Apr 21, 2019

Sunday Salon: Cupcakes, Rural Texas, Gaslight Mystery, Court Dancer

Cozy Reading

I'm back to cozy reading, after a long hiatus, and after finding a delightful mystery involving cupcakes and death!

Dying for Devil's Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #11)
Dying for Devil's Food
Dying for Devil's Food by Jenn McKinlay is the 11th in the series with cupcake maker  Melanie Cooper and her friend and business partner Angie. Both get involved in solving murders and this book is no exception. The problem is that the dead person in this novel is found with one of Melanie's cupcakes in her hand!

As for rural Texas, 

The Gillespie County Fair
The Gillespie County Fair
In The Gillespie County Fair by Marc Hess, two intermarried pioneer families in a small Texas town lock horns over the sale of a homestead and just about destroy themselves. 

In historical mysteries, 

Murder on Trinity Place (Gaslight Mystery #22)
Murder on Trinity Place
Murder on Trinity Place by Victoria Thompson is the 22nd in the Gaslight mystery series, set in Victorian-era New York. Frank and Sarah Malloy solve another murder in this historical novel.

New from the library,

The Court Dancer
The Court Dancer
The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin is mesmerizing in the detail, description of an era,  and the characterization of the protagonist, a court dancer who would become famous in the Joseon Court of old Korea, 1891.  I am enjoying this one very much.

Finished reading

Newcomer (Detective Kaga, #2)
Newcomer by Keigo Higashino, published November 2018 by Minotaur Books, is a detailed police procedural set outside Tokyo. 
Detective Kaga gets involved in the lives of the people he is investigating while linking clues in a case just as someone would braid a rope out of single threads. We get to know several shop owners in a traditional shopping district, their lives and their crafts and goods, all during Kaga's investigation into a recent death. Any of the threads he picks up along the way could lead to the murderer of a divorced woman living in the area, and a few do. The ending is not predictable, nor is the unique personality and methods of the detective. I gave this library book five stars. 

What books are you reading this week?
Memes: The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,  Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date., and Mailbox Monday.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your books all look tempting. From cupcakes to Rural Texas...one could get lost in these.

Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

vvb32 reads said...

I have the Court Dancer on my tbr pile too. Glad to hear you're liking it. Looking forward to it!

Northwoman said...

I want to read that Gaslight Mysteries. 22 already gah. Good thing I read quickly. Cupcakes yum. Have a lovely week with your books!

Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

Nise' said...

The rural Texas book has got my attention. Have a great week.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'd like to know more about the Court Dancer. Hope you will share more soon.

And I'm always interested in books set in Texas. I have a special place in my heart for Texas characters.

Have a great week!

Greg said...

I love a good cozy read. :)

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Quite a contrast between your cozies and world fiction, I hope they are enjoyable

Have a great reading week

Nicci said...

I need to try a cosy mystery... The covers are awesome and they seem fun.

bermudaonion said...

It looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Have a good week and enjoy your reading!

Kathy Martin said...

I've read the first book in the Gaslight series. I had no idea there were so many more to look forward to. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

pussreboots said...

I tried the first of the Gaslight series over the weekend but I didn't make it past fifty pages. My updates for the week of April 22

Martha Eskuchen said...

Every time I see the Gaslight series I am tempted.
Enjoy all of your books. Happy Reading!

Suko said...

Wow! So many tempting titles. Happy reading, Harvee!

Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf said...

I love cozy crime as a break from the heavy stuff. Enjoy your books.

Dollycas said...

I will be reading Jenn McKinlay's new book soon. It is one of my favorite series.

Have a great week!

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