Weekly Round-Up 6/10/2018

So yesterday evening I went out to water my plants and trees and when I came back into the garage I heard a bird chirping and movement in the eaves of the garage. Turns out there was a little bird trapped inside and she couldn’t figure out how to get low enough to go through the doors. We tried scaring her in the right direction but that was a complete fail. So before I went to bed I decided to leave the walk-thru door open and I put a bucket of water right next to the door thinking she was probably thirsty and once she found the water she could just go out the door. Well, apparently this technique works because this morning there was no sign of her. That was a happy ending. On the other hand, the wild rabbits have been chewing on the flowers that my Mom and I recently planted. Not such a happy ending. End of wildlife adventure, let’s move on to books.

TBR – I finished reading 2 books and then NetGalley decided to grant some of my wishes (the problem with wishing for things is that you might get them) and I added 3 books to the list. The grand total is now 276.

Goodreads Challenge – The main page counter is still being glitchy but I am back to being on track here.

NetGalley Score – Still at 84%.

John Connolly Challenge – I picked up the audiobook version of Book 6 “The Unquiet” and the narrator is one of my all-time favorites.

Coming Up – So I’m listening to “The Unquiet“.The Unquiet I have also started reading “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier (releases on June 12th).Jar of Hearts After that, I can’t wait to pick up Suzanne Rogerson’s new book “The Sentinel’s Reign” (available June 29). The Sentinel's Reign

I hope you all are having a good weekend. Please comment below if you have a wildlife adventure you’d like to share.

Happy Reading !


“Fire in the Thatch” by E. C. R. Lorac

“Fire in the Thatch” by E. C. R. Lorac

Ah! The beauty of the Devonshire countryside. Who would dare to blemish this lovely spot with arson and murder? That is the question facing Inspector MacDonald of Scotland Yard. It’s near the end of World War II and Nicholas Vaughan has retired from the Navy after losing an eye in a shipboard incident. He takes up the tenancy of a cottage and land called Little Thatch in Devon and immediately begins fixing the place up. He’s a very quiet man but lets it slip to his landlord, Colonel St. Cyres, that he is planning to take a wife. That is until the night that the cottage burns down with him in it. The Coroner rules it an accident but Vaughan’s former Navy superior wields his influence and gets MacDonald sent to take a second look at the investigation. What seems straightforward at the outset turns into a very twisty tale.

This book is a British Library Crime Classic and the first I have read by this author. I would say that it reads most like a cozy mystery but with the complexity of classic British crime. The story contains a variety of country and urban characters and makes a point of showing up the contrasts between the two. I found Inspector MacDonald to be what you would expect of Scotland Yard at that time: thorough, professional, and dogged in pursuit of answers. The writing style is a little more formal than today’s mysteries but not difficult to read. There are however some conversations with the Devon natives that are written in dialect and were a bit of challenge to get through. All of that being said, I did really enjoy this story, it’s slightly old-fashioned style being a nice change from the thrillers I’ve recently being reading.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA

“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

Something really different for your reading pleasure! Ben Jones is a truck driver on Route 117, a remote highway in the desert of Utah. He travels back and forth from Price to Rockmuse making deliveries the “desert rats” that live along his route. As he heads off on his route one winter morning he comes across a mute Hispanic child. Not being able to leave the child alone at a truck stop, he takes him with in the cab planning to find his father, a truck stop employee, upon his return. This is just the start of what will turn out to be a very unusual day for Ben and everyone who lives on Route 117.

This story is simply incredible and there’s really not a good category to put it in. It’s fiction but with a lot of mystery and thrills thrown in. Ben is a bit of a troubled soul. His lost the love of his life and his only comfort is the presence of a young single mom who lives in the other half of his duplex. His route puts him in contact with a wild assortment of people, some friendly, others downright hostile, and all wanting to be left alone. Rockmuse is a community that is slowly being abandoned following the withdrawal of a source of employment. This story is so rich with characters and all of them make the narrative happen, none of them feeling superfluous. I also really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the desert, capturing everything about it from the rocks to the weather, and you really get the feeling that the desert and the people that live there and somehow intrinsically intertwined with each other. Finally, the story itself is full of attention-grabbing interactions and twists that all feel like they could really happen but perhaps only in that place. You really should check out this rich and fascinating story.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

May Book Haul

I thought it would be fun to gather up all the books I hauled in May and list them for you. You might find one you would like to read yourself.

