Can’t Wait Wednesday: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu

I like this is a little different than many urban fantasies–and it takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland!

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

by T.L. Huchu

Series: Edinburgh Nights #2

Published by Tor Books

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Ropa Moyo’s ghostalking practice has tanked, desperate for money to pay bills and look after her family she reluctantly accepts a job to look into the history of a coma patient receiving treatment at the magical private hospital Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. The patient is a teenage schoolboy called Max Wu, and healers at the hospital are baffled by the illness which has confounded medicine and magic.

Ropa’s investigation leads her to the Edinburgh Ordinary School for Boys, one of only the four registered schools for magic in the whole of Scotland (the oldest and only one that remains closed to female students).

But the headmaster there is hiding something and as more students succumb Ropa learns that a long-dormant and malevolent entity has once again taken hold in this world.

She sets off to track the current host for this spirit and try to stop it before other lives are endangered.

……………….

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Looking forward to this one.

Sunday Post: Less than a week till Christmas

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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 had some beautiful sunrises and sunsets so far this month, but no snow! Apparently there’s only a 25% chance for snow in the Indianapolis area at Christmastime!

Our menagerie

Not only do we have a new kitten in our household, but we’ve also been taking care of our son’s mini dachshund this month. Our son is moving from Seattle to New York City this month so we offered to keep Duke for him while he packed up and left Seattle and then rented an apartment in NYC. He found an apartment this week and he arrives back at our house tomorrow. We are all excited to see him!

Olaf and Blaze (our cat and kitten) and Duke all get along well so they’ve all had fun together. It’s very cute how Duke sometimes runs up to them to break up the wrestling match when Olaf and Blaze are playing together. I think he’d like to play with them, too, but none of them quite know how to do that!

Baking

I’ve baked quite a few cookies so far this month and hope to get some more baking done this week. I made Ginger Cookies also, but forgot to take a photo of them. These are all new recipes I made this year, but they’re all drop cookies so easy and quick to make. The cookies all taste great. I was concerned because the chocolate chip cookies didn’t brown very much on top, but my husband has taste-tested and says they’re the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve made!

Neighbors

We’ve delivered some of the cookies I’ve baked to some of our neighbors. We also had some of our neighbors to our house to get to know them a little better. That’s been nice and I think we’ll get together with some of them again after Christmas.

Christmas

I’m so excited to spend our first Christmas here in our new house. Our three kids will be here which is wonderful.

Our son arrives tomorrow and our Illinois daughter arrives on the 23rd and we’ve got tickets to hear Handel’s Messiah that evening. I think we’re going to watch Christmas movies on Christmas Eve plus we always play some games during the Christmas holiday. Of course, we’ve got lots of cooking and baking planned and even some time with no particular plans!

Blog

I haven’t read any Christmas themed books this year. I started one and liked it pretty well, but just wasn’t feeling like reading it very much. I finally had to return it to the library and I’d only read 50% of it.

However, I’ve read other books in the last couple of months that I’ve really enjoyed–especially some fun urban fantasy books. So even though I was five books behind at times this year with my Goodreads Challenge Goal of 100 books I’ve completed the challenge. So far I’ve read 101 books and hope to read at least two or three more before the end of the year.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
Books read
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
  • State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
  • Scorched Heart by Helen Harper
  • Junkyard Bargain by Faith Hunter
  • The Noose of a New Moon by Helen Harper
New books

What are you doing next week? If you celebrate Christmas what are some of your traditions? If you don’t celebrate Christmas do you have other celebrations at this time of year?

November & December books on my list

Check out the books that made my short list for November & December published books

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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 as the months go by.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are very expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget! I always check my library for the expensive books and I add authors to eReader IQ which then tells me when the authors’ books have gone on sale.

Since I didn’t have many books published in November or December I want to read I’ve combined my November and December lists. Even though there aren’t many books on my list I’m still late getting this posted.

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

Series: The Last Binding #1

Published by Tordotcom

Genre: Historical Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it–not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles–and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

Miss Moriarty, I Presume?

by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #6

Published by Berkley Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

368 pages

Synopsis: A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes’s doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth.

Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult practitioners where Moriarty’s daughter was last seen, a place full of lies and liars. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s sister Livia tries to make sense of a mysterious message from her beau Mr. Marbleton. And Charlotte’s longtime friend and ally Lord Ingram at last turns his seductive prowess on Charlotte–or is it the other way around?

But the more secrets Charlotte unravels about Miss Moriarty’s disappearance, the more she wonders why Moriarty has entrusted this delicate matter to her of all people. Is it merely to test Charlotte’s skills as an investigator, or has the man of shadows trapped her in a nest of vipers?

November 9

Down a Dark River

by Karen Odden

Series: Inspector Corravan #1

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Historical Mystery, Police Procedural

336 pages

Synopsis: London, 1878. One April morning, a small boat bearing a young woman’s corpse floats down the murky waters of the Thames. When the victim is identified as Rose Albert, daughter of a prominent judge, the Scotland Yard director gives the case to Michael Corravan, one of the only Senior Inspectors remaining after a corruption scandal the previous autumn left the division in ruins. Reluctantly, Corravan abandons his ongoing case, a search for the missing wife of a shipping magnate, handing it over to his young colleague, Mr. Stiles.

An Irish former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker from London’s seedy East End, Corravan has good street sense and an inspector’s knack for digging up clues. But he’s confounded when, a week later, a second woman is found dead in a rowboat, and then a third. The dead women seem to have no connection whatsoever. Meanwhile, Mr. Stiles makes an alarming discovery: the shipping magnate’s missing wife, Mrs. Beckford, may not have fled her house because she was insane, as her husband claims, and Mr. Beckford may not be the successful man of business that he appears to be.

Slowly, it becomes clear that the river murders and the case of Mrs. Beckford may be linked through some terrible act of injustice in the past—for which someone has vowed a brutal vengeance. Now, with the newspapers once again trumpeting the Yard’s failures, Corravan must dredge up the truth—before London devolves into a state of panic and before the killer claims another innocent victim.

November 16

Termination Shock

by Neal Stephenson

Published by William Morrow

Genre: Science Fiction

896 pages

Synopsis: One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

December 31

Between Kings

by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between #10

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: G’day. I’m Pet. Heirling. Biter of fae lords. Trouble.

I have a lot of names these days—including my own, real name. Unfortunately for me, someone else knows that name too; not to mention the names of my other heirling friends. Now those heirling friends have disappeared, stolen by the current King Behind for a fight to the death where only one contender to the throne remains.

The rules say there’s no way in and only one way out of that fight, but I’ve always preferred to work outside the rules. I just have to trust my friends to help each other stay alive long enough for me to get them out—without becoming a contender for the throne myself.

Because one thing is for sure: I am absolutely not planning on being the next King Behind.

What November or December books are you looking forward to reading? Have you already read some of these books?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

A fun series. . .and I learned some things about Filipino food!

Homicide and Halo-Halo

by Mia P. Manansala

Series: Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #2

Published by Berkley Books

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Mystery, cozy

336 pages

Synopsis: Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal. Not in her love life, which she insists on keeping nonexistent despite the attention of two very eligible bachelors. Or her professional life, since she can’t bring herself to open her new cafe after the unpleasantness that occurred a few months ago at her aunt’s Filipino restaurant, Tita Rosie’s Kitchen. No, things are heating up quite literally, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started.

To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago–a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin slash rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case–because it looks like one of them might be next.

…………………….

I read the first book in this series last spring and really enjoyed it. I found out all sorts of things about Filipino culture and food as well as getting to read an entertaining book.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

A new science fiction by John Scalzi–and it works COVID-19 into the plot!

The Kaiju Preservation Society

by John Scalzi

Published by Tor Books

Publication date: March 15

Genre: Science Fiction

272 pages

Synopsis: When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

…………………………………..

John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors so I’m happy to see that he’s written a new science fiction.

Sunday Post: Lots of (fun) things to do

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Life has been busy around our house and I haven’t gotten a post done for a couple of weeks. As you read more of my post you will understand why I’m so busy!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was so much fun. About 45 adults and children came. My husband and I hosted a brunch at our new Indiana home. Most of our family hadn’t seen our house so it was fun to show them around. Our kids all helped get the brunch put together and we kept things simple.

