Monday, July 17, 2006

May Day

On we go with the book list. Here's what I read in May:

42. Something Wicked - Carolyn Hart

43. Bump In The Night - A collection of short stories that included:

- Haunted In Death - J.D. Robb

- Poppy's Coin - Mary Blayney

- The Passenger - Ruth Ryan Langan

- Mellow Lemon Yellow - Mary Kay McComas

44. Echoes From The Macabre - Daphne du Maurier

45. The Lighthouse - P.D. James

46. Kill Me - Stephen White

47. Play Dead - Leslie O'Kane

48. Ruff Way To Go - Leslie O'Kane

49. Northern Lights - Nora Roberts

50. Blue Dahlia - Nora Roberts

51. Black Rose - Nora Roberts

52. Red Lily - Nora Roberts

53. Birthright - Nora Roberts

The Book of the Month went to a series of books this time - the In The Garden Triolgy by Nora Roberts which, as I'm sure you can figure out, are Blue Dahlia, Black Rose & Red Lily. What I loved about this trilogy is that there was a ghost, one that the three women and their men tracked through all three books. In each one, you learned a little more about her and it was fascinating.

That new ad campaign that's going around lately, "Everyone's reading Nora Roberts" is no joke. At one point during this month I was sitting in the break room with Precsilla & Ginny and we all had Nora Roberts books with us to read during the night. She's wonderful!

This month was actually very hard to decide which book would get the BOTM honor - Echoes From the Macabre was's where Hitchcock got the inspiration for The Birds. It was the last short story in there and it scared me silly! I'm almost afraid to watch the movie, though, after what he did to Rebecca!

Speaking of Rebecca - - in Carolyn Hart's Death On Demand series, she always has Annie Darling, the proprieter of a mystery book store, hanging 5 paintings in the beginning of her books. They each depict a scene in a mystery and if the reader is sharp, they can figure them out before they're revealed at the end of the story. In this book, Something Wicked, the first painting she described was the beginning of Rebecca. I was so excited because I had just read that book and I had never been able to figure out a painting before!!

The next two paintings didn't sound familiar to me but the last 2 did - Dream of Orchids by Phyllis A. Whitney and Curse of the Kings by Victoria Holt. I was so giddy that I got 3 paintings that I didn't wait to look in the back of the book to verify my findings. I was right with Rebecca and Dream of Orchids but they listed the final painting as Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. Now I was stumped. I've read all of Holt's books (she's my favorite author) and I could have sworn that there was no Egyptian tomb in Mistress of Mellyn. I went right home that morning and re-read the ending to Mistress and then the ending of Curse of the Kings. And guess what?

I was right!! How something like that could have slipped by is beyond me! But there you go!

Also - - if you've never read any of the authors that are listed here this month, check them out!! Stephen White and Leslie O'Kane are fellow Coloradoans and are excellent writers. White's books are more thriller while Kane's are cozies, just plain fun to read!


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