Sunday Post: Thanksgiving soon


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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Videos and Thanksgiving Prep

We’re leaving tomorrow to help get ready for Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. They do a big Thanksgiving every year and everyone pitches in to help. My daughter went over this weekend to take some of the supplies and begin preparations since she won’t show up until Wednesday night. She took her two dogs–Bailey and Juneau–and as you can see from the photos they’re having a great time. The third dog–Emma–belongs to her aunt and uncle and the dogs had so much fun playing.

The photos also show our daughter making a family favorite–Mocha Pudding Cake. It doesn’t last long in our house! This was a welcome dessert as we prepped for Thanksgiving.

My husband had more videotapes transferred to DVD and discovered some family Thanksgivings so we will take those with us when we go to Thanksgiving this year.

So much still to do before we leave tomorrow so I better publish this and get busy!


I had so much fun reading holiday books for the HoHoHo Readathon. I read six books (several very short books!), participated in three fun challenges and tweeted in the Twitter Party. Lots of fun. I didn’t get to visit blogs this week or answer comments on my blog, but I will soon!

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  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Man in the Green Chevy by Susan Rogers Cooper

Books I got this week


What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect?

HoHoHo Readathon Update

This is my favorite blogging extra curricular activity of the year. I love Christmas and winter and this helps me get in the holiday spirit. And I’m so happy Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer hosts it each year.

This year’s event ran from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, we could participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You could participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participated the more entries earned for the Participant Giveaway.

This is a fun and laid back activity so think about it for next year.


My goals and accomplishments:

Goal: I wanted to read at least three books

I read six! Several books were short, but I feel great about what I accomplished.

  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod (library ebook)
  • “Christmas at Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball (novella)
  • “Deck the Halls” by Donna Alward (novella)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (e-audio)
  • “Christmas Present: A Chronicle of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor (e-audio)
  • Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection (e-audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-audio)

Goal: Participate in two challenges

I participated in three challenges:

They were all lots of fun. Thank you to all the bloggers who created challenges for us. They were fun!

Goal: Participate in the November 15 Twitter Party


I don’t often take part in Twitter Parties. Sometimes I forget, other times other commitments make it hard to participate. However, I did take part in this party and it was lots of fun to see what other people had read and what their favorite book was. We also talked about holiday TV shows and movies which made me eager to watch a few during the next few weeks.

Kimberly gave away several book bundles at the end of the Twitter Party and I won one of them! I don’t win things too often so that was fun. Thanks, Kimberly!


I urge everyone to sign-up next year for this readathon. It gets me ready for the holiday season every year. Lots of fun activities, winter and holiday books to read and nice people participate. What could be better?

HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge

I’ve participated in this readathon and really enjoyed it. During the weeklong event I also completed a few challenges. This shows my completion of the HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge! This challenge was hosted by: I Heart Romance & YA. Check out the fun challenge: HoHoHoRAT Winter Bingo Challenge

My HoHoHoRAT books read:




Christmas Tree in Cover Classics of Childhood, Vol 3: A Christmas Collection narrated by Robbie Benson, John Waite, Jonathan Winters and others

Red and Green CoverChristmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Christmas Themed AudiobookHercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser


The word Christmas in the titleLetters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt and Christian Rodska

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

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 excited to read . . .

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

Series: Ruth Galloway #10

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publishing date: May 15, 2018

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: It’s not every day that you’re summoned to the Italian countryside on business, so when archaeologist Angelo Morelli asks for Ruth Galloway’s help identifying bones found in the tiny hilltop town of Fontana Liri, she jumps at the chance to go, bringing her daughter along with her for a working vacation. Upon arriving, she begins to hear murmurs of Fontana Liri’s strong resistance movement during World War II and senses the townspeople are dancing around a deeply buried secret. But how could that be connected to the ancient remains she’s been studying?
Ruth is just beginning to get her footing in the dig when she’s thrown off-guard by the appearance of DCI Nelson. And when Ruth’s findings lead them to a modern-day murder, their holidays are both turned upside down, and they race to find out what darkness is lurking in this seemingly picturesque town.


What a great cover! This is one of my favorite series. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist and all the mysteries revolve around her work. I love that. And this book takes place in Italy so that will be so fun.

What books are you looking forward to?

Favorite surprise books of the year

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

This week we’re talking about the books that surprised us this year. My surprises all either turned out more interesting or slightly different than I expected. They’re usually but not always a new series I started.

