What I'm Reading Now: Belated Edition, 11 Mar 26

I thought I’d try something different this week. (By the way, my apologies for the lateness of this week’s post. I’d blame being sick, but it was mostly just laziness.) I’ll comment briefly on all of them this time.

Though not dead-- Dana Stabenow
The eighteenth in Stabenow’s  series featuring Alaskan Aleut sleuth Kate Shugak. Kate’s present-day quest to carry out her old friend’s final request is intercut with the history of one of my favorite secondary characters, Old Sam. As it turns out, Old Sam’s history is also, in a lot of ways, the history of Alaska.

Mommy deadliest--Michael Benson (True crime)
An account of the Stacy Castor case—an American woman who poisoned two of her husbands with antifreeze, then tried to murder her daughter and frame her for both murders. It’s an interesting story, but Michael Benson doesn’t quite have Ann Rule’s skill in making a drawn-out court case fascinating.

The final reckoning-- Sam Bourne
The killing of a suspected terrorist at the UN becomes the senseless murder of an elderly man… but the old man is not the innocent he seems. Although the present-day plot is completely fictional, the background story of Holocaust survivors out for revenge on Nazis (sorry for the spoiler) is very factual.

Betrayal (SEVENS: week 6)-- Scott Wallens (YA)
I mentioned this series a while back. The lives of the seven teens are getting more intertwined and more complicated, and I am waiting impatiently to get my hands on the seventh and final book to find out how it all resolves.

An object of beauty--Steve Martin (Literary fiction)
Yes, it’s by that Steve Martin. Yes, he writes extremely well. But somehow, it just didn’t work for me. I think I wanted it to be funnier, or perhaps I felt it didn’t quite end satisfactorily. This is not to say that I won’t be reading anything else of his, and certainly not that I’m going to quit seeing his movies…

Princess of glass-- Jessica Day George (YA)
Sequel to Princess of the midnight ball.It takes the Cinderella fairy tale as a jumping-off point, and does some neat things with it. Original, interesting,fun… read them both.

So you don’t want to go to church anymore-- Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman (Christian fiction)
Christian teaching loosely organized in narrative format. I wouldn’t give it high marks for plot, but it was interesting and thought-provoking, enough so that I suggested it for possible study in my care group.

Dead reckoning--Linda Castillo
I discovered after I read her two Amish thrillers that Castillo had written a number of books beyond the Harlequin romances I’d heard
about. I decided to try one. She’s good. If you like Tami Hoag and Linda Howard, you’ll enjoy Castillo. This one follows an assistant DA who is about to try a capital case, but it’s not as open-and-shut as it seems, and the ADA herself is pursued by a horrible incident from her past.

Separate from the world--PL Gaus

This is another of the Amish Country mysteries. Itinvolves dwarves, genetics, murder, kidnapping, suicide, cell phones, and the question of what being “separate from the world” really means. I’m impressed with the way Gaus portrays the Amish—not just as bonnet-and-buggy, but as a people facing a world that attempts to pull them in many directions, with varying results.