Can’t Wait Wednesday: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

Murderbot . . . what a character!

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. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to 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.

Fugitive Telemetry

by Martha Wells

Series: The Murderbot Diaries #6

Published by Tor.com

Publishing date: April 2 , 2021

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

176 pages

Synopsis: No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

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Martha Wells is one of my favorite authors and I’ve loved every book in this series. Can’t wait for this one!

Sunday Post: The great purge continues

weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our personal lives

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.

Personal life

Autumn began, but summer was still around (temps in the upper 80’s a couple of times) though I think we’ve had the last of it. Next week we’ll have several days in the 50’s. However, we still have roses blooming and our Autumn Joy sedum is covered with all types of bees. And I have rose blossoms that have wriggled their way into the middle of the sedum. I guess they want some of the bee action.

Will the purging ever end?

Another week sorting, moving furniture, throwing things away and finding places to dispose of unwanted glassware and clothes. My husband fills our garbage and recycling bins every week. One of our daughters visited for a couple of days to help us move furniture and to dispose of large items and yard waste. It was a great help.

Toward the end of next week we’re taking our two cats to visit our Illinois daughter. (This way I won’t worry about our cats getting outside.) I’ll stay with the cats at my daughter’s and my husband will drive home to supervise the carpet laying and some outside repairs. Great to see my daughter and so glad she’s staying safe and able to work from home.

Television

A few TV shows in the evenings. I’m enjoying The Great Pottery Throw Down and a new season of The Great British Bake Off has started. Shakespeare and Hathaway and Campion are two British private detective shows I’m enjoying.

Blog Life

I still haven’t answered all the comments on my blog or visited blogs, but hope to do more of that today.

Posted last week
Next week’s posts
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • October books on my list
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
  • The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
What I read
  • The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton
Books I got

None! For the second week in a row!

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Five favorite mystery writers

I love mysteries–what about you?

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

This week I’m talking about mystery writers. These aren’t my only favorite mystery writers though these authors would all make a much longer favorite’s list. All these authors have written multiple books. I have read many of their books–sometimes all that they’ve written.

Two of these authors have died. I’ve included a sixth author since the daughter of Tony Hillerman has continued the series of books he’s famous for writing. I could have included Agatha Christie in this list since I’ve been reading her books since I was a teenager. I think she may have been the first mystery author I ever read. However, I wanted to write about authors you might not have heard of. I’ve also added four covers of their books to show a representative sample of their books.

Deborah Crombie

I discovered Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James mystery series about five years ago. I think I read at least 10 books in the series that first year!

This is a British police procedural series. I especially enjoy the relationship between Duncan and Gemma. The characters live in London, but several of the books take place in other parts of Great Britain. There are 18 books in the series so far and I’ve read them all!

Elly Griffiths

There are 12 books in this series so far. I’ve read 10 of them. I’m reading them slower now so I don’t run out too quickly. Elly Griffiths is writing more in this series–usually about one a year. I haven’t read the other series she writes yet so I do have that to look forward to.

The Ruth Galloway series is the series I’m reading and it’s practically a police procedural since Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and often assists the police. The books usually take place in the Norfolk area of England and the books contain bones–sometimes very old bones and sometimes bones that aren’t so old. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson is also a well-drawn character in these books. In fact, the books have so many interesting characters that I feel I know them. If I was introduced to any of them I would think of them as old friends!

Tony Hillerman & Anne Hillerman

I started reading these books when I was a teenager. I stopped reading mysteries for a while after 9/11 in 2001 so I’ve had a few I haven’t read. I have gone back and reread some of the books I read more than twenty years ago. Since Tony Hillerman wrote his first book (in the Joe Leaphorn series) in 1970 and I started reading them almost immediately I read the earliest books over 40 years ago!

The books take place in New Mexico and Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Joe Leaphorn is a lieutenant in the Navajo Tribal Police. Sgt. Jim Chee comes along later and for awhile Tony Hillerman wrote separate mysteries. Finally, he brought them together in book 7–Skinwalkers. Both characters are so good to read about and they both feel like old friends!

Ann Hillerman (Tony’s daughter) continued writing the series after Tony Hillerman died in 2008. Her first book Spider Woman’s Daughter was written in 2013 and she will publish the 24th book in the series (her sixth book) in April 2021. I skipped ahead in the series a couple years ago to read one of her books–Song of the Lion–to see if I liked her writing and I danced a happy dance!