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong–this was the most surprising book of the year–very unexpected

I have read some of Kelley Armstrong’s fantasy so even though I read that this was a mystery I kept expecting some fantasy element. Surprises–the setting in northern Canada and the creepiness factor. I really like that setting and the mystery . . . and the fact I liked the creepiness!

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Arabella is such a fun protagonist. She’s heroic with lots of integrity, humor and honor. I love the steampunk, alternate history setting and there are so many interesting characters. Great world building.

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall

The protagonist is unaware of how special he is. For years he’s been told what a loser he is. When someone sees his potential he doesn’t really believe it. However, he gives his loyalty and hard work to his new employer even though he doesn’t believe he’s very important.

I read books 1 and 2 of this series within a week. (I’ve saved book 3, because I think these three books are all the books the author has written. I hope the author writes more books either in this world or in a completely different world soon.) This is a science fiction space opera–one of my favorite genres.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

I loved the latest book in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is on her own and though the pack is looking for her she has to save herself–communications are cut off between her and the pack. I love what a strong and smart person she is. This book does such a good job of showing that.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

What a good find this series is. Li from Me and My Books blog gives me so many great recommendations. I’m always glad when I read a book she recommends!

The places the characters visit, St. Mary’s and all the different plot twists in the books create a great series and big surprises. This time travel science fiction series has quite a few in the series and I’m loving each one.

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger

This British police procedural series is so good. D.C. Smith is a great character. His superiors don’t always like him, because he’s so unpredictable. He’s after the truth–and the more political superiors sometimes want the easy or political solution. I’ve read several of these mysteries and each is quite different from the one before, but each has a very satisfying mystery.

Iron Lake by William Kent Kreuger

I love the setting of these books (the northern Minnesota lake country). The main character is part Irish and part Anishinaabe Indian. He’s the former sheriff–voted out of office when he made a mistake before the beginning of this book. It cost him dearly. He’s no longer sheriff and he lives apart from his wife and children now. In this book he has to confront both his own demons and enemies.

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Walt Longmire is such a good character. And I love his best friend–Henry Standing Bear–who always gives Walt great advice as well as giving dating advice! I’ve watched some of the TV series so I see Robert Blake in my minds-eye as the sheriff and Katee Sackhoff as Deputy Victoria Moretti even though she’s described differently in the books. (Katee Sackhoff isn’t Italian.) I also really like the audio narrator (George Guidall) of these books. This book is the first in the series and surprised me in so many ways. I have had to keep myself from reading all the books in a couple of weeks!

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

The narrator of this book calls herself “Murderbot.” She has such a distinct voice and is so different. She doesn’t like humans much and though she’s self-aware she has to hide it. All sh really wants to do is watch soap operas. I love the world building and the “Murderbot.”

What are your most surprising books of the year? Have you read any of these books? How did you like?

Sunday Post: November 12


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.


Veterans Day

It was Veterans Day on Saturday which made me think of my family who’ve been in the military. I don’t have photos of all these family members, but I’ve added a few of the photos I do have.

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My dad and two of his three brothers were in WWII. My oldest daughter was in the Army stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar as well as stateside. My husband and I were in the Air Force. My father-in-law was in the Army in one of the first airborne units. And one of my grandfathers was in the Spanish-American War in 1900. Veterans Day also makes me think about the veterans who came back from war wounded in spirit or physically who need our support.

Videos and Thanksgiving
My sister-in-law reading to my two daughters

My older daughter came for a visit this weekend and we’ve had so much fun. We cooked a big fish dinner Saturday night with salmon, halibut and shrimp our daughter caught when she went to Alaska a couple of months ago to visit relatives. My husband is working on a project to get some of our family videos copied to DVDs. We watched one from when our kids were 6, 4 and 1. It was so much fun to watch and we all laughed a lot. The photo at the right is from the DVD (taken with my daughter’s cell phone as it was playing on the TV!)

We plan to get a few more videos copied especially ones showing the family at Thanksgiving so that we can take it to our Thanksgiving celebration. My husband’s family has a very large Thanksgiving  celebration every year. This has gone on for over 50 years with my husband’s family. My younger daughter has taken over the planning to make sure things run smoothly. We have lots of activities, traditions and food. I love that the younger generation wants to continue the traditions.


I’ve had fun reading holiday books for the HoHoHo Readathon. I’ve finished two so far, am reading two more and want to start a couple more soon though I haven’t had much time for reading this weekend.

Last week
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  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • HoHoHo Readathon wrap-up
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Christmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Books I got this week

Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod (library ebook)

The Broken Token by Chris Nickson

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

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 excited to read . . .

Artificial Condition” by Martha Wells

Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2

Published by

Publishing date: May 8, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction, Novella

144 pages

Synopsis: It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”.

But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…


I read and enjoyed the first book in this series last spring. It is an interesting look at androids owned and controlled by a company. If they’re machines that’s understandable, but if they’re self-aware that’s slavery, isn’t it? And why does an android name herself “Murderbot?”

I want more about Murderbot!

Have you read the first book in this series? How did you like it? What books are you excited to get your hands on when they’re published?

Books I hope to read this winter

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 the books we want to read this Winter. All but one of these books are books on my TBR list that are already published. Most of them I already own. A few I will borrow from the library.

Updated to add:

Winter means December through February to me. Spring is March through May, Summer–June through August–etc. I say this because I didn’t include the books from March (by Briggs and Bishop) which I would include in a list of books I want to read for the entire year of 2018!

In This Bright Future

by Peter Grainger

Series: DC Smith #5

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

This is one of my favorite police procedurals and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It’s already waiting for me on my Kindle.

Hell is Empty

by Craig Johnson

Series: Walt Longmire #7

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

I’m loving reading and/or listening to this series. The narrator for the audiobooks is excellent. The plots are good and I love the characters.

Blood Hollow

by William Kreuger Kent

Series: Cork O’Connor #4

Genre: Mystery

Cork O’Connor is the former Sheriff so these books are very similar to police procedurals since many in the town still call him “Sheriff.” This series and the Walt Longmire series have some similarities–the settings are both near Indian reservations, for example–so there’s a lot of interaction with Native Americans. I’m loving listening to the audio versions of these books.

Under Cold Stone

by Vicky Delany

Series: Constable Molly Smith #8

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Another of my favorite series. Takes place in the mountains of British Columbia. I really like the portrayal of Molly Smith. She’s a young, but ambitious police constable. She still has a lot to learn and she makes mistakes, but she grows and matures during these books.

The Ghost Fields

by Elly Griffiths

Series: Ruth Galloway #7

Genre: Mystery

I only let myself read one of the books in this series every few months since I don’t have too many books before I catch up! This series has a bit of a police procedural vibe since one of the major characters is a policeman. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist and is either finding bodies or helping the police determine how old bones are.

The Dark Lake

by Sarah Bailey

Series: Gemma Woodstock #1

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

A new author and series for me. This book came out this year and I’m always on the lookout for new books so I hope to read it and discover a new series I will like.

This Side of Murder

by Anna Lee Huber

Series: Verity Kent #1

Genre: Historical Mystery, 1919

Another new author and series for me. I like reading about that time period so I really hope this series works for me.

This Fallen Prey

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: Casey Duncan #3

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

I’ve read the first two books in this series this fall and they are so good. Very different mysteries than any other I’ve read recently.

Penric and the Shaman

Lois McMaster Bujold

Series: Penric and Desdemona

Genre: Fantasy Novella

I read the first in this series a few days ago and I loved it. I want to read more in the series very soon!

Magic Binds

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Kate Daniels #

Genre: Urban Fantasy

This book came out in 2016 and I bought it then somehow forgot I had it. I need to read it soon since the next book in the series comes out in 2018.


S.K. Dunstall

Series: Linesman #3

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

I read books 1 and 2 in this series last spring then decided to save the third book after which it disappeared into by TBR stack on my Kindle. Books 1 and 2 were really good so I need to read the last book soon!

A Dragon of a Different Color

by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #4

Genre: Urban Fantasy

I love this series about dragons and magic and other strange things. I have the book–it came out last summer and I’ve saved it, but this winter it’s time to read it!

What books do you hope to read this winter?

Sunday Post: November already


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.


It’s so hard to believe it’s November already. That 2018 is just around the corner.

My allergies are still bothering me and then I caught the cold my husband had. But I’m feeling better.

The birds are loving the pond

We put up our bird feeders and have had lots of birds coming and going–blue jays, woodpeckers, goldfinches, chickadees, sparrows. We have another bird feeder to put up this week more friendly to bigger birds. I love watching the birds come and eat and my indoor cats are entertained as well. The birds are also loving the new pond. The pond has a series of cascades so the upper part is shallow and they enjoy drinking and taking baths in that part.


I’m excited to start reading some winter/holiday books at the end of this week. I have way more books than I can possibly read in one week, but it’s great to have choices!

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  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • HoHoHo Readathon starts!
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

Books I got this week

Penric’s Demon” by Lois McMaster Bujold

Holy Island by L.J. Ross

Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

November 2017 books on my list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of asbooks-on-my-listthe months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I missed.

