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Mondays are murder

Perhaps you will remember my unfortunate run-in with J.A. Konrath’s “optimized-for-ereaders (but not YOUR ereader!)” Banana Hammock a few weeks ago.  Well, I didn’t let that one unfortunate incident deter me.  Oh no!  I went back to the catalogue of real books for real people and checked out Whiskey Sour, the first book in Konrath’s Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series.

Jack Daniels is a cop in Chicago.  Jack Daniels has an admirer.  And it’s not her newly-departed ex-boyfriend.  Jack’s admirer calls himself “The Gingerbread Man,” and what he does to women belies any tender memories evoked by his name.  And he wants Jack to find him, even though he is reasonably certain that she can’t.  (What is it about psychopaths?  Why do they think that no one will ever find out who they are?)

To top it off, as though a break-up and a serial killer aren’t enough for one week, the FBI profilers have arrived.  And they are looking for someone with whom to share their wisdom!

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I can tell you right now that I am going to read more books in this series.  It has all the things I love best – truly horrifying crimes (think “Criminal Minds”), a spunky female detective who is all-too-human (think “Anne of Green Gables” with a whiskey habit and a sidearm), and good humour to balance it all (think “Big Bang Theory” or “The Office,” whichever you find funnier).

And speaking of series, I haven’t done an update for awhile.  I have stacks of Northern European trauma waiting for me though!  (Camilla Läckberg and Jo Nesbø, particularly.)  Now that the weather is warming up, it might be time to venture back into the frigid darkness…

Alexandra’s Picks – Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Age Group:
photo cover image16 and up

This novel is a comic adventure about bombardier Yossarian who is desperately trying to avoid flying missions during World War II in order to stay alive. Problem is, according to army regulation Catch-22, insane men who ask to be grounded prove themselves sane through a concern for personal safety, while truly crazy people are those who readily agree to fly more missions. Therefore the only way to be grounded is to make a formal request to be relieved of such missions, but this act demonstrates sanity and therefore makes one ineligible to be relieved.

None smile face icon But it has stood the test of time, and is seen as one of the most significant novels of the 20th century. He is the man who coined the phrase “Catch-22”.

My Thoughts:
One of the funniest books I’ve ever read. A must read!

Borrow Catch 22 from your local VPL Library!

Top Three Similar Reads:
1. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
2. Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
3. Days of Infamy, by Newt Gingrich

Have you read Catch – 22 yet? If so, what did you think?

Alexandra’s Picks – Lunch Walks Among Us, by Jim Benton

Age Group:

photo cover image7 to 12



Franny K. Stein is not your average little girl, she is a mad scientist.  She prefers to play with dolls that ooze, and skip rope with a snake.  Consequently, her classmates find her weird and creepy.


Tired of being the outcast, Franny decides to attempt an experiment on fitting in.  Her experiment starts of well, but soon a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class.  Needed, of course, is a mad scientist, but will Franny convert back to her old ways and save the day?



In 2004, it won the Gryphon Award Honor Book.


My Thoughts:

This book is really cute, and is a great read for younger children.  The best part is that there is a moral lesson!


Borrow Lunch Walks Among Us from your local VPL Library!


Top Three Similar Reads:

  1. Stink And The Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker, by Megan McDonald
  2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jim Benton
  3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, by Jim Kinney

Have you read Lunch Walks Among Us yet? If so, what did you think?