Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.





I wish my eyes could read like they used to. After listening to the first 8 (9?) books of the series, having to eyeball this one is disconcerting; it is only available in a Kindle edition and I keep wonder why, why no audio edition this time. I'm hoping that is simply because Gildart Jackson has been busy with another project.


I keep wondering if my discomfort is because of the change of medium or because with this entry in the series, the author has gone in a completely new direction. I guess the story of DC Smith has been told in its entirety and there really isn't any place else to go with it. Still, this book is different from what has gone before; it is much, much more police procedural than the DC Smith books, as if Grainger is trying to see if he can write one.


However, in the bio he has posted on Amazon and Audible, he says, "to me, character comes before everything else in fiction" and with this book, it seems that he is putting the procedural stuff first. He has not found a character to hang his hat on--and DC Smith is a hard act to follow. Nonetheless, he needs to give me a reason to keep reading this series, especially if I can't get an audio edition, and so far in this episode of the series that mission has not yet been achieved.

BL-opoly: Playing the Scotty Dog

I landed on the Patagonia Star again and there are no books on my shelf that fit the category. Good thing I picked up a Scotty Dog to play so that this roll might not be a total loss.


Scotty Dog says I must pick four books and then poll the audience to decide my next read.


Here are my four choices. Please pick one and use comments to cast your vote.



The Hot Rock audiobook cover artNerve audiobook cover artcover_9.jpgThe Conviction of Richard Nixon audiobook cover art




  • The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake. First book in the Dortmunder series. Nuttin' ever goes right for Dortmunder
  • Nerve by Dick Francis.
  • Songbird by Peter Grainger The latest in the DC Smith series but available only on Kindle
  • The Conviction of Richard Nixon by James Reston, Jr. The only non-fictionbook on the list
BL-opoly Progress Master Post

