Jun 18, 2016

Sunday Salon: Reading to Keep Cool

Trying to stay cool in this heat, and reading.

Just finished:
I liked A Useful Woman:  A Rosalind Thorne Mystery #1 by Darcie Wilde, published May 3, 2016 because of the more complex plot, set as it is in the early 19th century in England.
Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery set in London introduces Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society who finds herself solving a murder. 

Currently reading, another nineteenth century mystery set in England and Ireland:
As Death Draws Near: A Lady Darby Mystery #5 by Anna Lee Huber, to be released July 5, 2016 by Berkley
I am reading another 19th century mystery set just after the Regency era, my first Lady Darby mystery. The book fills in the past nicely so that you don't have to read the first four books to enjoy it. Lady Darby, now Mrs. Gage, and her new husband are called from their honeymoon in England's Lake District to investigate the death of a young nun in Ireland. Good so far...

A Window Opens, contemporary fiction by Elizabeth Egan, published August 25, 2015; Simon and Schuster
Featuring Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. I tried to get into the book but am having a bit of trouble with the slow-moving plot.  May try another time. 

I started what started out as a promising cozy but the plot was so thin it began to drag in the middle of the book, and I abandoned it! Magical cats can take one only so far unless you are in the mood.

My niece read What She Knew by Gillie Macmillan, a book I sent her, and thought it not too bad for a thriller.  

No new new books in the mail last week. I got one that is a double of one I already have, and I will probably send to my niece.

Keep cool wherever you are.....temps are crazy this week and will be into the next.

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  1. Oops, made an error above...starting over. Great looking books, two of which I've loved: What She Knew and A Window Opens. I think A Useful Woman needs to go on my list. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Thanks for sharing, going to add A Useful Woman to my list as well.

  3. I'm pretty sure I ordered a copy of A Useful Woman for my library so I'll have to read it once it is cataloged. I love the idea of a Regency era mystery. I liked A Window Opens when I read it a few months ago.

  4. I wonder why it's so hot everywhere this year. We need some cooling winds.

    Enjoy your reads. They look perfect for summer.


  5. A Window Opens sounds interesting. The world has changed so much over the last few years.It is inevitable that literature is attempting to grapple with these changes. I enjoy it when books do this.

  6. I'm not a huge fan of magical cats in general. Every once in awhile I find one I like but several of the ones I read just don't make the cut. The Darcie Wilde series looks really good. I'll have to check it out. Have a great week!

    1. There is a Magical Cats Cozy Mystery series, I just found out, but I wasn't referring to that one, which I haven't read.

  7. I really feel like snatching those first two books, the mysteries.

  8. A Useful Woman looks good - I am going to take a look for that one. I am awaiting my copy of As Death Draws Near, as I've been a Lady Darby fan for a few years!

  9. I'll have to add A Useful Woman to my wishlist. I like the time period and mysteries. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. I have A Window Opens but think it's one of those books you have to be in the right mood for. Happy Reading!

  11. I've read the first two of the Lady Darby mysteries. Looking forward to catching up with the other books in the series. Enjoy your week!

  12. What She Knew has been sitting on the stacks for a bit, maybe time to pull it out. Hope you have a great week.


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