Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m looking forward to . . .

. . . reading a new book set in the world of the Others, but with new characters. I’ve read all the books set in this world and love them. I want to see what Anne Bishop has come up with in this book and find out more about the Others. Plus this is a great cover!

Lake Silence by Anne BishopLake Silence by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #6

Published by Ace Books

Publishing date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

416 pages

Synopsis: Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Favorite urban fantasies since 2015

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where a wide range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

This week we’re talking about our Favorite Urban Fantasies. I don’t read as many urban fantasies as I did a few years ago, but I still have a few I’m enjoying. Since I’ve written posts about urban fantasies in the past this time I’m talking about my favorites since 2015.

One Good Dragon Deserves Another

by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #2

This is a self-published series and shows that an author can self-publish quality books and I hope make some money doing it.

Such a fun series! I love the dragons that Ms. Aaron has created. There are so many little touches–such as Julius’ mother, Bethesda, naming each clutch of the Heartstriker dragons with the same letter of the alphabet beginning with “A” (Amelia), “B” (Bob), “C” (Chelsea) and so on. Julius is from Bethesda’s 10th clutch and even Julius’ family–especially Julius’ family–thinks he’s a weak dragon–mostly because he’s “nice” and “good” and thinks dragons should cooperate with each other.

The characters are so much fun to read about and so unique plus the world building is well done.

Dark Alchemy

by Laura Bickle

Series: Dark Alchemy #1

Set in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park–a unique setting for a fantasy. There’s magic and alchemy involved and the main character is a geologist working for the federal government in Yellowstone. Yellowstone is the last area Petra had heard from her father many years ago so she wants to try to find out what happened to him. Strange things seem to happen in the Yellowstone area. Lots of interesting characters and an interesting premise.

I really like the western vibe in this book. And it has a great cover!

Tainted Blood

by M.L. Brennan

Series: Generation V #3

This series has four books in it and I would have loved for it have at least four more, but apparently the publisher decided the books didn’t earn enough.

I thought the books had a fresh take on vampires and were really fun to read. Fortitude (Fort) is a great main character as is his kitsune friend Suzume. Fort’s family is scary, but they’re his family and he’s part of them and has to deal with them. With each book we learn more about vampires and what they have to do to survive. A really good series.

And I feel like the kitsune could have their own series! I wish M.L. Brennan would write some more books.

Vision in Silver

by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #3

I’ve read a number of Anne Bishop’s earlier fantasies and really liked them.

This series is totally different from those earlier fantasies. The world building and characters are great. The Others are scary creatures–some of whom can shapeshift to human form. However, they’re not human and they are in control of the world. Some humans don’t like that and try to change the world, but they don’t really understand what some of the Others are and what they can do.

In the first book Meg finds her way to one of the Others’ compounds and they protect her because they understand what she is–a cassandra sangue or blood prophet. She and other blood prophets are used by humans for prophecy even though the cuts and blood used for prophecy eventually kills the blood prophet. However, the greedy humans who use them and make money from the cassandra sangue don’t care about that. That creates a clash between the Others and humans.

Vision in Silver really moves the action forward toward an ending we see from hints and ideas in the first two books, but there are also unexpected consequences.

In 2018 a new book about new characters set in the same world will be published!

Silence Fallen

Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #10

I’ve read this series since these books were first published in 2006. I love them all, but this is one of my very favorites in the series. Things Mercy has come to trust and depend on fail her so she needs all her strength and cunning for what happens in this book.

Mercy is such a good character as is her husband Adam. I like that she’s a coyote shapeshifter and that Adam is a werewolf. She’s physically weaker than the werewolves, but just like coyotes she’s wily! And she’s smart and strong.

Foxglove Summer

by Ben Aaronovitch

Series: Peter Grant/Rivers of London #5

I really like this series. It’s like a police procedural urban fantasy with magic set in London! More and more keeps happening as these books move forward. Peter slowly learns about magic and wizardry and the dangers of the supernatural world. I especially like the concept of the rivers and streams–that they’re living entities.

In Foxglove Summer, Peter travels outside London to Herfordshire with Beverley Brook (remember the Rivers of London?!) Strange things are happening in Herfordshire and Peter is sent to try to straighten them out. He’s far from London and all the things he knows.

Sweep in Peace

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2

I’ve read Ilona Andrews books for years and love the Kate Daniels series.

However, this series–the Innkeeper Chronicles–originally written as a free serial on the Ilona Andrews blog is so different. The concept is really fresh. The idea of inns and innkeepers with their brooms used by aliens to come to neutral Earth to stay without any earthlings knowing they’re visiting is great.

Of course, Dina DeMille and her inn have all sorts of problems she must solve. Plus she’s trying to figure out what happened to her parents who disappeared years ago from their own inn. With each book we find out a little more about Dina, the inns, the rest of the universe, aliens and a few hints about her parents.

The Black Wolves of Boston

by Wen Spencer

Series: Black Wolves of Boston

I’ve read a lot of Wen Spencer books and really enjoy them. One of the great things about her books besides the world building and unique ideas is the way she writes engaging characters. They make you want to read more and more about them!

This book was published this year and looks like it’s the first book in a new series. It’s a great beginning and I hope Ms. Spencer writes a new book soon!

Do you read urban fantasies? Do you have favorite urban fantasies?

Sunday Post: Autumn? But it’s 95 degrees!

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Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Hot Autumn Equinox

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Autumn arrived on Friday, but it was 95 degrees here in Iowa–certainly didn’t feel like autumn! We’ve had temps in the 90’s for three or four days this week, but according to my weather app the weather should get cooler on Tuesday with a little rain and temps in the 70’s and 50’s at night. I’m ready!

A few trees in the neighborhood have started to change color, but nothing very dramatic yet. We’re having to water plants we planted in the summer since it’s very dry here. Rain is welcome to come! Even though it was hot this last week my husband worked on a small pond he’s putting in. He got the area dug, pond in and rocks surrounding it, but still has to get a pump installed. There are a couple of waterfalls into the main pond so we should have the sound of water falling. We plan to have a bench so we can sit and enjoy it. We may put a couple of fish in this fall just to make sure we’re not hatching mosquitoes, but we’ll do plants and fish next spring.

I’ve ordered bulbs to plant this fall which should arrive in October. We still have to build the flowerbed for them! I’m looking forward to planting them since I love spring bulbs. I also bought some allium and lilies which will bloom during the summer. I hope to plant more bulbs as the years go by.

One of the houseplants I put outside for the summer–a hibiscus–has finally started to bloom! It has grown a lot during the summer and I want to repot it before I bring it back inside. My Christmas cactus also has buds!

Television

I haven’t picked out any new programs to watch yet except for the new Star Trek: Discovery show. I’m super excited to have a new Star Trek series. The first episode is Sunday night and I think it’s free to watch the first episode, but after that it’s on CBS All Access which is a subscription channel–very irritating! Not sure yet if we will subscribe. Do you have new or returning shows you’re planning to watch?

Blogging

I’m still not getting a lot of blogging done, but I’m trying to work on that. Also didn’t get much commenting done. Working on that, too. At least I’ve read some really good books!

August Blog posts
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • October books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

What I’ve read

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Books I got this week

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan (purchased ebook)

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn (Library ebook)

Boundary Waters by William Kent Kreuger (Library audiobook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Head On by John Scalzi

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m looking forward to . . .

. . . reading more about this world John Scalzi has imagined. Plus what a great cover!

Head-On-by-John-ScalziHead On by John Scalzi

Series: Lock In #2

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: April 19, 2018

Synopsis: Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.
Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth―and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field. 

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I loved the first book in this series (Lock In) when I read it in 2015. The premise is so interesting to me–people who are literally locked into their bodies and minds, unable to move or communicate. This was caused by a contagious disease, but not everyone who got the disease were “Locked In.” However, a huge research effort by medical and scientific groups discovered a way for these people to have a life again.

The books are science fiction set in the near future and the main character is a FBI agent! So it’s a Mystery as well as Science Fiction. And John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors! Yay!

Have you read the first book in the series? How did you like it? What are you looking forward to?

Listening to podcasts

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. Check out their blog for more information.

Update: When I linked my Top Ten Tuesday to the Broke and the Bookish Blog I discovered that my TTT list (which I download to decide which topics I can think of answers) is out-of-date (2016). I could have sworn I downloaded the list a month or so ago. I worked on this post a long time so I’m leaving my link for this week even though it’s not the right topic

! I thought I had an audio freebie so I chose to write about “Listening to podcasts.”

