Deal Breaker, Messenger of Music, The Address and the Killing Floor

What is Vicki Reading?

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben  This is the first Myron Boitar book.  It kept my interest.  I mostly listened to it while doing work around the house.  I gave it three stars on Goodreads.  It was way better than the Lee Child novel below.  Not much to it so I’m not going to get into it, but worth a read.

Messengers of Music:  The Legacy of Julia E. Crane by Caron L. Colins.  Having received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Crane, I wanted to check this book out by Colins.  It was good as it gave a foundation for Crane’s philosophy of music education.  I remember a classmate researching Julia Crane’s history and writing her master’s thesis about her or some type of research paper.  Julia Crane set the foundation for music teaching pedagogy and The Crane School of Music is a renowned music school for music education. The Crane School of Music is well known for its Music Education program, internationally, and Julia Crane along with Helen Hosmer made Crane a known name in the music circles.  They brought in many well-known performers and do so presently.  The college trained me well for the price and I will give them credit for my research skills and early education.  Thank you Julia Crane!

The Address by Fiona Davis  This one a loved.  It is a story about the building of the Dakota apartments in NYC and in the Fiona Davis style, switches from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s.  It’s historic fiction and had me wanting more.  

The Killing Floor by Lee Child  Ugh.  It took me forever to get through this novel.  I wanted to read it as I watched the Amazon Prime series “Reacher” which is based on this novel.  The story was fine – the writing not so much.  I am hoping that his others are better.  Counterfeiting is a hard thing to do with currency, especially with Crane paper.  I knew that Crane and Company printed the currency for the U.S. government and they have a patented process for the production of the paper, something that is hard to counterfeit.  The company prints many currency bills for many countries.  The history is actually rather cool. Other than that, I like the Amazon series more than this book.  I will probably give it two stars on Goodreads.