Month: March 2018

“Bad Girls from History: Wicked or Misunderstood?” by Dee Gordon

“Bad Girls from History: Wicked or Misunderstood?” by Dee Gordon

This book is another one of my forays into the quirky corners of history. Dee Gordon has compiled what seems to me to be a pretty comprehensive list of bad girls. The biographical sketches for each are short but very informative. The book is broken down into sections: Courtesans and Mistresses; Madams, Prostitutes and Adulterers; Serial Killers; “One-Off” Killers; Gangsters, Thieves and Con-Artists; The Rebel Collection. The author has collected stories of women going all the way back to biblical times and up to the 20th century. These bad girls come from all over the world, and all kinds of backgrounds. The author presents the historical facts of these women’s lives and then leaves it up to the reader to decide if they were truly wicked or just misunderstood. I found this book really enjoyable and easy to read.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/25/2018

Weather Update: Temperature are warming up but very slowly. Still too much snow on the ground for anything green to be showing but we are inching closer and closer to spring.

TBR Update: 2 books were added this week. 1 is an audiobook and the other is a Kindle book. I finished reading 1 book so the total is now 277. I bet if I dig around in NetGalley long enough I can make that 280!

Goodreads Challenge:  As of today, I am 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score:  I’m at 87% on this one and feeling at bit stuck here. I need to pick up the pace with reading NetGalley books. I’d like to get to 90% sometime this year.

John Connolly Challenge:  I have finished listening to the 4th book in the Charlie Parker series and have started listening to his book of short stories called “Nocturnes”. I’m really enjoying listening to these books as he has some great voices reading his books.

Coming Up:  I am currently reading “Bad Girls from History” by Dee Gordon and hope to finish it today or tomorrow.Bad Girls From History I’m also reading “Pendle Fire” by Paul SouthernPendle Fire and “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George.The Punishment She Deserves

That’s it for me today. I hope you all have some wonderful books to read this coming week.

Happy Reading!

“Hopjoy Was Here” by Colin Watson

“Hopjoy Was Here” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Mysteries – Book 3

All the neighbors are watching as the Flaxborough police remove a bathtub from a local home. The home is occupied by two bachelors, but neither has been seen for a few days. The police received an anonymous letter indicating that something may have happened in the bathroom. Inspector Purbright is on the case and his loyal sergeant, Sid Love, is right by his side. But just as they are getting started a couple of Secret Service guys show up claiming that one of the men, Hopjoy, is a spy working in the area. Periam, the second bachelor is the owner of the house and by all accounts the two men lived together harmoniously. But Purbright suspects that Hopjoy has not gone off on some mission but has in fact been murdered.

This is my favorite book in the series so far. This story takes us back to Flaxborough proper where Purbright is really in his element. I love how Colin Watson starts his books because he just drops you into the drama without preamble and the first mystery the reader has to solve is what the heck happened, in this case, to cause an entire tub to be removed as police evidence. In this story, I enjoyed Purbright even more; he seems to have a firmer personality this time around. There are also some great new characters. The two Secret Service guys were very intriguing, I found their way of working together to be a bit slapstick in nature but still enjoyable reading. The investigation goes back and forth between what Purbright and Love and learning and what the SS guys are learning. It all comes together in the end for a somewhat shocking conclusion.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“The White Road” by John Connolly – Audiobook

“The White Road” by John Connolly – Audiobook

Narrated by Paul Birchard

Book 4 of the Charlie Parker series

Another installment in the Charlie Parker series and my love for these books just continues to grow. Charlie has been contacted by his old friend Elliot Norton and asked to come to South Carolina to help clear a young man of a murder charge. After he arrives, he helps to transport the young man to a safe house, but just as Charlie starts to investigate the young man is murdered. Parker knows there is more to this than meets the eye. His investigation will take him back into the past of two families, one black and one white and uncover a horrifying crime. Meanwhile, back in Maine, Rev. Faulkner is trying to orchestrate his release from prison but Lewis and Angel have other plans.

This is another hit for me and bonus points because there are no spiders. I continue to love the whole cast of characters and I like that the characters’ stories carry over from one book to the next. Angel is still struggling to overcome the trauma Rev. Faulkner inflicted on him. We get to learn a little more about Lewis’s history, and the relationship between Charlie and Rachel continues to develop. As usual, John Connolly delivers a story that is twisty, filled with action, and full of surprises. The narration was top-notch and one of the best I’ve heard. Paul Birchard did an excellent job of differentiating the characters with subtle changes of accent and delivery, and his narration style really heightened the drama. I highly recommend this audiobook for both the story and the expert narration.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/18/2018

Happy Sunday Everybody! It’s time for another round-up. With the snow finally beginning to melt around here and the time change, it’s starting to look like spring. So let’s check out the numbers.

TBR – I added 3 books this week and finished reading 2. The TBR total now stands at 277.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – slipped a bit here, down to 86%.

John Connolly Challenge – I finished listening to “The White Road”, which is book 4 in the Charlie Parker series (review coming soon). Next up is “Nocturnes”, a book of short stories which includes a Charlie Parker story.

