Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Since We Fell- Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the man. He’s written two of my favorite books, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island so least to say, when I received his new book “Since We Fell” in the mail I completely freaked out. I requested this book from Ecco without entirely knowing what it was about which I’ve been trying to do more often but OBVIOUSLY it’s a Dennis Lehane novel so I wasn’t too worried about not liking it.

Rachel Childs was once a reporter with her whole life ahead of her. She was an up and coming star at the t.v. station employing her who knew she could make it big. When she is assigned to cover a disaster in Haiti her entire world changes. She becomes obsessed with exposing the world she is surrounded by while she is there. This difficult subject matter pushes her to the point of a breakdown. After her public meltdown, she essentially becomes a hermit. When she runs into an old acquaintance, Brian, after her current husband divorces her, she falls for him fast. She ends up marrying Brian who helps her with her anxiety about the outside world. But when she catches Brian in a lie, her entire world comes crashing down. Does she even know this man that she’s in love with?

Since We Fell is 418 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 for keeping me guessing. It has a slow start and took me awhile to really get into it but once I did I was sold. Lehane’s writing has a quality that keeps you thinking about the book weeks after you’ve finished.

Thank you Harper Collins/Ecco for sending me this great addition to my Dennis Lehane collection!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Dragon Teeth-Michael Crichton

For those of you that know me in real life you know that I love dinosaurs. I mean, I’m 28 and the t-shirt shown in this picture glows in the dark and my profile picture is of me reading Jurassic Park, that’s how much I love them. ┬áSo naturally, when I found out the deceased Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World) was having a recently found manuscript published, I harassed the publishers at Harper until they kindly sent me a copy. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed.

Dragon Teeth takes place in the late 1800s when the west was still wild. The story follows young William Johnson, a student at Yale, traveling to the west with a Yale paleontologist on a $1000 dare from his nemesis at school. The Yale paleontologist is named Othniel Marsh and is an extremely paranoid man who is convinced his own nemesis, Edward Cope, is following him west to steal his finds. When Marsh takes Johnson on the fossil expedition only to abandon him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Johnson is forced to find a way to stay out west for the summer or he will not only lose the $1000 bet, but also his pride. When he runs into Edward Cope, he makes the decision to travel with Cope’s group to hunt fossils in the dangerous outlaw and Indian covered land. Johnson hopes he can make it out of this trip unscathed but will he even make it out alive?

Dragon Teeth is 285 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5. While it did take me longer to finish this book than I normally would, I just really didn’t want it to end! Crichton’s writing has a way about it that fully immerses you into the world he’s created. I will absolutely be reading this book again and highly recommend anyone who likes adventure, dinosaurs or just plain old great writing!

Thanks again to Harper for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey