Review: Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Happy Halloween! Though it doesn’t happen at Halloween it’s a good time of year to read a mystery . . .

through-the-evil-daysThrough the Evil Days
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Series: Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne series, Book 8
Genre: Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books, 2013
E-book, Purchased
368 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs…Currently he’s struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban’s Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare’s “unpriestly” pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties. Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away.

As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever. Readers have waited years for Through The Evil Days and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

Dear God, please help me to be more understanding of my husband, who’s being a monumental jerk— She started again. Dear God, please help me to break through my husband’s stubbornness— No, she released the cross and pressed her hands against her abdomen. She knew what the right prayer was. “Dear God,” she said, “please help me.”

and

“Oh, God.” She pushed herself up to her knees and clambered to her feet. “I’m so sorry. I saw a light or something through the trees and I thought it was a gun.”

Russ put his arms around her and held her tight. “Don’t apologize. It’s okay. You’re okay, darlin’.”

“Goddammit. I just want to get the war out of my head once and for all.” Her voice was muffled by his parka.

“It takes a long time for those instincts to settle down. And they never really go entirely away. Look at me.”

His own combat service had left scars on Russ’s body and mind. “Yeah. You can’t walk through a green forest without watching for snipers, and I can’t be out in the open without thinking I’m going to be lit up.”

Cheers

  • Lots has happened in this series since the first book. This is a series which you should read in order so please start at the beginning if you haven’t read any of this series. The books are very good.
  • Russ and Clare’s lives have changed the most in this series. They both face personal, professional and physical problems during the course of this book.
  • The setting of these books is wonderful…a small town in upstate New York in the Adirondacks.
  • The weather is also a character in this book. Bad weather always causes problems for a police department.
  • In this case, it’s winter and a monster storm occurs during the book. The Millers Kill Police Department is overloaded by vehicle accidents and a missing child. Russ and Clare are in the Adirondacks on their honeymoon checking out a vacation cabin they might buy. Not the best time of year for it!
  • Nonstop action.
  • I like the mysteries, but I also like the ongoing story of the different characters in these books. The characters are realistic and not perfect. Clare’s problems in the last book (One Was a Soldier) after she returned from Iraq are very realistic.
  • Throughout these books we find out about other characters in the books–especially members of the police department. Good and bad things happen as they do to people.

Jeers

  • There’s a brief scene in the book which indicates something happens, but nothing is heard about it again. (I can’t be more specific without creating spoilers).

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’ve read all the books in this series and have enjoyed all of them.
  • This is a series I love. My only worry is that it takes the author a while to write the books–but when she finishes one it’s great!
  • I’ve read there may be another book out in Spring 2015. I hope so!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie

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Leave the Grave Green
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 3
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British)
Published by Scribner, 1995
Library book
253 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: When Connor Swann, the dissolute son-in-law of renowned and influential Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, is found floating in a Thames River lock, the circumstances eerily recall a strangely similar tragedy. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons’ young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia — Connor Swann’s wife.

Police Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James quickly discover that Connor’s death was no accident, and that nothing in the Asherton family is as it seems. Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. The Ashertons are far more attached to Connor than to their own daughter, and these are only the first of the secrets that haunt the suspects. New lies cover older lies, as Kincaid finds himself dangerously drawn to Julia Swann, and Gemma must confront her own troubling feelings for Kincaid.

Gemma thought of her mother, who had risen in the early hours of the morning to bake every day of her married life, then worked the counter in the shop from opening till closing. The possibility of not working never occurred to Gemma or her sister–it had been Gemma’s driving ambition for the work to be of her own choosing, not something done purely for the necessity of putting food on the table.

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Like Prince Charles, he found most contemporary architecture to be a blight upon the landscape.

Cheers

  • I’m finding as I read these mysteries that past history is always important to the story–in this case, the characters’ pasts cause problems for them in the present.
  • The Asherton family is the definition of a dysfunctional family.
  • I like how the books take place in different parts of England.
  • I like how Gemma and Duncan keep growing and changing. Gemma is discovering a love for music.

Jeers

  • In all three of books so far in the series Duncan seems to feel more sympathy to female characters in his cases. I’m not sure I like that about his character!
  • This is a spoiler…so if you haven’t read the book don’t read further. (If you highlight the text after this you will see the spoiler!) I love Gemma and Duncan, but she works for him and it’s very unprofessional for them to have a personal life together when Duncan is her supervisor.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the last book. (Because of the above spoiler.) Otherwise, I like the book! 😉
  • However, even though I don’t agree with some of the actions of the characters in this book I continue to like these books a lot.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

Waiting on Wednesday: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday occasionally. Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

 

The book I’m excited about this week:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Series: New series?

