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Ghost Hero - S.J. Rozan

Rozan is capable of a better plot. In this book it's hard to tell what is being investigated. 

The Illegal Gardener - Sara Alexi
  The first half of this book had flowing language and a conflict that was unique and tender. Cultural differences were highlighted. Some potential descriptions were glossed over. Then, the happy ending ruined the book.
The Batch Magna Caper (The Batch Magna Novels Book 3) - Peter Maughan

The author grabbed my attention on the first page with the introduction of Major Smythe, as a former prison librarian. His plot is fun, and his prose rocks:  he really would have preferred a better class of rival; Sneed had so little experience in telling the truth. 

This book is a delight.

THE GREATEST short STORY [ies] [I've] EVER TOLD - Jay Squires

Jay pulls you slowly into each short story. He starts you off peaking from behind the curtain. As the action leaves the room, you will have to follow. You have to think before you turn each page or you will leave a comma of drool.

Reading progress update: I've read 308 out of 308 pages.

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna - Peter Maughan

Meet Sir Humphrey and the endearing folk of Batch Magna. The prose is delightful and then some. The story carries you gently with the flow of the river describing the riverside community and the charming characters Peter Maughan developed. The droll humor combined with the stunning descriptions will entertain you. Here are my three favorite: the green woodpecker laughed again; something made a small splash and, the sound of birdsong. Even better:  her considerable bosom listed in outrage.

If you read only one book with a character named Phineas, it must be The Cuckoos of Batch Magna.

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House - M.C. Beaton

Agatha is again mesmerized by another man living in the house next door. This time he's married. But that doesn't get in the way of her daydreams.

Nice visit with the usual gang but not as strong as the earlier books that included character development.

The Devil's Bed - William Kent Krueger

This is a far cry from the "Cork" series. It is filled with violence that mars the potential.

These are awesome short stories

THE GREATEST short STORY [ies] [I've] EVER TOLD - Jay Squires
  Jay pulls you into each story slowly. He starts you off peeking from behind the curtain at the action while it slowly leaves the room causing you to follow. You have to think before you turn the pages or you will leave a "comma of drool."
Great work!

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House - M.C. Beaton

It's difficult to divide a visit with old friends with the strength of this book. Agatha is again mesmerized with the latest man living next door although he claims to be married. Under it all she still pines for the goofy James Lacey. Her aging comes out when she cannot get up out of a lawn chair gracefully.

Some character continuity is lacking with at least Charles Fraith.

In the end  I enjoyed the book.

Ineffable

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna - Peter Maughan

Meet Sir Humphrey and the endearing folk of Batch Magna. The delightful prose is ineffable. The story carries you gently with the flow of the river, describing the lovely riverside community and the charming characters the author developed. The droll humor combined with the stunning descriptions, will entertain you. Here are three I adored: the green woodpecker laughed again, something made a small splash and the sound of birdsong. Not to miss: her considerable bosom lifted in outrage.
If you only read one book in 2015 with a character named Phineas, it must be this one.

A fun read

Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake - Stan Redding, Frank W. Abagnale

Most criminals aren't amusing or endearing but Abagnale is both. He takes you through his life of avarice and greed and almost makes you believe there are no pitfalls.  I wish it was fiction, but it wasn't.  Still, nicely written and engaging. 

Stealing Your Life

Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan - Frank W. Abagnale

While the earlier book was entertaining, this book instilled paranoia balanced with too much information. 

 

The author describes how he can find information about you and steal your identity. He presents too many examples. 

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
E is for Evidence - Sue Grafton

Fifth book in series drops the plot intensity and has characters with too similar of dimensions. A husband from Kinsey's past is introduced and dismissed.The protagonist's preoccupation with people of incredible wealth is wearing thin.

Split Image

Split Image - Robert B. Parker

In the very last Jessie Stone book, Parker drops the ball.  While the dialogue is consistently magnificent, the plot seemed formulaic with mobsters and professional killers. Not his best work.

The Blood of an Englishman - M.C. Beaton

I liked this book. It was nice to see the regular characters. In the first third, old disagreeable Agatha is back. Then the book shifts into a formulaic disappointment. Conflicts start and are resolve too quickly.

Agatha senses danger now and it is overused. She has become high tech suddenly with the constant companion of her iPad and Kindle. Her looks have apparently improved along with a wardrobe that seems pretty impractical.

Despite all the drawbacks, this book is an improvement over the last five to ten of the series. I did not guess the murderer.