Sunday Post: May 29

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

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.

My son's dog waiting for him at the airport
My son’s dog waiting for him at the airport

Last Week–home and blog

My son arrived late Tuesday night, picked up Adonis and flew home early the next morning. Then my sister-in-law arrived Friday morning. My brother is attending some meetings in Tennessee so when he’s done he’ll drive here and spend a few days before they drive home to Oregon.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is on Monday May 30 here in the U.S. to honor our soldiers who have died while serving in the armed forces. Many of us visit cemeteries during the weekend. And it’s a three-day weekend for many people and kind of symbolizes the beginning of summer with lots of barbecues. We barbecued on Saturday.

My daughter, sister-in-law and I leave for eastern Iowa after work on Friday. My husband and older daughter are meeting us at my father-in-law’s home. I’m really looking forward to seeing my husband since it has been almost two months since we’ve seen each other. I’m very much looking forward to his move to Iowa at the end of June.thunderstorm

Thunderstorms

Lots of thunderstorms and rain this week in Iowa. Luckily, none have been too severe (as I’m writing this), but we’ve had several severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches.

The blog

I finally finished Roses and Rot. It took a long time to read it, but I thought it was good. May has been a very busy month and I’ve gotten very little reading done so far.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

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Several of Mary Balogh’s older books were on sale on Amazon for the Kindle (Red Rose, Lady with the Black Umbrella, An Unlikely Duchess, A Certain Magic). However, I don’t know if they still are on sale.

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available next week (June 2 — 9):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

We drive back home on Monday and my husband flies back to Maryland for another month. So good to see him over the weekend.

My sister-in-law and I plan to do some fun things this week including visiting the Des Moines farmers’ market which is huge. I’m hoping for fewer thunderstorms this next week. Also hope to finish some more books!

Blog posts

  • June books on my list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton
  • Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
  • Sunday Post

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

Burning Man by Alan Russell

burning-manBurning Man by Alan Russell
Series: Gideon & Sirius #1
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Setting: Los Angeles, California
Published by Thomas & Mercer, 2012
E-book, Kindle Unlimited
328 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the-ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards.

When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having to work the case worsens Detective Gideon’s PTSD, a condition he has tried to hide from others. Gideon’s burns may have healed, but the fire haunts him still…in more ways than one.

Eerily prescient since that terrible night of the fire, Gideon has unusual insights into the crimes he investigates, a skill he and Sirius must learn to trust as much as they do each other if they are to solve—and survive—this case.

One of the occupational hazards of being a K-9 cop is loss of hearing because of your partner’s barking and howling.

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When the two of us worked together in K-9, there had been clear divisions of rank, with frequent classes and exercises to reinforce that pecking order. The dogs are taught their handlers are generals and that they are grunts that have to obey no matter how insane the orders are. Sirius always went along with this game so as to not make me look bad, and still does.

Initial impressions

  • If you’ve read past reviews you may know that I really like police procedurals and also a police procedural featuring K-9 partners. This book has both and I really like it.
  • Michael and his K-9 partner Sirius are both heroic and go through a lot together.

The story

  • At the beginning of the book LAPD policeman Michael Gideon and his dog partner are sent to search for a possible serial killer. They have to follow the suspect into a brush fire and Michael, Sirius and the suspect are all badly burned.
  • It takes months for Michael and Sirius to recover, but when the do the police chief offers them a positions in a newly formed Special Case Unit.
  • Michael is suffering from flashbacks and nightmares from the fire, but he hides that from everyone and goes back to work.
  • They have several cases sent their way–a crucified teenager, a dead abandoned baby.
  • Since the fire Michael often has insights into cases he never had before. He has to decide whether to trust these insights.

Pluses

  • I really enjoyed this book. However, there were several scenes which were hard to read since the main character was badly burned while arresting a killer. He relives these scenes over and over in nightmares.
  • Michael’s wife died before the book began so he’s been through a lot. His wife named Sirius after the Dog Star. Both Michael and Sirius miss her.
  • Sirius is a great character. Very loyal to Michael. They make great partners.
  • I like the procedural work of the book–talking to witnesses, writing and reading reports, trying to figure out why something happened the way it did.
  • The abandoned baby case is one which hits home for Michael since he was abandoned as a baby, but found by a priest who named him Michael Gideon. The priest is still a good friend of Michael.
  • The cases Michael is working on–the crucifixion, the dead abandoned baby–are very different cases, but still need standard case work.
  • I liked many of the other characters in the book. They are interesting and help provide insight into Michael.
  • The suspect Michael brought out of the fire is the serial killer he was looking for. Even though the serial killer is on death row, he apparently has a lot of clout among certain people on the outside. Something Michael finds out first hand.

