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Posted by bookinn on April 29, 2008

I gave up on Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. Its really not my cup of tea. I may finish it later on. So i decided to try a Linda Barnes book. I picked The Snake Tattoo (Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries)

Its very similar to a Sue Grafton book. The main character is very similar to Kelsey Millhone.

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The Snake Tattoo (Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries)
By Linda Barnes
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Carlotta Carlyle, ex-cop, struggling private eye, and 6’1″ of long tall redhead, takes any case that walks through the door. This time the door opens twice. First in is her old partner, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston police, unfairly charged with brutality, suspended, and desperate. The witness who can clear him is a hooker with a snake tattoo…and she’s vanished.

The second client is a teenager with a missing wallet and a split lip. He’s been roughed up on the Boston streets while searching for his runaway girlfriend. He’s too young to be a client, and Carlotta should have turned him down. Shoulda, woulda, coulda…didn’t.

Both investigation send Carlotta into Boston’s Combat Zone and the dark alleys of the human heart. Hookers don’t disappear and kids don’t take off with good reason. Now Carlotta is coming face to face with the evil that men do, and what is she going to do about it? Tackle it head on….

Product Details

* Amazon Sales Rank: #395305 in Books
* Published on: 2004-02-16
* Released on: 2004-02-03
* Number of items: 1
* Binding: Mass Market Paperback
* 320 pages

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
In “a rivetingly well-told story,” redheaded, 61 private eye Carlotta Carlyle helps an old friend, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston PD, who is under investigation for excessive brutality. “There are surprises at the finish, made all the more potent by the novel’s unforced pace and charm,” lauded PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Redheaded, free-spirited private detective Carlotta Carlyle returns ( A Trouble of Fools) for another unforgettable Boston excursion. Simultaneously juggling two cases, Carlotta searches for a 14-year-old runaway girl and a blond hooker with a snake tattoo on her leg. Because of a mother’s seeming indifference to her daughter’s plight, the runaway’s fate preempts most of the skillfully interwoven plot, even though a policeman’s career depends on the hooker’s testimony. The narrative moves right along, however, featuring sprightly dialogue, offbeat characters, upbeat action, and Combat Zone surroundings. Bright, witty, and a touch sarcastic.– REK
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“The most refreshing, creative female character to hit mystery fiction since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.”–People

“A rivetingly well-told story.”–Publishers Weekly

“Barnes’ crisp writing and winsome cab-driving detective make this a smooth ride from start to stop…Carlyle earns rave reviews and a plea for encores.” -Cincinnati Post
Customer Reviews

Cops on the Take!4
Carlotta Carlyle from A TROUBLE WITH FOOLS, gets stuck with a none functioning bathroom, her little sister in Columbia, a mentor who makes the papers as a crooked cop and a young teen who finds life on the streets preferable to home.
A fine continuance for a budding detective who knows no other way than to keep plugging away until all the layers of Boston sleaze are stripped away. Into her life comes Sam, an old flame but balanced by Lt. Mooney who needs a friend against his own kind who intend to destroy his testimony before Internal Affairs. Complicated personal relationships move this second entry and make a smooth read. Enjoy Charlotte and The Brothers who owe her roommate a favor.
Nash Black, author of TRAVELERS and SINS OF THE FATHERS.

A series that’s growing on me4
I wasn’t so sure about Carlotta when I read the first book, but she’s really starting to grow on me. I’m not reading them in any particular order – which might be helpful, but isn’t really necessary because the focus of the book is really the mystery, not the side bits of fluff (though in this book, the side bits were really good). Barnes creates great characters, good plot lines and a nice pace – pretty much all you can ask for in a mystery. I would recommend her Carlotta Carlisle series to anyone who likes a laid back, good ole armchair mystery.

This writer is FUNNY4
A good rainy-day author. Here’s an excerpt “I had the strong feeling that [they] were in a Plymouth Reliant motoring toward some southern state where you could marry your first cousin provided you were both over the age of eight.” Such wry wit permeates the book and makes for a fast, fun read. I’m glad she’s written so many other books. I can’t wait to read them all…..

