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.
Hello everybody! Hope you are having a great day. We got our first cold snap of the season this week here in North Dakota. A few snow flakes flying around but no accumulations yet. The first quarter of the school year finished up this week. Only 3 more to go and then my son graduates! So, I’m telling you all of this as a distraction because my reading progress was dismal this week and I don’t really want to check the numbers. 😔 Enough horsing around, let’s get into it.
TBR – I finished 1 whole book this week. This is digraceful. I also added one book. So no gain there. I also removed a book from the TBR because I found the writing to be a little bit juvenile for me, so the new total is 268.
Goodreads challenge – I am currently 4!!! books behind. I have never been so far behind on a challenge. And it’s not as if I was involved in some big project that took me away from reading. I have no excuses, I have just been lazy this week.
NetGalley score – Well this number hasn’t gotten any worse because the one book I did read was a NetGalley book. So, I’m still at 86%.
Coming soon – So this coming week, I am going to try to finish “Treachery and Retribution” by Andrew Rawson. I know I said that last week but I really mean it this time. I’m also currently reading “Smoke and Mirrors” by Casey Daniels and will try to finish and review it this week. Finally, I’m still listening to “Another Man’s Moccasins” by Craig Johnson on audiobook and might finish it this week also. So there you have the ugly truth. I hope this week turns out better and there will actually be some activity on the blog for you to read. I’ll see you all next Sunday!
Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?
As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.
I found this short story to be very intriguing. Sully is a young man who is mute and he lives with his father, the gardener, on an estate. The owner of the estate has two daughters, Selah and Isobel. One is beautiful and the obviously favored child, while the other is just ordinary. Sully is devoted to, and fancies himself in love with, Isobel and she is about to get married. What happens next you will have to read to find out.
I found the relationships in this story especially compelling. In a short space, the author has created a great deal of complexity among the main characters. I was also surprised by the ending which I think the author kept expertly hidden until the final page. If you’re in the mood for something short, I highly recommend this story. Also, this one is available for free right now on Kindle – see the link below.
I apologize that my blog has been so quiet this week. First week back at work just had me so exhausted I couldn’t even think about writing anything. I did manage to finish reading one book, “A Perfect Obsession” by Heather Graham and my review will go up later today or tomorrow morning at the latest. A bookish sidenote: my son is taking a dual-credit English this year and the first book they will read is “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. They will be reading several books this year that I’m not familiar with so I’m thinking I might have to reorganize my TBR and read with him. I keep you posted on that. So, let’s check the numbers…
TBR – I did succumb to the NetGalley temptation again this week and picked up 2 books. The current total is now 273. I think I still have a couple of requests pending so that number might go up some more this week.
NetGalley – Dropped one point to 81%.
Goodreads Challenge – Slipped a bit this week and I am once again 1 book behind schedule.
I’m currently reading “The Party” by Robyn Harding and I’m having a hard time putting it down so I expect to get that review out later this week.
If you are following the Journeys Through Bookland narrations, I should have at least one, maybe two, up this week. Hopefully, I’ll have a better routine going this week. So that’s it for now guys. Have a great week and
Are you having trouble feeling successful? It might be because of your Mindset. In this book the author discusses the differences between the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. I found this absolutely fascinating and easy to relate to. The author has written in a very approachable style making the psychological concepts easy for the casual reader to understand. There are tons of real-life examples of how the Mindsets play out in people’s lives used throughout the book and different chapters focus on sports, business, teaching, etc. Included are snapshots of well-known people who have struggled with a Mindset or used one to reach their full potential. There are some great insights for the average reader on how to change your Mindset in order to help reach your goals. I also really appreciated the amount of focus the author placed on how to foster a healthy Mindset in children, whether you are a teacher, a coach, or a parent. Finally, I found Marguerite Gavin’s narration to be really enjoyable to listen to. Psychology buffs should really enjoy this book.