Teaser Tuesday

I have been a very bad blogger this week. I have at least three reviews, half-written and saved as drafts. I have finished one book (The Disappearance, by Efrem Sigel) and I haven’t even started that review. I have picked up and put down half a dozen new books in the last 2 days, but I’ve gotten no reading done. It’s good to be home after a long business trip (5 weeks), but it’s hard to settle into the old rhythms again.

So, in the hopes that posting a couple of teasers will help me settle on a new book, here’s what I’m looking over this week. First, from The World Without Us by Alan Weisman:

“The wrecking crews weren’t just trees, Munir marveled, but also flowers. Tiny seeds of wild Cyprus cyclamen had wedged themselves into cracks, germinated, and heaved aside entire slabs of concrete. Streets now rippled with white cyclamen combs and their pretty, variegated leaves.”

You know that appeals to my great love of post-apocalypse stories – and this has the advantage of being non-fiction. I could consider it research. Next, from Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein:

“‘I hope they’ve got good insurance at the morgue,’ Mike said, taking a last slug of his drink. ‘Between that murder weapon and the little psalm book, there’s enough burglary bait there to tempt the dead.'”

Okay, now you know something interesting is going to happen at the morgue tonight, right? Now, the last quote is from Badlands by Richard Montanari. He’s a local guy, made it big – I met him a couple of years ago at a book club meeting – and I love his work. (Handsome fellow, too. That doesn’t help his writing, but it makes book signings more fun.) This one has been sitting on my shelf and I think it might be time to skip over the ARCs and read something just for me:

“Instead, on the sidewalk in front of the entrance, she leaned into him and gave him on of the softest, most seductive kisses on the cheek he’d ever received. The kiss promised redemption, if not life eternal.”

That’s pretty promising, wouldn’t you say? And since Richard’s books are normally about gruesome murders and crazed killers, full of twists and turns are terrifying moments, it’s good to know there are a few softer moments awaiting.

So, what do you think? Where should I start?

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