28. August 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Judy, Science Fiction · Tags:

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Judy, on 08/27/2014

When Fat Charlie’s dad named something, it stuck.  Like calling Fat Charlie “Fat Charlie”.  Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can’t shake that name, one of the many embarrassing “gifts” his father bestowed–before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie’s life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things.  Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie’s doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew.   A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who’s going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun . . . just like Dear Old Dad.   And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie’s dad wasn’t just any dad.  He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god.   Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil.    Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

 

28. August 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Romance · Tags:

Fifty Shades Freed by E L James, read by Judy, on 08/20/2014

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele  first encounters the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably.  Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment.  Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all–love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future.   But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate.  Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity.  And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

28. August 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Romance · Tags:

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James, read by Judy, on 08/10/2014

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented  young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking though, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resit.  They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

28. August 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Romance · Tags:

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, read by Judy, on 08/04/2014

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.   The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him.  Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too — but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates.  For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control.   When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

06. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Midnight House by Alex Berenson, read by Judy, on 05/27/2014

One morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street.  That night, an army vet is gunned down in his own doorway.    The next day, John Wells gets a phone call.   Come to Langley.  NOW.

The victims were part of an interrogation team that operated out of a secret base in Poland called the Midnight House, where they worked over the toughest jihadis, extracting information by any means necessary.

Now Wells must find out who is killing them.  Islamic terrorists are the likeliest suspects, and Wells is uniquely qualified to go undercover and find them.  But the trail of blood leads him to a place he couldn’t have imagined.

Home.

23. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Witness by Nora Roberts, read by Judy, on 04/14/2014

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks.   A freelance security systems designer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms.   She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing.    Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level.   And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.   And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

14. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Poet by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 04/14/2014

Jack McEvoy specializes in death.   As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder.  But his professional bravado doesn’t lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide.

Jack’s brother was a homicide detective and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one, that he’d been unable to solve.   McEvoy decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides.     But when he begins his research, he quickly arrives at a stunning revelation.  Following his leads, protecting his sources, muscling his way inside a federal investigation, Jack grabs hold of what is clearly the story of a lifetime.   He also knows that in taking on the story, he’s making himself the most visible target for a murderer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.

30. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner, read by Judy, on 03/30/2014

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston Hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple.  Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky.  Until tonight.

Tonight, a has-been reporter turns up, investigating her past.  Tonight, the first note arrives, saying, “You get what you deserve”.  And tonight Melanie has her first, horrifying vision of the past.

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption.  Now someone wants to give it back, even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced:    the murder of their first daughter in Texas.  As Melanie pursues every lead, chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of the truth.

25. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Unseen by Karin Slaughter, read by Judy, on 03/25/2014

Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, working undercover in Macon, Georgia, posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who trails an air of violence wherever he goes.  The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally.  But there’s a problem.  Cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.   Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting.  Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down.    Suddenly Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it – with danger swirling around both of them.    A novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists.  Unseen pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

In addition the book provides a short story called “Busted” featuring Will Trent again in the role of Bill Black.   As with the first story, Busted keeps you in suspense.

14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, read by Judy, on 03/13/2014

Private’s Jack Morgan is accused of a horrible murder-and not even his own world-class investigators can prove he didn’t do it.  Since former marine Jack Morgan started Private, the elite investigation firm has been sought out by the famous and powerful to handle their problems.  Private’s detectives are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world-and they always uncover the truth.  But when his former lover is found killed in his bed, Jack instantly becomes the number one suspect.   As the police focus on Jack, the Mob strong-arms him into recovering $ 30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them.   And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to solve a string of murders at her properties.    Now, while Jack fights for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private-and Jack realizes he faces the most clever and powerful enemies ever.

02. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Echo Burning by Lee Child, read by Judy, on 02/08/2014

Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there.  Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer.  For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch.  Carmen’s got a story to tell, and it’s a wild one-all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that’s purely gothic.  She’s also got a plan.  Reacher’s part of it.    And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

02. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon, read by Judy, on 02/03/2014

When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core.  Everyone connected to the school finds their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the faculty and staff whose daily lives are immersed in it.   Everyone wants to know how Claire died, at whose hands, and more importantly, where the baby that she recently gave birth to is-a baby that almost no one, except her small innermost circle, knew she was carrying.

