WWW Wednesday: May 10

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer the three questions below. For more information check out the Taking on a World of Words blog.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t read or blogged or commented a lot since my husband and I are building a fence in our large backyard. It’s taking a lot of time and I’m really tired when we’re not out there fence building. Today is a rainy day (we might get an inch of rain by the time the thunderstorms finish up) so I’m hoping to get caught up some on blogging.

Currently reading

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Science Fiction, Space Opera)

I’m listening to the audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton. I’m almost done and I’m loving it!

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (Fantasy)

I’m still not far into this book. I decided I needed to read a mystery since I hadn’t read any in a few weeks!

Recently finished

Police procedurals are my favorite mystery subgenre right now and when I saw this series I decided I needed to try it. I enjoyed this first book, but had some reservations. I felt DCI Sophie Allen was a little too perfect as were her family. I’m hoping the next book or two will change my opinion.

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

DCI Sophie Allen series #1

Mystery, Police Procedural

A young woman’s body is discovered on a deserted footpath in a Dorset seaside town late on a cold November night. She has been stabbed through the heart.

It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim’s mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There’s an obvious suspect but Detective Allen isn’t convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for a warped revenge?

Reading next (perhaps–I’m very much a mood reader!)

I love Martha Wells’s fantasy series–The Books of the Raksura. This sounds really different from those, but really interesting.

All Systems Red

by Martha Wells

The Murderbot Diaries #1

Science Fiction Novella

Synopsis: In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

I’ve enjoyed this series a lot and am looking forward to this one. I really like Mattie and her partner Robo.

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #3

Mystery, Police Procedural

Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, dead. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing–and this time it’s Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole, Mattie, and Robo can’t find her anywhere. Mattie’s primary suspect, a strange man who lives near the wilderness area, calls to report he hears deer “screaming” in the woods. Suspecting the man might have lost touch with reality and be referring to something he’s done to Sophie, Mattie takes Robo into the dense pine forest, hoping to pick up a trace of her scent. But when Robo does catch Sophie’s trail, it leads them to another clue that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Now Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down Sophie’s kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.

I recently read the first book and it was so much fun so I’m looking forward to this second one. I have an audiobook so I hope I like the narrator.

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2

Science Fiction, Time Travel

In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, withess the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary’s – an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it.

What books are you reading, want to read or have read?