Another Salvatore book

I finished The Halfling’s Gem by R. A. Salvatore night before last. I stayed up just to finish it. And I wasn’t sorry. Of the three that I have read in this series, this was the quickest read, I think. Partly it was because I now know the characters and know what to expect. But, too, I think the story was a little less complicated. And maybe it is a little less dark. Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed it. Drizzit and Wulfgar set out to save Regis. There are the usual problems in connection with that goal, but they are ultimately successful. They and their other friends are ultimately reunited and ready to set out on their next adventure.

I know that you are probably not going to start reading Salvatore because I recommend him. You either already read him or have no interest. I was the same way. My son recommended his books for years, but I never read them. Finally, I listened to an audiobook version of The Demon Wars Saga on a long road trip and was totally hooked! I think you would be too if you would give any of Salvatore’s books a try!

The Halfling’s Gem was a great book. I think now I am going to go back and read the three books that come before The Crystal Shard in the series (although they were written later.). I expect to be thoroughly entertained by them, too!

Last book for July

Last night I stayed up late to finish Going for Kona by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. I had a little trouble getting into the book at first, but at the end, I was really hooked. Michele Lopez Hanson lost her husband and was devastated. She and her husband had been training for the Ironman race at Kona and had just written a book about training as a couple. Her son and stepdaughter needed her, but she wasn’t able to help them much. She was falling apart. No, actually, she immediately fell apart. A lot of people seemed to be trying to make things harder for her. In the end, though, she and her kids were ok. She found her husband’s murderer, and she finished the Ironman.

Getting to that point became increasingly more interesting to me. Early on I was turned off by the cops investigating her husband’s death. They seemed mean. They didn’t seem interested in the truth. They were rude and not at all respectful of what the family had just gone through. Was this realistic? Fortunately, I have no personal experience with this, so I can’t say for sure. But they seemed worse than most cops in this situation in books I have read. As the cops seemed to fade into the background in the story, I liked it better.

I don’t think this was a perfect book by any means. I could go on and on about things that bugged me, but it was good. You might want to give it a try!

Another good story by Emma Jameson

I finished Marriage Can Be Murder the other day, and I really enjoyed it. I have read other books by Jameson in a different series, and I enjoyed them a lot, so I expected to enjoy this one, too. And I did. Set in Cornwall in 1939, the main character is a physician whose wife is killed. He is new to the small town where his wife was born and where she died, and he has to try to start a practice while he is barely able to walk after having his legs broken in the accident that killed his wife. He has a lot of adjustments to make. A local woman befriends him and helps him in his search for his wife’s killer. It is an interesting story, and I will definitely try to read the others in the series. I really recommend it.

Creed by Celina Grace

I finished reading Creed by Celina Grace yesterday. I really enjoyed it. I have read other books in this series and have really enjoyed all of them. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman and her fellow officers are all interesting people, and the mysteries are always good. In this one, there is what appears to be a suicide cluster at a drama school. Her boss doesn’t quite accept the suicides as such, and the team soon learns that he is correct.

The story was dark, but it was excellent. I highly recommend this and any of the other Kate Redman books by Grace.

An interesting book

I just finished The Executions by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer. Set in the Indian Territory in 1892, it tells the story of a young Choctaw brother and sister who run a newspaper in a small town. It is an interesting story and very well-told. Sawyer is Choctaw herself, which adds layers of value to the story, and writes stories from the history of her people. They are fiction but based on fact. The book did what seems to me to be a good job of showing what life was like in those days. The sister, Ruth Ann, can’t write big articles for the paper because a woman shouldn’t do things like that. They befriend a Jewish father and daughter who hope to make a new life in the Indian Territory. There is, of course, the additional tension between the Choctaw and the whites as well as between old Choctaw ways and the changes taking place. There is an awful lot there to learn from.

This story kept me interested, and I plan to read more of Sawyer’s work. Did you know there were Choctaw Code Talkers in World War I? I didn’t. But now I want to read her books about them.