up to the last sentence.


What is with the title of the review?  Don Bradley is a coworker who recommended this and I agreed with his review.



The Gulf, The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis; 2017;$17.95; 592 pages; Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York, NY; 978-1-63149-402-4; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; 7/7/18-7/11/18 and 9/8/18-9/23/18

Why did I read this?  Because in 2016 I decided that I was going to read the five books that win the Pulitzer Prize. This is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for History.

This covers the history of the Gulf of Mexico from the Big Bang to about 2015.  It covers everything from fisheries, tourism, oil, and much more.  It covers almost every acre of land that is touched by the waters of Gulf of Mexico.  It presents how man has influenced so many parts of the life in the Gulf, not just what they have actually done in the Gulf, but what their actions on the Mississippi River, the Rio Grande and other rivers that feed into the Gulf.  How canals and other waterways that have been cut into the deltas, how jetty’s and levees upriver have affected life in the Gulf. It is a very complete history of the Gulf of Mexico.


What is with the title of the review?  James Michener  was well known for his novels beginning before the history of the world actually began going to the time of the end of the novel.