FIFTEEN BOOKS! Now that indeed is a record and demands an explanation.

  1. I learned last month that Patricia Cornwell would be releasing a new book in November. So I thought it would be fun to re-read all her books in order. Yes, I own them (many soot-stained) and yes there are a lot of them. They are relatively quick reads, especially the earlier ones, and they are also not the kind of thing you like to put down. So I read them rapidly. I’m not going to bore you (or make this hard for me) by saying something about each one individually, but I will share some overall comments after I’ve listed them all.
  2. We went to Boulder, Colorado to visit our son, and as I always do I read some of those books that Amazon gives me each month for free while on the plane. It’s a three-hour flight, which is about how long it takes me to read one of those.

All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell

Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell

Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell

Point of Origin By Patricia Cornwell

Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell

The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Trace by Patricia Cornwell

I will always read every Kay Scarpetta novel that Cornwell publishes because at this point I am so invested in the characters, but like other readers I do get tired (as the series goes on) of Kay constantly being persecuted and of the reuse of old villains who really should stay dead.  The change in her writing style is interesting to follow as the first few books are third-person past before she moves to first-person and then to third-person present (my least favorite) and then back to first person. I’ll talk more about the series in my next post but if you like this sort of thing you should at least read up through Point of Origin.

Mothered by Zoje Stao

A creepy retrospective that is interesting and disturbing and leaves you not quite sure what really happened.

I’ll Stop the World by Lauren Thomas

This was a genuinely good time travel story with engaging characters and a fresh take on how and whether someone from the future can change the past. I would like to read more by this author.

Just Stay Away by Tony Wirt

Is this stay-at-home dad over-reacting to the creepy kid in the neighborhood who wants to play with his daughter? Will anyone ever believe him when he tries to tell them the evil things this kid is doing? Is he right about the kid or is he losing it?

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

This was our book club pick for October and although it is a children’s book I found parts of it very creepy indeed.

Stay tuned till next month–can I keep up this pace??




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