Minuses

  • Michael visits the serial killer he arrested in prison every month. The FBI asked him to visit since the killer refuses to talk to anyone else, but Michael doesn’t seem to visit to find out information. It was uncomfortable to read about since the killer seems to have the upper hand.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • I hope in the next book Michael is making progress getting over the PTSD and not visiting the killer in prison anymore.

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

Author info

  • When Alan Russell writes his novels, he always plays the “what if” game: What if you were the son of a serial murderer and it suddenly appears to the world as if you are repeating your father’s sordid history? What if you are the holder of a grim secret with international consequences, but telling that secret implicates you in the death of an innocent? What if you are a homicide detective trying to solve a murder case in which the only witness is a young woman who offers up clues in the forms of her exotic multiple personalities?
  • Like his readers, Alan is eager to know what is going to happen to his characters, and says, “If I am passionate about what I am writing, then that passion will be infectious to my readers.”

Reading Challenges

Waiting on Wednesday: May 25

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

 

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Bite by K.S. Merbeth

Series: Unknown

Publication Date: July 26

Genre: Science Fiction–Post apocalyptic

Synopsis: Kid is trying to survive in a world gone mad.
Hungry, thirsty and alone in a desert wasteland, she’s picked up on the side of the road by Wolf, Dolly, Tank and Pretty Boy – outlaws with big reputations and even bigger guns.

But as they journey across the wild together, Kid learns that her newfound crew may not be the heroes she was hoping for. And in a world that’s lost its humanity, everyone has a bit of monster within them…

………………………………..

Why this book sounds good:
  • This sounds good–as  long as it’s not too graphic!
  • I love the cover.

My beach reads

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.

Note: When I linked my TTT to the Broke and Bookish blog I realized I’m a week early with this post!

This week I’m talking about my “beach read” books. I define beach reads as comfort reads. . . books I’m excited to read, from authors I’ve read before and want to read again. These are all books I already own…maybe ones I’ve had on my bookshelf or Kindle for quite awhile. And sometimes I’ve put these off because I’ve felt I had to read other books first.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

  • I read book 1 in this urban fantasy series and really enjoyed it. Mick Oberon and the time period (Chicago in the 1930’s) are fun to read about.

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire

  • Another urban fantasy series that I need to catch up on. This is the eighth in the series and I want to get back into October Daye’s world.

The Human Division by John Scalzi

  • John Scalzi is one of my favorite science fiction authors. This is book 5 of a series–The Old Man’s War–I really enjoy.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

  • Book 2 of The Expanse series. I read the first book awhile ago and watched The Expanse series on TV earlier this year. I really liked the first book and know this is a very good series so I need to read the second book and then continue on!

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • I love the Miles Vorkosigan books and I haven’t read any of them for several years. I want to start reading them again.

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

  • I love this long-running space opera series. And I’m a number of books behind, of course!

The Sleeping Life by Andrea K. Höst

  • I really like Andrea K. Höst’s writing. This is second in the series and the cover is beautiful.

Mysteries

Negative Image by Vicki Delany

  • I’m loving this police procedural series which takes place in British Columbia, Canada.

The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton

  • I recently read the first book in this police procedural series. I really like DI Marjory Fleming–she’s a farm wife and a detective inspector in southwest Scotland.

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

  • One of my very favorite mystery series. I’ve savored the books, but now I only have two more books in the series. However, I read that she finally has a new book coming out next year in this series! Yay!

What are your beach reads for this summer?

Sunday Post: May 22

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

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.

Last Week–home and blog

I was stiff, sore and tired after my adventures chasing my son’s dog last week. And Adonis was pooped, too! But we’ve both recovered and I’m much more careful now.

Since our yard isn’t fenced which started the misadventures (see last week’s post for about the chase) I’ve stayed with my daughter (she has a fenced yard) during this last week of watching my son’s mini dachshund. My son’s dachshund and my daughter’s lab have had so much fun chasing each other in the yard.

The weather has been beautiful this week so it was nice to sit outside and have a barbecue one spring-skynight. I love this time of year with so many shades of green as the trees have just leafed out and before the mosquitoes come out and before it gets too humid!

We went to a new jazz club Saturday night and heard Brazilian jazz. The band was great. And very funny as they talked about their time in this country.

The blog

I made progress in Roses and Rot. I’m almost half way through and enjoying it quite a bit, but I haven’t had too much time to read this week.

