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Big Boned by Meg Cabot March 16, 2009

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery,Romance — Julie @ 6:37 pm

big-boned Big Boned by Meg Cabot fits into the mystery fiction genre and was published in 2007. It is recommended for adult readers.

Big Boned is the final installment in the series that began with Size 12 Is Not Fat. In this novel Heather’s life finally seems to be going the right way but still it’s not exactly what she wants. Her job is going well, even though her boss is a little crazy about office supplies. She has a boyfriend named Tad, but he doesn’t agree with her on fundamentals like the consumption of meat and good old television. Heather is also working on getting into shape, but when jogging she feels as if her uterus may become dislodged. Then one morning after a “workout” with Tad she walks into work to find her boss murdered and inevitably gets involved in the investigation around his murder. As always Cooper is there concerned about her and taking care of her. Tad is also there for her but Heather begins to think that he is not exactly what she had in mind. As the story progresses Heather finds herself helping everyone out of one type of jam or another. In the end she finds love when she comes up with an answer to Tad’s big question. She also is able to catch her boss’s killer and in typical Heather fashion almost gets killed herself.

Other Reviews Available:

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

 

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot March 10, 2009

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery,Romance — Julie @ 4:06 pm

The Boy Next DoorThe Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot fits into the romance mystery fiction genre and was published in 2002. It is recommended for adult readers.

The Boy Next Door is an addictive story told through a series of emails with various senders and recipients. In these emails we learn about Melissa Fuller (Mel) and her previously disastrous love life. We also read about Mel’s neighbor Mrs Friedlander and the events surrounding her mysterious attack that left her in a coma. After the attack John Trent, as a favor to his friend Max Friedlander, came to help with Mrs. Friedlander’s pets and, as per Max’s request, posed as Max. John raises suspicion by insisting that Mel call him John and by not living up to Max’s bad boy reputation. What follows is an interesting story of love and mystery that truly captured my attention in a single sitting read.

Other Reviews Available:

Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot

Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot


 

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery — Julie @ 4:02 pm

the-secret-agentThe Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad fits into the mystery fiction genre and was published in 1907. It is recommended for adult readers.

The Secret Agent was good but not at all what I expected. It follows the story of Adolf Verloc and his attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. Verloc is a secret agent for the French Embassy in London and while he was previously invaluable to the Embassy he has grown redundant of late and was urged to do something big that would embarrass the British and give his employers the opportunity to inspire a revolution. He was told to strike at something scientific as that was the fad of the day. After much worrying and thinking upon the subject he finally decided to take some action. Nothing goes as planned leading to many deaths and the loss of everything he had. Nothing he did actually inspired a revolution.

 

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot January 17, 2009

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery — Julie @ 1:10 pm

size-14-is-not-fat-eitherSize 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot fits into the murder mystery fiction genre and was published in 2006. It is recommended for adult readers.

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either like its prequel Size 12 Is Not Fat is recommended for adult readers because of the age of the characters involved and not because of any inappropriate content. There are a very few pages near the end of the book that use the F-word more than I’d care for but other than that it is a really clean book. One of my friends complained that it started out too much like the first book so she didn’t want to read it. I’ll admit they are fairly similar but just like most books in a series are and not overly alike. Basic plot: Heather still works at the dorm and has a new boss to replace the psycho killer from the previous book. They find a head in the cafeteria but not the rest of the body and Heather is determined to stay out of this case. However, she keeps learning things from her residents and ends up unable to quell her interest and starts to investigate. In the end she does help find the killer but winds up in the hospital as well. The one and only thing I was disappointed with in this book was that more didn’t happen with her and Cooper. Heather actually gets up the nerve to talk to him about her feelings but that’s as far as they get. I eagerly awaited this book hoping that there would be at least some resolution there but maybe in Big Boned, the last book of the series, they’ll finally figure things out.

Other Reviews Available:

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Big Boned by Meg Cabot

 

Blind Side by Clair M. Poulson November 8, 2008

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery — Julie @ 4:17 pm

blind-sideBlind Side by Clair M. Poulson fits into the murder mystery fiction genre and was published in 2006. It is recommended for adult readers.

