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

Drift Away by Jeff Shelby

Drift Away by Jeff Shelby; 2012; 383 pages; $12.99; Creative Space; 9781478151531;checked out from Eugene Public Library via Inter Library Loan; 10/23/16-10/25/16

Noah Braddock has fled San Diego in the wake of some violence that he was involved in and has taken up residence in Fort Walton, Florida.  He still hangs out on the beach but has not surfed since the death of his fiancee.  He encounters a young boy on the beach who cannot find his mother and with that he gets sucked back into the violence of life.  Jeff Shelby took a big risk with what he did to his lead character in the last book, but it is worth it.  The Noah Braddock books are engrossing and fun to read.  It is a good mystery series with a likable hero.

Grade-A

My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

Cousins of the Dove, My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould; 2016; 364 pages; $14.99;  Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon; 978-0-7369-6290-2; provided by the Publisher for the purpose of review; 9/6/16-9/9/16

Why did I read this? Because one of the authors is a good friend of ours and she writes good stories.  This combines two of my favorite genres, historical fiction and mystery.  It is also the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series, the first book My Brother’s Crown is reviewed here.

This is a timesplit novel, story of two sets of sisters one in the beginning days of the United States and one contemporary.  The two sets of sisters mirror each other in their behavior and attitudes.  Both stories really drew me as I got upset at a couple of the choices they made when they couldn’t seemingly see what was right in front of them.  It took a couple of chapters to really grab me but when it did it became a real page turner.  The early American sisters are tricked into indentured servitude in the colonies by a dapper soldier who then colludes with several other men to keep the sisters in indenture.  They are rescued by a couple of men of simple means but great character.  The current sisters are involved in a murder mystery from their childhood, one of the sister is a professional perfectionist and the other is a recovering drug addict who is incapacitated in a severe auto accident.  The addict moves in with the perfectionist to recover from her injuries.   The connecting thread between the two stories is a series of letters written by the early American sisters, whom are the ancestors of the contemporary sisters.

Grade A

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman; 2010; $16.99; 325 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25096-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 3/2/16-3/4/16

Why did I read this?  When I am interviewing potential volunteers for the bookstore I often ask them about the books they like and are reading.  One of our newest volunteers recommended this and it sounded similar to James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.

Elizabeth is recommended by one of her teachers to become a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository.  Housed within the repository are objects including toasters, coats, hats, shoes and more which people check out for a variety of reasons.  They use them as props and costumes and other purposes.  Housed beneath the repository is a collection of items collected by the Brothers Grimm when they were researching their collection of stories.  Some of the items in the Grimm collection,which includes among other things the seven leagues boots, Snow White’s Magic Mirror and the shoes from the twelve dancing princesses, are disappearing.  Before she knows it she and her fellow pages are caught up in the intrigue of those who are swiping the priceless and sometimes dangerous artifacts.

Grade-A, really imaginative and great use of literature and its place in our lives.