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A Few of the April New Releases!

Posted by bookinn on April 22, 2008

April Releases

I really need to make some extra money!

China Bayles #16 (China Bayles Mystery)

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Zapped (Regan Reilly Mysteries, No. 11)

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Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10)

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Winter Study (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

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My Father In Law

Posted by bookinn on April 21, 2008

I have to tell this story, because its a hoot and it also reminds you that not everyone is computer literate.

My father in law called me today…… He said when he clicks on explorer, the page says “this page cannot be found…..” hmmm, i was thinking, trying to figure out how i was going to help him with this. See, my father in law knows as much about computers as Bill Gates would know about knitting, probably little to nothing. So you can imagine my dilemma.
First i decide he needs to find the network connection and double click the icon to open it .
So i tell him, click on the start button… he said ok and then i said, now click on control panel. He hesitates and says there is no control panel. He said in the start panel there is only a couple of items and thats it. Well thats strange i was thinking because it had been there before.
So i began, ” on the desktop do you see your connection shortcut?” He said yes… Ok great. Put your mouse on the shortcut and right click on it and then click on properties. Soo i wait and he says wheres properties? Well, i tell him , its the last one in the menu. He says there is no properties in the list. This is strange, i asked him “when you right click on it , what does it say? He says it says “click” …….. what? I said, “it says click?” He says “yes”. “So when you right click on it , it says “click”, he said yes. I have never heard of the that before. I tell him well, i’ll have to come out there and see whats going on with your computer, you have a virus or trojan .

I see him later on and ask him, did you fix your computer? He said yes, it works. Soooo what happened? We show him what right clicking on the shortcut looks like. So do you know what he said?
Well, when i told him to “right click” he thought i was saying to ” WRITE CLICK” so he typed CLICK!!!!!! So thats why his shortcut says CLICK because he typed CLICK!!!
Ohhh i just shake my head and was reminded that he really doesn’t know anything about computers, he one time, called and said if he moves his mouse over to far he’s afraid it will fall off the screen.

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50 Greatest Crime Writes according To Times Online

Posted by bookinn on April 18, 2008

The 50 Greatest Crime Writers
Our selection of the all-time greats: Post your suggestions in the comments box below

1. Patricia Highsmith

Rule-breaking master of amorality

2. Georges Simenon

The Trojan horse of foreign crime-writing
The 50 Greatest Crime Writers

Our selection of the all-time greats: Post your suggestions in the comments box below
Background

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3. Agatha Christie

The original Queen of Crime

4. Raymond Chandler

The most profound of pulp writers

5. Elmore Leonard

The Dickens of Detroit

6. Arthur Conan Doyle

Creator of the ultimate hero-and-sidekick team

7. Ed McBain

Thrilling writer of snap-and-crackle dialogue

8. James M. Cain

Godfather of Noir

9. Ian Rankin

Edinburgh’s gritty crime laureate

10. James Lee Burke

American spinner of bleakly lyrical tales

11. Dennis Lehane

A tender craftsman with a tough centre

12. P.D. James

Prolific and cerebral grand dame of British crime

13. Dashiell Hammett

The man who dragged murder back into the alley

14. Jim Thompson

Revered creator of corrupt cops and sociopaths

15. Sjowall and Wahloo

The mother and father of Nordic crime

16. John Dickson Carr

King of the “locked room mystery”

17. Cornell Woolrich

Tortured pulp novelist known for Rear Window

18. Ruth Rendell

Criminal mastermind of unparalleled breadth and depth

19. Ross Macdonald

Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled heir

20. James Ellroy

The most literary of American crime writers

21. Charles Willeford

Aficianados’ favourite who is ripe for a break-through

22. Dorothy Sayers

Lord Peter Wimsey’s witty creator

23. John Harvey

The man behind the jazz-loving Nottingham cop Resnick

24. Wilkie Collins

Godfather of the detective novel

25. Francis Iles

Pseudonymous writer of radical plots

26. Manuel Vasquez Montalban

Intellectual gourmand whose fiction mapped Barcelona

27. Karin Fossum

Norway’s foremost cold-climate crime writer

28. Val McDermid

Influential author of high-grade “Tartan Noir”

