Nov 26, 2022

Sunday Salon: Crime Fiction, Romance, Thriller

 Read and reviewed: 


A Death in Tokyo

(Kyoichiro Kaga #9)

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Tokyo Police Detective Kaga is faced with a very public murder that doesn't quite add up, a prime suspect unable to defend himself, and pressure from the highest levels for a quick solution.

My goodreads review: 

I enjoy this series a lot, having read several of the nine books.
It's a police procedural which follows the Tokyo detectives who refuse to take the obvious choice and easy solution to a murder. They follow their gut feelings to find the truth and the real story behind the mysterious stabbing death of a father on a lonely bridge.

The methods of inquiry, the follow up interviewing and persistence of the detectives makes this story very interesting throughout the novel. What they discover is equally fascinating and unexpected.

Read and reviewed: 
 

The Paris Soulmate

A woman with autoimmune disorders and a "no dating policy." A mysterious, cocky British stranger. A dream trip to Paris. What could go wrong?

Reviewed:  


The Daughter-in-Law

Published November 4th 2022 by Bookouture
Genre: thriller, suspense, family drama

The mother in law is less than thrilled to have her son's sudden marriage sprung as a surprise to the family. The new daughter-in-law is from far away Australia and has now moved with her husband to live with his family in small town England. 

I'm waiting to find out about all the family secrets and the daughter-in-law's secrets as well. That's what the audio promises from this thriller!

Updated review: I enjoyed the story and the complex characters, well developed and realistic. The plot twist was a big surprise, and also the twist at the very end of the book. The novel was well written, and the audio narrator was excellent, keeping my interest in the personalities and the story throughout.

What are you reading this week? 
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated BookreviewerAlso,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday SalonStacking the ShelvesMailbox Monday

Nov 19, 2022

Sunday Salon: Romances

After several days in New York City, I came home and fell into a rom com daze of Netgalley ebooks. Here are two that I've just read.


The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique

My goodreads review:

Spices mixed and grown by spice master Garrance are used by chef Kate Jenkins when she opens her new bistro in Paris. There is a hint of magic in the way that Kate is transported to other romantic places when she tastes Garrance's spices. 

I loved the use of flavors from around the world to create exotic dishes in this Paris bistro. The magic of taste and scents permeates the novel, a love story to cuisines and spices from around the world. 

The slow romance that develops between Kate and master chef Charles also adds its own magic to the setting and story. 



Thank You for Listening

I have to work on my basement during this cold spell, clearing it out to use as a workable den! Good thing I gave away so many of the books already to make spece for other things!


What are you reading this week? 
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Nov 13, 2022

Sunday Salon: The Moon and NYC

 I was out of town last week so have not read much at all. But I did get some sightseeing done, mostly by car and on foot. The day after we got back, it started to snow. 

Caught between the (full) moon and New York City, Queens


                                    Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan





Currently reading:

I started an ebook, and like it so far.


The Ingenue

A novel of suspense about the bonds of family, the limits of talent, the risks of ambition, and the rewards of revenge.

When former piano prodigy Saskia Kreis returns home to Milwaukee after her mother's unexpected death, she expects to inherit the family estate, the Elf House. But with the discovery that her mother's will bequeathed the Elf House to a man that Saskia shares a complicated history with, she is forced to reexamine her own past--and the romantic relationship that changed the course of her life--for answers. Can she find a way to claim her heritage while keeping her secrets buried, or will the fallout from digging too deep destroy her? *(publisher)


I was intrigued and enthralled by Saskia, the piano prodigy, and her personality which led her into sabotaging her musical career at a young age for a highly questionable and secret relationship. Her mother's successful reinvention of traditional fairy tales for a living features prominently in the novel. This connection to Saskia's life years later was a brilliant part of the plot, as well as the Elf House, a mansion that has been in their family for generations.

I found this a well planned and plotted novel, with well developed characters, and a suspenseful story that certainly rewrites any fairy tale life that Saskia had imagined for herself.

What are you reading this week? 
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated BookreviewerAlso,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday SalonStacking the ShelvesMailbox Monday


Nov 5, 2022

Sunday Salon: An Autistic Attorney, and Death on Nantucket Island


 Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Netflix Original Legal Drama, 16 episode series, 2022

"Extraordinary Attorney Woo" is an autistic but genius attorney who struggles with her personal and romantic life. In most instances, she rises to the occasion.

Attorney Woo was single handedly raised by her father, after her mother abandoned her. 

I was interested in this series because of the autism angle, and wanted to see just how they would portray an attorney with Asperger's Syndrome. The series turned out to have humor and pathos, and makes a statement about the disadvantaged or different and how society treats them.

I laughed and cried many times watching the series. I think a follow up will be in 2024.

Reading:

I've put away my ebooks for the time being and reading an actual paper book! 


Death on a Winter Stroll

(A MERRY FOLGER NANTUCKET MYSTERY #7)

The book's quite good so far and I'm enjoying the nature and wildlife descriptions of Nantucket Island, the Christmas Stroll celebrations on the island in December, in addition to the mystery plot. The police are faced with investigating deaths surrounding two groups - visiting celebrity stars and political figures. 

What are you reading this week? 
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated BookreviewerAlso,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday SalonStacking the ShelvesMailbox Monday

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson and TBR Thrillers: Sunday Salon

  I am familiar with Jamaican black cake, a traditional fruit cake with fruits soaked in rum and wine. I went to many weddings and celebrati...