WWW Wednesday: June 14

This meme is hosted by Sam @ 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.

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

Currently reading


I’m enjoying this book a lot. I’m about half way through–mostly listening to it on my way to and from physical therapy. That gives me about an hour of listening time twice a week.

They’ve crossed the Atlantic and gone across the U.S. by train. They’re in Hollywood now and hearing about Hollywood in the 30’s is lots of fun. Charlie Chaplin makes an appearance as well as other Hollywood types–the leading man heart-throb, the aging, fading silent film actress trying to make it in “talkies” and the all-powerful movie mogul.

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness #8

Historical Mystery–1930’s Great Britain and the United States



I ‘m close to half way through this book, too, and it’s good. 

Did someone help Joan Riley die? Was it at her request or not? 

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger (Police Procedural)

DC Smith #2


Dead Simple by Peter James

I started Dead Simple by Peter James, but had to stop reading it. It was too depressing. I read about 20% of the book and just couldn’t take it anymore.

The detective is depressed and the events which lead to a bachelor party going wrong are just awful. Practical jokes, greed, accidents and depression just don’t make for a happy mix. At least for me.

I’ve decided this isn’t the book, series or author for me.

 Recently finished

Lots of twists and turns in this one! Such a good series and I’ve already bought book 4. I’ll give myself some time to enjoy thoughts about this book…but I can’t wait too long!

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3

Science Fiction, Time Travel



Reading next (maybe–I’m a mood reader!)


A historical mystery (set in 1888 Massachusetts) and about a Quaker midwife! The second book in the series came out this spring.

Delivering the Truth

by Edith Maxwell

Historical Mystery

Quaker Midwife #1





A story about hippopotamuses in the marshlands of Louisiana is just too fantastic! But the U.S. government was actually going to import hippopotamuses….

River of Teeth

by Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth #1

Science Fiction/Alternate History



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

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: June 14”

  1. I have the first book in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series on my TBR. I rarely see other bloggers reading it or talking about it, so I’m so happy to see that you like the series! I love time travel novels so I couldn’t resist adding it to my TBR when I heard about it.


  2. I also couldn’t handle Dead Simple, I think it was a DNF for me also. A horrible premise for a plot in my opinion. Of course it’s somebody’s cup of tea.

    You have recommended that Jodi Taylor series so much that I had to download the first one. I’m almost afraid to read it, in case I don’t enjoy it as much as you, but we are all individual readers with personal tastes, so I’ll give it a try soon!


    1. Yes, Dead Simple was just too much for me. I can’t imagine writing a book like that, but you’re right–some people have liked it.

      I do hope you like the Jodi Taylor book (it does take a little while to get into it), but don’t worry if you don’t. We can’t like all the same books!


  3. I’ve heard good things about the Peter James books. I’m also curious about Rhys Bowen’s books.

    Thanks for sharing, and my post is on my Snow Sparks blog (you can find it on my Author’s site).


  4. I’m not surprised you didn’t enjoy Peter James – neither did I. Not only was it gloomy and sweary, I didn’t think it particularly well written. A shame, as he is a local writer… So glad you are still loving Jodi Taylor goodness, so am I:) I have the next one in the series, but I have a couple of Netgalley arcs to read first. As for Sarah Gailey – that put a hippo grin on my face…


    1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one to not enjoy Peter James, Sarah. The Jodi Taylor books are such a good series. Another blogging friend told me about them and am so glad she did.


  5. I don’t think Dead Simple is for me either. I can handle some depression and dysfunction but it can also get too grim too fast. The rest of the books look great though!


    1. IMO it’s too bad when police procedurals show police who are so depressed they can hardly do their job let alone feel like living. When that was coupled with a horrifying crime it was too much for me.


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