The Wire in the Blood/The Catch Trap

Book Number: 21
Title: The Wire in the Blood
Val McDermid

Amazon Synopsis: Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they’re runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It’s the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They’ve spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find…

My Thoughts: This one was slow going in the beginning for me. I had a hard time getting pulled in to the story. But I wound up being quite happy when the bad guy got his in the end. I really disliked him — probably because he was covering his wrongdoings so well. It just feeds my paranoia about people not being what they seem to be.

Book Number: 22
Title: The Catch Trap
Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley

Amazon Synopsis: A magnificent, colorful novel of the circus world of the 1940s and 1950s, rich in detail, and bursting with power and emotion. Mario Santelli, a member of the famous flying Santelli family, is a great trapeze artist. Tommy Zane is his protégé. As naturally and gracefully as they soar through the air, the two flyers find themselves falling in love. Mario and Tommy share sweet stolen moments of passion, but the real intensity of their relationship comes from their total devotion to one another and to their art. As public figures in a conservative era, they cannot reveal their love. But they will never renounce it. A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a special world.

My Thoughts: I read and enjoyed this book about 20 years ago. I was thinking about it a lot lately, so I decided to read it again. I didn’t remember it being so sad. It was tough to read about the homophobia that Mario and Tommy endured. And I think whoever wrote the Amazon synopsis didn’t read the book very closely: Their relationship was far from filled with “sweet stolen moments.” There were stolen moments, sure, but there was nothing sweet about them. I read the Kindle edition of the book, and it was filled with typos. I’m not sure how Kindle editions are recreated — are the books retyped? If so, they need a proofer!

Note: I’ve read these books for Bookalicious Babe’s 100 Book Challenge for 2011.

Next up: Dunno. It’ll probably be Laurell K. Hamilton, Preston & Child, or J.D. Robb. It’s going to depend on my mood.


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