Saturday, February 07, 2009

Library Loot - Four Treasures?

I brought home some intriguing looking books this week. Jim already finished two of his books, John Grisham's The Associate, and James Patterson's Run for Your Life.

I picked up four new books. Honestly Dearest, You're Dead is Jack Fredrickson's second mystery featuring eccentric Chicago P.I., Dek Elstrom. He's been named as executor of the will of a woman he never met. It seems like an easy seven hundred bucks, until he finds blood, and worse.

I really liked Robert Ellis' first Lena Gamble book, City of Fire. The Los Angeles cop is back, but she's been ostracized after her last case. When the chief gives her a new case, after an eight month drought, she's pleased, until she realizes she's set up for failure, with an unidentified victim, and a gruesome case that will attract media attention.

I love crime novels, but I do read other books as well. Would you go back in time, and take the road untraveled? In Allison Winn Scotch's book, Time of My Life, Jillian Westfield wakes up seven years in the past. It's before her marriage. Before her daughter. She's back in a fast-paced, single life, with her ex-boyfriend. What if she had chosen that life?

I'm a sucker for certain covers. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister has one of those covers that reaches out and grabs me. When it hints at kitchens, and comfort, I'm in. This story of eight students who meet once a month in Lillian's restaurant for cooking classes looks promising.

I hope this pile of loot turns out to be a pile of treasures. Did you bring home anything special from the library this week?


Molly said...

I am now 3rd on my library's waiting list for School of Essential Ingredients and I am very anxious to get it. I have heard nothing but great reviews so far, and I look forward to reading yours.

Julie P. said...

I definitely think you've found a treasure in THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS.

I loved it!

Anonymous said...

I love some of the covers on books these days. They definitely attract my attention and make me pick up the book for a look-see. Not sure what that says about me as I've heard several people say that covers don't speak to them at all. Hmmm....

Anyway, I can understand the attraction of THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS. Look forward to hearing what you have to say about it.

I've read TIME OF MY LIFE and I enjoyed it. Guess it was before I put the blog back in play. Anyway, it also has a nice cover and is an interesting premise. I think I'm attracted to books that offer a do-over choice (like Jude Deveraeux's SUMMERHOUSE books). I find them thought provoking, but think that particular device doesn't appeal to everyone.

Thanks for sharing, Lesa!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, did I ever! I probably brought home more than I'll be able to finish.

I have A Real Basket Case (print book), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (audio book), Out of Range (audio book), and three books about WORDS!

First I have to finish up Jamaica Blue on audio and Adam in print.

So many books...;)

caryn said...

Goodmorning Lesa,
Yes I did pick up some goodies this week. I brought home True Colors by Kristin Hannah (I wonder where I read about this book???) Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage. I've read his second book and loved it so I wanted to pick up the first.
Also a book calledHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet which I saw reviewed somewhere.
Caryn in positively springy St.Louis

Joy said...

I'm going to begin The Associate today! What does Jim have to say about it?

Lesa said...

Wow, I leave to do grocery shopping, and everyone writes while I'm gone!

I have to finish Sandi Ault's Wild Sorrow (which is fascinating), and True Colors, and then I'll jump into the pile of books.

Nice to know I'm not the only one struck by the cover of The School of Essential Ingredients. It looks luscious!

Jim sailed through The Associate. At first, he sounded as if it was just so-so, but then by the time he finished, he asked why Grisham didn't write a book a month. I told him that would make him James Patterson. So, he enjoyed it, Joy, but he's strictly a reader of fast-paced bestsellers when it comes to fiction. Nonfiction is totally different. He'll read very complicated biographies and physics books, as well as sports.

Kay, thanks for the comment on Time of Your Life. I liked The Summerhouse books as well. So, it sounds fun.

Thanks everyone! Have a good weekend of reading!

Carrie K. said...

I absolutely adored The School of Essential Ingredients - it was wonderful. Happy Reading!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Carrie! That's it, then. I'm going to finish Amy Dickinson's autobiography, The Mighty Queens of Freeville, today. I'll go to The School of Essential Ingredients next.

Gram said...

I agree with the two above writers who praised "The School of Essential Ingredients". Also be prepared to get hungry and maybe to want to try out some of the "recipes". Enjoy.

Iasa said...

I'm not feeling well, so I sent my boys forth into the shelves of library books to choose some random books for me. They hit the mystery shelve bringing me Ellis Weiner's Drop Dead, My Lovely, Susan Slater's Flash Flood, Cat in A Kiwi Con by Carole Nelson Douglas, and Agatha Christie's Third Girl

Hope they picked some good ones, it's no fun being ill, but to be ill without reading material is unfathomable.

Les said...

I'm reading a lot of good comments about The School of Essential Ingredients. I also saw (on the beautiful jacket cover) that one of my favorite authors, Marisa de los Santos, wrote a blurb for the book. Not always the best way to choose a book, but it does sound very appealing. Probably a good thing I'm not reading it right now, though, as I'm laid up in bed with a stomach virus. Nothing edible sounds good to me at all! Maybe in another day or so. :)

Lesa said...

Thanks, Gram.

You're not the only one to tell me to make sure I have something around the house to eat when I read the book! I think I'm prepared. (grin)

Lesa said...

Lasa & Les,

Well, darn. Both of you feeling under the weather. Take care of yourselves! But, Lasa. That was so good of your books to select mysteries for you! I hope they picked something that will get you out of that sick feeling. I have to admire guys who will try to meet our book whims. Brave!

Jill said...

I can't say enough good things about The School of Essential Ingredients. I've been pushing it into everyone's hands. Looking forward to your thoughts...!

Lesa said...

Oh, Jill! I've only read 80 pages, but I'm loving this book. I can't wait to booktalk it!