serial killers & civil war reenactments

Hour Game by David Baldacci; 2004; Kindle Edition; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 9780446586658; purchased from; 2/19/18-2/20/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading through all of David Baldacci’s series and I had a long plane ride from Portland to Anchorage.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to solve some burglaries but that gets them involved in a case where a killer is mimicking notorious serial killers of the recent past.  One of the characters is a member of a civil war reenactment society and gets Michelle involved.  This mystery takes a lot of twist and turns and we discover more of Sean and Michelle’s backstories.  They characters are the most engaging parts of Baldacci’s books.

Grade 10/10

Ollie is awesome

Crooked River by Valerie Geary; 2014; $25.99; 326 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-232659-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 2/11/-18-2/15/18

Why did I read this?  Valerie just began as a volunteer at the Title Wave so I thought I would read her work.

The mother of Ollie and Samantha McAllister has passed away and they move to the country with their father, who lives in a tipi on the land of a family friend.  One day they discover a body in the Crooked River, instead of alerting the police they allow the body to float downstream.  They find clues but instead of telling the police they try and solve the case themselves.  When their father is charged with the murder things start to quickly go downhill.  Each of the girls is different, Sam in very pragmatic while Ollie sees spirits around them.  This is a mystery of many different levels and wonderfully told story which alternates between the viewpoints of the two girls.

What is with the title of the review?  Ollie is a reader who sees spirits around her.  Someone I can relate to.

Grade- 10

The Western Star by Craig Johnson

The Western Star by Craig Johnson; 2017; $28.00; 295 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0525-42695-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 12/6/17-12/11/17

Why did I read this?  I read a review and several people I know have recommended the series.

This book serves as the most current events in the series and an introduction to the series at the same time.  Walt Longmire is sheriff revisting one of his old cases as the story begins, the case is one from the very beginning of his career and his  relationship with his mentor and the other sheriffs of the state.  It involves a serial killer and many levels of deception from friends and enemies and even frenemies.  I am looking forward to reading more from Craig Johnson.

Grade A


The Diamond Heart Mystery by Emily King

The Diamond Heart Mystery, A Josie and Monica Adventure by Emily King; 2016; 978-1-547-150342; picked at the Authors Memorial Service; 8/11/17-8/15/17

Why did I read this?  I always enjoy reading books by people I know.  Emily and her husband, attended the same church Ruthann and I did and do.  We were in a small group with them at the end.

I think if this were to be slotted into a genre at the library it would be Young Adult fiction.  The story of two cousins in Atlantic City during the fifties as burglaries occur around them and their attempts to uncover who is the burglar.  A slice of life in the fifties in Atlantic City, as two cousins have all sorts of adventures with the burglaries as a backdrop.  The fun part was their lives as they spent each day, I figured out the mystery fairly easily.  All in all a good read and Emily will be missed.


Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben; 2016; $28.00; 385 pages; Dutton, New York, NY;  978-0-525-95510-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 10/25/16-10/28/16

Why did I read this?  Because I would almost anything Harlan writes, list of chores, grocery list or child’s excuse from school.

Ten years ago the child of one of Win’s cousins and another boy disappeared under mysterious circumstances and all of a sudden Win receives an email giving him a clue to the locale of the boys.  Win and Myron and friends start following the clues and digging into things, however they find some unnerving facts and the trail leads places they don’t really want to go.  As with most of Harlan’s work it is like riding space mountain, you know there are twists and turns coming but you can’t see them.  A thrill ride you will probably enjoy.

Grade A