November 1

A Long Way Down

by Ken McCoy

Series: Sep Black #2

Published by Severn House

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

240 pages

Synopsis: Detective Inspector Sep Black finds himself investigating two connected cold cases in the second of this exhilarating series of hard-hitting police procedurals. 

When a wealthy businessman suffers a fatal fall from his office window, the forensic evidence points to murder. But with no suspects, no clues and no apparent motive, the police investigation stalls. It’s passed over to the Cold Case Unit where it remains on file, inactive until further evidence emerges.

Some months later, an attractive widow approaches DI Sep Black with a request that he look into the murder of her husband. Freelance journalist James Boswell had been working on a major story – and his widow Sandra believes it had something to do with his death. What did Boswell discover that got him killed?

As he starts to ask questions, Black uncovers a possible connection between the two murders. But before he can find out more, an almost-successful attempt on his life reveals that someone is determined to stop him finding out the truth – whatever it takes.

The New Dark

by Lorraine Thomson

Series: Unknown

Published by Bastei Entertainment

Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopia

187 pages

Synopsis: “She thought she knew who she was and where she came from.Then her home was destroyed. Her brother lost amongst the ashes. And the boy she loves vanished. She owed her own survival to a mutant — the very forces behind the destruction. Now Sorrel will never be the same again.” 

There is no “Before”, there is only “Now”. Because now there’s no internet, no TV, no power grid. Food is scarce, and the world’s a hostile place. But Sorrel lives a quiet life in the tiny settlement of Amat. It’s all she’s ever known …

Until a gang of marauding mutants destroys the village, snatching her brother Eli, and David, her boyfriend. Sorrel sets out after them, embarking on a journey fraught with danger. Can she survive? The only thing that keeps her going is Eli and David. They are out there somewhere. They must be alive. And if she has her way, she will find them.


November 7

Written in Blood

by Layton Green

Series: Unknown

Published by Seventh Street Books

Genre: Mystery

320 pages

Synopsis: Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children. 

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. 

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and one or both of them may be his next target.

The Shadow District

by Arnaldur Indridason

Series: Unknown

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason.

In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled in ‘the shadow district’, a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer.

A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder the dead man’s home. It’s a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighborhood.

Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad’s link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?

Let Darkness Bury the Dead

by Maureen Jennings

Series: Detective Murdoch #8

Published by Titan

Genre: Mystery

400 pages

Synopsis: Canada’s premier author of historical mystery fiction returns with a brand new and highly anticipated Murdoch Mystery, with an older and wiser Detective Murdoch.

It is November 1917. The Great War is grinding on, chewing up young men by the thousands. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire. Men perceived as slackers or cowards are shunned. But the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming.
William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers; most unsatisfying. His wife, Amy, died giving birth to their second child, a girl who lived only a few hours more. Murdoch, racked by grief, withdrew from four-year-old, Jack. This he regrets and would dearly love to make up for his negligence.

As we enter the story, Jack, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed at the Battle of Passchendaele. It is soon apparent that he is deeply troubled but he’s not confiding in his father. He does, however, seem to be bound by shared secrets to another wounded former soldier, Percy McKinnon.

Murdoch suddenly has much more serious crimes than rum-running on his hands. The night after Jack and McKinnon arrive home, a young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription.

Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives. It is a solution that will give him only sorrow.

Unholy City

by Carrie Smith

Series: Claire Codella Mystery #3

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery

287 pages

Synopsis: Despite their rocky history, Detective Claire Codella and Precinct Detective Brian Haggerty come together when senior churchwarden Philip Graves’s bloody body is found lying in the herb garden of historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just two days before Good Friday. Upon first glance, it looks like a random act of big city violence, but it soon becomes clear churchwarden Philip’s death was the result of a meticulously calculated ploy by someone who knew him.

There are five vestry members and a choir director in addition to the ten homeless men asleep in the church basement. Any one of them could have done it, but what did Philip Graves do to warrant such a merciless death? Struggling to share the case and salvage their personal relationship, Claire, Brian and trusted Detective Eduardo Munoz work around the clock to uncloak the desires, secrets, and resentments that find home through the iron gates and into the hidden beauty of one historic Romanesque church in Unholy City, the haunting third installment in Carrie Smith’s Claire Codella mysteries.

City of Lies

by Victoria Thompson

Series: Counterfeit Lady #1

Published by Berkley

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.

Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…

Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.