I did get some posts completed so was happy about that.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
What I read last week
  • Nothing finished
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

the-ark

The Ark by Patrick S. Tomlinson

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The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available next week (May 26 – June 2):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

My son arrives late Tuesday night to pick up his dog and leaves early Wednesday morning. He’s moving to a new apartment June 1 and hasn’t found one yet so he doesn’t have time to stay and visit now! We’re hoping he will come back for July 4.

Then one of my sisters-in-law is arriving late Thursday night for a visit. We are all headed for eastern Iowa to visit my father-in-law for Memorial Day. My husband is flying in to Chicago and will meet us at his dad’s. It will be so wonderful to see my husband. It’s been almost two months since we’ve seen each other.

Blog posts

  • Review
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Beyond the books
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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

Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd

death-comes-to-kurland-hallDeath Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery series #3
Genre: Historical Mystery
Setting: Kurland St. Mary in rural England, 1817
Published by Kensington, 2015
Library book
281 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: As wedding bells chime in Kurland St. Mary, a motley group of visitors descends on the village—and with a murderer on the prowl, some of them may not be returning home…

Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs on her father, the village rector.

Wary of the cloying Mrs. Chingsford from the start, Lucy has doubts about the busybody’s intentions with her father. But everyone else seems to think they make an ideal match—until the courtship is curtailed when Mrs. Chingsford is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. It’s clear that it wasn’t an accident, and in hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests.

But the widow left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is far more scandalous than anyone could have imagined…

How was she supposed to deal with someone who asked the most outrageous questions with a smile on her face? She could only pray her father wouldn’t be taken in by the sweetness for too long before he discovered the sour underneath. But then men often seemed incapable of seeing much at all. . . .

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There was a bitter sound to her words, but Lucy couldn’t blame her. Unwanted or unwed female relatives had very few options if their menfolk died.

Initial impressions

  • I love the characters in these books. The mysteries are good, too!

The story

  • Lucy returns to Kurland St. Mary to help her friend Sophia with her wedding. Sophia found someone to love in London, but Lucy didn’t have any proposals that suited her.
  • Guests begin to arrive for the wedding and since it’s a small village some guests stay at the vicarage.
  • It turns out the guests at the vicarage are Mrs. Chingford and her daughters. Lucy’s father knew Mrs. Chingford when they were both younger and he is pleased to see her again. Lucy hopes he’s not taken in by her.
  • Mrs. Chingford seems to know lots of gossip about the wedding guests and enjoys confronting people. However, Lucy’s father is enamored and announces his engagement to Mrs. Chingford.
  • When Mrs. Chingford falls down a staircase Lucy and Robert declare a truce and try to discover if this was an accident or a murder.

Pluses

  • Before I read the second book I saw that this book is about a wedding and, of course, I thought it would be Lucy and Robert’s wedding!
  • Lucy is happy to be back in her village. She didn’t like London very much, but she’s also sad she didn’t find a suitor in London.
  • Lucy and Robert declare a truce to their annoyance with each other to try to figure out how Mrs. Chingford died.
  • I like the mystery in this book as well as the wedding preparations.
  • We get to know more about several characters from earlier books and see more about their lives and motivations.
  • I do like the bits of romance in these books. I also like that these are more than the romance and that I like the characters a lot.
  • I like Lucy who is outspoken and a “managing” female. Robert is often impatient and always seems to say the wrong thing to Lucy. However, there’s some chemistry there and I hope they discover it soon!

Minuses

  • Sometimes the banter and insults between Lucy and Robert goes on too long. However, I do enjoy them and the story so I don’t let that bother me too much.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • The fourth book in the series–Death Comes to the Fair–comes out in November 2016. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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

Author info

  • (from Goodreads): “Catherine Lloyd was born just outside London, England, into a large family of dreamers, artists, and history lovers. She completed her education with a master’s degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and uses the skills she gained there to research and write her historical mysteries. Catherine currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and youngest daughter.. ”

Reading Challenges

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

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In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
Series: Constable Molly Smith series #1
Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural)
Setting: Trafalgar, British Columbia, Canada
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
E-book, purchased
302 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Trouble is brewing in the small, bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. An American who came to Trafalgar as a Vietnam War draft dodger has left land and money to the town. But there’s a catch. The money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers.

Initial impressions

  • I’ve found a new author! I really liked this police procedural about a young police constable in a small town in Canada.

