Signature Thriller List Part 2

*Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

*The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

*And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

*The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

Orient Express by Graham Greene

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

Killing Floor by Lee Child

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Tell No One By Harlan Coban

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Zafan

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

Okay, so this is the first 50 or so.  If people out there are interested, I will type out the rest so let me know.

E-mail from Signature: 100 Best Thrillers; Part 1

Here are the books that were chosen by Signature: I am starring the ones that I have read.  Which have you read?  Which do you recommend?

Those Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

*The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammet

*Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Talented Mr. Ripley/Ripley Under Ground/Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith

*In the Woods by Tana French

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

The Shining by Stephen King

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Enduring Love by Scott Spencer

The Widow by Fiona Barton

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Strangers by Dean Koontz

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

*Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Dead Letters by Cait Dolan-Leach




An e-book bargain (George)

Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley Book 2) by [George, Elizabeth]Payment in Blood was the second in the Inspector Lynley series, following A Great Deliverance.   I read this the year it came out, which I think was in the late 80s.  This is a  traditional mystery and one that I enjoyed very much.  The reader gets to know Lynley and his Sergeant Barbara Havers, along with Helen, all of whom are characters with recurring roles in the series.  I highly recommend this one.  I have thought about re-reading it for years.

From Library Journal

The much acclaimed author of A Great Deliverance delivers her challenging second novel–a literate, vastly detailed, and intricately characterized piece which progresses from a frigid Scottish manor house/hotel to a swarming, theatrical London. Scotland Yard’s Thomas Lynley (series detective and Earl of Asherton), unexpectedly assigned to a gory stabbing murder, uncovers deeply hidden family secrets and various psychological convolutions among suspects, but allows personal jealously to color his choice of prime suspect. A bit mechanical in places, and slow-moving in others, but steadily absorbing and masterful overall. The upcoming author tour should boost demand –especially from readers of George’s first.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


A perfect book for a hot summer moment: One Snowy Day by Murray

This is a charming and delightful book!  The illustrations are adorable and the rhyming text makes for a perfect read-aloud.  This is also a counting book which offers even more fun to young listeners.  There are children, a dog, adventures and a cold, snowy day.  Perfect!  Highly recommended!

I loved Loving Frank (Horan)

Loving Frank: A Novel by [Horan, Nancy]On Sale Today for $1.99 for the e-book version.

At first, I had avoided reading this book because of a huge spoiler that deterred me.  I am so glad that I eventually decided to change my mind.  The Frank is Frank Lloyd Wright, the renowned architect.  Think Falling Water among other places.

This historical novel takes place when FLW was a young man.  It tells the story of his first and second marriages in an involving and engaging way.  You might not always like Frank Lloyd Wright when you read this novel but I think that you will find him to be intriguing.  I very much enjoyed getting to know Mamah Borthwick Chaney, a Chicago society matron.  I will let you learn who she was for yourself.  Spoiler alert…The story has some very real tragedy but is well worth the read.

Highly recommended. 5 ***** out of 5.

A Blurb:
“It takes great courage to write a novel about historical people, and in particular to give voice to someone as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautifully written novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair is vivid and intelligent, unsentimental and compassionate.”
——Jane Hamilton

Uneasy Lies the Crown (Tasha Alexander)

Uneasy Lies the Crown follows last year’s excellent, A Death in St. Petersburg.  This time, Lady Emily and Colin are trying to keep the (very) new king safe from possible threats.  There have been several murders with each corpse dressed as an historical king.  Is this meant as a direct threat to Bertie or is there something else going on?

In tandem with this plot is a story set in the 1400s.  This is the tale of a brave knight who fights for his king and his relationship with his wife.  This earlier historical tale is connected with Colin’s ancestors.

This book will be welcomed by those who read each book by Tasha Alexander as it comes out.  That having been said, I thought that last year’s entry was stronger.  I look forward to seeing what comes next. Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur books.

