Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thriller Annotation

Bass, J. (2012). The Inquisitor's Key. New York: William Morrow.

Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical—after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages—but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger. Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be two thousand years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug-of-war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming—and trigger the end of time. Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science, The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.

Characteristics of Thrillers:
1) Moves at a rapid pace, driven by the danger faced by the protagonist(s).
2) Building intensity makes them compelling page turners.
3) Extensive details and technical language related to occupations are vital.
4) There is often a political focus with national or international ramifications.
5) Protagonists are generally strong, sympathetic characters.
6) The language of Thrillers reflects the jargon of each profession.

Gerritsen, T. (2006). The Mephisto Club: A novel. New York: Ballantine Books.
Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
PECCAVI…The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell–Jane’s professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club….Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning. (Amazon)

Reichs, K. (2005). Cross bones. N.Y: Scribner.
When an Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her it is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, and one that could lead to the rewriting of two thousand years of religious history….Using her skills as a forensic scientist, Tempe plunges into the most controversial case of her career. The stakes have never been higher -- the more she learns, the greater the danger….Cross Bones, with its lightning pace, intricately plotted story, riveting and state-of-the-art forensic detail, is Kathy Reichs's most compelling and dramatic novel yet. (Amazon)

Castle, R. (2012). Frozen heat. New York, New York: Hyperion.
NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat gets more mystery than she imagined when she arrives at her latest crime scene. The body of an unidentified woman has been found stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left sitting on a Manhattan street. A startling enough death, but an even bigger shock comes when this new homicide surprisingly connects to the unsolved murder of Detective Heat's own mother. The gruesome killing of this Jane Doe launches Heat on a dangerous and emotional investigation, rekindling the cold case that has haunted her since she was nineteen. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she also digs into unexplored areas of her mother's background-areas Nikki has been afraid to confront before, but now must. Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Heat's search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat's passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother's cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years? (Amazon)

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Saricks, J. G. (2009). The readers' advisory guide to genre fiction. Chicago: American Library Association.

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Suspense Annotation: Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

Henderson, D. (2002). Danger in the shadows. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.
Sara's terrified. She's falling in love with a famous man. In the witness protection program, her safety depends on staying invisible -- and loving Adam could get her killed. Hidden away in the witness protection program, she's falling in love with former pro football player Adam Black. FBI agent Dave Richman has his hands full keeping her safe from her sister's killer. When events bring Sara face-to-face with terror, will she rely on God for protection? (WorldCat)

Characteristics of Suspense:
1) Action takes place within a narrow time frame.
2) Reader is made aware of the danger early on.
3) Menacing atmosphere underscores the danger to the protagonist.
4) Suspense in the novel starts early, novel makes use of flashbacks, to explain the danger to the protagonist.
5) Reader empathizes with the danger to the protagonist.
6) The resolution is brought about by a confrontation between the protagonist and the villain but the protagonist survives.


Hannon, I. (2010). In harm's way. (Heroes of Quantico, book 3.). Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.
FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at his office--until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll and tells him about a strangefeeling of terror it goves her when she touches it. Nick dismisses her, only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted child, setting in motion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections--and puts Rachel's life on the line (WorldCat)

Blackstock, T. (2002). Cape Refuge. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 
After Thelma and Wayne Owens, the no-nonsense hosts of a Christian halfway home for ex-convicts and derelicts, are found murdered in their warehouse church, suspicion is cast on the Owens' daughter's husband and on two former residents. (WorldCat)

Wick, L. (2005). A place called home. Eugene, Or: Harvest House Publishers.
As the dim lights of the train station faded, Christine Bennett wondered if she would ever see home again. With the death of her grandfather, Christine experienced a deep loneliness she'd never felt before. The words of his will rang in her ears: "In the event of my granddaughter's death, everything will go to Vince Jeffers." Jeffers watched her with an evil look that made her shiver. Now, afraid of what might happen, she was obeying a note she had received saying she was in danger and must leave town immediately. After escaping to the community of Baxter, Christine begins to piece together a new life. The love she finds there, along with newfound faith, sustains her as she faces the threat of danger. (WorldCat)


Saricks, J. G. (2009). The readers' advisory guide to genre fiction. Chicago: American Library Association.

WorldCat. (n.d.). Retrieved January 24, 2017, from http://www.worldcat.org

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Reading Profile

I am a serious reader, mostly I read mysteries, inspirational fiction, and young adult books--I like fantasy and dystopian novels. I started reading the Maze Runner and stopped halfway through the Scorch Trials, it's not exactly my cup of tea (and I'm not going to even start on the Divergent series!) I usually decide on a book because it was free (BookBub and Kindle), I've read the author before, or I want to see what all the hype is about. Including books I re-read last year, I read over 200, I don't have a goal for this year.

 Top 5 books I read (for the 1st time) in 2016 were:

1.Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
2. Doctor Who: Legends of River Song by Jenny T. Colgan
3. Driving Heat by Richard Castle
4. Cold Springs by Rick Riordan
5. Abducted by T.R.Ragan

* My Top 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE Books/Series:
1. Everything Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
2. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
3 .The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
4. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. Abram's Daughters series by Beverly Lewis