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text 2018-07-19 19:03
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Cold Hit - Linda Fairstein

Seriously though. Mike is an ass. I just cannot like this guy. I met too many guys like this in law enforcement. I hope that he and Alex don't have a romance down the line. Unless he changes significantly, here's hoping that he takes a header into a wall or something in the later books.


"Cold Hit" has Alex, Mercer, and Mike investigating when a dead woman is found raped and murdered and left in the water. Alex and her two besties (sorry being snarky) eventually find out the dead woman is named Deni Caxton who was going through a nasty divorce. She and her husband were well known in the art world, and it looks like that may have something to do with Deni's death. 


So far just okay. Nothing is grabbing me. Mike goes through the history of Hell's Kitchen and even I found myself not caring. I usually don't mind history dumps in books. For some reason this dumps keep taking me out of the story. 


I honestly feel like there is barely anything for Mercer to do in these books. I wonder why he manages to not be an asshole to Alex, but she seems to turn to Mike more and more. Alex is dating someone new and it looks like it has been a year (she is 35 in this one and turns 34 after the events in Likely to Die) since book #2. The new guy so far seems barely in this story. He keeps trying to call her.

Things are a bit repetitive, but thank goodness Fairstein seems to edit things out since she realizes (I hope) that readers should know the backstory to the characters at this point. 

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text 2018-07-14 00:28
In the bleak midwinter
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

Wow, but this was one heck of a bleak read. Both the main characters are pretty messed up individuals caught up in murky dealings between Boston's criminal underworld and some crooked politicians.

 

Everything is so depressing. The winter lasts forever with nothing to relieve the cold. The Bruins have failed to make the playoffs and every single person seems to think the only way to solve any problems is to shoot it, or beat it to a pulp.

 

By the end of the book I was praying for the start of the baseball season and some warmer weather.

 

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text 2018-07-13 16:16
Friday Reads - July 13, 2018
The Hens: The Third Day - Merry Farmer
The Swan: The Seventh Day: The 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides, #7 - Piper Huguley
The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day - Mimi Milan
All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella - Amy Rose Bennett
Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives Book 1) - Amanda Dykes
On A Cold Christmas Eve - Bethany M. Sefchick
A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series) - Caroline Warfield
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
The Christmas Mail Order Bride - Kit Morgan

This Sunday starts the week long COYER Christmas in July read-a-thon and ends during the halfway mark of 24 in 48 read-a-thon. So this list is for the next 10-12 days of reading; I am still working through All the Devils Are Here and Just Mercy, but those are on the back-burner come Sunday.

 

Holiday Reading List:

1. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer

2. The Swan: The Seventh Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #7) by Merry Farmer

3. The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #9) by Mimi Milan

4. All She Wants For Christmas (A Regency Christmas Novella) by Amy Rose Bennett

5. Twelfth Night by Marisa Dillon

6. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes

7. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan

8. On a Cold Christmas Eve by Bethany Sefchick

9. A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series #1) by Caroline Warfield

10. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd Novella) by Jen Turano

11. A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Mapleville) by Farrah Rochon

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text 2018-07-12 01:18
Reading progress update: I've read 193 out of 400 pages.
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

"What did she do for the office?"

 

"What we all do there. Lots of filing, answering phones, meeting and greeting, taking notes. Basic office work. And even though it's not rocket science, she didn't do too well at it."

 

Wait a minute.... Not rocket science? This book is set in 1951, and I know rocket science has been around since then, but this idiom has always seemed fairly modern to me. So I did a bit of digging and it looks as if I was right.

 

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/its-not-rocket-science.html

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text 2018-07-10 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 400 pages.
Serpents in the Cold (The Boston Saga) - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

A serial killer stalks the streets of 1950s Boston--and two friends take it upon themselves to bring him down. Post-war Boston is down on its luck and looking for change. A year after the Great Brink's Robbery--the largest robbery in the history of the United States--Boston is known more for its seedy underbelly than for its rich, historical past. The winter of 1951 is the worst in recent memory, and the Bruins are suffering another losing season.

 

Like Boston itself, lifelong residents Cal O'Brien and Dante Cooper are struggling to find their identities after World War II. Cal has built a mildly promising life for himself as an employee of a company providing private security, whether to an honorable businessman who needs a night watchman or to an Irish mafioso who needs to have someone's legs broken. Dante is everything Cal is not. A heroin addict trying and failing to stay clean, Dante feels the call to do good after he discovers that his sister-in-law was the latest victim of a serial killer targeting disadvantaged women. Woefully unqualified, but determined to help, Cal and Dante take it upon themselves to track the killer--but their daunting quest takes on dangerous consequences when the trail leads them to the highest ranks of city government. There are a few well-placed men who don't want Cal and Dante to solve this case.

 

I only picked this up because it happened to be next to the Tim O'Mara book I was collecting for my husband. But the first paragraph of the blurb was enough for me to add it to my pile.

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