Jun 19, 2022

Sunday Salon: A Climbing Thriller and a Romantic Comedy

 Currently reading:

Breathless (click on title for my review). 

Published May 3rd 2022 by Anchor Books
Setting: Manaslu, Nepal - the eighth-highest peak in the world

About the book: A high-altitude thriller that will take your breath away--Journalist Cecily Wong is on her most dangerous climb yet, miles above sea level on a mountain in Nepal. But the elements are nothing compared to one chilling truth: There's a killer on the mountain.

I'm half way through, and find it very suspenseful and informative about the dangers and thrills of alpine climbing and mountaineering. 


And now for another rom com, 

Bad Cruz

Kindle Editionpublished November 10th, 2021

I'm enjoying this  romantic comedy on Kindle Unlimited

About the book: Two unlikely people - a quarterback turned beloved small town physician and a single mom with a bad reputation - find themselves thrown together on a pre-wedding cruise meant for their entire families. Several factors could prevent them from getting along.

See my goodreads review. 

What are you reading this week? 

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Jun 12, 2022

Sunday Salon: New Mysteries for Review

 Books received for review: 

Murder on the Vine

(Tuscan Mystery #3)

by 
Genre: cozy culinary mystery, international mystery/crime
About: The latest installment in Camilla Trinchieri's Tuscan Mystery series finds ex-NYPD homicide detective Nico Doyle investigating the murder of a local eighty-year-old bartender.


Shadow of the Gypsy

by 
About: A nemesis from the past suddenly returns, forcing Josh Bartlett to come to terms with his true identity.
Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. 
Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. 

Outside of blogging and reading: Gardening, visiting an art museum, dim sum breakfast in Cleveland.

What are you reading this week? 

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Jun 10, 2022

The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian: Book Beginning

 

The Lioness

Published May 10th 2022 by Doubleday Books

About the book: A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this historical thriller set in Tanganyika, now Tanzania.


Book beginning/First paragraph:

Katie Barslow

She was watching the giraffes at the watering hole after breakfast, no longer as awed by their presence as she had been even four days ago, when she'd had first seen a great herd of them eating leaves from a copse of tall umbrella acacia, their heads occasionally bobbing up to stare back, unfazed and not especially alarmed by the humans. 


Page 56: 

"No," she told him, feeling more like his mother than his wife. "You're right to be scared. We should be. But..."

 

Click on the title, The Lioness, to see my Goodreads review.  

 Would you read on?

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Jun 6, 2022

First Chapter: Murder Is No Picnic by Amy Pershing



Murder Is No Picnic

(Cape Cod Foodie Mystery #3)

by 
A search for the world's best blueberry buckle turns into a search for a killer in this delicious installment in the Cape Cod Foodie Mysteries by Amy Pershing.
 What could be better than a DIY clambake followed by the best blueberry buckle in the world? Sam has finally found the perfect recipe in the kitchen of Clara Foster, famed cookbook author and retired restaurateur.

But when Clara dies in a house fire blamed on carelessness in the kitchen, Sam doesn't believe it. Sam needs to find Clara's killer before the fireworks really start..

First chapter/first paragraph:
"Ladies and gentleman, I have an announcement," I said grandly.
My friends paused from wolfing down various decadent desserts and glanced at one another skeptically. They were not used to me saying anything grandly....
"My search for a blueberry buckle worthy of our upcoming Fourth of July is finally at an end," I said, still in grand mode. 

 


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Jun 5, 2022

Sunday Salon: A New Book and Recently Read

 

Mud Lilies

by ublished May 21st 2022 by Cormorant Books
Genre: urban fiction, literary fiction 
Source: publisher review copy

About the book: The night fourteen-year-old Chanie Nyrider ran away from her abusive parents, she was saved by an older woman who  offered Chanie a new life working as a prostitute. With nowhere to turn, Chanie was drawn into Edmonton’s dark underbelly, where she survived until arrested four years later. She was given two options: jail or a high school program for troubled youth. Mud Lilies is the powerful story of a young woman finding a path of hope in the darkest of places and defiantly choosing to pursue it.