Julia Spencer-Fleming

There are 9 books in this series so far. I love the setting of the books in upstate New York. The name of the town is evocative–Millers Kill.

The series main characters are Reverend Clare Ferguson who is an Episcopalian priest. Before she became a priest she was a soldier–a helicopter pilot–so she’s a nuanced character! Russ Van Alstyne is the Chief of Police in Millers Kill. The titles of the books come from the Episcopalian hymnal which I think is pretty awesome! I grew up Episcopalian so that drew me to these books. In several books I worried I wouldn’t continue with the series, but Julia Spencer-Fleming managed a long arc in this series with aplomb and grace. I also really like that she tackles difficult topics–addiction, PTSD and a Veteran’s support group, for example in One Was a Soldier.

Dick Francis

Dick Francis is another author I started reading as a teenager. Most of his books are stand-alone mysteries and all of them have something to do with horse racing. Dick Francis was a successful steeplechase jockey in Great Britain who began writing when he retired. He died in 2010, but his son Felix Francis is continuing to write books that have both their names on them. (I think Felix began writing with his dad before Dick Francis died.)

I love horses–and especially did as a teenager. His earliest books begin with jockeys and later on continue with main characters who aren’t jockeys and have more of a peripheral role in the horse racing world.

One of the other things I loved about reading Hillerman’s and Francis’s books is that my Mom also read them and we would talk about them. We were always so excited when we found out one of them had a new book out! I really miss talking about and sharing books since my Mom died in 2012.

Have you read any of these authors? Do you read mysteries? If you do, who are your favorite mystery writers?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan

Christmas on an island halfway between Scotland and Norway!

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. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to 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 . . .

Christmas at the Island Hotel

by Jenny Colgan

Series: Mure #4

Published by William Morrow

Publishing date: October 29

Genre: Fiction, Christmas

352 pages

Synopsis: On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas. 

The new hotel’s impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who has been a waitress in the island’s cafe, dreaming of a bigger, better life now that she’s at a proper fancy hotel. Konstantin Pederson is working his way up in the hotel’s kitchens too…but he is also, secretly, the only son of the Duke of Utsire. Konstantin has been sent to learn what it is to work hard for a living, before receiving his inheritance. Although he’s initially resentful, the place grows on him; he has never met anyone quite like Isla and her fellow Murians before. 

As the island’s residents and special VIP guests gather for the hotel’s grand opening gala, Christmas is in the air. But so are more than a few small-town secrets…

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I like Jenny Colgan’s writing and especially in these pandemic times her books are heartwarming and calming for me!

I read book 3 in this series–Christmas on the Island–a couple years ago and it was a perfect Christmas book for me. The book made me happy, but it wasn’t saccharine sweet. Life goes on for people and life isn’t always what we expect or hope for–but people can rise to the occasion and that’s what can make me happy (even through the tears) and give me hope I can handle my problems!

Sunday Post: Beginning a new journey

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our personal lives

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.

Personal life

We’ve decided we will buy a house in Indiana to move closer to our daughters and make it easier for people to visit us when(?) the pandemic is over. It will be built (hopefully) by June.

The photo on the left shows old smokestacks from the Oregon town where I grew up.

We had some smoke from western forest fires here in the U.S. Midwest, but nothing like the Pacific Northwest and California.

Everyone in those areas please stay safe.

Back from Indiana

We got back from Indiana early in the week, but I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up all week. I forgot it was Wednesday so I didn’t put up my Wednesday post. Didn’t remember until Thursday! Several big chunks of our time were spent reading 100+ page contracts and then signing and initialing pages. Exhausting work! Several corrections had to be made so that meant more careful reading and signing.

I didn’t visit anyone else’s blog either since we did decide to move forward with the move to Indiana. The house being built won’t get finished before May or June at the earliest so we have time before we put our house here up for sale. However, new carpet is arriving before the end of September so lots of stuff is being emptied and moved.

More sorting, throwing away and moving furniture

Olaf helping with the book sorting!

Finally finished up the books!

