Only book I read was Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain.
Great book. Didn't realize there was a program called Eugenics sterilization program. Program targeted the mentally defective n feeble minded inmates in mental institutions n training schools. Sterilization was considered for the public good. This program was 1929 to 1975. North Carolina was the only state to give social workers the power to petition for sterilization
I started with The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman, #11 in the Tess Monaghan series. I had not read others in the series but grabbed this from the library because I needed books with green covers. Tess is pregnant and has pre-eclampsia which means she is bedridden. This doesn't work well for a private detective and she takes up watching people in the park below her window to keep from going crazy. She notices a woman in a celery green raincoat who walks a dog in a matching coat. After seeing them several days in a row, one day Tess sees the dog running alone and becomes concerned. Some legwork determines who the woman was but her husband is unconcerned, claiming his wife is out of town on business. Then it turns out his two previous wives died under suspicious circumstances. From this point we have an armchair detective novel as Tess sends others to interview, tail or go undercover as she tries to find out what happened to the missing woman. This book had a lot of promise but I thought it got lost in subplots that had nothing to do with the missing woman. Unfortunately the unrelated subplots probably took up more pages than the mystery.
On to a cozy by Joanna Carl - The Chocolate Cat Caper. This is a book that my son and daughter-in-law had on their shelves. Now that we live together it was on mine and had an interesting cover so I picked it up. Lee McKinney has recently divorced a very wealthy husband and refused any money in the settlement. Now she is living with a widowed aunt and helping in her aunt's chocolate store TenHuis Chocolade. McKinney is an accountant by trade and trying to get Aunt Nettie's business back in the black when a prominent lawyer dies from poison with a TenHuis truffle in her hand. Lee is determined to prove someone else poisoned the chocolate and not Aunt Nettie or her employees. I liked the pace of this book and the characters from nasty Clementine Ripley the deceased lawyer to Marian McCoy her equally unlikable personal assistant to Hogan Jones the small town police chief. As is true with most cozies, I was able to identify the culprit about halfway through the book but this did not lessen my enjoyment of it.
Last year I decided to read the Chronicles of Narnia. I have been a fan of C.S. Lewis' nonfiction work but had not read any of his fiction. In June last year I read volumes 1-5 but then lost steam. This week I read book 6 - The Silver Chair. Eustace goes back to Narnia and takes along a schoolmate Jill Pole. Aslan tasks them with finding King Caspian's heir and returning him to take his place on the throne. I thought this was one of the better books in the series. I had to keep reminding myself it was written for children when Eustace and Jill were not recognizing the evil woman in green they had been told about until they saw her for the third or fourth time. The very end, more like an epilogue, was a bit over the top but I'm sure it would be pleasing to the age group at which the novel is aimed.
Back in the 90s I read a lot of Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries at the recommendation of my mother-in-law. I devoured about a dozen of them in 2-3 months. Then about 3 years ago I came across The Sinister Pig and realized it was one I had not read so I grabbed it. I've started it at least a half dozen times and put it back down. I decided this read-a-thon was my chance to get it finished. I read it in a single day (Friday) and can't for the life of me figure out why I kept putting it down before. Back on the Navajo reservation, the tribal police cover an extremely large territory and now they are down one because Officer Bernie Manuelito has left to join the U.S. Border Patrol. A man with no identification but nice clothing is found shot in the back in a remote area. After some time his rental car is found miles away on a different reservation. So why is no one interested in solving the crime? The FBI takes over but is not investigating as though someone high on the totem pole is keeping the murder hushed. Joe Leaphorn played a significant role in it, Jim Chee is in love again and it may actually work out this time since his love interest is also a Navajo who practices the old ways. I like these characters. I like the insight into a different culture. I'll have to go see if Mr. Hillerman has any others that have escaped my notice.
I finished with another library book, The Exodus Quest by Will Adams. I had checked this out before but didn't get to it before I had to return it. I have to say that if I hadn't noticed it again, I wouldn't have missed anything. This book seems to have its roots in The DaVinci Code, like many other action/thriller books in the past decade. It takes place in Egypt with a premise that Akhenaton was Moses or influenced Moses to teach monotheism to his people. It gets tied up with the Essenes and Gnostics. (If you are confused at why those two groups go together in a sentence, you are not alone.) I thought Adams tried to pull too many disparate groups/sects/theories into one place with this book. The hero was extremely heroic. He gets a concussion, gets beaten, rinse and repeat and just keeps on going. His girlfriend is not so hardy and must spend a good portion of the book in the hospital. The resolution was confusing to me but I didn't like the book well enough to re-read it so I could understand it. I just wanted to get it done and mark this author off my list of potential future reads.
How I got the book: I received this as an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley and the Publisher,in exchange for an honest review. Format: E-Book This was an interesting take on the wild west! We start out in China with an orphan, with a quest takes her and a few other halfway around the world to San Francisco during the Gold Rush. The quest is to take a box, which contains an egg of one of the seven dragons to a temple in America. During the trip Chi-Yen, opens the box, the Dragon hatches, bites her, and disappears. The bit Mark somehow connects the two, and the Dragon reappears whenever she is in need. Now we throw in some cowboys trying to find the dragon, they figure out the connection between the girl and Dragon, and now the chase is on! Chi-Yen figures out she is a guardian of the Seven Dragons, and searches for the other six eggs, she makes sure all is safe and out of reach of the cowboys. Overall I enjoyed the story, and the characters.
What I didn't like: I felt like the search for the other six dragon's was a little rushed. Description from Net Galley:
Books read must be novels or novellas, adult or young adult are fine, and you can read children's books too (as long as you do read some novels too). Note: Non-Fiction is also okay! You DO NOT have to participate the entire week. Join in when you can, start in the middle, end early...whatever works best for your schedule. As long as you sign in at the sign-in post and do some kind of wrap up post, you're in for the big giveaway at the end.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.