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
 
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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What made me pick this book:

  • What a beautiful cover!
  • I haven’t read the Temeraire series though it’s on my list to read someday.
  • This book would let me start at the beginning of a new series (if it is a new series).
  • It sounds so interesting.

Review: Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

 

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by Mary Balogh
Series: Survivors’ Club series, Book 4
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Signet
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: e-ARC (Release Date: Oct 28, 2014)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
400 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors’ Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

–I’m not adding any quotes (though I had lots of passages I highlighted), because I’m aware the e-ARC I read may have changes to wording and I wouldn’t want to quote something which isn’t in the final copy.

Cheers

  • I love this book and thank the publisher so much for sending the e-Arc to me so I was able to read and finish it the day before it’s published!
  • Ms. Balogh’s characterizations are a hallmark of her writing. Her characters aren’t perfect, sometimes they’ve done things which seem unforgivable, sometimes they have to forgive someone else, sometimes forgive themselves.
  • Her characters nearly always make a journey in her books–they’re often badly hurt people who find redemption in the right person. I think that’s a dream most of us have for our lives. We don’t always find that in our real life and that is why we read romances. I know I will get a “happily ever after,” but in the romances I like best the journey the couple must make is what makes the book special.
  • All the characters in the Survivors’ Club are badly wounded and still suffer, but they support each other no matter what. The Survivors’ Club members are all present during part of this book. And we learn a little more about some of them!
  • In the past three books in this series all we really know about Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby: he was wounded in battle, stammers and seems irreverent and cynical.
  • Now we discover he nearly died and had a terrible head injury. He wasn’t expected to live or recover. Now his stammer is the outward sign of his injuries, but he still has terrible headaches and things he can’t remember. He isn’t even sure what he doesn’t remember. When he first came back to England after his wounding he couldn’t talk and had terrible rages.
  • Before he was wounded he came back to England on leave when his brother was dying. He knows he didn’t stay the entire time with his brother. Instead he went to London where he was betrothed to Velma Frome a neighbor near Flavian’s country estate. Immediately after the betrothal he left to go back to the Peninsula and the war. His brother died the night after Flavian’s betrothal. He knows all this, but can’t come to terms with it. He loved his brother and is ashamed he left him alone to travel to London to celebrate his betrothal.
  • After Flavian was so badly wounded his fiancée married his best friend. Now she is a widow just out of mourning. Flavian’s family lets him know Velma is back home again.
  • Agnes Keeping is a widow and 26 years old. Her husband died three years before and though she didn’t love him she was content except for having no children. She now lives with her spinster sister who is 12 years older and more nearly a mother to Agnes. Agnes and her sister Dora are good friends with Sophia, Viscountess Darleigh. Sophia recently married Vincent Hunt, who is one of the Survivors’ Club members (The Arrangement). Agnes and Dora are invited to a ball at Middlebury Park where Vincent and Sophia live.
  • Flavian is at this ball and Sophia asks him to dance with Agnes so she isn’t a wallflower. He dances with her twice–the last dance a waltz–and though they don’t speak during the dance he declares she’s “Not sensible…only enchanting.”
  • Agnes and Flavian meet again about six months after their dance and within three weeks they are married…even though they know very little about each other. Flavian feels desire for Agnes though she isn’t young or beautiful, but he also declares he will be “safe” with her. Agnes has misgivings, but she marries Flavian anyway.
  • I knew this was a recipe for disaster…LOL! However, Mary Balogh is expert at writing realistically about a relationship without great misunderstandings between the couple.

Jeers

  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • As I have mentioned several times I don’t read very much romance these days, but I make an exception for Mary Balogh’s books. I’ve been reading them for years and love her writing. When I finish one of her books I’m almost always smiling. She puts a lot of joy into her writing.
  • I highly recommend this book. It’s not necessary to read the first three books in the Survivors’ Club series, but they are all very good.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

Sunday Post: Oct 26

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

Last Week

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A few years ago my daughter carved a pumpkin for her grandpa!
A few years ago my daughter carved a pumpkin for her grandpa!