Blind Side was a really fun and refreshing read. I enjoy murder mystery fiction immensely and this book had the added bonus of being the cleanest of the genre that I have ever read. Poulson is an LDS fiction author thus his books have slight LDS undertones. They talk about things common in the church like callings and various leaders. The characters, for the most part, live the standards of the church and thus the book is free of immorality and foul language. Honestly coming into it with those types of constraints I didn’t think it would be a good murder mystery but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were interesting and complex and I was surprised by a few elements, which is difficult with such a prolific reader. The novel follows the story of Noletta Fahr and her dog Taffy. These two went out for a nature walk to look at the changing leaves and came across a murder scene. Unfortunately the murderer was still there and shot Noletta and left her for dead. She did not die but was left blind and thus couldn’t identify her attacker. Taffy was trained as a guide dog but was kidnapped around the time when a lot of suspicious people entered Noletta’s life. Martin Atkinson was the officer called to the scene to help Noletta find the dog and amazingly also helped her catch the murderer who caused her blindness.

 

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot July 14, 2008

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction,Mystery — Julie @ 5:49 pm

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot fits in the Adult Mystery Fiction genre. It was first published in 2006 and is recommended for adult readers.

Admittedly I am a size twelve so I picked this book up for vain reasons, the title flattered me. I have read a lot by Meg Cabot, mostly the Princess Diaries Books, and I enjoyed the shift into adult fiction by an author I already love. Cabot’s chatty writing style engages readers as she tells the story much like friends talking on the phone about a life more interesting than mine has ever been. This novel centers around Heather Wells who as a former teen pop star is used to having the world center around her. Heather is a former star because she decided she wanted to sing her own songs and her label didn’t agree and decided to drop her. She also lost her figure and her boyfriend at the same time. Thus she is forced to live in the real world where people are always saying, “don’t I know you from somewhere” and she’s just trying to get on with life. Heather lands a job as an assistant dorm director at a college in New York and she things she’s finally getting everything back together until a girl is found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Heather is the only one who is convinced there is foul play and makes it her mission to discover the truth. The twists and turns that follow captured my attention and kept me guessing. I was happily surprised at the ending and can’t wait to read the other mystery books that feature Heather Wells.

Other Reviews Available:

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

Big Boned by Meg Cabot

 

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs December 2, 2007

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Crime Fiction,Fiction — Julie @ 12:21 pm

bones-to-ashes.jpgBones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Genre: Crime Fiction

Published in 2007

Recommended Age Group: Adult

Summary: Bones to Ashes, is the most recent in the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs. This one begins with a flashback into Tempe’s childhood. We find what caused so much pain in her past. Her brother died at nine months old. Then her Father, sick with grief, found solace in getting drunk and died on the way home from a bar. The family moved to North Carolina where Tempe’s mother suffered from depression and Tempe made a summertime friend Evangeline. A few years later Evangeline disappears and the Aunt and Uncle that Evangeline and her little sister were staying with said just to forget about her. Tempe never did. When bones turn up that are about consistent with the age Evangeline was when she disappeared Tempe wonders if she found her friend.

Meanwhile Ryan and a cold case cop nicknamed Hippo are working on a case with three missing and three dead girls. Tempe is reluctant to join in because of her past with Ryan and since Ryan has decided after seeing Tempe with Pete that he was in the way of something with Tempe’s estranged husband. Well, Pete has plans of his own. He asks for a divorce because he intends to marry someone twenty years younger named Summer. Tempe decides that in spite of their past she can get over it and help Ryan solve the case.

As in other books a lot of twists and turns arise. One of Ryan’s missing girls was killed by her father who confessed the killing to a friend right before he killed himself. One is still alive and going by a different name trying to escape bad things she did in her past. Three are dead and identified and one is still missing by the end of the book. The bones that Tempe thought were her friend’s remains still remain anonymous and the mystery of what happened to Evangeline and her little sister is solved.

Personal Notes: I know I say this a lot about Kathy Reich’s books but she is full of surprises. Often when I watch mystery movies I know who’s done it before the character’s figure it out. It’s exciting to read books where a lot of the time I don’t know how all of the pieces fit together. It’s fun to discover it along with Tempe and Ryan. I especially liked the mystery surrounding Evangeline and her sister.

Other reviews available:

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs

Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs

Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs