Monday, November 5, 2018

Library 25 Cent Sale ~ Basically Book Upgrades

Everybody loves when his or her library unloads the 25 cent book sale. I managed to make it to mines a weekend or two ago (depends on when this post goes up), and didn’t find much. Yet, for what I did get, I took the opportunity. I upgraded two mass market books, featuring series I enjoy reading, into hardbacks. And another two… well… like any reader, there’s always an “interest” story to tell. But first the hardbacks.

"The devastating fire tore through the horse farm, destroying everything it touched. Picking through the wreckage, Dr. Kay Scarpetta uncovers human remains—the work of an audacious and wily killer who uses fire to mask his brutal murders. And when Scarpetta learns that her old nemesis, Carrie Grethen, has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is somehow involved, the investigation becomes personal. Tragedy strikes close to home. And Scarpetta must match Grethen’s every move with one of her own to douse the inferno of evil that threatens everyone around her..."
Yeah. Yeah. Read the book almost ten years ago. Since I found myself in the mood of changing my mass market copies into hardback, this decent copy will do. This is the book where Cornwell made a wild misstep by killing off one of the series main characters. Why? Because she brought his ass back three books later. It was clear she needed him. Either way, it is what it is.

"Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling  summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is  Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.  Her client says he's the prominent banker, John  Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's  girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's  not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone  soon enough -- the real John Thayer's son, and  he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she been  set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By the  time she's got it figured, things are hotter --  and deadlier -- than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a  desperate race against time. At stake: a young  woman's life."
True enough I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Well, I wouldn’t say “hate.” “Struggle” will do. This is the first book in Paretsky’s female private-eye Chicago-based series featuring, V. I. Warshawski. So I said what the hell, I’ll upgrade my mass market to hardcover. In case I decide to reread Warshawski’s first case. Or to determine what it was about that first book that kept me reading the series, though so moody about it.

"The promise of discretion and pampering-and a long-overdue reconciliation with her mother-draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly-elected Congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious owner has been murdered. As the secrets come out-and the body count rises, can Caroline keep herself from becoming the next victim?"
This serial novel contains chapters of one story written by women mystery authors. I picked it up because several of my favorite author’s contributions to the story; Nevada Barr and J. D. Robb. What can I say? I put out little fuss sometimes.

High Country Fall (Deborah Knott Mystery #10) by Margaret Maron

"Taking an out-of-town assignment in a privileged community to put distance between herself and her hyper-reactive family, recently engaged judge Deborah Knott finds her peaceful break disrupted by a local murder that she becomes determined to solve."
Maron is on my Need-to-Read list. Earlier this year I purchased a lot sale of her Deborah Knott mysteries. So I saw the opportunity to add another the lot. I read the first book in the series already this year. And I’m hoping 2019 will see me through many more of Knott’s mysteries. Additionally, without the interruption of searching for the next title book after book.
And that’s it. Nothing much. Nothing much at all.

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