Mar 29, 2020

Sunday Salon: Self-Isolation Reading

I've been doing a lot more reading during self isolation, since I have someone else to do the shopping for the house. Ha!

New book:

The Big Lie

The Big Lie by James Grippando, February 25, 2020, Harper

Genre: political thriller, suspense
AboutAs the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth.

Currently reading: 

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan by Keisuke Matsuoka, April 30, 2019, Vertical

Genre: mystery set in Japan
Source; library book 
About: Where did Sherlock Holmes go during his famous disappearance between his death at Reichenbach Falls and reappearance in Baker Street, three years later? God of mystery Keisuke Matsuoka contends that it was in the Far East in Japan, to be exact.

Finished reading: 

The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes, May 26, 2020, Berkley

Genre: historical fiction
Source; NetGalley ebook

Based on a true story as related by a soldier in WWII, the author has filled in the details that are missing in this story about a Czech girl who runs off with a British POW, disguising herself as a boy/man in order to stay with her man all through his ordeals as a German prisoner of war.

The true story focuses on the details of the Czech girl's deception and how she could pull it off in spite of all the odds, living in camps populated by male war prisoners. It also includes the Long March, of  Allied and British prisoners, from Poland to Germany, which I was interested to learn about.

As part of WWII literature, and based however roughly on facts, the book is of importance to a fuller story of WWII.

Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman,  Feb ruary 1, 2020, Thomas & Mercer

Genre: thriller, mystery
Source; Kindle Unlimited ebook

A thriller with a very big twist at the end that I did not see coming.
 Unusual, but pretty good reading, about a woman who must protect a young boy who show us at her door, apparently being hunted by crooked police and police officials. 

How the Penguins Saved Veronica

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior, June 16, 2020, Viking

Genre: contemporary fiction
Source; ebook

This novel reminded me very much of  the plot of  the book and movie, Where Did You Go, Bernadette?  
How the Penguins Saved Veronica is about an 85 year old woman who becomes intrigued by the penguins in Antartica and decides to do something drastic about it.  A very light read, enjoyable. 

I loved the author's previous book, Ellie and the Harpmaker, a romance that was unusual in plot and characters.

What books have you chosen to read?

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon

Mar 22, 2020

Sunday Salon: New Books

Two new mystery novels:
A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery, #8)

A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber, April 7, 2020, Berkley

Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to relaxing with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but...they soon have to solve a murder.

Setting: Scotland,  1832

Gone with the Whisker (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #8)

Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass, March 31, 2020, Berkley

A friendly feline and a feisty librarian merrily roll along in the newest Bookmobile Cat mystery
Location: Chilson, Mich. 

Currently reading:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Murder in Aix by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

What books have you chosen to read?

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon

Mar 15, 2020

Sunday Salon: Reading about Provence, and Love in the Time of Cholera

Murder in Aix (Maggie Newberry Mysteries, #5)

Murder in Aix, 2013 publication, Kindle edition

I am now on #5 of the Maggie Newberry Mystery series 

Murder in Aix,

set in the south of France. Maggie's husband is a vineyard owner and a chef and she has become a writer in addition to being an amateur sleuth. I love the settings of the books, which includes her husband's house and vineyard in a small Provence village. There are 17 books in the series. I'm on the 5th. 

The only other mystery series I've followed and read faithfully are by Swedish writer, Viveca Sten, and British writer, Elly Griffiths.  And of course, North America's Louise Penney. Look them up!

These and other books should keep me occupied during my social distancing during the time of coronavirus. By the way, I'm also reading 

Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez,  published 2003, set in Colombia, South America at the turn of the 19thth century. 

A love story like no other, they say, made more poignant because of the dire circumstances.

What books have you chosen to read?

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon

Mar 1, 2020

Sunday Salon: Mysteries set in France and England

Finished reading: 
Murder à la Carte (Maggie Newberry Mysteries, #2)

Murder a la Carte by Susan Kiernan-Lewis, July 2011, San Marco Press

Genre: cozy mystery set in France

Source: Amazon Unlimited ebook

Maggie accompanies her French chef boyfriend, Laurent, to France to look at a house and vineyard he has inherited in a tiny village there. She discovers that the property has a gory history, and that previous foreign owners had been shot at the house and a local man imprisoned for the crime.

When another foreigner, an American, is killed during a harvest party at the house, Maggie questions whether she wants to stay or not in France and try to get along with very  secretive and close-knit villagers.

The setting in a small town in rural France, with village life, customs, and food is very much an integral part of this interesting mystery novel.

Submitted for the

European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader

Currently reading: 

Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery (The Scilly Sisters Book 1)

Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison, #1 in the Island Sisters Mystery series
Publication: August 18, 2020; Minotaur Books 
Genre: cozy mystery set on Scilly Islands, off the coast of Cornwall, England
Source: Amazon Unlimited ebook

Evie and her sister Margot believe that Evie has inherited a house on an island off of Cornwall, and travel there to scout it out. They have to deal with the current owner/residents, however, who have no idea that the property may now belong to one of the sisters. Murder and mayhem follow, with Evie as a suspect. 

I'm enjoying this so far - with the rocky island setting as a big draw, as much as the unpredictable story line and well drawn characters.

I'm on a cozy binge this winter!

What are you reading this week?
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon

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