“Harrowing, hopeful, and informed by Ramayan's own experiences as a runaway to Edmonton, Mud Lilies is a hymn to the power of one young woman's defiant spark of life, a story of grit and wisdom set against a backdrop of cruelty and indifference.”  Grace O’Connell, Open Book

Recently read:

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The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang
The Family Chao
by Lan Samantha Chang (Goodreads Author)
It's amazing that a chance encounter with a stranger, Zhang Fujian, carrying a small fortune in his bag would lead to the downfall of the Chao family patriarch, owner of the Chao restaurant, and lead to suspicion falling on the three sons. I enjoyed the characterization of each son, so different from one another, and the denouement of the plot in this domestic drama. There is a murder to be solved, also, but I liked that the brothers join together in the face of being children of immigrants in a small American town, and in the face of possible, pending tragedy.
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The Boy With the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith
The romance between Max and Joelle began and blossomed early in the book, which surprised me, as I wondered, where the story would go from there. I liked that family plays such an important role in Joelle's life and that Max comes to value the idea of family as something he never had. I also liked that problems with Max's bookstore and Joelle's bakery also moved the story forward.

The romance could have had more internal challenges, however, instead of all from outside conflicts. Also, the constant praises for Joelle as a dutiful daughter, praises from Max and from her family were a little overdone throughout the book. But overall, this was a pleasant read, a contemporary young romance novel.

What are you reading this week? 

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Jun 2, 2022

Book Review: The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

 



The Family Chao
by Lan Samantha Chang
Published February 1st 2022 by W. W. Norton Company
Genre: Cultural heritage fiction, mystery, literary fiction 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's amazing that a chance encounter with a stranger, Zhang Fujian, carrying a small fortune in his bag would lead to the downfall of the Chao family patriarch, owner of the Chao restaurant, and lead to suspicion falling on the three sons. James, the youngest son, helping an old Chinese man at the train station began the turmoil of events. Little did anyone know that the man's blue bag, forgotten in the back of a car, would be removed and transported to different places and cause a major problem for the Chao family.

How the three brothers - master chef Dagou, industrious and ambitious Ming, and college student James - stick together, facing the insults and disdain of their overbearing father during the illness and the death of their mother, and how they rally in each other's defense is admirable. Family secrets also prove fatal in this story.

I enjoyed the characterization of each son, so different from one another, and the denouement of the plot in this domestic drama. There is a murder mystery to be solved, also, but I liked that the brothers join together in the face of being children of immigrants in a small American town, and in the face of possible, pending tragedy.

Critics have called The Family Chao a reimagining of  The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky.

Book beginning: 
For thirty-five years everybody supported Leo Chao's restaurant. Introducing choosy newcomers by showing off some real Chinese food in Haven, Wisconsin. 


At 56% of ebook: 
Then after Winnie died, someone - one of his brothers, or even one of this parents' friends -would have carried the blue blag out of the hospital and loaded it into a car. And then what? 
 

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May 28, 2022

Sunday Salon: New Book Arrivals

 New book arrivals:

Rock of Ages

(Junior Bender #8)

Publication: June 7, 2022, Soho Crime

Junior Bender, Los Angeles burglar and off-the-books detective to the felonious, is reminded that rock and roll will never die, no matter how fervently he wishes some of it would, when Hollywood's most dangerous geriatric mobster, Irwin Dressler, retains Junior's investigative services to solve a rather unharmonious problem.



The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton and Her Fight for Women's Justice

Portrayal of a courageous and compassionate woman who refused to be curbed by the personal and political constraints of her time, the 19th century.

Provisions... such as the right of a mother to have access to her own children, owe much to Caroline Norton, who was determined to secure justice for women at all levels of society


What are you reading this week? 
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Sunday Salon: A Climbing Thriller and a Romantic Comedy

  Currently reading: Breathless   (click on title for my review).  by   Amy McCulloch   Published May 3rd 2022 by Anchor Books Setting:  Man...