Abandon by Blake Crouch

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Release date: July 7, 2009
On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
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This was a spooky story,best read at night, but even great during the day. The author weaves a tapestry of the past and present in Colorado history and adds murders, greed, and revenge to complete the narrative. I could not put this book down and highly recommend it.
 
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Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton

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Release date: February 18, 2010 | Series: Paranormal Detective
 
The original supernatural sleuth is back in the latest cozy Aunt Dimity mystery
A shock wave rocks Lori Shepherd’s world when she hears that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Bracing herself for a final farewell, Lori instead receives a request from the eccentric sisters: Find their long-lost brother before it’s too late. Aubrey Pym is a wicked scoundrel who was banished from his family long ago; and much to Lori’s surprise, she must travel all the way to New Zealand to find him. In granting her dear friends’ dying wish, Lori sets out on a journey full of surprises. And with the help of a charming Kiwi and the otherworldly guidance of Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, unraveling a web of secrets that has haunted the Pym family for generations.
Nancy Atherton and her Aunt Dimity series have a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits each new installment. With its exotic setting, endearing characters, and paranormal storyline, Aunt Dimity Down Under is sure to be a hit with loyal readers and new fans who are just discovering Aunt Dimity.
 
 
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I didn’t enjoy this book at all because of all the Australian words that I didn’t know how to pronounce.  I know it sounds petty but for me it ruins a book if I can’t correctly pronounce words or places so although the plot was good and the characters entertaining I didn’t enjoy it.
 

The First Patient by Michael Palmer

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Release date: February 19, 2008

From the blockbuster, New York Times bestselling author comes a high-concept, high-octane thriller at the crossroads of presidential politics and cutting-edge medicine. . . .

Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were roommates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis years ago. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign, Marine One lands on Gabe’s Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request. His personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man’s place. Despite serious misgivings, Gabe agrees to come to Washington. It is not until he is ensconced in the White House medical office that Gabe realizes there is strong evidence that the President is going insane. Facing a crisis of conscience—as President Stoddard’s physician, he has the power to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to transfer presidential power to the Vice President—Gabe uncovers increasing evidence that his friend’s condition may not be due to natural causes.

Who? Why? And how? The President’s life is at stake. A small-town doctor suddenly finds himself in the most powerful position on earth, and the safety of the world is in jeopardy. Gabe Singleton must find the answers, and the clock is ticking. . . .

With Michael Palmer’s trademark medical details, and steeped in meticulous political insider knowledge

 

 

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This was my first reading/listening of a Michael Palmer book and I think I have found another favorite author, although it may take a couple more books to make sure.

I loved the characters in this storyline, especially Gabe Singleton and the interaction between him and the other primary players. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat ( I listened to this in my car) and I hated to see it come to an end.

I don’t know if any other Michael Palmer books have Gabe Singleton as a charcter but if not there should be. He sold me.

 

Christmas Eve Can Kill You by William Marantz

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Publication Date: October 20, 2010
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When country-singer-turned-talkjock Val Virgo (aka Izzy Miller)  receives a phone-in death threat from a self-styled aboriginal militant, he laughs it off as a sick joke. When he wakes up in a hospital bed, having narrowly survived the bombing of his apartment, he is no longer amused. Why would any self-respecting “terrorist” go after a glorified disk jockey? In search of the answer to this vital question Virgo takes a trip down memory lane, to the mean streets of his misspent youth, one step ahead of the mad bomber, finding love along the way. The race against time comes to an explosive conclusion when our hero discovers a long-lost enemy virtually on his doorstep – one hour too late.
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This book was just okay.  It did not hold my attention but I got through it but I would never read it again.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor.
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This book was offered as a free selection by Audible and it quickly brought back fond memories of childhood. I loved it.

