Category: 50 Book Challenge 2012

Bootlegger’s Daughter, by Margaret Maron

Book 69   The original crime took place in 1972 – young mother and infant daughter disappear.  They are found four days later – mother with a bullet in her head and baby just barely hanging in there. The action of the story is… Continue Reading “Bootlegger’s Daughter, by Margaret Maron”

Christmas Mourning, by Margaret Maron

Book 68 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 7 of Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge My favorite regular customer at the Used Book Store checked this out of the library.  When she returned it the next week, she said that she barely put it down, so… Continue Reading “Christmas Mourning, by Margaret Maron”

A Vampire Christmas Carol, by Sarah Gray

Book 67 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 6 of Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge Is there a name for this genre yet?  The taking of a classic story and retelling it with a supernatural element?  I actually hadn’t read any of them, unless you count… Continue Reading “A Vampire Christmas Carol, by Sarah Gray”

How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, by Jeff Guinn

Book 66 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 5 of Christmas Spirit Challenge I read Guinn’s Autobiography of Santa Claus last year and enjoyed it, but I had no idea this existed.  I stumbled upon it while browsing the audiobooks available for download from my library.… Continue Reading “How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, by Jeff Guinn”

The Spy Who Came for Christmas, by David Morrell

Book 65 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 4 of Christmas Spirit Book Challenge The Russian Mafia kidnaps the infant son of a pacifist who has been gaining popularity in the Middle East.  During the getaway, the American plant in the gang makes off with… Continue Reading “The Spy Who Came for Christmas, by David Morrell”

The Christmas Gift, by Richard Paul Evans

Book 64 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 3 of the Christmas Spirit Challenge Evans is the guy that writes the heart-warming holiday novels.  I heard about him through Miss Busy, and saw him interviewed on CBS Sunday morning regarding self-publishing.  The Christmas Gift is… Continue Reading “The Christmas Gift, by Richard Paul Evans”

The Rest of the Aurora Teagarden Series, by Charlaine Harris

Books 58 – 63 I said after A Bone to Pick that I really hoped the series would get better, and it did.  The idea that there were so many, many murders in small town Georgia is laughably improbable, but Harris makes a running… Continue Reading “The Rest of the Aurora Teagarden Series, by Charlaine Harris”

A Christmas Homecoming, by Anne Perry

Book 57 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 2 of The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge Daughter of a wealthy country gent writes a stage adaptation of Dracula and a company of actors is asked to spend the holidays to put it on.  There is a… Continue Reading “A Christmas Homecoming, by Anne Perry”

The Christmas Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini

Book 56 I have heard the author’s name several times through Project Linus, so I decided to try her out through the Christmas Reading Challenge. On an old estate in rural Pennsylvania, two ladies have built a quilters’ retreat.  I understood it to be… Continue Reading “The Christmas Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini”

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Book 55 I could tell by the “other recommendations” list on GoodReads that I was going to like this book.  I already had it on my shelf, then it was picked for my book club.  Post-war Barcelona, a boy chooses a tome from the… Continue Reading “The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon”