Friday, January 4, 2013

Thorsday Book Review...On Friday

Over Christmas vacation, I did find time to hide with a book or 2.  Sometimes you just need to hide and decompress, right?  I found two books by the same author, and read them both in very short order.

TOUGH COOKIE
A Maggie Sullivan Mystery
by M. Ruth Myers

I read this on my Kindle.  Maggie Sullivan is the daughter of a cop in Dayton, Ohio during the Depression.  Following her father's death, she had to sell the family home and move into a boarding house.  She also opened her own detective agency.  One day, a wealthy businessman who was swindled by an associate hired her to find the man - and his money.  As soon as she began asking questions, the missing man turned up dead in the river.  This left Maggie trying to figure out where he had been, and why he was murdered.  This was a very well written and entertaining book; the progression of the story was logical, and made me want to continue reading.  I also enjoyed the glimpses into everyday life during the Depression - apple vendors on the streets, for example.  This book rates a very enthusiastic 4/5.

NO GAME FOR A DAME
A Maggie Sullivan Mystery
by M. Ruth Myers

Another Kindle offering, and the second in the series (and it's free right now, if you have a Kindle).  One day, a "Tough Guy" marches into Maggie Sullivan's office after she's been hired to check into the actions of a man's nephew, and tells her to back off.  Of course, he's found dead shortly thereafter, she becomes a murder suspect, and she needs to figure out the whole story to save herself, solve the murder, and, along the way, do the job for which she was hired.  This was another very good offering by Ruth Myers.  I'm hoping she will continue to write Maggie Sullivan mysteries!  Another very enthusiastic 4/5.

have a great weekend, and if your yard looks like mine, I hope you're enjoying it!

15 comments:

Sarah said...

I must remember this trick. Hide with a book. It would give me that time away from too much family time without being on a 'device' like the rest of them. Much more acceptable. Darn. Next year.

Sue said...

If my dogs saw that photo, they'd pack their bags and head for your house. We've had only a trace so far.

SissySees said...

What Sue said. No snow to really speak of here.

Off to download the freebie before I forget!

lostpastremembered said...

Wanted to stop by and wish you Happy New Year. Saw a 200lb mastiff named Chester the other day and thought of you... he was 2 and very frisky. Since his owner weighed less than he did, I was a little nervous about letting them play.... maybe next time!!!

altadenahiker said...

Like the last comment, whenever I see a mastiff (which isn't often) I think of Thor.

Can we make book review requests? In your vast library, do you have any Margaret Atwood?

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Marjie, thanks for the reviews. Must get the kindle and add them to the reading list. Our backyard looks a smidge different to yours. Today's temp is 41C (105F) and we're on bushfire alert. We've had terrible fires in Oz so send us some cool weather can you? No worries and love, Stella and Rory

gMarie said...

Nice books. Glad you found a corner to hide in and had a book to decompress with. Your yard looks lovely - I wish mine looked like that. g

Linda said...

The wind blew the snow off my trees but other than that my yard is NOT a tropical one.

Blond Duck said...

I always wanted to learn more about the Depression.

monica said...

Oh I know of hiding with a book. Definitely part of my survival kit. Happy New year to you and your family Marjie.

Jan Mader said...

So glad you do these book reviews. I keep a list!

Pam said...

Sounds like two I need to read!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wow that looks a bit chilly there! We have not had snow yet but they say it is possible next week. Happy New Year Diane

Blond Duck said...

Happy Thursday!

Dexter said...

Sounds like a great book. I'm off to add it to my (alarmingly deep) queue. So many good books out there.

Mango momma