Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley – This is an older/earlier book, and it shows in the development of the plot, such as it is. The ending of the baby mystery was out of nowhere and didn’t really fit with the tone of the rest of the piece. It felt sort of wedged in, as if the author had written herself into a corner with the paranormal bit and then – voila! – came up with a practical/real solution that hadn’t been signaled in any way earlier in the book.
Echoes in Death by J.D Robb – Meh. Guessed whodunnit as soon as the character was introduced and the “twist” earlier on (during the post mortem).
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Really trope-y heroine. Dreamy and not really believable hero. Split with twin to get all skills. Author had a couple of faux pas re: DC, especially re the Metro (there are no ladies rooms in Metro stops).
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – Glad this was a library loaner, because paying for it would have irritated me. Miscellaneous sloppy typos missed in copy edits (the for then, ambitions for ambitious, etc.). Disjointed narration. If you have to tell me at the outset of each chapter the setting, then you are doing something wrong, too much telling. More everyone loves Mercy. More power pulled out of nowhere to serve the plot. Meh.
Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold – The writing was fine, but this novella felt kind of purposeless to me. Penric’s situation wasn’t really advanced from the end of the last story, on the run with a potential ladylove and her refugee brother. They are in a slightly safer locale, but the conflict isn’t resolved or even moved forward at all. It was vaguely interesting to get a different personality of Desdemona has a role, but absent actual progression, I felt like the novella was a disappointment; I wouldn’t call in a money-grab, exactly, but it felt purposeless and like fluff or filler.
Currently reading Empires of Light (nonfiction) and a biography of Ida Tarbell.