This is the season that focuses on family, food, friendship and celebration. Speaking of food, If you can compare a book to comfort food, my "go to" author is Sue Grafton. I know some will turn their noses up, but I'm not ashamed to say I love her books. I've read them all and am currently in the middle of  "X" which is her latest and her most chilling mystery. By the way, for you doubters, this best selling author is no slouch... She's the recipient of many awards worldwide and probably one of the most successful authors of detective novels today.

So if you're looking for an engaging read, a homespun feel good mystery, pick up any of her books...from A to her newest X...( Known as the alphabet series)
She bends the rules of her genre and you reap the benefits.....(and these books make great gifts!!)

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Read this one before it hits theaters. Bradley Cooper will be starring and producing it, so you know this will be big, and you can say you knew about it from the start. 

The plot centers around a cop pulled back into the line of duty to find a missing woman. Former NYPD officer Marshall Grade wasn’t retired like you’d expect, though: He was in the witness protection program after an undercover job with a mob went bad.

Marshall wants to use his talents to save a local woman who has gone missing, but coming out of hiding means attracting the Dallas Man, the contract killer who is out to murder him.  Sounds like a made for movie film..let's hope it's a good read before Hollywood taints it!! Although I have to admit, Bradley Cooper is a definite positive in my book.....

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The holiday season has arrived but I don’t think chaos has to come with it, at least when it comes to books.  Choosing a book for someone based on his or her interests is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give. Here's a few suggestions...

THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS: Stories by Stephen King(Thriller/Short Stories)
Audiobook available, narrated by Stephen King and 14 others
Since his first collection, NIGHTSHIFT, published 35 years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection, he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories: themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past.

Audiobook available, performed by Mitch Albom and a full cast
At nine years old, Frankie Presto --- a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town --- is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie’s talent is touched by the gods, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century. Frankie becomes a pop star himself but soon realizes that, through his music, he can actually affect people’s futures. At the height of his popularity, Frankie vanishes. Only decades later does he reappear --- just before his spectacular death --- to change one last life. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Armando Duran
Fourteen-year-old Juan Diego, who was born and grew up in Mexico, has a 13-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she is a mind reader. Regarding what has happened as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. What might a teen girl be driven to do if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories.....all this and more for the John Irving fan.

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker (Memoir/Letters)
Audiobook available, narrated by Mary-Louise Parker
DEAR MR. YOU renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

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Happy reading and gifting!


Good question.....because I can't seem to sink my teeth into anything... Yes, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB is my latest and although it's barely holding my interest, I'm still in search of the new and unpredictable...something that's "unputdownable" and will hold my interest for more than fifteen minutes.

I was disappointed in MY BRILLANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante:Neapolitan Novels, Book One.  I can't understand the hype. It was a slow moving, uneventful, angst filled adolescent yawn!

My fave was FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff, a solid, honest, beautifully written, dazzling tale....The National Book Award peeps agree and selected it as a  2015 finalist.

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THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz (Thriller)
Late one night, Mikael Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker --- a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth Salander for help. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.
Same old...same old...........

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