Books I picked up on a whim

May 17, 2016 2016, Top Ten Tuesday 0

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

This week I’m talking about books I’ve picked up on a whim. Most of the books I’ve picked up on a whim lately are NetGalley books. The two that aren’t are books I got from the library.

When I get books I don’t know much about I try to get them from NetGalley or the library or I try not to pay too much for the book if I buy it.

I’ve read the books this year and I’ve added the grade I gave them plus a little about why I liked them. I’ve chosen 11 books instead of just 10 and they’re all mysteries though one is also a dystopian/science fiction. I’ve found some great new authors by trying a book on a whim!a-muddied-murder

A Muddied Murder

  • by Wendy Tyson
  • Series: Greenhouse Mystery #1
  • Genre: Mystery (cozy)
  • Setting: Winsome, Pennsylvania
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B+
  • What I thought of the book: I liked this mystery and characters a lot. I really liked the setting of the story on a farm and with small town politics.

The Big Brush-Offthe-big-brush-off

  • by Michael Murphy
  • Series: Jake & Laura Mystery #4
  • Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy)
  • Setting: NYC & Pennsylvania during the Great Depression
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B
  • What I thought of the book: I like the couple in the story–Jake and Laura. And the time period and mystery are well done.

The Fine Art of Murderthe-fine-art-of-murder

  • by Emily Barnes
  • Series: Katherine Sullivan Mysteries #1
  • Genre: Mystery (cozy)
  • Setting: Edina, Minnesota
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B-
  • What I thought of the book: I  liked the characters in the story a lot, but thought the ending was a little flat.

Murder in an Irish Villagemurder-in-an-irish-village

  • by Carlene O’Connor
  • Series: Unknown
  • Genre: Mystery (cozy)
  • Setting: Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B+
  • What I thought of the book: This is one of my favorite books so far this year. The O’Sullivan family was so much fun to read about and the mystery was well-done.

Out of the Bluesout-of-the-blues

  • by Trudy Nan Boyce
  • Series: Unknown
  • Genre: Mystery (police procedural)
  • Setting: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B+
  • What I thought of the book: I really liked this police procedural. The characters are really well done and the book has an authentic feel.

Killing Trailkilling-trail

  • by Margaret Mizushima
  • Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1
  • Genre: Mystery (police procedural)
  • Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado (high country of Colorado)
  • Source: Library
  • Grade: A-
  • What I thought of the book: One of my favorites so far this year. I love reading about K-9 dogs and the characters (including Robo the dog) are really fun to read about.

A Useful Womana-useful-woman

  • by Darcie Wilde
  • Series: Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • Setting: England, 1817
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B
  • What I thought of the book: I like that this is a Regency Mystery. We learn a lot more about Almack’s than usual in a book about the Regency period. There’s a little romance, but it’s mostly mystery. I like Rosalind a lot.

The Royal Wulff Murdersthe-royal-wulff-murders

  • by Keith McCafferty
  • Series: Sean Stranahan Mysteries #1
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Setting: Montana
  • Source: Library
  • Grade: B+
  • What I thought of the book: I love the setting of this book in Montana with fly fishing and Sean is an interesting character. He’s a fly fisherman and a painter and sometimes an investigator. Great mystery and story.

Skeleton Bluesskeleton-blues

  • by Paul Johnston
  • Series: Quint Dalrymple #7
  • Genre: Near-future dystopian thriller, science fiction, mystery
  • Setting: Edinburgh, Scotland, 2034
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B
  • What I thought of the book: I didn’t realize this was part of a series when I started the book so I think I missed some nuances in the book. However, the book was interesting as both a mystery and dystopian and very unique.

Dying for a Tastedying-for-a-taste

  • by Leslie Karst
  • Series: Sally Solari Mystery #1
  • Genre: Mystery (cozy)
  • Setting: Santa Cruz, California
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B
  • What I thought of the book: This was a fun book with all the stuff about restaurants and cooking. The mystery was interesting and I liked Sally.

A Front Page Affaira-front-page-affair

  • by Radha Vatsal
  • Series: Kitty Weeks Mystery series #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • Setting: New York City, 1915
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Grade: B
  • What I thought of the book: The time period was really interesting in this book–right before the United States got into WWI. The book does a good job using the time period, presenting a good mystery and introducing a fun new character.

Have you gotten any books on a whim Lately? What did you choose?

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