Me: Your Mommy needs to lay off the hip-hop.
Lemon Drop: Nevah Auntie Wendy! Mommy and I are keeping it real up in the izzle!
Me: Ahem, so why are you singing slugger?
Lemon Drop: Geez Auntie Wendy, Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown! I thought only horses got Triple Crowns but then Papaw explained it to me. That's pretty cool, Miggy getting three crowns!
Me: Well while we're basking in the glow of a Tigers player doing something good, why don't I tell you about what I read last month. Quite a bit of quantity here, although quality was all over the place.
Death Of A Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine - Cozy mystery, Kensington, Part of series, 2012, Grade = B
- A nice installment in what is currently my favorite cozy mystery series. Plenty of sitcom style antics, a decent mystery thread, but I'm disappointed that one of my favorite secondary characters seems to be morphing into an asshole.
- I wasn't totally enthralled with the suspense thread in Gerritsen's latest, but it's still very solid. Also the Rizzoli family "stuff" is simply fantastic in this book. Can't wait for the next one!
- A soapy, sudsy six-part serial novel set in 1920s, Prohibition era, New York City. I positively devoured all of the installments and was breathlessly hooked - until Part 6. I wasn't terribly happy with the last installment and I'm still sorting out my feelings on the matter. Reviews will be forthcoming starting Monday, October 8 when the first two installments hit digital book retail outlets.
- Good writing and....good writing. I didn't care for any of the characters save one lonely lil' secondary character who got his wee heart stomped on by the heroine, who I wanted to bitch-slap. I felt the book was overly long (I mentally edited quite a bit of it) and I'm so sick of BDSM already. I mean, I'm really over it.
- A very solid category romance featuring a well-done military theme. Was a tad annoyed that some of the secondary characters are left twisting in the breeze, and there were a few "debut novelist" lumps in the writing - but very promising.
- My TBR Challenge read for the month. A cozy mystery where the mystery got lost within the "hook." I want the dead body and the crime solving - I don't need to hear all about the heroine's job as an animal rescuer.
- I got a third of the way in and had to stop because I was so frickin' bored! The author takes a third of the book to set up the back cover blurb! And then the heroine ends up falling for the hero even though after a one-night stand he essentially torpedoes her entire belief system (she believes in love and marriage, he thinks it's a bunch of horse hooey and basically calls her an idiot - my hero! Not!). Exhibit A on why I stick with category romance when I want my contemporary fix. I would have cut out the entire first 80 pages of this book!
- I had some quibbles about the hero and his mother, but honestly this was a very charming, holiday-themed read. If you're a sucker for Christmas stories and don't mind reading short? Download this one for Christmas Eve, says me.
Me: Have you led Major League Baseball in batting average, homeruns and RBIs?
Lemon Drop: Well, no - but I'm cute dagnabit! And honestly I'm the only reason people read your blog Auntie Wendy. That right there deserves at least two crowns.
Me: You know it's a shame you have such self-esteem issues. Your Mommy might want to work on that.
Lemon Drop: Tell me about it Auntie Wendy. Mommy is still under the impression that the world doesn't entirely revolve around me. As her big sister maybe you should talk to her about that.
Me: Oh brother.