May 5 – “Miss Seeton Flies High” by Hamilton Crane

Miss Seeton Flies High

May 6 – “The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Crab

Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

Broomsticks Over Flaxborough

May 9 – “Leave No Trace” by Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace

May 15 – “A Gentleman’s Murder” by Christopher Huang

A Gentleman's Murder

May 16 – “The Naked Nuns” by Colin Watson

The Naked Nuns

One Man’s Meat” by Colin Watson

One Man's Meat

May 18 – “Weekend at Thrackley” by Alan Melville

Weekend At Thrackley

May 19 – Audiobook “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish

May 22 – “Magical Mystery Paws” by Mandy Morton

Magical Mystery Paws

May 29 – “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica

When the Lights Go Out

That’s everything I got. Looks like I have good summer reading lined up.

Happy Reading!



Weekly Round-Up 6/3/2018

Morning everybody! My news for the day is that we had a week of hot (90 degree) temperatures this past week and my son turned 18. We got to spend a really nice week with my parents, they live about 1000 miles from us so we don’t get to see them on a regular basis. Summer is off to a good start here in North Dakota. So let’s turn now to the book numbers and see what they look like.

TBR – I took a couple of books off the list because I started them and they just bored me. I finished one book and one audiobook this week and I acquired 2 books. The total today is 275.

Goodreads Challenge – I discovered yesterday that the Goodreads challenge report on the front page has a glitch and the number I reported last week was not correct. The correct number this week is that I am on track.

NetGalley score – 84% again this week.

John Connolly Challenge – I got distracted by the Walt Longmire series and have not yet picked up book 6 of the Charlie Parker series. Hopefully, I’ll get started on it later this week.

Coming Up – I am currently reading “Fire In the Thatch” by E.C.R. Lorac.Fire in the Thatch This is a title in the British Library Crime Classics from Poisoned Pen Press. I’m also reading “Lullaby Road” by James Anderson.Lullaby Road Also, coming soon is “The Sentinel’s Reign” the newest book by my favorite fantasy author Suzanne Rogerson.The Sentinel's Reign It comes out near the end of the month and I can’t wait to read it.

I think that’s it for now guys. I appreciate all of you who follow me and regularly read my posts.

Happy Reading!


“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

The Walt Longmire Series Book 1

Narrated by George Guidall

Two years ago, four high school boys brutally raped a young Cheyenne girl. Now, one of them and shown up dead and it’s up to Sheriff Walt Longmire to find the perpetrator. Nobody seems to be sad that the young man is dead but pinpointing who pulled the trigger is going to take some very careful investigative work. Will Longmire be able to find the murderer before he strikes again? You’ll have to get a copy to find out.

There are so many things I loved about this book. Let’s start with Walt Longmire. He makes a perfect Wyoming sheriff, he’s tough but he also has a softer side. He’s been grieving for his wife for the last two years and has so far been unable to move past her death in his personal life. He’s an excellent investigator and really cares about the people that are under his jurisdiction. His best friend Henry, a Cheyenne, is a perfect foil for him. Craig Johnson has really done an inspired job of creating these two characters and developing the relationship between them. Henry is always there to have Walt’s back and to be a go-between when Walt needs to deal with the Cheyenne people. I also love the way the storyline developed. There are twists and false leads to keep you guessing yet the story always feels like it is moving forward. The author’s use of the landscape in the stories adds a dimension that really draws the listener in. Finally, my hat is off to George Guidall who has done a fabulous job of bringing this story to life. His voice has the perfect Western narrator sound to it, and he has mastered the art of conveying emotion through his voice. As you can see, I loved this book and everything about it. This is Western with a modern edge.

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

Surprise! Surprise! I have visited Flaxborough again and you just never know what will be happening here. I knew about 5 paragraphs in that this was going to be an original story with a very curious mystery. Young women in Flaxborough are being attacked by old men on the streets and in the parks. Initially, Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love assume that they are looking for one person who is a repeat offender but is that the whole story? Maybe, maybe not. And then, while Sergeant Love is investigating Samson’s Salad he finds Miss Teatime at the helm of the venture. What would Flaxborough be without Miss Teatime? Colin Watson has once again pulled out all the stops with this mystery.