Most of the podcasts are book related, but I have included a few podcasts about other subjects. Most are used as another way for a company–National Public Radio, BookRiot, The New York Times– to reach their audience, but a few are done by one or two individuals and not affiliated with anyone else.

I haven’t listened to podcasts like Serial–mostly because I don’t like true crime and the ones I’ve heard about are true crime stories. However, I might change my mind in the future!

The book-related podcasts

The Readers

A UK podcast talking about the books the podcasters read. For example, one podcast talks about what makes a modern classic. Sometimes they also talk about what they’ve done (one podcaster recently got back from a trip to Africa). On their website they usually have a list of the books they talk about during each episode.

 

All the Books

This long running weekly BookRiot podcast talks about the new releases coming out that week. And then later in the week there is a short podcast about backlist books.

I like this podcast because they talk about a variety of books I probably wouldn’t hear about otherwise.

 

The Book Review Podcast

This is a weekly podcast about all kinds of books from The New York Times Book Review. Titles from recent weeks: “Notes From a Crazy Campaign Trail,” “The Joys of Children’s Literature” and “The World of Jane Austen Fans.”

Overdue

Two guys who podcast once a week about the books they’ve meant to read–sometimes classics, sometimes something obscure. The September schedule–“Little Women by Louisa May Alcott,” “Girl at War by Sara Nović,” “The Traitor by Michael Cisco,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.”

 

Read or Dead

This BookRiot mystery podcast only has eight episodes so far, but good subjects. The latest episode is a Steven King themed episode.

 

Speaking of Mysteries

Mystery author interviews about their new books. Some of the interviewed authors whose books I’ve read–Laurie King, S.J. Rozan, Craig Johnson, Rhys Bowen and C.J. Box.

Crime Time Podcast

This Australian podcast has been around for a couple of years and features talk about crime fiction and some author interviews. I like that the podcast is from Australia. However, the two podcasters must not have a very good system because I have trouble hearing them even with my sound turned all the way up. Thus, I don’t listen to this podcast regularly.

SFF Yeah!

Another BookRiot podcast with just eight episodes, but this science fiction and fantasy themed podcast has some really good subjects. For example, “Chocolate and then Space Travel” talks about award news, female authors, a Kickstarter campaign and middle grade science fiction and fantasy.

 

Science Fiction Book Review Podcast

Luke Burrage has been podcasting about the science fiction he reads since 2008. He reviews the science fiction as he reads them so there isn’t a set schedule, but there’s usually at least one podcast a week.

I haven’t found very many science fiction podcasts. Plus a lot of podcasts might talk about books and authors, but don’t actually review the books. Plus Mr. Burrage is British, lives in Berlin (at least when he started the podcasts) and he made his living as a juggler!

And the rest . . .

Pop Culture Happy Hour

A podcast about books, movies, TV shows, music and whatever else they want to talk about! In some episodes they do talk about books which is always enjoyable. I just listened to the Fall TV preview podcast and that was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting some ideas for new shows. Of course, one they mentioned that I’m already looking forward to is the new Star Trek show. I think that starts next week!

 

RadioLab

This is one of my very favorite podcasts. Documentaries–often science-based–on  . These stories are so interesting. They sometimes update their stories. For example, earlier this year an update was done about a story RadioLab had done earlier about CRISPR. I think CRISPR is so interesting.

It’s been almost two years since we learned about CRISPR, a ninja-assassin-meets-DNA-editing-tool that has been billed as one of the most powerful, and potentially controversial, technologies ever discovered by scientists.

“From Tree to Shining Tree” is one of my favorite episodes.

Science Vs

I really like this podcast. It “takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.” The two September episodes–“Vaccine – Are They Safe?” and “Detoxing & Cleanses – Do They Work?” I’m really skeptical of so many claims made by people who don’t know much about science. This podcast looks at both sides of an issue.

A podcast I plan to listen to

36 Questions

This is a three-part musical podcast featuring a couple who are on the brink of divorce and use 36 questions designed to make strangers fall in love.

I found this when I was checking to see if there were other podcasts I should be listening to. This podcast is very different from any of the other podcasts I’ve talked about in this post.

Do you listen to podcasts? What podcasts do you enjoy?

Sunday Post: Visiting in Illinois

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Hurricane Irma

I’m thinking about the people in Florida this morning as the hurricane arrives in Florida. I hope people are safe. I heard a story this morning that some people abandoned their pets–some left chained to trees or cars. Animal Control is picking up dogs and cats and taking them to shelters. It breaks my heart to hear about people abandoning their pets. I don’t know all the circumstances, but I just don’t want people to do that. And I think about all the people still in shelters in Texas and the earthquake in Mexico. It makes me think about the fragility of life on this earth.

Illinois and doctors

We decided this was a good weekend to visit our daughter in Illinois. We’re having a great time relaxing while our daughter works on a class she’s taking. When she’s not busy we’ve watched Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (both good). We’ve cooked scallops for dinner one night and gone out to dinner another night. It’s so good to spend time with her. She makes the trip to see us so it’s nice to come here.

My allergies have bothered me a lot the last couple of weeks so my doctor has suggested some new medicines to try. I’m hoping they kick in and start helping. My arthritis is causing my hands to hurt a lot so my arthritis doctor sent me to get “splints” for my hands. (I pictured something with wood…lol) for when I’m doing a lot with my hands. Plus I have hand exercises to do so I don’t lose more dexterity with my fingers and hands. Hopefully, the splints help. (I’m still trying to get used to them.) At lease using my Kindle is actually good since it’s not something I have to hold if my hands are hurting.

Television

This week I found another TV show to watch on Amazon Prime–Fortitude. It’s about a peace-loving town that is the furthest north of any town in the world (in the Norwegian part of Arctic Circle). They plan to build a hotel on the glacier near the town. However, a gruesome murder takes place. And strange things are happening in the town and everyone is hiding something. The show is part murder mystery and part something more than murder, but I’m not sure what yet. The murder is gruesome though they don’t show a lot of that, but there is a lot of swearing if that bothers you.

Blogging

I blogged more last week which was great. I hope to get more reviews done in the coming weeks. Next week it will be all about when we get home to see how much I get done.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • TBD
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Books I got

In This Bright Future by Peter Grainger (Kindle Unlimited)

Evans Above by Rhys Bowen (ebook)

Only the Dead by Malcom Hollingdrake (Kindle Unlimited)

The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian (ebook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Timber Creek K-9  Mystery #3

Publication Date: August 8

e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher)

–All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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. 

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My thoughts

This is the third book in this series and I like it as much as I do the other two. I like the setting in the Colorado Rockies and I like so many of the characters–especially Mattie Cobb and her partner Robo. Mattie and Robo continue to bond as partners and Robo continues to show how smart he is as he learns new skills. I love reading about K-9 dogs and the amazing things they can do.

Mattie has pulled away from colleagues and friends in this book as she tries to come to terms with problems from her past. Cole Walker and his children became important to Mattie, but she feels she can’t continue to see them since she feels so uncertain about herself. Cole likes Mattie and isn’t sure what’s going on since Mattie has shut down. Her problems are beginning to affect her work and professional life as well. Even Robo is affected by Mattie’s distraction and worries. I like the way the author shows Mattie’s problems and the ways she’s trying to understand and come to terms with her past.

Mattie and Robo do come together to do their job during this book. Robo is a great companion and friend to Mattie. He helps her heal. I also really like the friendships Mattie has made with her colleagues–especially Stella and Rainbow. And I like the way her working relationship has changed with Brody. In the first book there’s a lot of animosity between them. Both have grown and changed which is a really good part of these books. I like how Mizushima has handled the working relationships Mattie has. We have a number of well-rounded characters to read about.

Margaret Mizushima has become a favorite author as I’ve read these books. I look forward to reading many more in this series.

My recommendation

Have you read books in this series? I encourage you to do so if you enjoy mysteries, police procedurals and/or working dogs. I would start with the first book because all three are very good. I like that this is not a gritty series. Yes, there are murders and heartbreak (that isn’t sugar-coated), but the gory parts of the murder aren’t dwelled upon. I don’t want to get into the mind of a murderer. I don’t want to read pages and pages about the murder victim’s last moments or their horrific injuries. I’m not a lover of a psychological thriller. I enjoy reading about the friendships and professional relationships within a police department. I like the search for clues as they try to discover what happened and why. I like the books where justice is done. I don’t like to read about crooked cops–though I know they exist.