Showing newest first

BANK RUNNING TOTAL: $163 to the good
Roll#43 -- Landed on Square 14 Patagonia Star (again)
Still no books to fit the square (at least not on audio). PLAYING THE SCOTTY DOG! You have chosen Songbird by Peter Grainger (on Kindle) 448pp $5 ($168)
Roll#42 -- Landed on Square 7 
House on the cover. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey  (narrated by Carole Boyd) 7:55/288pp  $3 ($163)
Brat Farrar audiobook cover art
Roll#41 --Landed on Square 3 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 (157)
Set in a school. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza (read by the author) 6:52/272pp $3 ($160)
I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had audiobook cover art
Roll#38 -- Landed on FREE PARKING
Roll 2 dice and move to CAT, ROBOT, SCOTTY DOG or RACE CAR. 
Roll#39 -- Landed on SCOTTIE DOG. Pocketing and rolling again
Roll#40 -- Landed on Square 34 WHEN.
Books with WHEN in the title: Write It When I'm Gone by Thomas DeFrank (narrated by Scott Brick) 9:09/320pp  $3 (154)
Write It When I'm Gone audiobook cover art
Roll#37 -- Landed on Square 14 --Patagonia Star
Set in or author from C. or S. America. No go; nothing in my library. PLAYING THE CAT.  Reading Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (narrated by David Suchet)  6:54/256pp $3 (149)
Roll#36 -- Landed on Square 9
Author begins R-E-L-A-X  Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards (read by the author) $2 ($146)
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism audiobook cover art
Roll#35 -- 3/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 1 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 ($142)
Summer reading list.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (narrated by Anne Hathaway) $2 ($144)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz audiobook cover art
Roll#34 -- Landed on Square 35 again 
Set in Europe, involves travel, ship on the cover. Safe Passage by Ida Cook (narrated by Helen Stern)  8:23/256pp  $3 ($138)
Safe Passage audiobook cover art
Roll#33 -- 2/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 30 again-- BOXCARS!! ROLL AGAIN
Author begins L-O-V-E.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (narrated by Nathaniel Parker) 6:06/277pp $3 ($135)
Roll#32 -- Landed on Square 19 again (and, for the numbers geeks, the second time I have gone from Square 11 to Square 19)
50% blue cover/author with L-A-K-E. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer (narrated by John Lee)  7:32/320pp $3 ($132)
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less audiobook cover art
Roll#31 -- 1/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 11 again 
Think I'll play a CAT and use this square to read  The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin (narrated by the late great Edward Hermann) 36+hours 936pp $10 ($129)
The Bully Pulpit audiobook cover art
Roll#30 -- Landed on Square 3 --again -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 (116) 
Read a classic.  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (narrated by Norman Deitz) 13:02 (page count varies) $3 ($119)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court audiobook cover art
Roll#29 -- Landed on Square 33 --again
Set in UK. The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (narrated by Ruth Sillers)  $5 ($111)
Roll#27 -- Landed on Square 24 -- Spin the WHEEL DECIDE
Roll again!
Roll#28 -- Landed on Square 27 --again
The best thing about this square is the guarantee of not landing on "Go To Jail" on the next roll.
Title word related to space.  The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette (narrated by Steve Carlson) 11:35/366pp $3 ($106)
The Spaceship Next Door audiobook cover art
Roll#26 -- Landed on Square18
Set west of the Mississippi (in the case, Los Angeles, CA). The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (narrated by Ray Porter) 6:16/227pp $3 ($103)
The Big Sleep audiobook cover art
Roll#25 -- Landed on Square15 (again)
Set in a mountain community.  Evans Help Us by Rhys Bowen (read by Roger Clark)  6:51/224pp $3 ($100)
Evan Help Us audiobook cover art
Roll#24 -- Landed on JUST VISITING -- Donating $3 to the bail fund
Reading Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, Sabine Hossenfelder (narrated by Laura Jennings) 8:40/304pp
Roll#23-- Landed on Square 3 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5
Read a classic. I'm going for classic noir. The Thin Man. Dashiell Hammett (narrated by Wm. Dufris) 5:54/208pp $3 ($97)
The Thin Man audiobook cover art
Roll#22 -- Landed on Square 32 -- DOUBLES! ROLL AGAIN
Nordic Express. The Year of the Hare. Arto Paasilinna (narrated by Simon Vance) 4:36/208pp  $3 ($89)
The Year of the Hare audiobook cover art
Roll#21 -- Landed on Square 21  -- THE CAT -- ROLL AGAIN, POCKET THE CAT
Roll#20 -- Landed on Square11
Beach on the cover.  Death of an Outsider M.C. Beaton (narrated by Shaun Grindell) 4:54/256pp $3 ($86)
Death of an Outsider audiobook cover art
Roll#19 -- Landed on Square 4 (for the third time)  PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5   ($81)
Dug deep and found a book with an article of clothing on the cover. Double Indemnity, James M. Cain (narrated by James Naughton) 3:16/115pp  $2 ($83)
Double Indemnity audiobook cover art
Roll#18 -- Landed on Square 33
Set in UK. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) 10:45/336pp $3 ($76)
Foxglove Summer audiobook cover art
Roll#17 -- Landed on Square 30
Pastries on the cover. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 9:30/352pp  $3 ($73)
Dying for Chocolate audiobook cover art
Roll#16 -- Landed on Square 27 -- DOUBLES, ROLL AGAIN
Title with space word.  Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (narrated by the Wil Wheaton)  $8:49 $3 ($70)
Agent to the Stars         By:                                                                             John Scalzi                   Narrated by:                                                                             Wil Wheaton                Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins   12,228 ratings   Overall 4.4
Roll#15 -- Landed on Square 21  THE CAT --  DOUBLES, ROLL AGAIN. POCKET THE CAT
Roll#14 -- Landed on Square 10
Authors first, last name begins with B,EA,C or H. That's a no brainer!
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer (narrated by Ulli Berve)  10:07/??pp   $3 ($67)
No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1         By:                                                                             Georgette Heyer                   Narrated by:                                                                             Ulli Birvé                Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins   529 ratings   Overall 4.0
Roll#13 -- Landed on Square 4 -- PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5  ($61)
Nothing on my shelf to fit the square. PLAYING THE ROBOT: 
Lonely Road by Nevil Shute (narrated by Laurence Kennedy) 8:46/282pp  $3 ($64)
Lonely Road audiobook cover art
Roll#12 -- Landed on Square 34
WHEN: Historical fiction. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (narrated by Gemma Dawson) 11:44/395pp $3 ($56)
In Farleigh Field audiobook cover art
Roll #11 -- Landed on Square 25
Book adapted for film.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (narrated by Dan Stevens) 6:01/300pp  $3 ($53)