#UneasyLiesTheCrown #NetGalley

Queen Sugar (Bazile for book and DuVernay for TV)

African American Women's FictionKindle StoreI have watched the first two seasons of Queen Sugar and am in the middle of the third.  The show tells the story of three African-American siblings and those around them.  The story takes place in Louisiana where Queen Sugar is sugar cane.  The show has taken on some tough issues, including police treatment of Black men and the difficulties of being a woman running a cane business, and has done so well.  I was curious to read the book after seeing the series although usually I have read first and watched second.  The book is different from the TV series in some ways.  For example, Charley is a widow, not married/divorced from a professional basketball player and Micah is a girl, not a boy, and not a teen, while Ralph-Angel’s wife died unlike in the TV series where Blue’s mother faces substance abuse issues.  Still, there is a story to tell and Natalie Bazile does it well.

From Booklist

Already a widow raising an 11-year-old daughter, Charley Bordelon is further disoriented by the death of her adoring father. He has left her an 800-acre sugarcane field in their native Louisiana, attaching clear restrictions that she must revive the farm or give it to charity, with no option to sell the farm or share it with her estranged half brother, Ralph Angel. So Charley and her reluctant daughter, Micah, relocate from L.A. to rural Louisiana, welcomed into the bosom of the family by her grandmother, Miss Honey. But they walk into old family tensions when Ralph Angel and his 6-year-old son, Blue, come for an extended stay. Charley arrives just in time for the growing season, facing dilapidated fields desperately in need of care. As a citified black woman with no experience in farming, can she make a go of it as a sugarcane farmer in an area that clings to privileges afforded to whites, males, and the wealthy? In alternating chapters, Baszile shows the separate paths that lead Charley and Ralph Angel back home in this exploration of family ties and disconnections. –Vanessa Bush
You decide TV?  Book?  Both?  Let me know what you think!

This will bring you Joy (Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu)

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by [Lama, Dalai, Tutu, Desmond, Abrams, Douglas Carlton]This book is an e-book bargain today.  The Book of Joy recounts the five days that the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu spent together talking about their beliefs and lives.  It is an inspiring and unstuffy read.  Spend some time with these men and know for sure that you will leave with some good takeaways.

“This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.”
Publishers Weekly

For Girls Who Dare (Time Kids/She Changed the World)

I have blogged on a number of books that can inspire children to reach for their dreams. What makes this one special is that each woman featured speaks directly to the reader in her own voice . The scope of the book is broad; for example there are entries by Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas. among others. As you can see the book features contemporary women in politics, business, government service, television and sport, along with other career choices. Each entry includes photos in addition to the text. The book also has a time line of women’s history beginning in 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed. This book deserves a spot in school libraries and on the shelves of girls who want to think about their possibilities in life and plan for their futures.

#SheChangedTheWorld #NetGalley

A busy pub date: Part 2 for adults

This is Fiona Davis’s third New York City based historical novel and it is a winner! I have not read her earlier books,The Address and The Dollhouse, but may well do so now.
The Masterpiece has a dual narrative structure, one story is set in the 1920s-30’s and the other in the 1970s. The stories of Clara Darden and Virginia Clay overlap and intersect.
Darden is an illustrator, teacher and painter in the earlier era while Virginia, a divorcee, begins working at Grand Central around the time when the landmark battle was underway. Each woman has a backstory, relationships and challenges, all of which are well depicted.
Did you know that in the 1920’s there was an art school right in Grand Central? Did you know that Sargent was one of the founders? Are you interested in historical preservation? Do you enjoy a story with a plot twist? If you can answer yes to any, or all of these questions, I highly recommend this book.

If you like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and WWII intrigue, you will certainly like this book. I have read and enjoyed all of the novels in this series, starting with Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Maggie Hope is a resourceful, smart and spunky protagonist who takes great, and possibly foolish, risks, in order to help with the war effort. In The Prisoner in the Castle, Maggie has been exiled to an island where agents who pose a risk to security are secretly being housed. Over the course of Maggie’s stay on the isolated and claustrophobic island, life goes on with one big exception…Maggie’s fellow agents are being killed at a rapid, daily rate. Why? What danger do they present? Who can be trusted? How will the murderer be stopped? Will Maggie survive or could this be the end of the series? You will need to read the novel to find out.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a fun read in an enjoyable series.