Jun 7, 2020

Sunday Salon: Renewed Reading


That Strawberry Moon hanging behind the trees outside my window has me in thrall. It has for the past two early mornings, too. It was most beautiful and golden Friday morning way before dawn.

My brief period of distaste for books lasted a day or two, and happy to say, I'm back in the reading mode. I've finished
The Last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen 
Publication: August 4, 2020, Berkley
Genre: historical mystery
Georgie, of Her Royal Spyness fame, travels to Cornwall with her friend Belinda, who has inherited a cottage there from her late grandmother. 

They meet Rose, an old childhood acquaintance of  Belinda's, who invites them to stay at her mansion, where Rose lives in lonely splendor, waiting for her husband Tony to return from his business travels. 

The author says this book is loosely based on DuMaurier's Rebecca, but the plot is different enough to make it interesting. There is a spooky and threatening housekeeper who runs things efficiently, as in Rebecca, and Rose seems out of her comfort zone in the stately mansion, as did the heroine of DuMaurier's novel. However, there is enough difference to make the mystery novel suspenseful enough to keep your interest. There is a murder, for one. 

I give this a five for entertainment and originality in spinning the plot of Rebecca into a new weave!


Our House by Louise Candlish
Publication: August 7, 2020, Berkley
Genre: thriller, domestic suspense 

A warning about fraud in real estate deals; sales made and transferred online can be intercepted and stolen. The story was entertaining and informative, as well as suspenseful. A woman returns home after a short trip and finds strangers moving into her house saying they are the new owners. Then she has to figure out how the mistake was made and what her husband Tony has really been up to. The ending is a surprise. Four stars.

The Last Savannah by Mike Bond
Published November 19, 2013, Mandevilla Press
Genre: thriller, travel adventure

Bond uses his international settings to point out political and environmental problems that affect the people and their world. This book deals with wildlife poaching in Africa. Going after poachers from Somalia, who enter into Kenya to gather valuable elephant tusks, Bond goes on a tortuous journey to save a female archaeologist kidnapped by the poachers for ransom.

The novel is both an adventure, a thriller, and a romance. I gave this read five stars for plotting, suspense, atmosphere.



I've dropped a couple of books along the way, as too uninteresting or improbable. But I'm currently enjoying a few others, such as the one below.

All This I Will Give to You
All This I Will Give You
September 1, 2018
Domestic drama set in Spain
Translated novel

Novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash and finds out that Alvaro has been hiding his past all these years. 

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

13 comments:

Gayathri said...

The Last Mrs. Summers sounds so good. I will add it to my TBR!

Esther @ BiteIntoBooks said...

I'm really curious about The Last Savannah, because I've visited Kenya twice and do plan to go again soon. I love the setting and the subject is something that is very important!

Would love to read this.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Our House is one that has been on my TBR list for about a year; glad you enjoyed it. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm glad your book lull did not last long. I have been a moody reader lately. Books I'd have found charming in the past seem to irritate me now. Sometimes I feel like the characters aren't taking life seriously enough! I know that's silly. It's really just me. These look great.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I loved Our House...and I have enjoyed some Rhys Bowen. The new one looks very tempting.

Vicki said...

I loved Our House and want to read The Last Mrs. Summers

Yvonne said...

I loved Our House. The Rhys Bowen book looks good. I've only read a couple from her series, but I've enjoyed them.

Hope you have a great week!

My Sunday post is here.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

i dropped two books this week, which I rarely do so it is odd I ditched two in one week. It's been a hard week but there is a lot of cause for hope for the future. Stay well. Stay safe. Please visit my Sunday Salon post. Thank you.

Greg said...

I've only read one Rhys Bowen book but I liked it. And I love the sound of The LAst Savannah. Will have to check that out!

Nise' said...

I like the sound of The Last Savannah. Our House was a good one. Hope this week's reading is filled with good books.

Beth F said...

I understand that it's sometimes hard to read these days. THe Last Savannah looks good.

Kathy Martin said...

Nice looking bunch of books. I've been doing a lot of comfort reading and rereading lately. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Becki said...

The Last Mrs Summers sounds quite intriguing :) I enjoyed All This I Will Give to You when I read it. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week.

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