by | Apr 5, 2020 | Karna Small Bodman | 3 comments

by Karna Small Bodman

          With most everyone hunkering down at home (when possible) during this challenging time, at least we can read a good book. And with that thought in mind, I asked fellow Rogues what they are reading right now – what books are on the night-stand? I thought you might like some recommendations. Here is the list:

From K.J. Howe:

THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine

Given I tend to write more action/adventure thrillers, I’m so impressed when I read a very well executed psychological thriller—that the author was able to pull off a nail-biting tale without any firearms or roundhouse kicks. Just the other day, an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of the highly anticipated THE WIFE STALKER landed in my mailbox. I opened the novel and started reading. Well, let’s just say that was the end of my workday! I basically devoured the book in one sitting.

As someone who likes to predict what the kicker will be, I kept searching for clues as to the major twist, but I was definitely outmatched by a talented sister team who wowed me with their shocking ending. I bow to their brilliance, their intricate planning, the breadcrumb trail of clues, and the devious plotting that led to me flashing back to many turning points after that lightbulb moment when the truth was revealed. It truly takes a master to manage to make an ending both inevitable and surprising, and they nailed it. Kudos to my fellow Rogue on another unforgettable read. This novel is available for pre-order and will be out in early May.

From Lisa Black:

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

When I first read one of their Agent Prendergast books I was captivated, until I realized that if I met the main character I would feel wholly inadequate, and I’m egotistical enough that that gives me pause On top of that he is often snippy to the point of rudeness, and there’s only so much of that I’m willing to tolerate despite his softer moments…unfortunately police detective Vince Agosta doesn’t have that option when there’s a diabolical serial killer loose in New York. All in all, I think Prendergast is the kind of character I would have fallen madly in love with at, say, fourteen. As an adult, though, I’d have reservations.

Of course, all of that is a very minor beef when the plot is so fascinating that I can’t put the book down and then neglect all my other duties just to pick it up again!

From Lynne Constantine:

HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing
I’m reading an advanced copy of Samantha Downing’s HE STARTED IT, a riveting and deviously fun thriller that I’m devouring. I’m also reading THE SCIENCE OF SCREENWRITING: The neuroscience behind storytelling strategies as I dip a toe into the screenwriting waters.

From Gayle Lynds:

The snow this winter in Maine has been abundant and beautiful, which means John and I snowshoe almost every day. Animal trails crisscross our backyard and forest, mostly made by white-tail deer. Sometimes we see them, but often not. We’ve always been curious about what other animals were making tracks, too, until one day last month we were deep in the woods and spotted perfect imprints in the snow – Big paws. Sharp claws.

Wow! Time to do something about our ignorance. We guessed what the animal was, but we wanted to be sure. So, I went looking for research books. My number-one, go-to favorite has become MYSTERY TRACKS IN THE SNOW by Hap Gilliland. I love his drawings of animals, and his stories of encounters. As for the animal making the big tracks here that started all this – it was a coyote – and we have at least two. With book in hand, we’ve also identified a lot of other wild animals, including fox, squirrels, raccoons, and porcupines. Highly recommended! That cover art is on my desktop.

From Valerie Rees:

THE BODY by Bill Bryson

THE BODY explores every aspect of the body’s anatomy and function and does it in a way that makes it humorous and the science easy to understand. (Add photo The Body) There are fascinating stories and astounding facts throughout the book, and he writes too of our body’s remarkable ability to heal itself. I’ve always loved Bryson’s writing style––his keen insights laced with his customary wit. THE BODY is another winner. 
From Jamie Freveletti:


I just started this book, but the idea of “Memory Police” who can wipe your memories and a novelist fighting to preserve the stories that are ours and make us who we are is so compelling that I had to read it! Here’s the official description: On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. 

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
From Chris Goff:
A SPY FOR ALL SEASONS by Duane R. Clarridge
I’ll mention two I’m waiting with baited breath to read: First, A SPY FOR ALL SEASONS by Duane R. Clarridge He was a former Deputy Director of the CIA who provides a behind-the-scenes look at the American intelligence community, the Reagan administration’s secret war against the Sandinistas, the covert operations he conceived, and the battle against world terrorism.

Also, I’m super excited to read PAPER SON A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel by S. J. Rozan. I love this series, and it’s been a few years since she’s had a book out.

Finally, from me, Karna Small Bodman: 

DEEP STATE by Chris Hauty

I just finished reading a riveting thriller recommended here on our Rogue site several weeks ago, DEEP STATE by Chris Hauty. Talk about timely – this is a story set in turbulent, partisan times in Washington, DC about a plot put together by ruthless members of a president’s own administration, thus the title.

It begins with the murder of the White House Chief of staff. A brave and tenacious young intern discovers a single clue to explain his death while becoming a target herself when she tries to find the culprits and warn the president of the continuing threat. The author is careful to be “non-partisan” in terms of the politics of the various characters (a difficult fete these days) which means this book will appeal to a broad spectrum of thriller readers.

Question: What are you reading these days? Do you have recommendations for us and our readers? Please let us know. Meanwhile to all: Please take care….and stay safe!!

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  1. Lisa Black

    I have to admit, “He Started It” is the best title I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t need to know another thing about it—only that I want to read it ASAP.

  2. Chris Goff

    There are some great books on this list. The stack beside the bed is getting deeper! Thanks, Karna and Rogues.

  3. LynnetteAustin

    I have to agree, Lisa. He Started It is an exceptional title!