My rating: B+

Books I want to read during Fall 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where a wide range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

I’ve decided to try some new memes this fall. I plan to write posts for this discussion meme when I have time and something to say! My books are a mix of books being published this fall and books from my TBR piles–sometimes because a new book in the series is coming out this fall! One trend I notice: lots of good books are coming in October!

Girl Waits with Gun 

by Amy Stewart

Kopp Sisters #1

Historical Mystery

I have had the first book in this series for long time and keep meaning to read it. The third book in the series–Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions–comes out in September so it’s past time to read the first book!

Dark Signal

by Shannon Baker

Kate Fox #2

Mystery

Publication Date: October 17

I read the first book–Stripped Bare–in this series last fall and loved it. The series takes place in the Nebraska Sandhills which isn’t an area I was aware of before this book. That’s one of the things I love about reading  . . . books take me to so many new places. I want to find out what happens to Kate in this new book since lots happened in the first book!

Remnants of Trust

by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Central Corps #2

Science Fiction, Space Opera

I read The Cold Between, the first book in this series, a few weeks ago and really liked it so I want to read this one soon–especially since the third book in the series–Breach of Containment–comes out in October!

A Darkness Absolute

by Kelley Armstrong

Casey Duncan #2

Mystery, Thriller

I just finished the first book in this series–City of the Lost and I loved it! It’s a mystery and a thriller set in northern Canada with some romance and it kept me guessing throughout the book. I really like the setting and the idea which forms this series. There are some grisly parts to these books, but I didn’t feel the book dwelled on that and they are part of the story.

Cold as Ice

by Julie Mulhern

The Country Club Murders #6

Historical Mystery, Cozy

Publication Date: October 17

This is one of my favorite mystery series and I’m caught up with this series! So I’m excited a new book is coming out. It’s a really fun series set in the 1970’s–doesn’t seem like that should be historical to me! Hah!

“Weaver’s Lament”

by Emma Newman

Industrial Magic #2

Historical Fantasy, Steampunk, novella

Publication Date: October 17

The first book in the series, “Brother’s Ruin,” came out in the spring and I really liked it so I’m looking forward to reading the second one. I’ve already preordered it.

A Matter of Loyalty

by Anselm Audley and Elizabeth Edmondson

A Very English Mystery #3

Historical Mystery

Publication Date: October 19

I’ve read the first two in this series and they’re really good. I like the characters and the mysteries, too!

Starfire: A Red Peace”

by Spencer Ellsworth

Starfire #1

Science Fiction, Space Opera, novella

The second book in the series comes out in November so I want to get this book read before then so I can read the next one!

Artemis

by Andy Weir

Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 14

I loved The Martian so I’m really looking forward to this book.

A Trail Through Time

by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4

Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical

I’ve read the first three books in this series in the last few months and love them. I want to read this one soon! I love that there are quite a few books in this series so I’m not going to finish the series too soon.

What books do you hope to read this fall? Are you going for the atmospheric and spooky Halloween books? Or do you just have a lot of new books you want to read? Or are you dipping into you TBR pile?

Sunday Post: End of Summer

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States. This signals the end of summer–kids going back to school and all the activities start up again. I love fall, but it seems to just fly by and before I know it Christmas is past and it’s another new year.

August is over

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August was a busy month and I didn’t do a whole lot of blogging or even very much reading. But we did go to a family reunion in northern Wisconsin, to the Iowa State Fair, traveled a couple of hours south to see the total eclipse, a baseball game (complete with fireworks) as well as other summer activities. Now we’re taking care of my daughter’s two dogs while she’s on vacation in Alaska. She gets home on Tuesday. She’s been sending us beautiful pictures. She’s done a lot of fishing and has caught salmon and halibut and seen lots of whales.

