What’s Going On…
This year my total goal is organization and timeliness with reading and reviewing. I have to keep repeating that like a mantra until it sets in. I’m not a complete hot mess but at times it feels that way. Figuring out how to do things a little better is never a bad thing. I’ve got a handy new planner to help me out as a Read and Review Tracker.
My shelves are running over and I feel my little LUSH addiction needs a time out. I’ve got lotions and potions in just about every room. I’m on a shopping time out.
New to this year I’ve joined a photo a day challenge for 2017. I’m so excited about this as it’s something I’ve thought about doing for awhile. If you’d like to play along you can find the challenge on Chantelle’s blog or follow at her Instagram. Every month Chantelle posts a list of prompts to help inspire you.
In Book News…
I’ve had to draw a few hard lines to get 2017 started off on the right foot and set some new rules up. No more reviewing MEH books and I’m going to be more willing to toss a book I’m not loving on the DNF pile. I’ve declared bankruptcy on the few outstanding reviews I had, except for 2 that were wonderful and deserve a write up.
Most importantly, in the theme of organization – I’m going to be MUCH more diligent about posting book reviews in full over here on the blog rather than re-directing you over to my Goodreads page. YEAH!!!
First up for the year is an author that’s an old favorite of mine.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Whistler by John Grisham
Published by Doubleday on October 25th 2016
Genres: Mystery Thriller
Buy on Amazon
When a sitting judge is on the wrong side of the law, who can make things right? In John Grisham’s newest novel, The Whistler, someone close to a small town judge is telling all the dirty little secrets.
I’ve been a fan of Grisham since the beginning. Way before Julia Roberts, or Matthew Mcconaughey brought his stories to the big screen, you could find me in a bookstore on publication day for his latest. I’ve not loved every single book but I’ve always been a fan.
True to the usual John Grisham format, The Whistler, brings us a legal thriller that has equal appeal for the guys and the gals. The story moves quickly but it is not the most mysterious of plot lines - no last minute twist and turns here. Grishams writing always has the style and polish of a seasoned author. The prose is smooth, the detail is thoughtful and the characters are usually well defined.
Lacy Stoltz, our heroine, is an investigator with the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. As luck would have it, her quiet and predictable life is sent into a tailspin when someone claiming to be an informant contacts her about a corrupt judge. An investigation gets underway and Lucy and her partner quickly find themselves out of their depth. They have evidence that ties the judge to organized crime, decades of corrupt business deals and murders that have long been covered up.
Many long term Grisham fans agree that some of the more recent novels lack the nail biting plot lines and authentic characters that used to define a Grisham novel. The Whistler is in keeping with this line of thought. The story is a good one but there is a lack of edge and mystery.
If you’re a true Grisham lover, then the Whistler is one you should pick up and appreciate for what it is, it’s a solid read. If you’ve never read too much from John Grisham then this is not the place to start. I’m hoping his next novel brings back his old style of storytelling that keeps me frantically turning pages well into the night.
Have a wonderful week!