After the books I tackled papers that needed sorting. We recycled a lot, kept old tax returns to burn and I organized and marked boxes for the things I kept. My husband worked in our yard to clean that up and move stuff to the garage to get rid of.

One of our daughter’s came for the weekend to help move stuff before our new carpet gets installed. We rented a pickup for a day to haul stuff to a special citywide clean-up that’s held once a month that takes large items and hazardous waste. We also dismantled my craft room which was a huge job. I’ve definitely got too much stuff. 😦

We had a fire in our fire pit last night which we used to burn our sensitive papers. Our daughter brought hers to put on the fire, too! It was a good evening for a fire since there was little wind and it was cool.

Blog Life

As I mentioned above no blog visiting this week and one post I forgot to put up on my blog.

Posted last week
Next week’s posts
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
What I read
  • Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  • Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen
  • Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman (listened to during our trip to Indianapolis)
Books I got

None!

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Connect 5 Friday: Five books I want to read before the end of the year

Five books from my TBR to read in 2020 I hope will make me happy

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books). This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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This week I’m talking about the five books I want to make sure I’ve read by the end of 2020. These are all books which have a good possibility to make me happy–and that’s what I’ve wanted with most of my books this year.

Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron

I’ve read all the Heartstriker series–the previous series Rachel Aaron wrote. This DFZ series is set in that same world.

I like how original Rachel Aaron is with her dragons and with the world building in these books.

The Green Man’s Foe by Juliet E. McKenna

This is not horror (though the cover looks like it)! I read the first book in this series and really liked it.

Ms. McKenna shows a conception of fantasy in the United Kingdom I would love to see!

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston

This is the second Horseshoer mystery. I’d never read a book about a female Horse Shoer!

That was the first thing which attracted me to this series. Then I discovered the series takes place in Oregon in the area I grew up. And it’s a mystery with horses and a dog and some romance. All things I liked in the first series.

Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall

I like S.K. Dunstall’s science fiction space opera. She writes really interesting characters and exciting stories.

I have an audiobook version of this book and look forward to listening to it.

The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

I’ve read several of Lucy Dillon’s books. Her books are a joy to read.

I love the way she writes about dogs, women’s friendships and that her books have some romance in them.

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? What books are you interested in reading before the end of the year?

Sunday Post: Rain all week

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our lives

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.

Personal life

We had rain all week and it was wonderful. I’ve mentioned several times that parts of Iowa are suffering from drought. This rain really helped. Here in Des Moines we got about 3 inches though other parts of the state had more. It was cool all week, too. Nice weather!

Quick trip to Indiana

We’re making a quick trip to Indiana on Sunday. We are thinking of moving to Indiana so we’ll be closer to our two daughters. We’re considering buying a house that will have to be built and we discovered Saturday evening that the site we are interested in is now available so we’re driving there to take a look at everything again to make a final decision. So I will be away from my blog for several days.

We’re getting new carpet later this month so we’ve been very busy emptying bookcases and other things which will have to get moved from the existing carpet. At the same time we’re emptying bookcases and cabinets we’re also deciding what to keep and what to throw away or give away.

Blog Life

Because we’re sorting and cleaning I didn’t have as much time as I hoped I would to visit other blogs or to read.

Reading

I finished one book this week and am part way into another one. I should have more time for reading during the long car ride!

Posts written last week
Next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  • Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen
What I read
  • Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
Books I got

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Green Man’s Silence by Juliet E. McKenna

Lost Flyght by S.J. Pajonas

Roommaid by Sariah Wilson

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Don’t Ever Forget by Matthew Farrell (Kindle Unlimited)

A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair (Library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Connect 5 Friday: Self-published sci-fi/fantasy that needs more buzz

Self-published Scifi/fantasy authors who don’t always get the buzz they deserve

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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This week I’m talking about five science fiction-fantasy books I’ve enjoyed recently from authors who either self-publish their books or publish them through a small independent publisher. (I have to admit I have trouble telling sometimes whether a book is self-published or the publishing name listed is the name of an independent publisher.) I think all these are self-published. If you know otherwise let me know.

I enjoy highlighting authors who aren’t as well-known as some of the authors who get lots of buzz and/or are published by the big publishing companies. Each of these authors write interesting, fun, well-edited and well-written books. I don’t always get reviews written, but I do want to give a shout-out to these authors.