29. Edgar Allan Poe

Mould-setter for the modern sleuth

30. Derek Raymond

Hard-drinking, hard-writing British crime legend

31. George Pelecanos

Energetic, music-loving social crusader

32. Margery Allingham

Golden Age sophisticate who can chill or charm

33. Minette Walters

Unflinching chronicler of humankind’s dark side

34. Carl Hiaasen

Rapid-fire satirist of Miami vices

35. Walter Mosley

A bold American voice, not afraid to tackle race

36. Reginald Hill

Playful creator of British favourites Dalziel and Pascoe

37. Michael Dibdin

Late, great ironist who investigated Italy’s corruption

38. Patricia Cornwell

Shrewd pioneer of gruesome pathology

39. Scott Turow

Legal thriller-writer famous for Presumed Innocent

40. Dick Francis

Former jockey and king of equestrian intrigue

41. Edmund Crispin

Elegant and accomplished Oxford plotter

42. Alexander McCall Smith

Scottish Professor whose Mma Ramotswe has won hearts and minds

43 Andrea Camilleri

Italy’s foremost crime export

44. Harlan Coben

Mature metroplitan stylist loved for his twisting plots

45. Donna Leon

American explorer of the Venetian underworld

46. Josephine Tey

Acute 1940s author whose books describe the danger of love

47. Colin Dexter

Former classics teacher who found fame with Morse

48. Nicholas Blake

C. Day Lewis’ crime-writing foil

49. Henning Mankell

Swedish novelist with a bleak take of modern life

50. Sara Paretsky

Spirited creator of feminist sleuth VI Warshawski

So i have  a few more added to my “mount TBR” !!!

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Currently Reading:

Posted by bookinn on April 16, 2008

I haven’t posted for so long! Heres my current reading:

Last:
I just finished a Faye Kellerman book called Serpents Tooth. I really enjoy her books. Lots of Jewish culture since the main characters are Jewish which i find very interesting.

From Amazon:
The New York Times Book Review,
Serpent’s Tooth is something of a surprise because Faye Kellerman’s mysteries are usually so upfront and personal…. here she deviates from her formula by putting Decker in charge of a mass murder at a fashionable L.A. eatery. The scope of the investigation is broad and the moralizing is kept to a minimum, giving Decker a rare chance to do some solid police work
Faye Kellerman

Next Up on the list:

Me Talk Pretty One Day By David Sedaris

From Amazon:

David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of “SantaLand Diaries,” a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy’s. (It’s in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice.) Sedaris’s caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences: the inability of humans to communicate. The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and his fellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language. In the essay “Jesus Shaves,” he and his classmates from many nations try to convey the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim. “It is a party for the little boy of God,” says one. “Then he be die one day on two… morsels of… lumber,” says another. Sedaris muses on the disputes between his Protestant mother and his father, a Greek Orthodox guy whose Easter fell on a different day. Other essays explicate his deep kinship with his eccentric mom and absurd alienation from his IBM-exec dad: “To me, the greatest mystery of science continues to be that a man could father six children who shared absolutely none of his interests.”

Every glimpse we get of Sedaris’s family and acquaintances delivers laughs and insights. He thwarts his North Carolina speech therapist (”for whom the word pen had two syllables”) by cleverly avoiding all words with s sounds, which reveal the lisp she sought to correct. His midget guitar teacher, Mister Mancini, is unaware that Sedaris doesn’t share his obsession with breasts, and sings “Light My Fire” all wrong–”as if he were a Webelo scout demanding a match.” As a remarkably unqualified teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sedaris had his class watch soap operas and assign “guessays” on what would happen in the next day’s episode.

It all adds up to the most distinctively skewed autobiography since Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia. The only possible reason not to read this book is if you’d rather hear the author’s intrinsically funny speaking voice narrating his story.
David Sedaris

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My LibraryThing

Posted by bookinn on April 16, 2008



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