Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by to check out my week. I read two good ones this week – one to complete a series – so far – and one to start a new series. Here’s what I read:
The Devils Triangle by Catherine Coulter and T.J. Elison
Last week I told you about the first three books in this “Brit In the FBI” series. I’d felt compelled to read them before starting on this fourth book. I’m glad I did because it was fun seeing how the two main characters got to where they are with Book #4.
When Book 3 (The End Game) ended Nicholas Drummond (the Brit) and his partner Michaela Caine, Mike for short, were asked to form their own team, Covert Eyes, within the FBI. They were given authority to handle cases all over the world. With a handpicked team of the best agents, they are now ready for their first case. And – what a case it is!
A highly skilled international thief, the Fox who we met in Book 2, asks for the team’s help. She has just stolen a rare artifact, the staff of Moses, but now her client is trying to kill her. This case takes the team first to Venice and then to the Bermuda Triangle. We encounter ancient myths, archeological digs, unbelievably wacky “magic” tricks and super-crazy bad guys. It felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie. In fact, Indiana Jones was referred to several times.
I thought some of the events in this book were a bit over the top. They were a little hard to believe. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story. I just think the authors went a bit too far. The part about controlling the weather was too much. I will still recommend this book and the series to my friends as the characters on the team, especially Nicholas, Mike and Adam are so enjoyable. That was, for me, a great week and a half of reading all four books. All I can say is: Bring on #5!
The second book I read this week was Raven Black. I was so excited to read this – My FIRST Ann Cleeves novel. And this one was a great introduction to the setting — Shetland Island — and the characters. It was not done in a slow and obvious way. It moved at a steady pace and moved from one character to another. I really liked it this way. First I got to meet and know the main detective, Jimmy Perez, and see a bit of the department politics involved. I also got to know so many other people involved in the murder of a teenage girl. There were so many people (10+) who could have done the deed which left me completely surprised at the very end.
The setting of Shetland Island is an important part of this story. It is so far north (way above Scotland) that the cold and dark days sets a mood that infects the characters and the reader. I’m not implying that it was depressing. It wasn’t, but I could feel the despair of many of the people. The small population and the remoteness of the island added to it as well. I can’t wait to watch the TV version that is based on this series. I want to see how they set the mood in the PBS version of Shetland Island.
The exciting news around here this week was the grand opening of our new playground on our Town Green. My grandson, TJ, and I have been watching all the progress going on behind the fences around the new playground. We could tell that it was getting close to being done. TJ was so impatient that he finally got one of the workmen to talk to him and let us know the possible opening date.
And we were right there when they cut the ribbon. TJ, along with about 75 other children, clamored through the balloon archway into the exciting new playground. The picture above doesn’t show all the exciting new strutures, but it does show TJ’s favorite — the big blue slide. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he went down that slide 50 to 75 times in that first hour. We’ve been often after that first day and its still exciting. Such is the life of our 3-almost-4-year-old and his Nana.
Happy weekend ahead everyone.