I haven’t participated in this meme for so long that it has moved home a couple of times since then and it took me a while to track it down. I do hope that you don’t mind me stopping in every once in a while to share my reading schedule 🙂
WHAT I AM READING NOW
“No Substitute For Murder” By Carolyn J. Rose
(Subbing Isn’t For Sissies #1)
Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer, Barbara Reed is desperate for money. She’s got a mortgage, a college loan, an aging car, and a ten-pound dog named Cheese Puff.
With her unemployment checks running out, she signs on as a high school substitute teacher and learns what stress is all about. When she finds history teacher Henry Stoddard strangled with his own outdated tie, her stress level soars into the red zone. Then she’s assigned to cover his classes.
Stoddard was a bully and a blackmailer. The list of suspects is a long one, and police put Barb at the top. When she discovers a second body, the noose of circumstantial evidence tightens.
With help from the showgirl widow of a reputed mobster, a trash-scavenging derelict, and members of the Cheese Puff Care and Comfort Committee, Barb struggles to keep a grip on her job, her sanity, and her freedom.
Notice: This mystery contains no vampires, werewolves, zombies, or space aliens. It was not tested on laboratory animals. It makes no claims to political correctness. Characters may not be fully clothed at all times.
WHAT I READ LAST
“Rise Of The Iron Eagle” By Roy A. Teel, Jr.
The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to violence. It has both a colorful and grotesque history with it. Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jim O’Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman are also no strangers to the violence of the sprawling metropolis, but in the past decade something has changed. There’s a serial killer preying on other serial killers – some known by law enforcement, others well off radar. “The Iron Eagle,” a vigilante, extracts vengeance for the victims of Los Angeles’ serial killers. His methods are meticulous and his killings brutal. With each passing day, “The Iron Eagle” moves with impunity through the streets of Los Angeles in search of his prey. O’Brian and Hoffman create an elite task force with the sole purpose of catching “The Eagle” and bringing him to justice. But the deeper they delve, the more apparent it is that he may very well be one of their own. As the two men stare into the abyss of their search, the eyes of “The Iron Eagle” stare back.
Or a new breed of Justice?
WHAT I AIM TO READ NEXT
“House Of 8 Orchids” By James Thayer
In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal.
Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger.
On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.
LAST WEEK’S POSTS
‘First Lines’ – “The Devil’s Country” By Harry Hunsicker
‘Mailbox Monday’ – “Nightfall Bay” By Carolyn J. Rose
“Last Step” By Gwyneth Williams
How does a seemingly nice middle-class, middle-aged, professional woman come to be involved in murder in one country only to have it follow her back to another country?
Why does her eclectic mix of acquaintances and interests intrigue the police of these two nations so much?
What is it about their mother that, when called upon, her daughters are so willing to bend the rules?
Can friends be trusted?
An intercontinental intrigue that will have you laughing, sighing, and surprised by the end of it…..
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme is now hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.