Thanksgiving dinner was at our niece’s house. She lives about 20 minutes away from us. There was lots of food since everyone who comes contributes something. I cooked two 14 pound turkeys instead of one large turkey since smaller turkeys are so much easier to cook. We had lots of activities for the kids. Lots of the family arrived on Tuesday so on Wednesday kids and parents went to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. We had homemade soups at the hotel one night so all the kids who wanted to could swim. There was a treasure hunt and hiking in a park. It’s so great to see cousins playing with and getting to know each other. Such a fun time for everyone!

Christmas decorations

We put up our Christmas tree and decorated our house on Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to make cookies later today and during the week. We’re working on Christmas cards. Thanksgiving, the time before Christmas and Christmas are just about my favorite times of the year.

A new kitten

We got another ragdoll kitten this week. We’ve had him less than a week and he and my two year old ragdoll cat are getting along great! As I type this they’re sleeping together on my lap. We’ve named the new kitten Blaze since he has a blaze running up the middle of his face. He’s a mitted (meaning his front paws are white) seal point with a blaze. Olaf, my two year old cat, is a mitted blue point cat. I’m so relieved they’re getting along so well.

Blog

I’m hoping to read some blogs this week and leave a few comments. However, I am going to be very busy so realistically I’ll just have to see how it works out.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • November & December books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean
Books read
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • Infernal Enchantment by Helen Harper
  • Alpha by Audrey Faye
  • Midnight Smoke by Helen Harper
New books

What’re you doing?

Sunday Post: Thanksgiving preparations continue

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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

Cold and rainy here today. However, I don’t mind a rainy day every so often. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny. I like that the weather here is often different from day-to-day.

Sunday cooking with my daughter

My daughter and I cooked together last Sunday afternoon. I wanted to try two desserts to decide if I would make one or both for Thanksgiving dinner. Both had cranberries in them and I liked both of them–Nantucket Cranberry Cake and Rich Harvest Fruit Pie. These recipes came from the King Arthur Baking Company website–my favorite site for baking recipes as well as shopping for baking accessories!

Ultimately I’ve decided that most of the family don’t like cranberries as much as I do plus I’m making quite a few other things for Thanksgiving. I may make one of these desserts for our family Christmas.

My daughter wanted to make corn chowder and ham and cheese muffins that she remembered me making when she was a teenager. When she was in high school she took a thermos of the chowder and muffins with her on cold fall days and evenings when her marching band practiced.

We had lots of fun making our food and helping each other. My husband and I and our daughter had dinner together when we finished cooking and baking and then we sent her home with part of the food! Everything was very good!

Thanksgiving prep II

I worked on more prep for Thanksgiving this last week–mostly cleaning, putting things away and cooking. Our son is flying in on Tuesday evening with his dog (a mini dachshund) so we’ve made sure to get the guest bedroom ready.

I still have my wild rice pilaf to make and I have to cook the two turkeys. I’ll be doing the two turkeys Thursday morning while the relatives are at our house for brunch. However, our family is quite relaxed and I’ll have a lot of help with the turkeys!

Blog

A busy week again with Thanksgiving plans moving forward so I didn’t get too much done blog-wise. I did visit a few blogs last week and plan to try and visit others this week.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
  • The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Books read
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Spirit Sickness by Kirk Mitchell
  • A Christmas Howl by Laurien Berenson
New books

What are you doing this next week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Evil Intent by Jane Isaac

I’ve mentioned before how much I like police procedurals!

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 . . .

Evil Intent

by Jane Isaac

Series: DCI Helen Lavery #4

Published by Legend Press

Publishing date: Feb 1

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: When a series of women’s bodies are discovered in the heart of rural Hamptonshire with a pentagram carved on their chests, DCI Helen Lavery is forced into a cat and mouse chase with a murderer who ultimately turns the tables and targets her.

Meanwhile, she is shocked to discover that her younger son’s new best friend is the nephew of organised crime boss Chilli Franks – the man who has held a grudge against Helen’s family since her father first put him away in the 1990s.

As her personal and professional lives collide, Helen finds herself in mortal danger as she races to track down the serial killer and restore safety to the streets of Hampton.

