Friday, January 31, 2020

Reading and #Reviews (Gallant, Patterson with Allen, Eaton)

I'm a writer, but I'm also a reader. Each month, I'll share with you what I'm reading and some reviews. My available time to read is limited because I write, but I love to curl up with a book or an eReader at night for the last hour of my day.

I tend to read what I write, but not exclusively. I’m currently reading two books. The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy (a fun way to teach myself to relax) and Second Wind by Alison Henderson, a romantic suspense. I also read crime and law novels, WWII historicals, mysteries, and some main stream character driven novels.

Here are some of the books I've read recently or in the not too distant past. Maybe you'll discover a new book or author!

Lethal Memory by Jannine Gallant
Romantic Suspense

“Will a cure for humanity be the death of her?

Book two of the Counterstrike Novel series is sure to delight fans of Ms. Gallant. As always, she weaves great suspense with romance and this time throws in the tough subject of dementia. Riley is a biology professor with amnesia. Locked away in her mind could be a cure for dementia. Her knowledge nearly gets her killed before the Counterstrike team rescues her. While her passion grows with one of the rescuers, her fight to regain her memory is coupled with the race to recover her cure and save her grandfather.

Juror #3 by James Patterson with Nancy Allen

“A young attorney is defending her client in a racially charged felony case -- but in a town of old money and hidden secrets, her first trial may be her last in this #1 New York Times bestselling legal thriller.”

Actually two books in one, Juror #3 is the first of the stories. The new lawyer in town does a fine job of defending her clients in spite of the strikes against her. This is an easy read, but does not have the hard-hitting plots of James Patterson of the past. I’ve found this true of the books he co-authors.

Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
Cozy Mystery

“Sophie “Phee” Kimball is not a cop. She’s a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book.

This Cozy Mystery is just that. You’ll chuckle as you read and roll your eyes in all the places Phee is probably rolling her eyes. I’m originally from Phoenix and my mom lived in Sun City for years, so reading this mystery was even more fun for me. Since this is the first in the series, I know Phee must continue her sleuthing, and I’m going to have to follow her in her adventures.


  1. Thanks for the great review, Brenda. Writing the technical dementia stuff was a challenge. Thankfully Tara had written a paper on it and gave me pointers to make it believable!

    1. How great you had your very own researcher, Jannine.

  2. What fun, Brenda. This is a great idea--I love to hear what other authors think of the books they're reading!