Aug 27, 2017

Sunday Salon: Crime Novels, and Education; Short Reviews

Three lovely books this week:
Glass Houses: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13
by Louise Penny
Publication: August 29, 2017, courtesy of Minotaur
Genre: mystery, crime novel
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Publication September 5, 2017, courtesy of Harper
Genre: suspense, investigation
Publication September 19, 2017, courtesy of Harper
Genre: nonfiction, education

Mini reviews: I finished and enjoyed

The Little French Bistro by Nina George, June 13, 2017, Crown.
Contemporary novel, women's fiction.
This is the story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage and re-inventing herself in a small town in Brittany, France.  Her plans to commit suicide are waylaid by the kindness of the people in the town where she finds herself, by the ocean, and the bistro where she finds employment. 
I got involved with the various personalities in the novel, young and older, and with the descriptions of a seaside village on the Brittany coast, as well as with Breton customs, superstitions, and folklore. I gave this 5 stars for a pleasant read. 

Livia Lone #1 by Barry Eisler, October 25, 2016, Thomas and Mercer.
Thriller, crime novel.

I have enjoyed the John Rain thrillers by Eisler and was interested to see he has started a new series, featuring a judo expert and Seattle cop, Livia Lone. Livia was kidnapped as a child from a hilltribe village in Thailand, brought to the U.S., and adopted by a senator. This is her story of escape from horrific abuse, becoming a judo expert, and later joining law enforcement in order to stop human trafficking.

A revealing and intriguing story, but be prepared for some graphic violence.

I rated this 4.5 stars.
Whispers of Warning: A Change of Fortune Mystery #2 by Jessica Estevao
Publication September 19, 2017, courtesy of Berkley
I will be doing a book tour for the publisher mid September. Watch for a review then.

Our weather has changed a bit and the temps are down. I am missing the warmer sunny days already, but I feel so sorry for those living on the Texas coast.

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20 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

These books all look very tempting. I've read two books in the Gamache series, and enjoyed them...but I'm so far behind. Can one skip ahead without any repercussions?

Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Harvee said...

I think you can read each one as a separate, stand-alone book!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love mini-reviews. It says what it needs to say and no more. So many reviews are bloated.

https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/08/not-everyone-gets-solar-eclipse-and.html

Harvee said...

Thanks, Deb. They are easier to write too, lol.

Beth F said...

I can't wait to get to the new Louise Penny!

Harvee said...

Me, too!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm so far behind with the Penny series but I'll get to this one eventually. I hope you love it!

Harvee said...

I've like them all so far, and I'm sure of this one too.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

All of your books having me want to one click! I look forward to your thoughts :)

Kathy Martin said...

Whispers of Warning looks great. I hope you enjoy it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Elizabeth said...

GREAT mailbox!!

I finished reading GLASS HOUSES last week - another excellent read by Louise Penny....ENJOY!!

WHISPERS OF WARNING looks good too....love the cover.

ENJOY!!

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Martha Eskuchen said...

Nice incoming books! I was tempted by Whispers of Warning. I like your mini-reviews. I keep trying to do shorter reviews but it rarely works. :-)
Happy Reading!

Mystica said...

Nice bunch of mixed reads. Louise Penny is a favourite of mine.

Harvee said...

I do mix genres, don't I?It's more interesting!

Harvee said...

Mixtures of Warning was fun. I will be reviewing it on Sept. 15.

Harvee said...

I hope to start Glass Houses soon. Glad it was another good read!

Harvee said...

I will review Whispers on Sept. 15. Hope you can stop by.

Harvee said...

I am set to read them very soon!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Wow. Lots of reading for you this past week. I only finished one book and I barely got that one done on time for my Sunday Salon post two days late. Ha!

Harvee said...

I may have taken a bit more than a week to finish those.

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