December 2006 Blog Posts (19)

2006 - LJ's Top and Bottom Reads

LJ's Top and Bottom Reads of 2006

Top Reads:

Box, C.J. - In Plain Sight

Bruen, Ken - Priest

Coben, Harlan - Promise Me

Fforde, Jasper - The Big Over Easy

Francis, Dick - Under Orders

Freeman, Brian - Immoral

Kerley, Jack - The Death Collectors

Klavan, Andrew - Damnation Street

O'Brian, Martin - Jacquot and the Angel

Parker, Ann - Silver Lies

Penny, Louise - Still Life

Penny, Louise - Dead Cold

Perry, Anne - Long Spoon…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 31, 2006 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Burton, Milton T – THE SWEET AND THE DEAD

THE SWEET AND THE DEAD (Suspense-Mississippi/Texas-1970) – VG

Burton, Milton T – 2nd book –Standalone

Thomas Dunne Books, 2006- Amer Hardcover



Retired Dallas County deputy sheriff…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 18, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Coggins, Mark – CANDY FROM $TRANGERS

CANDY FROM $TRANGERS (Private Invest-San Francisco-Cont) – Poor

Coggins, Mark – 2nd in series

Bleak House Books, 2006-Amer Hardcover



San Francisco PI and part-time bass player August Riordan and his cross-dressing friend, lead singer and computer hacker Chris Duckwork…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 17, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Connolly, John – THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS

THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS (Dark Fantasy/England/WWII) – Okay

Connolly, John – Standalone

Hodder & Stoughton, 2006- UK

Hardcover



12-year-old David loves to read and, upon the death of his mother, hears books talking. Still mourning the loss of his mother, his father tells him…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 16, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Corcoran, Tom – AIR DANCE IGUANA

AIR DANCE IGUANA (Amateur Sleuth-Florida Keys-Cont) – Ok

Corcoran, Tom – 5th in series


St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005- Paperback…



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Added by LJ Roberts on December 15, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fate, Robert – BABY SHARK

BABY SHARK (Suspense-Texas-1950s) – G+

Fate, Robert – 1st book

Capital Crime Press, 2006- Trade Paperback

Kristin Van Dijk is a young woman who travels with her father, a pool hustler. He hustles the…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 14, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Freeman, Brian – STRIPPED

STRIPPED (Police Proc-Las Vegas-Cont) – G+

Freeman, Brian – 2nd in series

St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006- Amer Hardcover

Detective Jonathan Stride has relocated from Minneapolis to Las Vegas and is living with new love Detective Serena Dial who is…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 13, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Frederickson, Jack – A SAFE PLACE FOR DYING

A SAFE PLACE FOR DYING (Unlicensed Invest-Chicago-Cont) – G+

Frederickson, Jack – 1st book

Thomas Donne Books, 2006- Amer Hardcover

Chicago investigator Vlodek "Dek" Elstrom lost his marriage and his business even though his name was cleared. Now…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 12, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Grabenstein, Chris - TILT A WHIRL

TILT A WHIRL (Police Prod-New Jersey-Cont) - G+

Grabenstein, Chris - 1st book

Carroll & Graf, 2005- Trade Paperback

Danny Boyle is a 24-year-old, part-time summer cop--he gets the baseball cap, but no gun--in Sea Haven, New Jersey. He is partnered with John Ceepak, a former MP back…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 11, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hoag, Tami – PRIOR BAD ACTS

PRIOR BAD ACTS (Police Proc-Minneapolis, MN-Cont) – VG

Hoag, Tami – 3rd in series

Bantam, 2006- Amer Hardcover

When Judge Carey Moore refuses to allow the prior bad acts of Karl Dahl, accused of committing the brutal murder of a mother and two young children, she is vilified…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 10, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Leon, Donna – DEATH AND JUDGMENT (aka A Venetian Reckoning)

DEATH AND JUDGMENT (aka A Venetian Reckoning) (Police Proc-Venice-Cont) – VG

Leon, Donna – 4th in series

Penguin, 1995 – Paperback

Commissario Guido Brunetti’s newest case is the murder of a prominent international lawyer. As he investigates, a link is found between this…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 9, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Perry, Anne – A CHRISTMAS SECRET

A CHRISTMAS SECRET (Historical-England-1800s) – VG

Perry, Anne – 4th Christmas standalone

Headline, 2006- Amer Hardcover

Dominic Corde, brother-in-law to Charlotte Pitt, has left banking, is married to Clarice and is a cleric in a church in London. However, Dominic and…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 8, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pronzini, Bill - JACKPOT

JACKPOT (PI-California-1990) – VG

Pronzini, Bill - 17th in series

Dell, 1990- Paperback

In his first case after Shackles, "Nameless" is hired to find out why a young man who won $200,000 at a Reno slot machine would commit suicide.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on December 7, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Raybourn, Deanna – SILENT IN THE GRAVE

SILENT IN THE GRAVE (Historical-England-1800s) – VG

Raybourn, Deanna – 1st book

Mira, 2006 – Amer. Hardcover



While entertaining family and friends, the husband of Lady Julia Gray collapses and later dies. It is not completely unexpected as he and his family has a history of weak hearts. It

is only after the year-long period of mourning has…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 6, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Robb, J.D. (aka Nora Roberts) – BORN IN DEATH

BORN IN DEATH (Police Proc-NYC-Future) – VG

Robb, J.D. (aka Nora Roberts) – 25th in series

Putnam, 2006- Amer Hardcover



Eve Dallas is investigating the murder of a young professional woman. One murder quickly turns into two as her fiancée is found murdered in his apartment; two

murders, one killer. To Eve, the motive

clearly ties back to…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 5, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Temple, Peter – A BROKEN SHORE

A BROKEN SHORE (Police Procedural-Australia-Cont) – Poor



Temple, Peter – Standalone…



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Added by LJ Roberts on December 4, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Templeton, Aline – THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP

THE DARKNESS AND THE DEEP (Police Procedural-Scotland-Cont) – VG+

Templeton, Aline – 2nd in series

Hodder & Stoughton, 2006- UK

Hardcover



Marjory Fleming is a farmer’s wife, mother of two and the DI in a small coastal town in…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 3, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Walker, Michael – THE SHADOW WALKER

THE SHADOW WALKER (Police Proc-Mongolia-Cont) – G+

Walker, Michael – 1st book

Quercus, 2006- UK Hardcover



Although there is crime in Ulan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, finding a corpse missing it’s head and hands is far from normal. Negrui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad is

ordered back to his former role with instructions to clear the…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 2, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Zafiro, Frank - UNDER A RAGING MOON

UNDER A RAGING MOON (Police Proc-River City, Wash-Cont)

- VG


Zafiro, Frank - 1st book

Wolfmont, 2006- Trade paperback



The police officers of River City are determined to stop a gunman who has been holding up convenience stores,…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 1, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

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