4. Transgressions edited by Ed McBains: A collection of 10 mystery/crime novellas by an assortment of authors. Like any anthology, it was pretty hit or miss for me. I gave up on three of them completely, and I wouldn't say I loved any of the remaining, though most of those seven were solidly entertaining. The authors are Donald E. Westlake, Anne Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosely, Sharyn McCrumb, Ed McBain, Stephen King, John Farris, Jeffrey Deaver, and Lawrence Block. My favorites were authors I've read before mostly (Mosely, King, and Deaver). - C
5. Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson: The second in a series of romantic suspense novels centered around an FBI agency. This one was about a single mom with a son who hasn't spoken in years who gets caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on a Minnesota mall. She gets rescued by a special agent who's on vacation, who then has to get her into special custody when the news comes out that her son could've been a witness to the terrorists. I enjoyed this, probably more than I should, though terrorist attacks always leave me anxious. The heroine was smart and protective of her son, and the hero a good match for her. - B
6. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs: The seventh Mercy Thompson novel. The entire pack gets taken hostage, and it's up to Mercy to figure out how to keep others safe while helping them get free. I liked this more than the previous novel, but it felt like a lot of set-up for not a very exciting pay-off. - B
A lot of DNFs this time around, bringing my total for this year up to 5 already.