Jul 30, 2022

Sunday Salon: Contemporary Drama, Crime Novels

 Finished reading:


Meredith, Alone


Published June 23rd 2022 by Penguin Michael Joseph
Genre: contemporary fiction, women's fiction

My goodreads/NetGalley review:

Meredith has isolated herself indoors for 1,300 days and counting, until the time comes when she steps outside, prompted by the persistence of an internet friend Celeste; by a best friend who is the only friend to visit, by her online therapist Diane, and by a visiting social worker, Tom.

I was moved by this group of people who become Meredith's support, never giving up on trying to get her out of the house and into society again.

I also liked that the story behind Meredith's strange behavior is gradually revealed, and how she comes to face it and speak about it. Meredith is propelled to help the people she comes in contact with in person, on the internet, or from her front door and windows, and this also helps to get her away from her own problems.

This is a sensitive, contemporary novel that looks at one person's trauma and its aftermath.




The Couple at the Table

(Spilling CID #11)

Published January 27th 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: thriller, suspense

My goodreads/NetGalley review:


An unlikely scenario sets the stage for this psychological thriller, in which a couple, Jane and William, on their honeymoon, happen to be at the same resort as William's exwife and her new husband. This situation could be tricky and uncomfortable, and it is.

Then when a murder occurs, the clues seem to make no sense and point to no one at the resort as the murderer as they all have alibis. 


The novel very
 cleverly has the mystery resolve in an Agatha Christie fashion, with all the possible culprits facing a detective together at the end, and being grilled relentlessly in a controlled setting. This, before the detective reveals what really happened as he solves the crime.

The main characters, the wife Jane in particularly, are ditsy personalities, which leads the reader to want to see more of where their extreme behavior will take them. Clever plotting and character development.


Now reading:
 


City Under One Roof 

Kindle Edition320 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2023 by Berkley
Source: NetGalley
Genre: crime fiction

About: 

A stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town. where everyone lives in a single high-rise building.

When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. A detective from Anchorage, she has her own motives for investigating the possible murder in this isolated place, which can be accessed only by a tunnel. (publisher)



What are you reading this week? 

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Jul 23, 2022

Sunday Salon: Touch by Olaf Olafsson

 

Touch

Expected publication: August 16th 2022 by Ecco Press
Source: NetGalley
About: A mesmerizing, panoramic story of one man's search to find a lover who suddenly disappeared decades before.

When the pandemic hits, Kristofer is forced to shutter his successful restaurant in Reykjavik, sending him into a spiral of uncertainty, even as his memory seems to be failing. 
But an uncanny bolt from the blue--a message from Miko Nakamura, a woman whom he'd known in the sixties when they were students in London--both inspires and rattles him, as he is drawn inexorably back into a love story that has marked him for life. (publisher)

My reviewI was delighted to read a domestic drama/romance that is more serious than a light rom com and ends, nevertheless, on a happy and hopeful note. The sensitivity of the main characters is essential to this novel as it pulls you into a story of the love between two people from very different backgrounds, of a love lost, and a mystery that ends with surprises.

An enjoyable read about a relationship that spans the years between youth and old age.

Now reading:

Genre: psych thriller
Published June 24th, 2022 by Bookouture

About: When a dream trip becomes your worst nightmare…

You’ve been excited about this getaway for months – at last, a chance to reconnect with your husband at a secluded island resort. But when he unexpectedly calls you from the beach, you hear the urgency in his voice. Something is very wrong.

What are you reading this week? 


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Jul 17, 2022

The Bone Records by Rich Zahradnik: Sunday Salon

 New book arrival

Thanks to Wiley at Saichek Publicity for a review/feature copy.

What are you reading this week? 


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Jul 10, 2022

Sunday Salon: July Library Loot

 I couldn't resist these library books, listed with the publishers' book descriptions.  

Colorful (see my review)

by 
July 20th 2021 by Counterpoint Press
About: A beloved and bestselling classic in Japan, this groundbreaking tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance is now available in English.

"Congratulations, you've won the lottery!" shouts the angel Prapura to a formless soul.



Mimi Lee Cracks the Code

(A Sassy Cat Mystery #3)

by  November 30th 2021 by Berkley
About: Murder follows pet groomer Mimi Lee and her boyfriend Josh to a romantic Catalina Island getaway, where she puts on her best sleuthing hat with her sassy cat Marshmallow in tow.



Fiona and Jane

by  January 4th 2022 by Viking
About: Two young Taiwanese American women navigate friendship, sexuality, identity, and heartbreak over two decades.
Fiona Lin and Jane Shen explore the lonely freeways and seedy bars of Los Angeles together through their teenage years, surviving unfulfilling romantic encounters, and carrying with them the scars of their families' tumultuous pasts.


The Swimmers

Published February 22nd 2022, Knopf Publishing Group
About: What happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool.

The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world without comfort or relief.



Lost and Found in Paris

by April 5th 2022 by William Morrow & Company
About: The ultimate escapist adventure in Paris, its world of art, intrigue, and redemption, told with wit, style, and intrigue. 
Joan escapes to Paris right after learning her husband is the father of five year-old twins by another woman. 

Just finished:


A Familiar Stranger

by xpected publication,  September 27th 2022
Source: NetGalley
About: Lillian Smith is a quiet and ordinary wife and mother. Who will even notice what she’s done?

What are you reading this week? 

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Jul 3, 2022

Sunday Salon: Death By Bubble Tea by Jennifer J. Chow

 Books reviewed



Death by Bubble Tea (LA Night Market #1)

Two cousins, Yale Lee and Celine, who is visiting from Hong Kong, become amateur sleuths when a young woman is found murdered at the Eastwood Village Night Market, where they were manning a food stall. Celine becomes a suspect because the bubble tea she served the victim may have led to the death. The two cousins are determined to find the real killer to clear their name and the reputation of Yale's father's restaurant.

I enjoyed the developing friendship between the two formerly long-distance cousins who together feature in this new amateur sleuth series. We eagerly follow Yale and Celine as they debate and investigate the crime at the same time as the police do. The culprit in the mystery is unexpected and so puts a twist at the end. 

Although it is sometimes hard to follow Yale's convoluted thinking about possible suspects and their guilt or innocence, the cozy was a satisfying read, and I look forward to reading more about the two in their next mystery. 
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
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