Thursday, August 26, 2010

CHICAGO, Not so Toddlin' (1968)

Jackson Park (Cook County Mystery)Jackson Park by Charlotte Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Set in Chicago after the Martin Luther King assassination...after the subsequent riots...the story features a Black family (of necessity) caught up in a series of events born in the old Chicago political system and reared in the Black Power movement of the late 1960s. How these pieces fall together..and some lives fall apart...makes a good "mystery" but a better mini-History lesson writ bloody but not screamingly LARGE.

Ms Carter also wrote the NANETTE HAYES Trilogy:

Rhode Island Red,Coq Au Vin, &Drumsticks....all three sexy, sassy, and real (do i detect a Chicken theme?) Funky Butt chic, to be sure! Go, seek them out...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory Novels, #1)Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Am re-reading MALLORY'S ORACLE by Carol O'Connell...the first of the MALLORY series. I had forgotten what a good book this is....great plot, well-developed characters..the whole thing...Kathleen Mallory is an early, American version of Lisbeth Salander (GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO)...another Wild Child, computer hacker extraordinaire...Ms Mallory dresses better, and lives in NYC...but under the skin they are the same....amoral to a fault, in the cause of their version of Justice.... (

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Another PLUM

Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

....where Stephanie & Lula stumble upon a deli-robbery....except..Stephie sees the perp

Stephanie loses another vehicle...and stands to lose her life

one more trip into GANGLAND..and Miss Plum might stumble onto something UGLY..

Keystone Kops North Jersey

the horror of modern-day life....sifted through Ms Evanovich's wondrous EYE$

3 Stars

Another PLUM

To the Nines (Stephanie Plum, #9)To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To the Nines

concerns a Role-Playing computer game gone Homicidal...a villain of the "Creepy-in-his-Innocence"variety...deadly but Soft

Family Dramas are a must...Love Hangovers...more Exploding Vehicles

Lula-on-a-Meat Diet

Keystone Kops antics

Ranger or Morelli..The HOT MAN debate

serious 3 Stars

Saturday, August 7, 2010

THREE PLUMS...One (of three)

Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been a fan of Janet Evanovich and her STEPHANIE PLUM series since the first title One for the Money was published. If anyone is interested, that's the place to start.

Lately, I've revisited this part of Jersey....beginning withHard Eight

in Stephanie Plum's world..the events herein are not surprising. Bond Enforcement is a Job...brings into play various criminal "masterminds" who don't want to "pay the price" for their obsessions. A Psychotic military Game-Player loses his nut when a "trophy" goes missing...Mother-and-Daughter try to go Underground

Stephanie spends a lot of time face-down...trying to apprehend Bail skips.

Vehicles blow up

A Psychotic man-in-Rabbit Suit messes with everyone's heads

Stephie's LOVE LIFE sucks

Did I mention Albert Kloughn??

serious 3 Stars here!!