Roll #10 -- DOUBLES -- Land on Square 19 
Cover >50% blue. Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett (narrated by Elizabeth Klett) 7:20/254pp  $3  ($50)
Murder at Archly Manor   High Society Lady Detective, Book 1      By:                                                                             Sara Rosett                   Narrated by:                                                                             Elizabeth Klett                Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins   746 ratings   Overall 4.1

Roll#9 -- Landed on Square 12 again --
ROBOT: List 10 books then choose by random generator.  
Roll#8 -- Landed on Square 6 --PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5
Set in your hometown, state or country (in my case Massachusetts). From the Spenser for Hire series:  The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (narrated by Michael Prichard) 5:10/208pp $3.
The Godwulf Manuscript         By:                                                                             Robert B. Parker                   Narrated by:                                                                             Michael Prichard                Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins   704 ratings   Overall 3.9
Roll#7 -- Landed on Square 35
Book set in Europe or written by European.  The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (narrated by Dan Stevens) 15:23/544pp $5


Roll #6 -- Landed on Square 26  HOW?
Science fiction. Starman Jones, Robert Heinlein (narrated by Paul Michael Garcia)  8:29/240pp $3







Roll#5 -- DOUBLES -- Landed on Square 22
Title word...women's title such as "Mrs. Miss, Duchess"  The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 6:15/208pp $3 ($31)
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax         By:                                                                             Dorothy Gilman                   Narrated by:                                                                             Barbara Rosenblat                Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins   1,659 ratings   Overall 4.7
Roll #4 -- Landed on Square 15
Set in a mountain community.  Another re-read. Evans Above by Rhys Bowen (read by Roger Clark) 6:30/236pp   +$3 


Evans Above         By:                                                                             Rhys Bowen                   Narrated by:                                                                             Roger Clark                Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins   1,508 ratings   Overall 4.2
Roll#3 -- Landed on Square 12
ROBOT: List 10 books then choose by random generator. The winner is: The Third Man by Graham Greene (read by Martin Jarvis) 3:03/160pp  +$2  ($25)



Roll #2 -- Landed on Square 7. 
Book with a house on the cover. As I went through my Audible library looking at the covers, this was the first one I came across and thus the one I will read.
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson (read by George Guidall) 9:48/271pp. Bank: $3  ($23)


Death Without Company audiobook cover art



Roll #1  -- Landed on Square 4. No book.






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2019 Reading List -- 116 and counting

 Cumulative hours: 1000 (Goal: 1500)


This is the official count since it includes titles that are not in the BL database.


