August 15, 2016 | 2 comments
Last week, I read both some great and some not so great books. I read a few random mysteries, neither of which were very good: Brutality by Ingrid Theft (★★), Motive by Jonathan Kellerman (★★), The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell (★★), and Murder House by James Patterson (★).
I read Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen (★★★), the second book about FBI agent Carla Windermere and BCA agent Kirk Stevens. It was well written, but felt a bit slow. I also read Bortom sanningen by Anne Holt (★★★). It’s the 7th book in a Norwegian crime series. I had read one book from it several years ago and then forgot about the series but I think I will continue it now. I read Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler (★★), third in the Chasing Evil trilogy. It wasn’t quite as good as the previous two books.
I gave Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series another chance and read U is for Undertow (★★★). It was better than X, but I’m still a bit disappointed and not sure I’ll continue the series.
I reread two old favourites: Sea Swept (★★★★) and Rising Tides (★★★★), the first two books in Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga.
I also read All You Need is Love (★★★) and I Want to Hold Your Hand (★★), the first two books in the Green Mountain series by Marie Force. I loved the setting (Vermont) and premise (large family contemporary romance) but the story was pretty average.
Last week I read Built by Jay Crownover (★★★), the second book in the Saints of Denver series. It was ok, but I’m doubting I will continue the series.
I finished Anatoli Boukreev’s biography Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer (★★★). It was an interesting, but slow and difficult, read.
I also read Skumtimmen (published in English as Echoes from the Dead) by Johan Theorin (★★★). It’s a Swedish crime novel, set on the island Öland. It started a bit slow, but I liked it.
I also finally read Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson (★★★★), the 2nd book about Inspector Kari Varaa. I loved the first book in the series, and this one was almost as good.
Last week I also read three more books from Elly Griffith’s series about forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway: En orolig grav (★★★★), De utstötta (★★★★), and De öde fälten (★★★), the Swedish translations of Dying Fall, The Outcast Dead, and The Ghost Fields.
Last week I listened to Lost Light (★★★), The Overlook (★★★★) and The Black Box (★★★★), the 9th, 13th and 18th books about police detective Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly. They were all great reads.
This week I’m reading three Swedish crime novels: Alla de stillsamma döda by Anna Jansson, the second book about detective Maria Wern; Den döende dandy by Mari Jungstedt (published in English as Killer’s Art), the fourth book about superintendant Anders Knutas; and Bittrare än döden by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff (published in English as More Bitter Than Death), the second book about psychologist Siri Bergman.
I’m currently listening to The Summit by Pat Falvey, about the 2008 disaster on K2.
What are you reading at the moment? For more inspiration and other’s reading plans, visit the it’s Monday, what are you reading linkup.