Title: More Twisted
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 18/40
My Rating: 3.75/5

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Title: A Thief of Time
Author: Tony Hillerman
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Book Number/Goal: 11/40
My Rating: 4/5

Title: Compulsion
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Book Number/Goal: 12/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Vanished Man
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 560 pages
Book Number/Goal: 13/40
My Rating: 4/5

Title: Triptych
Author: Karin Slaughter
Number of Pages: 512 pages
Book Number/Goal: 14/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: Bones
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 15/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Maidenstone Lighthouse
Author: Sally O'Rourke
Number of Pages: 296 pages
Book Number/Goal: 16/40
My Rating: 2.5/5

Title: The Blackstone Chronicles
Author: John Saul
Number of Pages: 562 pages
Book Number/Goal: 17/40
My Rating: 3.5/5
book 12Title: The Empty Chair
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 12/50

Plot: While visiting North Carolina for a medical appointment, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are approached by the local police who need their help to find some missing girls.
My Thoughts: It took a little bit for this book to grab me, as most of the secondary characters I'm familiar with are missing. Meeting Roland Bell's relative helped to smooth things along until the story itself gripped me, and once the mystery got its hooks into me, all thoughts of "where's Dellray and Sellitto" slipped from my mind. I liked the twists and turns of the plot, and the way Deaver has a skill at making you believe one thing when in truth the opposite is what's going on. The final twist made sense to me, as the question it answered was something I'd been asking myself.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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book 13Title: The Stone Monkey
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 13/50

Plot: A case of human smuggling turns deadly when the smuggler starts killing those he's taken to the United States. It's up to Rhyme and Sachs to stop him before it's too late.
My Thoughts: I found this story surprisingly difficult to get into, initially. While the previous book didn't grab me at first, this one felt like it might be the "yawner" of the series. I didn't much care for Sonny Li, I must admit, and I found that Rhyme's reaction to him felt a little out of character to me. Sachs has certainly mellowed Rhyme, but I still felt like Rhyme wouldn't put up with Li's way of doing things as quickly as he did. I did, however, like how the friendship resulted in growth for Rhyme, and I enjoyed Sachs' decision at the end of the book.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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book 14Title: The Vanished Man
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 14/50

Plot: Rhyme and Sachs face their most slippery opponent yet when they try to capture an illusionist turned serial killer.
My Thoughts: This book was just... FUN, in my opinion. I've never been particularly good at illusion, but I've always loved watching the shows I could manage to see, and gasping in wonder. So reading a book where the forensics had to deal with the magic of it somehow made the mystery more fun to me. Rhyme was back to being his grumpy self, and that felt right, too.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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(and with this, I think I'm finally caught up to my current book!)
book 10Title: The Bone Collector
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 10/50

Plot: Noted forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme was left a quadruplegic after an accident at a crime scene. But his brilliant mind is needed when a serial killer starts kidnapping and killing people in his home of New York City. He begins to teach protegée Amelia Sachs the procedures of Crime Scene work as they hunt down the killer.
My Thoughts: Lincoln is a shit, personality-wise. And yet, he's so much fun to read about to me. He has reason for it, but even better, people aren't afraid to put him in his place for it (most notably Thom, his caregiver/aide). But there's more to him than simply being an asshole, and part of what draws me so deeply into these books is the different characters and the way their personalities have depth. Lincoln and Amelia are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but you also get a feel for Thom, for Selitto and Dellray, for Jerry Banks, and even, at times, for the killer. Jeffery Deaver digs into the thoughts of everyone, killer included, and yet does so in a way that leaves us guessing as to just who the killer is, and what the ultimate goal might be.

There's also the forensic science to work with, and that procedure fascinates me. While I don't anticipate that Deaver's forensic procedures are completely by the book, they are comfortable enough with the book that it doesn't leave me frowning in frustration, or failing to enjoy the book. There is puzzle, there is interplay, and there is suspense, and all of those combine to frustrate me only when I'm forced to put the book down and focus on the real world again.

Would I read this book again? DEFINITELY! This entire series is one of my favorites. Each time I pick it up, I find myself sucked back into the interplay between the characters, and the teasing clues that the killer leaves us.

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book 11Title: The Coffin Dancer
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 11/50

Plot: A bomb on a plane, two witnesses to protect in a federal investigation, and "the one that got away" are what draw Lincoln's attention to the case in the second book of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Alongside Amelia, Rhyme returns to track down a clever killer.
My Thoughts: Deaver's back with Lincoln and Amelia, and once more the forensics and emotions are two of my favorite things. Characters grow in this series, becoming more than a simple sum of their parts. Lincoln's still a shit, but he's changed, and you can see it. And there's a lovely little hint at a subplot, which continues the length of the series, that begins to coalesce. It was in the first book, certainly, but it needles at your brain here, and makes you aware of itself. Masterful twists and turns also lead you on a merry chase, as they lead Lincoln and Amelia.

Would I read this book again? Absolutely! I find the second book just as intriguing as the first, and just as much an addiction to read.

My List
Title: The Stone Monkey
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Mystery
Book Number/Goal: 52/75 in 2009

Review: A page-turner that had me guessing right up to the very end. It was a very enjoyable read, filled with Deaver's trademark twists. I'm very much looking forward to reading #5 in the series.
Title: The Empty Chair
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 416
Genre: Mystery
Book Number/Goal: 49/50 in 2009

Review: Another thriller - very suspenseful and full of twists and turns, though I could have done without the last "surprise". I thought that was a bit much. Other than that, I thought it was another fantastic read. I especially enjoyed the character development and the insight of both Rhyme and Sachs that we are privy too.

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Title: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 150
Genre: Fiction
Book Number/Goal: 50/50 in 2009 - New Goal: 75 in 2009

Review: I recently read a quote from an interview with Dame Maggie Smith where she said that Minvera McGonagall was Miss Jean Brodie as a witch. Not having read or seen The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, I immediately put it on my to-read list. I have not yet ...seen the movie, but I did enjoy the book. The part that stuck me the most was Brodie's theory on education..."To me education is a leading out of what's already there in a pupil's soul." This is definitely a novella that I will come back to and read again (and again).
Title: The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme novel #2)
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 458
Genre: Mystery
Book Number/Goal: 48/50 in 2009

Review: I could not put this book down. I picked it up about 50 pages in last evening and I could not stop and go to bed. It was after 3AM when I finally finished it and crawled in to bed. It was just that good.

I'm fast becoming a huge fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series. I think the plots, with all the twists and turns, are fantastic and the characters are so likable. I'm definitely a Rhyme/Sachs shipper at this point.
Title: The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme novel #1)
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Mystery
Book Number/Goal: 47/50 in 2009

Review: I don't remember why I originally put this series on my to-read list, but I am so happy that I did. I thought it was a fantastic, well-written story. The main character, Lincoln Rhyme, is incredibly unlikable as a person, and totally lovable as a character. I'm also a fan of Amelia Sachs!

I actually finished this novel a few days ago, and am already through the beginning of the next one. When I first started The Bone Collector I thought "at least I don't have to worry about a 'ship in this series". *headdesk* Yeah, so much for that theory, though I have no idea if anything will even hint towards one, but the see has been planted in my head.

On a related note, I have absolutely no desire to see the movie adaptation of The Bone Collector.
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