  1. The Girls of Atomic City -- NEW67
  2. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon--NEW66
  3. Songbird --NEW65
  4. Nerve -- re-read
  5. Brat Farrar -- re-read
  6. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had --re-read
  7. Write it When I'm Gone -- re-read
  8. Poirot Investigates -- NEW65
  9. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism --re-read
  10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz -- re-read
  11. Safe Passage -- re-read
  12. Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less --re-read
  13. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- re-read
  14. The Bully Pulpit -- NEW64
  15. The Spaceship Next Door -- re-read
  16. The Big Sleep -- re-read
  17. The Masqueraders -- Re-read
  18. Lost in Math -- NEW63
  19. A Rare Book of Cunning Device -NEW62
  20. The Thin Man -- re-read
  21. The Year of the Hare -- re-read
  22. Death of an Outsider -- re-read
  23. Longshot -- re-read
  24. Double Indemnity -- re-read
  25. Foxglove Summer -- NEW61
  26. Dying for Chocolate -- re-read
  27. Agents to the Stars -- re-read
  28. No Wind of Blame -- re-read
  29. Lonely Road -- re-read
  30. In Farleigh Field -- NEW60
  31. And Then There Were None --re-read
  32. Murder at Archly Manor -- NEW59
  33. Landfall -- re-read
  34. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  35. The Godwulf Manuscript -- re-read
  36. The Angel's Game --NEW58
  37. Starman Jones --re-read
  38. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax -- re-read
  39. Evans Above -- re-read
  40. In the Wet -- re-read
  41. The Third Man -- re-read
  42. Death Without Company --re-read
  43. In the Frame -- re-read
  44. Hot Money -- re-read
  45. Stories By Heart -- NEW57
  46. The Misanthrope -- NEW56
  47. Lingo -- NEW55
  48. Dick Francis's Refusal --NEW54
  49. Clouds of Witness -- NEW53
  50. Blithe Spirit -- NEW52
  51. A Pocket Full of Rye -- NEW51
  52. Riley Mack -- NEW50
  53. This Time Together -- NEW49
  54. I Am Spock -- NEW48
  55. Human Error -- NEW47
  56. Great Courses: The History of the United States, 2nd Ed.  --NEW46 HISTORY6
  57. The Shadow of the Wind --NEW45
  58. A Private Investigation -- NEW44
  59. Going Postal --NEW43
  60. The Right Stuff -- re-read
  61. As the Crow Flies-- NEW42
  62. True West -- NEW41 -- DNF
  63. Mayflower -- NEW40
  64. Mala --NEW39
  65. A Man on the Moon -- NEW38
  66. The Rest is Noise -- NEW37
  67. Feet of Clay -- NEW36
  68. The Innocence of Father Brown -- NEW35  DNF
  69. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  70. Wishes and Wellingtons -- NEW34
  71. Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station -- NEW33
  72. 10 Lb. Penalty -- re-read
  73. Murphy's Law -- NEW32
  74. Death Without Company -- NEW31
  75. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  76. High Stakes -- re-read
  77. Friday's Child -- re-read
  78. The Seventh Sinner -- NEW30
  79. Smokescreen -- re-read
  80. The Western Star -- NEW29
  81. The Case of the Missing Servant -- NEW28
  82. Mort -- NEW27
  83. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared --NEW26
  84. The Weight of Ink --NEW25
  85. The Girl Who Drank the Moon -- NEW24
  86. The Song of Achilles -- NEW23
  87. What If? -- NEW22
  88. Winnie-the-Pooh -- re-read --
  89. The Lathe of Heaven -- NEW21
  90. Bridge to Terabithia --NEW20
  91. Folsom Untold -- NEW19
  92. Time and Tide -- NEW18
  93. The Clocks -- NEW17
  94. Equal Rites -- re-read
  95. That's Not English -- re-read (hard-bound)
  96. Beowulf -- re-read
  97. The Woman Who Smashed Codes -- NEW16 --HISTORY5
  98. *Kindness Goes Unpunished -- NEW15
  99. *The Madman and the Professor -- NEW14
  100. *Six Degrees of Separation --NEW13
  101. Talk on the Wild Side -- NEW12
  102. *The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul -- NEW11
  103. Excellent Women -- re-read
  104. Sapiens -- NEW10 -- HISTORY4
  105. *Whose Body? --NEW9
  106. The Perfectionist --NEW8
  107. *The House of Morgan -- NEW7 -- HISTORY3
  108. *The Spies That Bind --NEW6
  109. The Perfectionist -- NEW5
  110. *Out of My Mind -- NEW4
  111. The House with a Clock in Its Walls -- NEW3
  112. *Great Courses: Ancient Civilizations of North America --NEW2 HISTORY2
  113. *Great Courses: The American West -- NEW1  HISTORY1
  114. Frederica - re-read
  115. *The Foundling -- re-read
  116. *Flying Finish -- re-read 
Audible Originals July, 2019- ...

The old post has gotten long enough and it is time to start again.


July, 2019


UPDATE: Started the Correia. D!N!F! Bad, bad, bad (and not in the good way) adolescent body-parts-and-fart noise humor, with the emphasis on BAD and not the rest of the adjectives. I don't mind bawdy but it has to be funny. This was not. Definitely not written for sexagenarians. At least it was a freebie.


