Saturday, August 25, 2007


If anyone wants to read a good book...

Robin Cook - Mortal Fear
Dick Francis - Under Orders
Julie Garwood - Murder List
John Grisham - The Firm
Ed McBain - Downtown
Michael Palmer - The Patient
Michael Palmer - Fatal
Michael Palmer - Miracle Cure
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The above list contains the books I've read in the last month. All were quite good; though, the heroines in Mortal Fear irritated me. This is a medical mystery examining the harvesting of human eggs. Cloning is also involved. The ending is appropriate and believable.
Under Orders is a galloping read. This is a horse racing mystery. It has to do with Internet betting and fixing races. MMmmmm, I mostly love anything written by Dick Francis.
Murder List is exceptional. A crazy crackpot killed a jogger, then a policeman. The policeman was on a "murder list" written by the heroine. (She had gone to one of those seminars and the instructor told the attendees to make a list of people their lives would be better without). The female character is one of the best! She did not disobey any of the suggestions made to keep her safe. I liked that! Too often, in books - especially in murder mysteries - the heroine will do something really stupid because she doesn't want to be "told what to do"... even if it is for her own good.
The Firm is demanding, taxing, and quick paced. Of course, there is a movie based on the book - I hadn't seen it.
Downtown is one of the most refreshing books I've read in a long time. It is a mystery with all sorts of fun twists. It starts out with one energetic crime after another... and does not stop! I'm going to re-read it before starting on Harry Potter #5.
The Patient is a medical mystery exploring brain tumor robotic surgery. To top it off, there is a very rich terrorist who wants these new surgery techniques used on his very own tumor.
Fatal is a medical mystery digging in coal mines, hazardous waste disposal, testing antibodies on human subjects, and required childhood innoculations against disease. A very scary book.
Miracle Cure is another medical mystery. It pumps a wicked story about heart problems. It reminded me of the recent pharmacy recalls and lawsuits.
The Harry Potter books are all magical stories about Harry Potter, his friends, and their escapades at Hogwarts school. I saw parts of one of these movies, recently, on regular TV. I was given the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a couple months ago. I read it and realized I wanted to read the rest of them.

Today's "word of the day" is mulct.

Crossposted at The Fat Lady Sings.


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