Between Walls by W.R. Gingell

W.R. Gingell is one of my favorite writers. She mostly writes fantasies. I’ve read most of her books and always enjoy them.

The City Between series is one of my favorites. It’s an urban fantasy series and is a delight to read. Between Walls is number 6 in the series and was published at the end of May 2020.

The main character in the series is Pet who is cheeky and irreverent with a strict moral compass.

Ascending by Meg Pechenick

I’ve read both the books published so far in this series and really hope the author writes more books set in this universe.

Avery Alcott is a linguistic student who learns to speak the language of the aliens who came to Earth 25 years before and then abruptly vanished. When the Vardeshi return she’s recruited to go on a one year mission on one of their ships. She learns it’s not as simple as she had thought to become one of the crew on an alien ship.

Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee

I really enjoy S.J. Higbee’s books. They have adventure, a protagonist to cheer for and usually a bit of romance.

She’s a good story teller and I’ve enjoyed each of the books she’s written. The third book in this series came out at the end of August.

This first book starts in a small village, but soon Kyrillia has to leave the village and many adventures ensue! It’s a fun book with a few twists and turns I didn’t expect!

First Flyght by S.J. Pajonas

Vivian is set to inherit the family business–a large farm. (Their society is matriarchal.) However, her brother has bankrupted the farm and the bank confiscates nearly everything.

Vivian follows leads to other planets in her search for her brother and the missing money. The series is full of adventure, many problems and some romance. Vivian is such a fun character and I really enjoy being inside her head!

Note: Some women in this society have more than one husband–often to build alliances. The first book mostly talks about Vivian’s need for consorts. However, by the third book there was more sex than I was comfortable with! (And I realize this is just how I felt–others may feel differently.)

I don’t mind romance and even some sex in a book, but find that too much sex often takes away from a story. I do enjoy the story the author is telling in these books and the characters are great–especially Vivian. And I do like the fact that Vivian has feelings for the men has sex with.

Termination Shock by Gillian Andrews

This is a good military science fiction. Ryler Mallivan is on a training ship that’s attacked. He has to step up to try to save his own life and other lives.

From there the book continues at a furious pace as this group of survivors find themselves having to try to save the universe. The characters are a diverse group that come together to create a crew that are loyal to each other.

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? Do you like to read self-published authors?

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

This series is a delight for Sherlock Holmes fans

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. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to 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 . . .

Murder on Cold Street

by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #5

Published by Berkley

Publishing date: October 6

Genre: Historical Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

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I’ve read the first four books in this series this year and I’m loving them. So glad I finally started the series and am very much looking forward to this book!

Sunday Post: Fall is around the corner

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our lives

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.

Personal life

One more hot day (in the 90’s) and then we should get some rain and it cools off. In fact, the high temps are supposed to get 40 degrees cooler over the next couple of days.

More house cleaning

We’ve decided to replace our carpet since there’s a good sale going on. I had hoped for hardwood floors, but we’ve decided that costs too much. I loved this house as soon as I saw it four years ago (but didn’t like the pink carpet at all!) It’s only gotten worse since we got here since we’ve had cats and dogs around the house! We have people coming in to measure the rooms next week and in about three weeks we will have neutral colored carpet in the house!

That has made our sorting and cleaning even more urgent since we have to get stuff off our floors. All the books have to get put in boxes so we can move bookcases. That’s just about done now, but we’re moving on to other things–especially my china cabinet. I’ve meant to go through all the glassware in there. Our kids don’t want most of it so it’s time to get rid of some of it and give the stuff our kids want to them. I’ll keep my china for now, but have to pack it away. Then we move the china cabinet off the old carpet and try to sell it.

Blog Life

I wrote and posted four blog posts this week so that’s progress. I started doing a new meme I found. It’s called Connect 5 Friday hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It’s fun because each person can create their own book subjects each week and then find five books or book related subjects that connect them all.

Reading

I didn’t get much reading done this week. I started two books and decided not to continue with them after I was about 30% into them. 😦

I did read Picky Eaters by S.J. Higbee which was great fun. It’s a short story about a dragon family. It was just the kind of book I was looking for last week. And even better Ms. Higbee is donating all proceeds from this book to mental health charities.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  • Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
What I read
  • Picky Eaters by S.J. Higbee
Books I got

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.