Christine's Choices

Christine
Christine (CVS) reads a smidgen of all genres. She states that after joining the MG staff, she has had the great privilege of expanding her appreciation by speaking with other staff members and customers, all of whom are willing to share their enthusiasm for authors new and old. Christine is also our Fearless Book Discussion Group Leader.


 

 

 

The Lost Book of the Grail Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562518
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Published: Viking - February 28th, 2017

This book appealed to me for several reasons. I am a mystery fan, enjoy books about lost or stolen artifacts/relics, and who doesn’t enjoy Arthurian legends – especially the search for the Holy Grail? The author has borrowed Anthony Trollope’s imaginary setting of Barsetshire, how I wished it was real. The story has three time lines, 560 – 1888, 1941, and present day. Switching back and forth builds the tension as you follow a long line of monks who pass along their Guardianship of two very special items. Will the protagonist Arthur and his cohorts discover all the hidden clues and discover the treasure? Or, having interpreted the clues, discover the treasure been lost in time? —Christine


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A Different Lie Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681772554
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 20th, 2016

Silver Bear aka Columbus aka (that’s for the end of the story). The story is told from the perspective of a gun for hire, who has been in the profession for many years. He is not a good man. The people he takes assignments from are not good people. He is surrounded by bad people. Columbus dares the reader to believe his narration or not. He has been given the assignment to take out an assassin named Castillo. The situation goes from bad to worse rapidly as Columbus fails in his mission and many people, bad and good, suffer the consequences. I found the book interesting because of the polar-opposite emotions that are the crux of the story: love and betrayal.


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Passing Strange Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017

The setting for the story is as much a part of the tale as the characters. The author’s research of 1940’s San Francisco has you walking the streets of Chinatown, and ferrying to the Golden Gate International Exposition. The lead characters are all women--artistic, smart, resourceful and gay. The story begins with the final days of the last surviving member of the circle and the mystery surrounding a heretofore unknown artwork. How and why the artwork comes to be is the magic and the mystery. I enjoyed the story for its interesting characters, the glimpse into the artistic world of Pulp Fiction magazine art. The ending is left for the reader to draw their own conclusion. Mine was hopeful.


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To Catch a Killer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765381910
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Published: Tor Teen - February 7th, 2017

High school is hard for some kids. We all know that, but it is especially difficult for Erin Blake. When Erin was three her mother was brutally murdered, but Erin was spared. Fourteen years later and the murder is still unsolved. Erin’s biology teacher, Miss Peters, is helping Erin with a project to see if she can discover the identity of her father. When Miss Peters is murdered, Erin discovers her body. Erin believes the two murders are connected. Along with her BFFs Spam and Lysa she sets about to see if they can discover the identity of the murderer. Erin is intelligent, persistent, and not always likable. She keeps secrets from her friends and her guardian, Rachel, her mother’s best friend who took her in – secrets that put her and her friends in harm’s way. The mystery has a satisfactory ending, but also leaves the door open for further adventures.


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Crazy Blood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250119865
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 4th, 2017

The Carson dynasty is cursed, or so some say. The family certainly does have its share of crazies, scoundrels, legends and the entitled.

The story opens and ends with the voice of Cynthia Carson who twenty-five years ago shot her husband in cold blood, absolutely positively. Throughout the story, I really wanted to dislike Cynthia, but she would occasionally surprise the reader. The concentric circle of characters begins with Wylie Wellborn, illegitimate son of Cynthia’s dead husband; her own sons, Robert and Sky; Adam Carson -- grandfather to all three;, Wylie’s sisters and his mother; and finally, Cynthia.

The Carson and Wellborn families both experience heartache and desperation.

None of the book’s characters is without fault, some more than others. How each individual deals with their own demons reveals the complexities of human nature.

The story is set against the backdrop of Mammoth Lakes ski resort, with its fantastic vistas and adrenaline pumping ski runs.

I was intrigued by the complicated families and their histories; the mysteries surrounding who is lurking around the Wellborn home and the theft of ski equipment, bicycles, etc.  and who would ultimately survive. 

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The Immortals Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316306249
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Published: Orbit - December 13th, 2016

After two millennia of not being worshipped, many of the Greek gods and goddesses have faded from existence, but some still remain. In the city of New York, the current identity of Artemis is Selene DiSilva -- a private investigator who protects those women who seek her out. 

Selene comes upon the body of a woman brutally murdered in a ritualistic manner in Central Park. Unfortunately, she will not be the last. Her name was Helen, and in her final moments had called out to the goddess but Selene had heard her not. Enter Helen’s colleague and former lover, Timothy Schultz, a Professor of ancient Greece and its mythology. Selene and Timothy are forced by happenstance to work together to solve the mystery of several murders and how they are connected to the theft of ancient artifacts from several prominent museums. A very dangerous someone has resurrected an ancient sacrificial rite. That someone is attempting to amass power, the end game being to restore themselves to their former glory.  The rituals are affecting Selene as well, placing her in a very mortal dilemma.  The list of suspects is not lacking – Apollo, Hades, Dionysus, Hermes…https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

I was caught up in the mystery and mythology from the start. The location was also a plus, exploring some of the nearly forgotten places of New York City reimagined as ancient world locales.

This is the first in the Olympus Bound series, but can also be read as a stand alone.


The Accidental Sorcerer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316035422
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Published: Orbit - January 1st, 2009

Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be...

THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER is the first novel in the Rogue Agent trilogy, from one of fantasy's newest stars.


Graceling Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Graphia Books - September 7th, 2009

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.      When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.


Sandman Slim Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061714351
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Published: Voyager - July 31st, 2012

Life sucks, then you die. Period. Unless you're James Stark, a hitman in Hell for eleven years before escaping back up to Hell-on-earth L.A.—looking for revenge, absolution . . . love, maybe. But Hell's not through with Stark. Heaven's not either.