Here I am, ready to delve into the TBR and see what wonderful numbers it has today. It’s been cold here this week with a little bit of snow a few days ago. The heat went out in the building I work in, so that was a fun day. Ok, let’s dig into the numbers.
TBR – I finished reading 2 books this week (reviews coming soon). And I received SIX books from Pen & Sword Publishing. This, not surprisingly, has bumped the TBR up to a new high of 284! I love it, it was getting a little boring down there in the 270’s. 😇
Goodreads Challenge – As of today, I am 5 books behind schedule, but I will meet the challenge even if I have to skip the New Year’s Eve celebration to get the last one in. 😱
NetGalley Score – I’m slipping a little bit here too, with the score now down to 83%.
Coming Up – I will be finishing “Goat Castle” by Karen L. Cox I’m also hoping to finish “The Broken Girls” by Simone St. James That’s it for today guys. I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and that, unlike me, you have all your shopping done. See you next Sunday!
Welcome to December! It’s getting colder here and the weatherman says we might get some snow tomorrow. I can hardly wait. 😢 I haven’t done as much reading this week as I had hoped too, because life happened, as it often does when I make advance plans. Got my Christmas decorations up though and that must count for something. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
TBR – Total is at 278. I added 4 books from NetGalley and finished 3. I guess I did more reading than I thought.
Goodreads Challenge – As of this morning I am 4 books behind schedule. It was 5 last week, so a slight improvement.
NetGalley Score – This number has dropped to 83% because of all the books I’ve received in the last couple of weeks.
Coming Up – I’m still working on “The Tea Planter’s Wife” by Dinah Jeffries. I will also be reading “The Broken Girls” by Simone St. James. I will continue to listen to “Dark Hollow” by John Connolly and maybe finish it. I guess that’s about it. I hope everybody is enjoying the holiday season and I will catch up with you again next week.
It’s so nice to see my new friend Madeleine Karno again! She’s back with a new mystery and her handsome fiancé. It’s June 1894 and the French president has been assassinated triggering riots in the streets. When the body of a young woman is found in an alley the next morning, Madeleine is called and finds herself with a possible Jack the Ripper copycat roaming the streets. Then she receives word that she has been accepted as the first female student at the local university. While she will be learning from the best, her professor will test her limits in every way possible. Meanwhile, her fiancé is facing charges and their future is starting to look very uncertain.
There is a lot going on in this story and I love how the author is able to balance all the parts of the storyline and weave them together seamlessly. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and guessing till the end. The character of Madeleine continues to develop in this 2nd installment of the series and my affection for her just continues to grow. She is not just smart and well-educated but a caring and empathetic individual as well. She can distance herself enough to be able to expertly carry out an autopsy but turn around and cry for the victims. I really like the depth of this character. Finally, I like how the author places her character in a historical setting but manages to incorporate issues such as homosexuality and women’s rights into the story without disturbing the history. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, then I definitely think you need to.
This book releases on Dec. 5, 2017 in the U.S. and U.K. but can be pre-ordered now. Links are listed below.
Kinsey Millhone is probably my all-time favorite female detective and she did not disappoint me with this investigation. In “X”, Kinsey is on the trail of a woman who hired her under false pretenses and then paid her in counterfeit bills. She has also discovered an unfinished investigation that Pete Wolinsky was working on at the time of his death and decides, rather reluctantly, to see it to completion. And just to make her days a little more interesting, she and Henry have some annoying neighbors and a water leak on the property.
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Kinsey. She continues to delight me with her somewhat caustic personality and her persistence. I also really enjoy getting to hang out in sunny California while reading this series. Sue Grafton continues to deliver with carefully crafted plots that flow seamlessly from beginning to end. This story, in particular, has several different threads weaving through it that all work together to present an engaging mystery. Another job well done. Mystery lover should not miss out on this one, or any of the books in this series.
The story told in “Poison” is riveting and totally blew my mind. This is very much a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless. Cass and Ryan Connor have what looks like the perfect marriage and family. A nice home in a nice neighborhood, 3 kids around the table, jobs they enjoy: what could possibly be wrong? Cass starts to notice things that just seem a bit off. Ryan takes longer than necessary getting home from the airport and he smells of alcohol. Was he with somebody else? But his explanation makes so much sense. Then Cass starts to feel ill, nausea and vomiting. Ryan seems more short tempered than usual. That fish he brought home just doesn’t taste right. Is there any validity to her suspicions? Why will no one believe her?
