48/100 Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb

Eve does not really believe in Vengeance. She believes in justice, and that you don’t have to like someone to do the right thing. I think this is why I like her so very much. She is compassion even as she embodies justice and doesn’t let one get in the way of serving the other. I love how tough Eve is, how stubborn Summerset is and how they begin to learn more about each-other. The plot is good, the little digs about Catholicism are a bit annoying but honestly the Church has always been a good, easy target. Let her write about a killer based on the teachings of another religion like Buddhism, Muslim, or even Baptists; just wait for the outrage to sound. But two books (that I can remember) where the killer perverted the Catholic Church, well that’s alright. I know, it sounds like whining, but the facts stand. Other than that, if you don’t take all Catholics as mass murderers (and to be fair she wrote a book about Satanism too) then I really is a good book. The plot is eventful and, well I don’t want to spoil it…but I felt sorry for the killer. Hard to say, but true. Happy Reading.

47/100 Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb

This is a wonderfully creepy book. Not haunting, but the descriptions of deaths can be very gruesome. A killer, thinking that they are so much more clever than the police, mimics serial killers while taunting Lieutenant Eve Dallas. There is a bit of extra tension since Peabody is also taking her Detectives Exam and other drama in the background. Really this is a great addition to the series. If you are interested in Police Procedural Fiction and do not mind that it is set in the (not so) distant future then this is a great book for you.

46/100 Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a great book that I had forgotten existed.  I was looking for the second appearance of Jamie Lingstrom, thinking that the book with Deena McMasters was his second appearance, I had completely forgotten about this book. I vaguely remembered some of the events and their consequences but this book went largely ignored by me.  It is lovely to go back and re-read these books.  Since I, unfortunately, do not find myself with the time to actually sit and read, I am listening to them on audio.  Admittedly it is a pain to have to fast forward past the steamy bits while I’m driving, the rest of the books are lovely.  I will soon look into getting all of the older books that I am missing on audio and see how I like them.

For a fast paced murder mystery full of intrigue and a lovely central couple this is a great read.

Happy Reading

45/100 Great Courses: The Industrial Revolution

This is a great book having to do with the Industrial Revolution. It is amazing how in depth this book can get without steering off of the path. If you want to know almost everything to do with the Industrial Revolution then this is a great book. I loved hearing about the progression of technology and how this has shaped our society. If you are looking for a general overview, then find another book.

44/100 Great Courses: Forensic History by Elizabeth A. Murray

This is a great exploration of forensics and how it has evolved.  While listening it is very easy to tell that Elizabeth A. Murray is very passionate about her subject as well as the people that are impacted by her forensic investigations.  The author is a forensic anthropologist and so picks up cases often after they have gone cold or if the body was found only a long time after death.  This gives her a very different perspective from a coroner or a detective investigating a crime.  I really enjoyed learning about Forensics and how far they have come over the centuries.  This is a great listen for anyone interested in mysteries, crime dramas, cold cases, science of forensics, or just true crimes.  Great author, great listen.

43/100 Great Courses: The Black Death

This was fantastic! Yes, it does take a good deal of time to get through these Great Courses, but it is often time well spent. Honestly, I intend to see if I can get any other courses featuring this professor. She was wonderful at making the situations come to life and adding in a bit of wit without losing the gravity of the situations being discussed. If you only listen to one Great Course, and have a bit of interest in medical science/history/anything similar, then you really should listen to this one. There is even a great explanation of the politics involved as well. I really love this audio book!

42/100 Vikings (Great Courses)

This was a fascinating course I obtained through Audible. I tend to listen to Great Courses while I am in the car and therefore probably do not pay enough attention, but what I did catch of Viking History was fascinating. This lector has a wonderful way of making history come to life. I had no idea how long the Viking Age spanned, nor was I aware of how much impact the vikings had on our history overall.
If you enjoy Norse Mythology, like watching shows about vikings, or love reading about vikings then this is a great course to help you winnow the facts from the fiction.
Happy Listening!