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Read 50 Books in 2012

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sierrak has written 56 entries about this goal

56. "A Killer Plot" by Ellery Adams

Fun cozy set in a small North Carolina town. Really enjoyed the characters.

Finished: December 28, 2012

55. "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harblach

Great book about baseball, friendship, and love. Perhaps one of the best books I’ve read all year.

Finished: december 22

54. "Roman Blood" by Steven Saylor

Excellent historical mystery set in Rome, at the end of the dictator Sulla’s reign (about 64 B.C.). This is the first book in the Gordianus the Finder series, and it was great! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of these books, although they are sort of hard to find. They were published in the 1990’s. but my local library has only one book by this author.

Finished: December 9, 2012

53. "Killer Cruise" by Laura Levine

Another Jaine Austen mystery. If you’re looking for a funny cozy I highly recommend this series! Jaine Austen is a freelance writer based in LA who dabbles in solving murders. In this one, she has been hired to give a writing seminar on a cruise to Mexico.

Finished: November 30, 2012

52. "The Lifeboat" by Charlotte Rogan

THe year is 1914, and the ship “Empress Alexandra” mysteriously catches on fire while crossing from London to New York. Newly married Grace Winter finds herself on a lifeboat which takes many days to be rescued. The book starts out with Grace being on trial in New York, and it takes about half the book to find out what crime she is accused of. A very tense psychological thriller….it was a quick read.

Finished: November 23, 2012

51. "Texas" by James Michener

Whew! This was a long book (over 1300 pages long) but I enjoyed it. And I learned a ton of things about the history and various settlements in Texas.

Finished: November 15, 2012

50."Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death" by Jo Dereske

Third Miss Zukas mystery. Helma Zukas is a middle-aged librarian who lives and works in Washington state. She is very prim and proper. When I read the first book, I really thought she was a fuddy-duddy, but the character is definitely growing on me.

I really enjoyed this third book in the series. A lot of the earlier books are pretty hard to find….looking for the next one now.

Woohoo! That was my fiftieth book! (Now I need to finish reading Michener’s “Texas”!)

Finished: October 26, 2012

49."Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks

This book is set in the 1660s on Martha’s Vineyard and Boston. Caleb is a young Indian befriended by the story’s narrator, Bethia Mayfield. Bethia’s father, a minister on the island begins teaching Caleb and realizes he has a lot of talent. Eventually, Caleb attends Harvard as one of the first Indians to school there. This book contained lots of details about early Puritan life in Massachusetts. I enjoyed it.

Finished: October 22, 2012

48. "Grace Among Thieves" by Julie Hyzy

This is the third book in Hyzy’s “Manor of Murder” series. I really enjoyed this one! The series is set on the grounds of a large estate in North Carolina, and the protagonist, Grace Wheaton, gets involved in solving the murder of a guest who was pushed down a staircase while touring the mansion. I’ve read all three books she’s written so far in this series, and I’m looking forward to the next one coming out next year.

Finished: October 17, 2012

47. "Murder on Nob Hill" by Shirley Tallman

This is the first novel in Tallman’s series of historical mysteries set in San Francisco. Main character is Sarah Woolson, who struggles to be accepted as one of the first practicing female attorneys in San Francisco. She accepts a case to prove the innocence of a society woman accused of the murder of her husband.

This was a really good mystery with likable characters. Also, I learned from the blurb about the author that she lives in the town next to me, which I thought was pretty neat!

Finished: Ocotber 9, 2012

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