The Narrows by Michael Connelly

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Publication Date: October 2, 2006 | Series: Harry Bosch #10

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

There’s a gravitas to the mystery/thrillers of Michael Connelly, a bedrock commitment to the value of human life and the need for law enforcement pros to defend that value, that sets his work apart and above that of many of his contemporaries. That gravitas is in full force in Connelly’s newest, and as nearly always in the work of this talented writer, it supports a dynamite plot, fully flowered characters and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure.There are also some nifty hooks to this new Connelly: it features his most popular series character, retired L.A. homicide cop Harry Bosch, but it’s also a sequel to his first stand-alone, The Poet (1996), and is only his second novel (along with The Poet) to be written in both first and third person. The first-person sections are narrated by Bosch, who agrees as a favor to the widow to investigate the death of Bosch’s erstwhile colleague and friend Terry McCaleb (of Blood Work and A Darkness More Than Night). Bosch’s digging brings him into contact with Rachel Walling, the FBI agent heroine of The Poet, and the third-person narrative concerns mostly her. Though generally presumed dead, the Poet—the serial killer who was a highly placed Fed and Walling’s mentor—is alive and killing anew, with, we soon learn, McCaleb among his victims and his sights now set on Walling. The story shuttles between Bosch’s California and the Nevada desert, where the Poet has buried his victims to lure Walling. The suspense is steady throughout but, until a breathtaking climactic chase, arises more from Bosch and Walling’s patient and inspired following of clues and dealing with bureaucratic obstacles than from slash-and-dash: an unusually intelligent approach to generating thrills. Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she’s dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes–and apparently he has not forgotten her. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too–from the widow of an old friend. Her husband’s death seems natural, but his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep. Arriving at a derelict spot in the California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with Rachel. Now the two are at odds with the FBI…and squarely in the path of the Poet, who will lead them on a wicked ride out of the heat, through the narrows of evil, and into a darkness all his own…
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While in Kansas earlier this year, I mentioned to my sister-in-law that I had just finished reading The Poet and  she  said she had the  follow-up book, The Narrows, and would I like to read it. Of course I said yes. And so I brought it home, read it and found that the author had neatly pulled together all the loose ends and ended the career of the serial killer, The Poet. The next time I visit my sister-in-law I will return her book because she keeps all her Michael Connelly books safely stored on her book shelf. She feels about Michael Connelly books  the same way I feel about my Stephen King books. They are treasures.

Guilt (Alex Delaware #28) by Jonathan Kellerman

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Release date: February 12, 2013 | Series: Alex Delaware
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.
Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.
 Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.
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You can’t beat an Alex Delaware novel and Jonathan Kellerman has done it again.  I had the audio version and the narrator, John Rubinstein, does an excellent job. If you’ve ever listened to an audio book you know that a narrator can make or break a book and with John Rubinstein you have no worries.  It’s a joy to listen and he makes the story come alive. The characters dynamic and the plot twists were an added bonus to a wonderful listening experience.
 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Release date: February 26, 2013

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

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This is love story of two mis-matched teens and it surprises everyone,even themselves.  It held my interest and I enjoyed it but a lot of people I know liked it a lot more than I did.  It is worth reading so if you like teen angst and young love, this will be right up your alley.

 

 

 

 

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampire Series) by Rachel Caine

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Release date: October 2, 2012 | Series: The Morganville Vampires (Book 12)
With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.
Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite. Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…
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Fantastic.  This installment of the Morganville Vampire Series #12 was full of action and surprises and I couldn’t put it down.  Looking forward to the next one,

Blood Dreams(A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel) by Kay Hooper

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Release date: November 25, 2008 | Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels

New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper takes readers on a terrifying manhunt for a serial killer even the Special Crimes Unit may not be able to stop.

Dani Justice knows all about monsters. They haunt her dreams—and her life. But she never expected to find herself on the trail of a real flesh-and-blood predator so cunning that he’s eluded the best law enforcement could send against him; and so deadly that he doesn’t hesitate to kill even a senator’s daughter. Or a cop. Dani doesn’t want to hunt this killer, but she doesn’t have a choice. She alone commands a weapon powerful enough to stop him. And she knows something even Bishop of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit doesn’t know. Dani knows how the hunt ends. It ends in fire. And blood. And death. What she doesn’t know is who will survive.

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I had never read this author before but when I saw the audio version of this book  on sale I couldn’t resist. The next time I will be more selective.
After loading the first CD into the car player and the narrator began the story I knew I was in trouble.  I will not name the narrator but I found her voice to be like nails on a chalkboard and I almost ejected the disc and gave up BUT since I have never not finished a book FOR ANY REASON, I let it continue and by the last part of the second disc I felt better about it.  The voice was still an issue but at least I became invested in the storyline, even though it wasn’t very good.
This is a series and I had never read any previous so I didn’t have any back story but I don’t think that would really make a difference.  I will NOT be reading or listening to any more of this series by this author.