………………

I’ve read the first three books in this series and really enjoyed them. And I appreciate that these are Kindle Unlimited books!

Sunday Post: Snow showers today

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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 have some snow showers mixed at times with rain showers this Sunday morning. There shouldn’t be any snow accumulation, but it’s cold out! However, by midweek we should have temps in the 50’s during the day.

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving is on November 25 this year in the U.S. and it’s a favorite time in our family. We didn’t get together with our whole family last year so those of us getting together this year are looking forward to seeing each other. Our niece and her family are hosting Thanksgiving and they live only about 20 minutes from us. It’s so nice not to have to travel far on Thanksgiving. However, we do have family flying in from Seattle and southern California and others driving from Illinois, Iowa, northern Wisconsin and Canada so it’s quite a trip for lots of the family. We expect to have about 45 adults and children attend this year. I’m so happy that our kids will all be here.

We’ve invited the family for brunch at our new house on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a chance for the out-of-town family to see the new house. My husband and I are working to make sure our house is tidy. We have boxes we still needed to unpack so having people come to our house has spurred us on.

I’m also cooking two smaller turkeys (around 13 pounds each) as well as making turkey gravy, a wild rice pilaf and cranberry chutney. Several of those things can be made ahead and frozen so that’s what I’m trying to get done so I can enjoy the day and catch-up with family members.

Scarecrow

We’ve put a scarecrow up near our front door. We also have a ring doorbell that lets us know when someone comes to the door. Since we put the scarecrow up we have gotten a number of “false” alarms from the ring doorbell–especially when the wind is blowing and the scarecrow swings this way and that!

Olaf

Olaf loves to hide in paper bags and then jump out to surprise us. We moved a bookcase near one of his towers and he discovered he could jump up to the top of the bookcase to hang out!

Blog

It’s been two weeks since I posted anything. November and December are busy months for me so my blogging is suffering. I have read and listened to some good books though. That relaxes me when I’m feeling stressed! I found some Christmas books to get from the library so I hope I find time to read those.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • Drift by L.T. Ryan & Brian Shea
  • The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon
New books

What have you been doing and what are you planning for next week?

Sunday Post: Happy Halloween!

Connecting with others to talk about books plus 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 had quite a bit of rain this week, but two of the days were bright and sunny so we took a trip to southern Indiana to see the autumn leaves in Brown County.

Brown County, Indiana

Southern Indiana has more hills than the area of Indiana we live in. And it has lots of trees that turn beautiful colors in the fall. It’s one of the best areas in Indiana to enjoy a lovely fall day since there are panoramas and quaint little towns that tourists love to visit. I don’t think the autumn colors had reached their peak, but we enjoyed our time anyway.

We drove to Brown County during the week hoping it would be less crowded since I’d read that on weekends it gets lots of visitors. For the most part, we didn’t see many crowds except when we visited Nashville, Indiana–the county seat of Brown County–to have lunch. There was lots of traffic and lots of other people we recognized as fellow retirees! They also had taken advantage of the nice weather and the middle of the week. Oh, well. We had to walk a bit after we found parking to find a place to eat so I took a few pictures in the town. However, after we ate we didn’t stay around to shop. We drove on narrow roads, saw very few other people on them and enjoyed the vistas and the colors. All in all, worth the trip since I love Autumn.

Central Indiana autumn color

More color is showing on the leaves in my part of Indiana and I’m loving that.

Blog

Not much done on my blog last week. I’m needing to get busy on Thanksgiving plans since I’m going to have family members here for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. I want to get a few more things put away, moved around and cleaned up before we show everyone our new house. I unpacked more boxes of books last week and rearranged books I’d already put on bookshelves. I also have books to take to the library to donate.

I did listen to a podcast–Indie Book Talk–where the two people talk about independent book publishing. I really enjoy reading books by authors who publish the books themselves or use a small independent book publisher. I’ve found some really good books and authors that way. In this podcast they talk mostly about the publishing process for independent authors, but they do occasionally talk about books they read and I found some new authors to try. I think indie book authors would discover lots of good information.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • November 2021 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
New books

None!