This story really gets into Cass’s head, exploring her thoughts and her perceptions in a way I’ve never experienced before in a book. At times I believed Cass was right, but then there were moments when I thought perhaps she was losing her mind. And you really have to go all the way to the end to find out whose story is the truth. But then I was wondering if Cass was going to make it to the end of the story. This is really good stuff! “Poison” is the first book I have read from this author and I am so impressed that I will have to check out more. The story is masterfully written, the characters are beautifully drawn and the ending was very satisfying. I highly recommend this one!
Irene and P.J. are back with another mystery to solve. This is book 2 in this series and just as good as the first. In this installment, Juanita’s son Danny has gone missing and a Frenchman has been murdered. It seems that the Frenchman was running a scheme of buying Indian artifacts cheap and selling them at European auctions. Juanita is arrested for the murder, then escapes from jail. Irene, her self-absorbed mother Adelle and P. J., everybody’s favorite lawyer, are hot on her trail. The story takes us into the Pueblo where Juanita lives and out into the desert under the relentless August sun in Santa Fe. Some of the Capitolista gang members get involved and there’s plenty of danger for all concerned.
Ok, so this is a really fun story, set in Santa Fe, NM, in the summer. As usual with this series, there is Indian culture mixed in with designer dresses, and a whole host of delightful characters. I would classify this story as a cozy mystery but it does have a bit more violence than is typical of a cozy. I always look forward to new work from this author because I find her characters to be so original. This would make for a great holiday read, especially if you’re in a cold place. I highly recommend this book or any of the author’s other work.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 4.5 stars!!
To purchase on Amazon US click here – available Dec. 5th!
I may not have done much reading this week, but my son and I did manage to finish all his college application and I think that counts for something. Now on to holiday planning. I’m assuming you all saw my Mid-Week Book Haul on Wednesday and so we can anticipate that the numbers have taken a hit this week. So let’s take a look at how much damage was actually done.
TBR – I added 7 books to the TBR this week 😱. I finished reading 1 book. That brings us to the new total of 276. I guess that’s not sooo bad.
NetGalley Score – Since half of those books I acquired are from NetGalley, I did take a hit here. My score dropped from 86% to 84%.
Goodreads Challenge – This number distresses me the most. I am 5 books behind schedule as of this morning. I do have that 1 book that I finished that I haven’t written the review of yet, so technically I’m only 4 books behind, not much comfort really.
Coming Up – I hoping to make some movement on that challenge this week. We have Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday this week and I get 3 days off of work. Sounds like a good time to do some eating, I mean reading. 😎
My review of “Accessories to Die For” by Paula Paul will probably go up tomorrow. I anticipate finishing “X” by Sue Grafton later today so that review will be coming this week also. In the queue are “The Tea Planter’s Wife” by Dinah Jefferies, and “A Lady in Shadows” by Lene Kaaberbol I absolutely loved the first book in this series and I’m so excited to read this one that I think my family may have to starve until I finish reading it. That’s all I have for you today.
So, I’ve gone a little off my head in the past 3 days and acquired 7 books. I am so astonished at myself that I feel compelled to share. Let’s dig in:
The first 4 I requested from NetGalley and the are –
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross by Lisa Tuttle The paranormal answer to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Jesperson and Lane are turning the Victorian era upside down in this bewitching series from John W. Campbell Award winner Lisa Tuttle.
Next up is The Memory Detective by T.S. Nichols So many memories. So little time. In an astounding thriller ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, cutting-edge technology and a pulse-pounding manhunt lead to a conspiracy of money, power, and sex.
Third is Darkness at the Edge of Town by Jennifer Harlow A complicated, charismatic forensic psychologist tries to rescue her brother from the clutches of a maniacal cult leader in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the author of Beautiful Maids All in a Row.
Number 4 is Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.
I recieved from First to Read a copy of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James A breakout suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.
Finally, I received 2 books from Pen & Sword Publishing. Death, Disease & Dissection by Suzie Grogan The life of a surgeon-apothecary 1750-1850.