I'm not yet sure what to make of this bunch--other than it is better than last month's batch. We have dinosaurs and Babe Ruth, neither of which I am interested in. Proof of Love is a one-man show and it is about family dynamics--and I can only take so many plays about family dynamics. With so many other titles in the running, I will pass on this one. This leaves me having to choose from among the last three. The moon math is a definite because 50 years ago this month, we put a man on the moon. So that leaves me with Rivals and Larry Correia to decide between. The winner is the Correia because 1) it is about an insurance salesman 2) it has 8400+ reviews while the other titles are counting in the low hundred or even just double digits and 3) since he is wildly popular and wildly prolific, I should at least read something by the man.


A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs audiobook cover artScrewball audiobook cover artThe Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon audiobook cover art

Proof of Love audiobook cover artRivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World audiobook cover artThe Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent audiobook cover art


 My big beef about all of them is that they are just too short. I could be negative and say that they were chosen to appeal to those with short attention spans; or, I could be positive and call them a palate cleanser, something short to read between longer reads. I'll let the reader decide.



Happy Independence Day





Celebrating the 243 Anniversary of Declaration of Independence, proclaimed on this day 4th day of July, 1776 from the Steps of the Old State House, now Independence Hall, in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.





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Sadly, this one launched another one of those stupid "The only acceptable way to read is ink on paper" discussions on my GH group. Pissed me off. So I called them narrow-minded prigs, among other things.


Still, this is pretty damned funny, don't you think?


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June TBR Update


OUT: 3

IN: 4





Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover artUnderstanding Japan audiobook cover art

The Vikings audiobook cover artThe History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad audiobook cover artThe Bully Pulpit audiobook cover art




Saying good-bye to...


In Farleigh Field      A Novel                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Rhys Bowen                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Gemma Dawson                            Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins      4,537 ratings      Overall 4.2

Foxglove Summer      A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Ben Aaronovitch                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Kobna Holdbrook-Smith                            Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins      2,184 ratings      Overall 4.7Murder at Archly Manor      High Society Lady Detective, Book 1                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Sara Rosett                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth Klett                            Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins      717 ratings      Overall 4.1


and these that were never officially added to TBR


Lost in Math audiobook cover artDeath of an Outsider audiobook cover artA Rare Book of Cunning Device audiobook cover art


Never Stop Learning


UPDATE: As the sale draws to a close, I added two more titles to the pile


AudibleUS's current 2 for 1 credit sale (thru July4) is focusing on life-long learning and  is full of Great Courses, Modern Scholar (I should try one), history, biography, science, nature, self-help and other non-fiction.


I made my first pass through the huge pile and made my first purchases this morning. I chose three Great Courses and one Doris Kearns Goodwin -- all basically history titles. If nothing else, they will keep me occupied.


The Bully Pulpit audiobook cover artThe History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad audiobook cover artThe Vikings audiobook cover artUnderstanding Japan audiobook cover art


The Girls of Atomic City audiobook cover art Washington's Spies audiobook cover art

The Narrators List
It is time to start keeping lists of the narrators I love and the narrators who need to find another line of work.
YOU can read me the phone book
  • George Guidall
  • Grover Gardner
  • Kobna Holdbrook-Smith 
  • Lisette Lecat 
  • The late great Edward Hermann
  • Tony Britton
  • Davina Porter
  • Wil Wheaton (yes, of Star Trek fame)
Simply excruciating
  • Ulli Birve (terrible pacing)
  • Elizabeth Klett (American with limited arsenal of British accents)
  • William Dufris -- whiny females
  • Authors, other than actors,  reading their own books
3 Stars
A good walk spoiled
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett, William Dufris

Speaking of the audiobook. The book is a hoot but the outing is ruined by the narrator who has completely mastered the "whiny female" voice. Sadly, it is the only female voice in his arsenal.

Deliciously Noir

 Double Indemnity audiobook cover art


An amuse-bouche. I sat up until the wee hours listening--and the book is just over 3 hours. I did not want to put it down even though it was a re-read.


It all unravels so delightfully in a short, well-paced yet perfectly structured story. In a flash we go from simple insurance sale to murder plot and everything is just so delightfully black, without being gruesome. Except for the innocent virgin, every single character is not what he appears to be, has a secret, has a hidden agenda, is not quite  honorable. Sociopaths and psychopaths, all.


And then the ending, that leaves us hanging  -- or does it? Do they or don't they? Does he or doesn't he? Does she or doesn't she? Yes, well discussing it would just be one huge spoiler...