1. What are you currently reading? Exposed by Lisa Scottoline. The book sets up an interesting premise: what if what's fair isn't what's right? It's the latest in the popular Rosato and DiNunzio series, and it pits the two partners and two friends against each other. The case is heartbreaking and timely, regarding employers and insurance coverage and the cost of healthcare in this country. I'm enjoying it so far, though I find Mary's Italian Philly family a bit too cartoonish. Still, I like how Scottoline writes and I like the characters she's created. I just wish she'd give "Mare" a rest and revisit Anne Murphy. Anne is the firm's youngest lawyer with an interesting backstory and she deserves a turn in the spotlight. (I'm reading an ARC of Exposed from Amazon.)
2. What did you recently finish reading? Little White Lies, by Ace Atkins. I enjoyed this latest addition to the Spenser saga ... until I didn't. It has a lot going for it. Ace Atkins brings back some beloved old characters and uses them well. There's good food and good booze and witty banter, and of course a mystery. Connie Kelly hires Spenser to find her lover. He bilked her of tens of thousands of dollars, and left her a mess, emotionally as well as financially. Spenser takes her case and gets to the bottom of it all, encountering danger and intrigue along the way. So far, so good. But here's where it lost me. About 3/4 of the way through, there's a Clark Kent plot twist. Remember how no one at The Daily Planet realized that Clark Kent was Superman simply because he wore glasses? Here one of the bad guys completely changes identity, simply by dying his hair. I mean, really!