What a glorious Friday this has turned out to be. 60 degrees and sunny. A good day for a run in the park and chatting over the fence with neighbors.
Bones Behind the Wheel, a cozy mystery, comes out today. It’s quite a different type of cozy!
This weekend we shall be reading The Gardener of Eden by David Downie and Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison. And watching Netflix. I’m behind on Schitt’s Creek and Grace and Frankie return tonight!
So what are all of you other Bookworms reading? What’s your favorite genre?
Enjoy your evening!
Will Rees Mysteries #6
A peaceful Shaker community is rocked by a series of bizarre accidents, but is there more to them than first appears?
After a long battle proving his innocence of murder, Will is running. With Lydia, very pregnant, and their other 6 adopted children. Lydia is still being accused of witchcraft and Will is haunted by nightmares of what they went through before.
In hopes of keeping his family safe, they flee to Zion, a Shaker community they have been a part of before. But when people begin to die and disappear, maybe Zion isn’t the answer after all. They are all acting very secretive and don’t want anyone outside of the community involved, but Will has no intention of letting the killings go. He needs his family safe and now that they are ready to claim Lydia’s farm, it seems the leader of the community isn’t going to allow that to happen.
So many sketchy characters in here. I hope Will and Lydia get settled and have some peace for a bit in the next one!
Netgalley/Severn House February 01, 2019
A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris.
When Lee Miller comes to Paris in 1929 she wants nothing more than to create a new life. She is tired of being the one in front of the camera and wants to be the one taking photographs.
Lee had a rather abusive childhood which is alluded to but I would have liked to have heard more about it. It led her to make some bad life choices. When she is introduced to the famous Man Ray, they immediately have a connection. At first,he wants her to model for him but they get into an intense and not that healthy relationship.
The story is told between timelines and is rich in detail and full of all the horrors of war and the debauchery of Paris at that time. Opium dens, erotic vaudeville, multiple lovers.
After betrayals on both side you have a feeling this isn’t going to work out. He is egotistical and condescending and she is emotionally messed up.
I enjoyed reading about these two.
February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company/Netgalley
A brilliant send-up of our contemporary culture from Sam Lipsyte, the critically acclaimed author of Home Land, centered around an unwitting mindfulness guru and the phenomenon he initiates.
This was an odd one. Remember the movie The Love Guru with Michael Myers? This was a lot like that. Using mental archery he uses with corporations. Unfortunately I lost interest fairly quickly.
Netgalley/ January 15, 2019 Simon and Schuster
A Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11
Our favorite Geek, Lexi Carmichael is back along with her new fiancée, Slash, who has put a huge rock on her finger. Yes, she is engaged. And before you can say Congratulations, Slash is gone and Lexi is frustrated.
Feeling left out and worried she takes her hacking skills to the next level and finds out she may not know Slash and his past at all. She has questions. And she will stand by her man and fight the people threatening their lives with all she has. Typical Lexi.
From The Vatican, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and back again, this fast-paced novel has everything a good thriller should have. Conspiracy theories, the Catholic Church, a rogue and power-hungry priest who will let nothing stand in his way of becoming the next Pope. Only the current one has his own plans and his own secret weapon in Slash.
This was a non-stop action mystery thriller! Every other chapter I was saying, “What???” which is a good thing. These two may be my favorite book couple.
Netgalley/ January 14th 2019 by Carina Press
This is the fourth in this series by Kelley Armstrong.
I’m quite sure you won’t find the town of Rockton on any map. And that is by design.
Deep in the Yukon inside Canada, this is a place with secrets. A lot of them. Only one person knows everyone’s back story and that is the Sheriff, who also happens to be the boyfriend of the only detective in town. In the tiny town of 200, there is also a time limit for staying. And rules. Lots of rules. The people who come here are running away from something or someone or they are just straight up criminals who need to disappear for a bit. Governed by the mysterious Council, who decides which people get in and which people need to get out.
In the short year Casey Duncan has been detective here she has seen it all. Murder, arson, love and a place to call home.
When a man claiming to be a US Marshall appears in town wanting one of their residents, but not saying who that is, Casey and the Sheriff are skeptical to say the least. First, he isn’t in the US and second how did he know about this town? It’s not like there are any modern conveniences. No cell phones, no internet, and they aren’t exactly advertising. When the Marshall is killed everyone in town is a suspect. And all they know is that there is a killer among them. But since no one uses their real name it is going to be difficult to narrow the field.
This is such an interesting series. You think you know something, but you are probably wrong. I was. Many times. This book gives us a new character and things could get very interesting with him. I can’t wait to find out how this plays out!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/ February 12th 2019 by Doubleday Canada
Pride and Prejudice re-imagined in 21st century Pakistan.
The five Binat sisters couldn’t be more different. Alys is a modern woman with a career and has no intention of ever marrying much to the chagrin of her obsessed mother!
Alys and her sister Jena teach English to girls knowing full well that most of them will choose marriage over career. Alys teaches them all things Jane Austen and wants to inspire them to do more with their lives.
I love how the characters names were versions of the Pride and Prejudice novel. I especially loved that mother. Oh my goodness she was dramatic! I laughed so hard at all of her efforts to marry off at least one daughter and hopefully keep them all from being ruined before then.
She sets them all up at the biggest wedding their town has ever seen and sits back and waits for the proposals to pour in. Imagine her horror when they all take control over their own lives without any help from her. Though she will take credit.
I have to say I am not a big Jane Austen fan. So much angst among them all. But this version, oh yes! I loved every minute of it!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/January 15th 2019 by Ballantine Books