Before I left on my trip, I told you I had filled my Kindle and was excited to start reading. If you’re like me, you have a lot of books on that “to read” list and there’s never enough time to get to them all. Cruising is a wonderful vacation for readers because you have blocks of time at sea with nothing much to do — honestly, how much trivia can you play? I found quiet spots and spent many happy hours reading, reading, reading. Not everyone reads on e-readers, of course. I saw many a paperback novel by the pool and I decided that someday, I want to walk by people who are reading on a cruise ship and see one of my books in their hands!
I promised you reviews, so here goes:
A Body on the Porch by Steve Demaree
I love Steve’s books because they’re top-notch police procedurals. I almost never guess the murderer ahead of the arrest. They’re also funny and I enjoy how he weaves faith into the lives of his main characters. I’m excited about this book for three reasons. First, it’s another great mystery that won’t disappoint his fans. Second, it features a few cameos from his under-read series, Aylesford Place. Finally, I’m in the book! That’s right! Cy Dekker, retired police detective, reads voraciously and I’ve always kinda wished he’d read one of my books. In Body, he does! Whoo hoo! How can I not give it five stars after that?
If you’d like to read it, click on the title and buy the book on Amazon. Steve’s on all of the e-book vendors, but I’m an Amazon Associate, so when you click on the link and buy the book Steve thanks you and I thank you because Amazon pays me a referral fee. It isn’t a lot and I don’t recommend books I don’t enjoy, but while you’re there, buy a truck or something, will ya? (Cy would’ve smiled)
A Treasure to Die For by Richard Houston
There are three books in this series about computer expert turned handyman, Jake Martin, and his lovable golden retriever, Fred. I’ve read them all and the fourth is in pre-order so that’s filling up my to-read list right now! First of all, Jake. How could I not love a book with a Jake as a main character? Second, Fred. I have a wonderful dog named Reese, who is a chocolate retriever (part chocolate lab, part golden retriever) so I know what terrific dogs goldens are. Fred’s a great guy and Jake is as concerned over him as I would be over my fur baby. Third, these are just plain good books with characters I like and a main character I root for. I think you’ll enjoy the series.
That’s it for now. We’ll let the boys hang out for a week, then we’ll turn to the ladies I’ve been reading.
By the way, my own new book, The Fine Art of Deception, is in the Kindle Scout program right now. What that means is, if you click on the title, you can read an excerpt and hopefully nominate it. If the KS staff like it enough to publish it, you’ll get a free preview copy. Way more wonderful books are submitted than are picked up, but just for voting, Amazon will send you a reminder when the book is published. Check it out, then come back and tell me what you think.