Television

I’ve watched several shows mostly on Amazon Prime, Acorn and Netflix: Vera (A British mystery series), Hamish MacBeth (a humorous mystery series set in Scotland), Endeavor (Masterpiece Mystery on PBS), Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West (Amazon Prime–set in Manitoba, Canada where two couples try to live on the Canadian prairie like 1870’s homesteaders), Blood and Water (Amazon Prime about a homicide detective investigating her first homicide as lead detective) and Father Brown (on Netflix). I like all of these except Blood and Water which didn’t wow me. I watched three episodes and probably won’t watch any more.

Blogging

I’m hoping to keep to a more regular blogging schedule and hope to get reviews done. I plan to write mostly mini reviews like I wrote on yesterday–Putting the mystery into historical. We’ll see how that goes since I haven’t managed to do much blogging lately.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • Reviews
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

Some books I got in August (from the library, Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon)

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (Kindle Unlimited)

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron (Kindle Unlimited)

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrota (library)

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund (library)

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine (library)

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey (library)

The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth (library)

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (library)

Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth (ebook)

Darktown by Thomas Mullen (ebook)

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (audiobook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

Putting the mystery into historical

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

Quaker Midwife Mystery #1

Setting: 1888, Massachusetts mill town

Narrator: Michael Page

Rose Carroll is the Quaker midwife and I really enjoyed reading about her. The life of a midwife in that era is fascinating as is reading about Quaker life in this town. I think she is something of an anomaly since she’s a midwife and unmarried at 26, but she sticks to her beliefs without being obnoxious. Rose boards with her brother-in-law and family. Her sister died not too long before the book starts and Rose helps with cooking and cleaning when she can as do the oldest children. She also wants to help her sister’s children. She’s also able to have office space in the house to meet with her pregnant women clients.

She and a local doctor like each other and I can see that could be a problem for her. The doctor comes from a well-to-do family and his mother is not at all happy about Rose. Plus I think her Quaker faith and belief in a simple life will become a problem. So that is a set-up for problems for them in the future!

I am busy working on my family history this year and I have several ancestors who were Quakers so I found this book very interesting since I don’t know a lot about the Quakers as a group. I am reading more so I can know my family’s social history as well as genealogy. Even though this is fiction much of the Quaker lifestyle feels authentic.

Ms. Maxwell does a good job with the mystery. I found it interesting and thought Rose’s involvement with it made sense. There is a fire in a carriage factory and one of the people who dies in the fire is a fellow Quaker. Because Rose is so involved in both the Quaker and non-Quaker communities she hears a lot as she helps women from all parts of society when they’re pregnant and giving birth. Then the son of a carriage maker is murdered and one of Rose’s knitting needles is the murder weapon. Now she’s definitely involved!

I listened to the audiobook version of this (on Audible) and really enjoyed it. Michael Page did a very good job narrating.

I found this book interesting with a very good mystery!

Narrator rating: B+

Rating: B+

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson

A Very English Mystery #2

Setting: England, 1953

I read the first book in this series in 2015 and really enjoyed it so I finally got this one read it was great, too! Hugo Hawksworth was an intelligence officer who worked in the field until he was badly injured during a mission. Now he’s on desk duty which he doesn’t enjoy very much. Hugo’s latest assignment is to find out about missing artwork and the possible involvement of a British officer in the aftermath of WWII.

Hugo and his 13-year-old sister Georgia have managed to board in Selchester Castle which has been pretty much empty since the Earl disappeared during a snowstorm seven years earlier (read book 1!). Georgia and Hugo still live at the castle, but a new Earl (an American!) is arriving with his two daughters so Georgia and Hugo are looking for a new place to live. Right now they’re still at the castle and will probably get to stay until after Christmas.

The Earl and his two daughters arrive as well as Lady Sonia (the new Earl’s half-sister who isn’t happy she’s been disinherited). Lady Sonia brings a couple of guests for Christmas. Freya who was the former Earl’s niece (and was a prominent character in the first book) is also present as is the cook and housekeeper–Mrs. Partridge. There’s a lot of tension in the castle and then a death occurs. Hugo and Freya (and Georgia) work to figure out what’s going on.

I enjoyed the mystery a lot. These books are cozy mysteries as well as historical mysteries. I’m really looking forward to the third book which comes out in October 2017.

Rating: B+

Have you read either of these books? Do you like historical mysteries? If you do I think you might like one of these!