At the center of the investigation is Madeline Christopher, an intern in the English Department who is forced to examine the nature of the relationship between the school’s students and the adults meant to guide them.    As the case unravels, the dark intricacies of adolescent privilege at a powerful institution are exposed, and both teachers and students emerge as suspects.

31. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Judy, Mystery

Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers, read by Judy, on 01/31/2014

As owner of the Den of Antiquity, recently divorced (but never bitter!) Abigail Timberlake is accustomed to delving into the past, searching for lost treasurers and navigating the cutthroat world of rival dealers at flea markets and auctions.     Still, she never thought she’d be putting her expertise in mayhem and detection to other use until crotchety “junque” dealer, Abbey’s Aunt Eulonia Wiggins, was found murdered!

Although Abigail is puzzled by the instrument of death, an exquisite antique bell pull that Aunt Eulonia never would have had the taste to acquire, she’s willing to let the authorities find the culprit.      But now, Auntie’s priceless lace collection is missing, and somebody’s threatened Abby’s most priceless possession:  her son, Charlie.   It’s up to Abby to put the murdered “on the block”.

This is a great murder mystery with a little southern humor throughout the book.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

ENVY by SANDRA BROWN, read by Judy, on 01/17/2014

When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential and perhaps something else compels her to meet its author.  On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identify and his past.   Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal and to Parker himself.   But there’s something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris’s own life, and the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Switch by Sandra Brown, read by Judy, on 01/29/2014

Identical twins Melina and Gillian Lloyd haven’t considered switching places since childhood.  So when Melina proposes that Gillian take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut Col. “Chief” Hart, she refuses at first.    The following morning Melina receives terrible news: Her sister has been brutally murdered and the Chief, though innocent, is the prime suspect.      He and Melina are determined to find the killer, a megalomaniac who’s out for blood and won’t stop with just Gillian.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, read by Judy, on 01/06/2014

Bellamy was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day.  A tornado destroyed the crime scene along with Bellamy’s memory of what really happened.  Now, eighteen years later, Bellamy has penned a bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder, and to protect her family, she published it under a pseudonym.  But when Bellamy’s identity is exposed, she becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who is out for vengeance.  In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward boyfriend and an original suspect in the murder case.     As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear.    Though haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer.   That is, unless her killer strikes. first.

14. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

Lost Light by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 01/14/2014

Book CoverThe vision has haunted him for four years – a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication.   Harry Bosch was taken off the Angela Benton murder case when the production assistant’s death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set.    both files were never closed.  Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determined to find justice for Angela.  Without a badge to open doors and strike fear into the guilty, he’s on his own.  And even in the face of an opponent more powerful and ruthless than any he’s ever encountered, Bosch is not backing down.

This will leave you guessing to the end.  A book you won’t be able to put down until finished.

14. December 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 12/08/2013

Book CoverOnce a hotshot in the newsroom, crime reporter Jack McEvoy is now about to be laid off at the Lost Angeles Times.    Deciding to use his final work days to write the definitive murder story of his career, he focuses on Alonzo Winslow, an imprisoned sixteen-year-old drug dealer who confessed to the murder of a young woman found strangled in the truck of her car.  But as Jack delves into the story, he realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus.   The kid might actually be innocent.  When Jack connects the L.A. truck killing to an earlier murder in Las Vegas, he is on the biggest story he’s had since the Poet crossed his path years before.    But Jack doesn’t know hat his investigation has set off a digital trip wire.  The killer knows Jack is coming and he is ready.

14. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly, read by Judy, on 12/04/2013

Book CoverNarcotics officer Cal Moore’s orders were to look into the city’s latest drug killing.  Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.   Working the case, L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago:  Don’t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.    Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.  Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.

A terrific story plot and keeps the reader in suspense all the way through.   A book you cannot put down.

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Judy, NonFiction, True Crime

Notes on a Killing by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie, read by Judy, on 11/10/2013

Weaver and fiber artist Edith “Pen” Meyer knew her friend Sandy Merritt’s relationship with a married man was wrong.   she had even urged Sandy to take out a restraining order against Kenneth Carpenter.   Which was why her call to Sandy on February 23, 2005, seemed to come from out of the blue.  During it, she told Sandy to drop the restraining orer and get back together with Ken.

Pen was never seen again.

One man stood to gain fro Pen’s disappearance:  Ken Carpenter.  But evidence was bleak; no blood, no DNA, no body.  Until detectives found notes that led them to the killer.

A true crime story at its best.