My husband returned from Oklahoma City on Friday. My sister-in-law has been in town all week at a conference so we met her for dinner in Washington DC. It is always fun to spend time with our family and have a good dinner, too. The rest of the weekend has been quiet.

The weather is cooler and we’ve had lots of beautiful sunny days, but it’s hard to believe the end of October and Halloween are nearly here.

I finally bit the bullet and requested some books from NetGalley. I had signed up a year or so ago, but never actually requested anything. When I got an email this last week inviting me to request the latest Mary Balogh book–Only Enchantment. I definitely wanted it so I requested that and three other books which caught my eye. I didn’t think I would be approved any of the books, but I got all four of them! I’m trying to get Only Enchantment read and reviewed before the book comes out on Tuesday.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

What I read the this week

A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–Netgalley, library, purchased or free

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Netgalley–e-book

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Undercity by Catherine Asaro

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

Library

A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Library e-book

And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

Kindle e-book

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Audiobooks

None

Around the Internet

  • I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery (formerly Bawdy Book Blog) which begins November 6. I love Christmas books so it’s a good way to get started!
  • I’m also participating in Blog Ahead during November hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup where the goal is to increase our pre-scheduled posts by 30. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do quite that much, but I do plan to do as much as I can.

Next Week

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Halloween this week! We don’t do anything special, but when our kids were little they had lots of fun dressing up. Our son has been in New York City during October, but will be back in the DC area on Halloween and we’re hoping to get together.

Posts

  • Review: Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie
  • November books on my radar…
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

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Vampires of Manhattan
by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The new blue bloods coven, book 1
Genre: Fantasy (vampires)
Published by Hyperion Books, 2014
Library Book
240 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

Wasn’t it Yeats who had said, “Wine comes in at the mouth, and love comes in at the eye?” Love was like that–instant, a fire that burned, a pool you drowned in. She had looked at him, and she had known. She pitied those who had never experienced a love like theirs. It was a miracle, a gift, when love happened upon you like that. It was so easy.

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…[H]e loved her so much, but sometimes, once you had your beloved, it was natural to pay attention to other things. After all, that was the point, wasn’t it? Of a so-called happy ending? To move on to other concerns? To stop worrying about love? Come to think of it, what was a happy ending after all? It wasn’t as if once the credits rolled and the lights came on or an author wrote, “The end,” you stopped living, because there was so much more of life to live, wasn’t there? Besides, there was no such thing as happy ending for the likes of them….

Cheers

  • A theme of this book is relationships as the above quotes illustrate. What exactly is love? What comes after the “happily ever after?”
  • This is an adult book about some of the characters from a young adult series. I don’t know that I’ve read a series which goes from young adult to adult so that’s interesting.
  • The book is told from several POV’s–Oliver, Ara, Mimi, Kingsley, Finn.
  • I like the parts of the book which are a mystery and trying to solve that mystery.

Jeers

  • I didn’t understand why they decided to continue with the Four Hundred Ball when things in the vampire society aren’t going well.
  • This was kind of a depressing book. Not too many people in this book seem to feel any joy.
  • In the synopsis this is called “hipster horror.” I’m really not sure what that is. Now I admit I’m not a “hipster,” but I have read horror and I don’t like horror because it’s scary. This wasn’t scary.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read a few of the young adult series from which this series continues as an adult series. I didn’t have any real problem following along although it’s clear a lot happened after I lost track of this series…LOL.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie

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All Shall Be Well
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British)
Published by Scribner, 1994
E-book, Purchased
268 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and doomed? As Kincaid and his capable and appealing assistant Sergeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman’s strange history, a troubling puzzle begins to take shape — a bizarre amalgam of good and evil, of charity and crime . . . and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.

 

It is sooth that sin is cause of all this pain,

But all shall be well and all shall be well and

all manner of things shall be well.

–Juliana of Norwich, 15th century

and

No older woman-younger man scenario possible: dying made one acceptably non-threatening.

Cheers

  • I like this mystery a lot. It deals with the idea of mercy killing, assisted suicide, whether and when to live or die.
  • The characters in this book are so interesting. We find out more about Duncan and Gemma, but I also like that we meet the Major and Jasmine who live in the same building as Duncan.
  • When Jasmine dies Duncan feels guilty he hadn’t visited her in the last day or two so he investigates her death, but doesn’t really think he will find it was murder.
  • Much of the story is told from Jasmine’s POV. A lot of it from her journals. I enjoyed learning more about her even after she died. She has led such an interesting life.
  • There are a number of likely suspects and the plot is well crafted. I didn’t figure out the mystery until near the end.
  • I really like the working relationship between Duncan and Gemma. He doesn’t condescend to her.
  • I also like finding out more about Gemma and her family life…a single mom working as a cop, an ex-husband who stops paying child support.

