Scene of the Blog!

Scene of the Blog, Kittling Books

I am so excited to be featured on Scene of the Blog today at Kittling: Books. Each week Cathy features a blogger’s space – shelves and reading/writing areas. I would love it if you would head over and take a look at my shelves, my writing spot and my animals!

When you are done checking out my space, take a look around at the other bloggers and authors that Cathy has featured. Cathy mostly reviews crime novels (my favorite genre!) and is hosting her first ever giveaway. So what are you waiting for? Head over to Kittling: Books now!

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Review: Bad Intentions (Inspector Konrad Sejer #9)

Bad Intentions by Karin FossumIn Bad Intentions, the newest installment in the Inspector Sejer series since The Water’s Edge in 2009, Konrad Sejer must face down his memories and fears as he struggles to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes.

The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better. His psychiatrist said so, and so did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little-girl-lost looks. He was racked by a mysterious guilt that had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. But when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide.

Then another corpse is found in a lake, a Vietnamese immigrant. And Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him. Does he still have the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil?

Karin Fossum has been on my radar for a while. I love a good Scandinavian crime novel. Unfortunately, Bad Intentions left me with a ho-hum feeling.

Let me say right away that there is graphic violence towards an animal near the end of the book. I understand that the point is to show that one of the characters is evil and unfeeling. However, after reading that portion of the book, I had to put the book down for a few minutes and think about whether I wanted to finish reading. It is rare that I do not finish a book, but this portion of the story really bothered me.

The premise of Bad Intentions is that three friends are harboring a dark secret. During a camping trip, one of the friends drowns in Dead Water Lake. Prior to the camping trip, the drowning victim, Jon Moreno, had been staying at an institution where he was receiving counseling for depression and anxiety. The remainder of the novel is spent revealing the secret and how the three friends are connected to the second drowning victim.

The book is narrated by several different characters; including Jon Moreno, Moreno’s mother, Konrad Sejer and Moreno’s friend Reilly. Konrad Sejer plays only a minor role in Bad Intentions. I was not sure if this is normal for the series, but other reviews indicate that he normally plays a larger role.

The plot of Bad Intentions seemed pretty average. On a positive note, the book is a quick read. The character of Reilly is complex and proved to be one of my favorite parts of the novel.

Book: Bad Intentions | Author: Karin Fossum | Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; August 9, 2011 | Format: e-Galley | Source: NetGalley | Rating: 3 out of 5

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011

Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – This has been a great suspense novel. I read nearly all of it in a 24-hour period. I have less than 100 pages to go, and it may end up being a favorite for the year.

Last week I finished reading:

I finished absolutely nothing last week. What happened?

Recent Arrivals:

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay – I won this in a giveaway from Debbie’s Book Bag. A library and a mystery! Two of my favorite things.

Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo – I won this in a giveaway from Criminal Element. I have not read any in this series, but I have heard great things.

Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

Deer

Yesterday I went tubing on the Comal River. Afterwards, we visited for a bit at a resort in New Braunfels. There were so many deer! Deer! Everywhere! Obviously, this city girl is easily impressed by nature.

Have a great weekend!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 – The stories have been pretty good so far. As explained in the introduction, the line between mystery/fiction is increasingly blurry. These aren’t traditional mysteries so much as just darn good writing.

Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant – Somehow I skipped the second in the series, Simmer Down, but I wanted to get current with Chloe’s love life. This is a favorite cozy series of mine.

Last week I finished reading:

Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum

Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum – This is the first novel by Karin Fossum that I have read. I was not blown away. I felt that the story was average. There was violence towards animals. Based on this one, I probably won’t read any others in the series. Review to come soon. (3 out of 5)

Upcoming reads:

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – I need to start this one pronto!

Happy reading!