Coming Up – My reading schedule is in a bit of chaos right now but the following will be coming soon:

“Pendle Fire” by Paul Southern – I loved this author’s first book and can’t wait to dig in to this one. Pendle Fire

Hopjoy Was Her” by Colin Watson – this is book 3 in the Flaxborough Mysteries and I am loving this series. Release as an e-book on 3/22. Hopjoy Was Here

The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George – this is the latest in the Inspector Lynley series, it releases in hardback and Kindle on 3/20. The Punishment She Deserves

Happy Reading!

 

“A Visitor’s Guide to Georgian England” by Monica Hall

“A Visitor’s Guide to Georgian England” by Monica Hall

Do you want to learn about life in Georgian England without picking up a history tome? Well, this book is your ticket. At 135 pages it’s not daunting but it is packed with information about how the Georgians lived. The author delivers the information to the reader as if the reader is preparing to time-travel to the 18th century. Each chapter covers a different aspect of life with topics such as Clothes & Beauty, Home & Work, Health & Medicine, Sports, Law & Order, How to Behave, Going to the Opera, and Gambling. She not explains how things how you can get in trouble with the law, but gives you background on how the law developed up to that point. There is much discussion in the book on how the Enlightenment affected the culture in England at the time. For a more casual reader of history, I think this is a great way to get to know the Georgians and the time-traveler aspect made it more fun to read. This is a fascinating time when the middle class was starting to develop, exploration of science and geography was in vogue and philosophy was beginning to reach the masses. Definitely worth the read!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“Demelza” by Winston Graham

“Demelza” by Winston Graham

It’s time to return to Nampara for more of the lives of the Poldark family. This is book 2 and the focus is largely on Demelza and her development as Ross’s wife and lady of the house. Demelza gives birth to their first child, she hires new staff and attempts to play matchmaker for Verity. Meanwhile, the price of copper is falling and the mines are being forced to shut down, and Ross embarks on a new business venture. The story continues to explore the relationships between the Poldarks, their extended family, and members of the community.

In this book, I continued to be enchanted by Demelza and Ross. I really enjoy how the author doesn’t just relate events in their lives, but really digs deep into their relationship to each other, how they think, what they are feeling, and how their perception of their lives changes with the events that face them. I also enjoyed watching Demelza as she develops out the miner’s daughter role and into the role of lady of the house and part of the larger community. I did find this book to have some very sad moments, more so than the first book, but the storytelling is exquisite and I just had to keep reading till the end. I hope to be able to continue reading this series. Highly recommended!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/11/2018

It is very slowly starting to warm up here and we are beginning to see high temperatures that are above freezing. Let’s check the temperature of the TBR.

TBR – This week I added 2 books from First to Read. I finished reading 2 books so the total is 275.

Goodreads challenge – As of today, I am 2 books ahead of schedule. That’s definitely an improvement!

NetGalley score – This number got a small bump this week up to 88%.

John Connolly challenge – I expect to finish book 4 this week.

Coming Up – I will be posting reviews of “Demelza” by Winston GrahamDemelza and “The White Road” by John Connolly.The White Road I am currently reading “The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth GeorgeThe Punishment She Deserves and “A Visitor’s Guide to Georgian England” by Monica Hall. The Visitor's Guide to Georgian England

So that’s what’s happening here this week. I hope you all have a good week.

Happy Reading!

 

“Bump in the Night” by Colin Watson

“Bump in the Night” by Colin Watson

Time for another visit to Flaxborough County! This is book 2 in the series and this time around we have a serial bomber in the village of Chalmesbury. After 3 bomb attacks the local council requests the help of Inspector Purbright in tracking down the perpetrator. But just as he’s getting started a 4th bomb results in a murder. Turns out not many people liked the victim and the list of suspects includes just about everybody. Purbright must use all his cunning to sort out the facts from the rumors if he’s going to get his man.

I am still delighted with Inspector Purbright. The author doesn’t offer anything in the way of background, at least not yet, but I just can’t help but be charmed. I especially enjoy reading his interrogation scenes, almost none of which take place in a police station. He’s very clever and casual with his question and always pull more out of his suspect than you would expect. The village of Chalmesbury is a hotbed of intrigue as it turns out and I got completely sucked in by the red herrings in this one. The ending was a complete surprise. I’m so glad this series is being re-released because it’s just such a pleasure to read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Farrago for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“The Sandman” by Lars Kepler

“The Sandman” by Lars Kepler

OMG! This book just blew me away! In “The Sandman”, the 4th installment in the Joona Linna series, a young man has appeared walking across a train bridge one night. But this young man disappeared as a 13 years ago along with his sister, and has been declared dead. Detective Inspector Joona Linna was on the original case and even though a suspect was arrested, prosecuted, and is still incarcerated, Joona had always believed there was an accomplice. Now he’s sure of it, and the hunt is on. Jurek Walter is securely imprisoned with no contact with the outside world, so why was Mikael released? And who released him? He claims his sister is still alive, but where is she being kept? Can Joona and his team unravel the clues before the girl’s time runs out?

This was my first time with DI Joona Linna but I don’t think it will be my last. The suspense is unbelievable. The storyline has lots of twists but it all comes together brilliantly for a totally unexpected ending. I thought the characters were great with a depth to them that made them feel real and relatable. The scenes in the mental hospital took my breath away. This book takes place in Sweden which was new for me and some of the names were a bit challenging but I got to learn about a different country so it balances out. Everything about this book is 5 star.

Alinefromabook’s rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to First to Read for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.