Jeers

  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • Book 2 is quite different from the first book in the series. I like when an author isn’t predictable when writing a mystery series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

Waiting on Wednesday–Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

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I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday occasionally. Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

 

The book I’m excited about this week: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, book 5 in the Peter Grant urban fantasy series. The book comes out November 13 in the UK, but isn’t out until January 6, 2015 in the U.S. published by DAW.

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm…

……………………………..

I’ve read all the books in this series and after the last book I really want to know what happens next!

Top new series I want to start

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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.

This week we are talking about the new series (new within the last year or two) we want to start. The following books are all the first books in a series and I own all but one of these books, but haven’t started them yet!

I list the first book in the series and then the name of the series. As usual these are in no particular order:

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1. Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan–Millennium’s Rule series. The synopsis begins “In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic….” That sounds so awesome!

2. Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells–Prospero’s War series. The second book in the series came out in August 2014. It sounds like a really interesting new urban fantasy series.

3. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie–Imperial Radch series. This book won the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. The second book was just published so I need to get reading!

4. The Thousand Names by Django Wexler–The Shadow Campaigns series. An epic fantasy and the second book is out in this series, too!

5. Binary Witness by Rosie Claverton–The Amy Lane Mystery series. I just bought this book. I’ve started reading more mysteries in the last month and this series sounds really interesting.

6. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead–Age of X series. I’ve read a few of Richelle Mead’s other books and think this sounds quite interesting.

7. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire–Ghost Stories series. The October Daye urban fantasy series by Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite series. I’ve gotten Sparrow Hill Road from my library and want to start this book. It sounds quite different from the October Daye series.

8. Dust and Light by Carol Berg–The Sanctuary Duet series. This book takes place in the same world as two of the author’s previous books, but it’s the first book in this series. I haven’t read the first two books, but don’t think I’ll need to. The synopsis asks the question “How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly?

9. The Falconer by Elizabeth May–The Falconer series. This is a historical fantasy which takes place in 1844 in Scotland with faeries! Sounds pretty awesome.

10. Omens by Kelley Armstrong–Cainsville series. I’ve read several books by Kelley Armstrong and they’re very good. This sounds like an intense and interesting series.

What new series do you want to start reading?

Sunday Post: Oct 19

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

Last Two Weeks

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Near Boothbay, Maine–one of the coastal inlets at dawn

My husband and I went to Maine for a long weekend and so I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week. The Maine trip was wonderful.

I’m continuing to love the mysteries I’m reading. And I’m getting books from the library when I can–and reading them…LOL. I have a hard time sometimes when I have to put an item on hold and wait for it when I could just click “buy” on my Kindle. I used to wait for books all the time when I used the library more. Instant gratification really has spoiled me!

This week I’ve spent a great deal of time working with my sisters-in-law to help plan a bridal shower for one of our nieces. The hard part is that we live all over the U.S. so we’ve had e-mails going back and forth. The shower is during Thanksgiving when many of the family is together, but this Thanksgiving we are celebrating an engagement, a christening and the bridal shower so finding the time and place is complicated. The Aunties as we call each other also are sending a statement to everyone that we support and celebrate Meaghan and Caitlin. Not everyone  in the family is on board (though most everyone is).

One of my sisters-in-law is visiting this weekend so I’ll be busy. We will work a little on the shower activities, too!

I managed some reading and blogging through it all.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

What I read the last two weeks

Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–library, purchased or free

 

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The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Railroad Detective by Edward Marston

Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon

The Lost Book of Anggrid by Kyra Halland

Binary Witness by Rosie Claverton

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie (Library book)

Audible buys (a sale–what can I say?!):

The Shanghai Moon by S. J. Rozan

Darkship Thieves by Sarah Hoyt

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

The Better Part of Valor by Taya Huff

Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Next Week

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More shower planning, more blogging and reading. My husband is in Oklahoma City all week so I hope to work on birthday and Halloween cards for family and friends as well as more reading.

Posts

  • Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
  • Top Ten Tuesday?
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?