She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gabriel is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. She knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gabriel. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time within this gilded orbit, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.

November 14

The Ghost of Christmas Past

by Rhys Bowen

Series: Molly Murphy #17

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

288 pages

Synopsis: Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house’s atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple’s young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother’s pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. “I’m Charlotte,” she says. “I’ve come home.” 

Dark Deeds

by Mike Brooks

Series: Keiko #3

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

336 pages

Synopsis: In the third book of the “entertaining” (Kirkus Reveiws) Keiko series, Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew find themselves in another mess as a ship-wide vacation leads to their second-in-command taken hostage by the planet’s criminal mastermind.

After the riotous civil war in Dark Sky, the crew of the Keikodecides to go on vacation at an illegal gambling port for a little fun. What they don’t realize is that the casinos are run by an ex-client who didn’t get his shipment due to the war. The mob boss decides to take Tamara Rouke, the Keiko’s second-in-command, and hold her hostage until the crew raises enough money to pay him back for the lost shipment. If they don’t pay up in time, Rouke will be killed.

Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew agree. But as they find a way to get the funds, one will betray everyone and one will die…

A Season to Lie

by Emily Littlejohn

Series: Detective Gemma Monroe #2

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

336 pages

Synopsis: Following her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, this is Emily Littlejohn’s next mesmerizing mystery featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

In Emily Littlejohn’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret.

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

by Jennifer Kincheloe

Series: Anna Blanc #2

Published by Seventh Street Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

Seeds of Revenge

by Wendy Tyson

Series: Greenhouse Mystery #3

Published by Henry Press

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

259 pages

Synopsis: It’s the holiday season, and the mood in Winsome is anything but jolly…

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. She’s braving a December snowstorm after pitching her greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs when she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. It’s Merry Chance’s niece Becca, who’s headed to Winsome to sell her “love potions” at holiday events—or so she thinks.

Merry has an ulterior motive in inviting her niece to Winsome, but Merry’s plan to reunite Becca with her estranged father goes awry when Becca’s father turns up dead. Megan soon realizes that Becca was not the only person in Winsome who despised her father. When Megan’s aunt, the famous mystery author, is implicated through her novels, things become personal. Megan must follow the literary clues while sifting through the victim’s sordid past, but can she uncover the truth before someone else in Winsome is murdered?

The Emerald Circus

by Jane Yolen

Series: None

Published by Tachyon

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories

288 pages

Synopsis: Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations of your favorite tales. Ringmaster and internationally bestselling author Jane Yolen (Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Lightship) spins modern fantasy classics in tales that go well beyond Wonderland and Oz, down the rabbit hole and back again.

Where is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course!

It’s time to go back to—and beyond—the treasured tales you thought you knew: The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and many more. Ringmaster and internationally bestselling author Jane Yolen (Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Lightship) spins modern fantasy classics for delighted readers. A girl blown away from Kansas returns as a sophisticate with unusual gymnastic abilities. A talented apprentice, forging her first sword, is suddenly left to the mercies of Merlin. Alice’s infamous nemesis has jaws and claws, but also lacks the essential: a sense of humor.

Witty and bold, and unexpected, these tales go well beyond the rabbit hole and back again.


by Andy Weir

Series: Unknown

Published by Crown Publishing

Genre: Science Fiction

384 pages

Synopsis: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

November 28

Shadow Sun Seven

by Spencer Ellsworth

Series: Starfire #2

Published by

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

336 pages

Synopsis: Shadow Sun Seven continues Spencer Ellsworth’s Starfire trilogy, an action-packed space opera in which the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity.

Jaqi, Araskar and Z are on the run from everyone – the Resistance, the remnants of the Empire, the cyborg Suits, and right now from the Matakas – and the Matakas are the most pressing concern because the insectoid aliens have the drop on them. The Resistance has a big reward out for Araskar and the human children he and Jaqi are protecting. But Araskar has something to offer the mercenary aliens. He knows how to get to a huge supply of pure oxygen cells, something in short supply in the formerly human Empire, and that might be enough to buy their freedom. Araskar knows where it is, and Jaqi can take them there. With the Matakas as troops, they break into Shadow Sun Seven, on the edge of the Dark Zone.

Weave a Circle Round

by Kari Maaren

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor

Genre: YA Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn’t want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he’s deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she’s a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible.

Then someone moves into the house on Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren’t . . . normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying the laws of physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she’s had enough of Josiah following her around, she’s plunged into an adventure millennia in the making and discovers the truth about the new neighbors.

What books are you excited about this month?