The story

  • The book begins with Constable Molly Smith who is a rookie for the Trafalger Police Department trying to learn the ropes and dreaming of becoming a detective. Then she finds a body as she’s walking her beat.
  • A hippie draft dodger died and left property to the town, but only if it is used to honor draft dodgers. Mollie’s mother is among the townspeople in favor of the draft dodger monument.
  • An American conservative personality comes to town to stir up trouble against the monument and help his ratings back in the U.S.
  • A local reporter is drawn into the American reporter’s circle and used by him to get local information.
  • Add in a property developer wanting to build a resort. And a dead body. And a new homicide detective. Lots is happening in the small town of Trafalger.
  • Constable Smith is assigned to help Detective John Winters with the local aspects of the murder. Detective Winters isn’t too happy to have a green constable trying to show her abilities, but he doesn’t have many options.

Pluses

  • The characters in this book are one of the reasons this book is a winner.
  • It’s a trial for Molly being a constable in the town she grew up in. Her hippie parents named her “Moonlight” and people in town still call her that though she likes “Molly” better.
  • Molly’s mom–Lucy, called Lucky by most everyone–is one of the best characters in the book. She still has her hippie ideals and is horrified her daughter is a police officer and her son is an attorney!
  • I also love the setting–a small town in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Molly is young and overeager to show she is a good officer. She still has a lot to learn. I can feel for her. It’s hard being young and wanting so much.
  • I like the historical aspect with the town being a place some of the draft dodgers from the Vietnam War came to when they left the U.S. for Canada.
  • There’s a lot going on with the demonstrations for and against a draft dodger monument, the possibility of a resort, a murder.

Minuses

  • I’m not sure there would be a lot of people upset about a monument in Canada to honor draft dodgers in the present day. However, I suppose a conservative broadcaster might be able to stir up anger against it.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I read the second book in this series as soon as I finished this book. I like Molly a lot plus the characters and the setting of the small town created a lot of interest for me.
  • I’m glad there are a number of books already written in this series.

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

Author info

  • Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was – and at that, only now and again – the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.
  • The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario.  After traveling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.

Reading Challenges

Waiting on Wednesday: May 18

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

 

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The High Ground by Melinda M. Snodgrass

Series: Imperials #1

Publication Date: July 5

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Synopsis: Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Tracy has more modest goals–to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honor. But a civil war is coming and the political machinations of those who yearn for power threatens the young cadets. In a time of intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested as they never thought possible.

Why this book sounds good to me:

  • I really like space opera.
  • I like military science fiction

Books I picked up on a whim

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?

Sunday Post: May 15

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

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.

Last Week–home and blog

Cool weather here at the end of the week–almost had frost a couple of nights. My allergies are in full bloom and I’m going through boxes of kleenex.

I’ve mostly taken care of my son’s dog this week. My daughter did give me a break and took him to her house for a couple of days. He’s a sweet dog, but lots of work.

My daughter is gone this weekend so I’m taking care of both dogs. My biggest problem taking care of the dogs is that we don’t have a fenced yard yet so I have to watch them very carefully when I let them out. This was a big problem on Saturday, because even though I didn’t see him there was a fawn laying in the middle of our yard hidden by grass.

The dogs found him, however, and by the time I got there the fawn was on his feet and running around the yard chased by the dogs. I managed to get my daughter’s Labrador Retriever to stop and put her into the house. In the meantime, my son’s dachshund chased the fawn out of the yard.

Many people in this neighborhood don’t have fences so I chased them (at a fast walk since I can’t run anymore) through many yards. This went on for over half an hour. I was afraid they would run into the busy street below our house, but I managed to keep that from happening. However, every time I got close the fawn started running again so Adonis took off, too. He was having a great time and wouldn’t come when I called him. I was able to track them, because he barked occasionally. Finally, I couldn’t hear Adonis anymore and had no idea where they were. I decided I could only walk back home. As I walked into my backyard Adonis came running into the yard, too. By that time, I was angry and stressed, but much as I wanted to yell at him and shake him I put him back in his crate and left him alone for awhile.  Now the dogs will only go out in my backyard on a leash.

There was no sign of the fawn and I don’t know what happened to him. I feel very sorry for him as I don’t know if his mother will find him.

The blog

I got some good reading done this week. I’m having trouble reading one of my NetGalley books–Roses and Rot. I’m not very far into the book and I think I will like it, but it feels melancholy at the moment and I don’t want to read melancholy right now. So I keep picking it up and putting it down and reading something else. Frustrating.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
What I read last week
  • Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton
  • Winter of Secrets by Vicky Delany
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

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The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott

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The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton

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Negative Image by Vicki Delany

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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

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Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

The Sync books available next week (May 19 – 26):

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

I hope for a more peaceful week.

Blog posts

  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Beyond the books
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

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