Hi! Thanks for stopping by to check on my week. We had a lovely Easter weekend – nice and calm. The highlight of Easter was watching our little guy with his first Easter Egg Hunt. He helped Mommy dye bright speckled eggs – real ones. Then I filled some plastic eggs with some little treats inside – a marshmallow bunny, jelly beans, small matchbox-sized cars and some change, dimes and quarters. He really loved the hunt and wanted us to hide them all over again!
What I Read This Week:
I started in on Book #5 of the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger. This one is Mercy Falls, named for the place where a murder victim was discovered. The man who was killed was the son of a very wealthy Chicagoan with a shady background and a strong desire for revenge.
As Cork, now the county Sheriff, and his team begin to investigate the murder, the victim’s brother shows up to help. This complicated crime really ratchets up. It turns out Cork’s wife, Jo, used to date the brother and, in fact, the brother believes he is still in love with Jo. In addition to all of that, someone is taking shots at the sheriff. Cork and his team have a lot to do.
There is a lot going on and I’m trying hard not to spill the beans and spoil it for you when you read the book, but I do have to tell you that something happens at the end that had me running straight to Book #6: Copper River.
Cork is lying low in a resort cabin in upper Michigan owned by his cousin Jewell. There’s a contract out on his life, plus he’s been injured. Jewell and her fourteen-year-old son, Ren, are a kind and caring team, just what Cork needs. They are also smart and intuitive, which will help as a variety of problems and challenges open up.
This novel is also named for the place where a victim’s body was found, Copper River. A teenage girl’s body is discovered in the river, and it’s not an accident. The girl is known to Ren and his good friend Charlie. When Charlie’s dad is killed and another friend is shot and almost killed, everyone suspects something is seriously wrong in this small-town, back-woods area. This situation is way over the local constable’s abilities.
Cork is more than willing to help, but he’s limited by his physical injury and his need to stay hidden. I enjoyed watching him play a behind-the-scenes role. He relied on Jewell, Ren, Charlie, and ex-FBI agent, Dina. Together they all discovered something horrendous that I did not see coming at all.
I hope I have conveyed by now how good I believe these books are. You don’t have to take my word for it on Mercy Falls. It received the Anthony Award for Best Mystery Book of 2006. I actually thought Copper River was even better. Good writing, good plots, great characters – you ca’t go wrong. I do recommend you read these two in order.
That’s it for me this week. I’m posting early as we are heading out this afternoon for a weekend camping trip down by the beach. The weather is supposed to be sunny, so we shall see. I’ll try to share pictures with you next week. Have a great weekend everyone.