Can you tell that I just can’t get enough of this series? I just love how clever the stories are and the quirky characters. But Inspector Purbright is always there to bring order back to the wacky world of Flaxborough. I found the imagery in this one to be so hilarious I just couldn’t stop reading. This series continues to be the perfect place to tickle your funny bone and your brain all in one sitting. This is book 6 and if you haven’t picked up one of the books in The Flaxborough Series yet, what are you waiting for?

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon CA

P.S. The Kindle edition is on sale for 99 cents right now, click Amazon US link above.

“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

Book 2 in the Jane Hawk series

Jane is back and in for a whole new set of troubles as she continues to hunt the men responsible for her husband’s suicide. In California, she is trying to make contact with a reporter who she thinks may be sympathetic to her cause. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, a school teacher turns her vehicle into a bomb and drives through the front of a hotel during a banquet that government officials are attending. The investigation is almost immediately taken over by the FBI and the local police chief is pushed aside, but he still has plenty of questions and will keep looking for answers even if he has to do it on his own time. His quest takes him to a tiny resort town in Kentucky where Jane’s leads have also taken her. Together, they discover the “Whispering Room” and continue to make inroads into the organization behind it all.

I just loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one. The third book has also been released recently and I’ve got my copy in hand. This book completely drew me into Jane’s world. Her name and picture are now being broadcast all over the world so she has to become even more conscientious with disguising herself. She is welcome nowhere and can’t be sure of anybody’s loyalty. This installment takes her across the country and back again and she meets up with some very interesting characters. The old man was a particular favorite of mine, proving that being 80 doesn’t mean you’re dead. I liked how the story moved back and forth between Jane and the investigation in Minnesota and then brought the two story lines seamlessly together in the end. Jane is making progress in her investigation. The question is: will she live to see it to the end?

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

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble  |   Author’s website

Weekly Round-Up 5/27/18 – (A Day Late)

Congratulations to my son Chris! He received his diploma yesterday and didn’t even trip when walking across the stage. Apparently quite a few of the kids in his class were worried about that but they all made it in one piece. We had a great time with my family afterwards and are now spending the day recuperating from all the eating we did last night. So, let’s check the book numbers, it probably won’t be good.

TBR – 2 books came off the list this week because they just weren’t holding my interest and I didn’t want to force myself to finish them. I did finish reading 1 book, review to come, but I also added 1 book. The total on the TBR as of now is 275.

Goodreads Challenge – Failing miserably here, I am currently 4 books behind schedule.

NetGalley Score – Dropped to 84% this week.

John Connolly Challenge – I haven’t picked up book 6 yet.

Coming Up – I’m going back to Flaxborough with “The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson.The Flaxborough Crab  I’m also visiting Wyoming with the audiobook version the Walt Longmire story “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson.The Cold Dish Also coming soon, a trip to Utah with “Lullaby Road” by James Anderson.Lullaby Road

That’s it then. I hope y’all have a great week and read some great stories along the way.

Happy Reading!

P.S. I see that “The Flaxborough Crab” is only 99 cents on Kindle right now. Click the title above to go to the Amazon page.


Weekly Round-Up 5/20/2018

Welcome back everybody! The weather is fine, my lawn is freshly mowed, and 1 week from today I will be watching my son graduate from high school. If next week’s round-up goes up a little late that will be why. I’ve been a little naughty where book are concerned this week, so let’s look at the numbers and see just how bad it is today.

TBR – I added 6 books this week! I really don’t know how that happened. Just to make things even worse I did not finish anything. **Bows her head in shame**. The TBR total now stands at 277. (I see you out there laughing at me FictionFan). Moving on…

Goodreads Challenge – I have fallen to 2 books behind schedule. So much for that cushion I had going.

NetGalley Score – Since 5 of the 6 books are from NetGalley, my score with them has dropped to 85%.

John Connolly challenge – no change here but will probably pick up the next one in June.

Coming Up – I have no idea what reviews I will actually get posted and I have family coming in this week to celebrate so it may be another bad week. I am currently reading (and may finish today) “The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz.The Whispering Room I have also started reading “Lullaby Road” by James Anderson. Lullaby Road.jpgFinally, I am listening to “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson.The Cold Dish

So that’s the news for today. We are all very excited for this week and I’m not gonna feel bad about it if I don’t get much reading done. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Happy Reading!