Can’t Wait Wednesday: Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne

A series about a law enforcement diver in Florida

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 . . .

Sea Storm

by Andrew Mayne

Series: Underwater Investigations Unit #3

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Publishing date: March 29

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

302 pages

Synopsis: A distress call draws rescuers Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit to a cruise ship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale that’s sinking from a mysterious explosion. When it appears to be the work of an ecoterrorist and other ships are threatened, it becomes a race against time. More clues are discovered, and evidence is in danger of being washed away by a coming tropical storm. Sloan grows concerned that key details are being ignored, and a strange lack of urgency by authorities sets off alarms.

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I’ve read the first book in this series–The Girl Beneath the Sea–and enjoyed it. I have the second book and hope to read it before this book is published!

January 2022 books on my list

Two mysteries I’m hoping I like

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and I add to it as the year goes on. The following books are from that list. I’ve started only adding the books to my monthly post I really plan to try reading. (Every year there are books that sound good, but either don’t fit with my mood or have things about them I don’t like. I might start a book, but I don’t always finish it.) If I paid over $5 for that book I would feel I had wasted my money. My husband and I are on a fixed income so we try not to waste money.

I’m only listing two books this month since these are books I know I want to try. I found digital copies of the books at the library and I’ve put both books on hold. The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

January 4

The Maid

by Nita Prose

Published by Ballantine Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

January 25

The Fields

by Erin Young

Series: Riley Fisher #1

Published by Flatiron Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

352 pages

Synopsis: Some things don’t stay buried.

It starts with a body—a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big Agriculture.

When Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations for the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, arrives on the scene, an already horrific crime becomes personal when she discovers the victim was a childhood friend, connected to a dark past she thought she’d left behind.

The investigation grows complicated as more victims are found. Drawn deeper in, Riley soon discovers implications far beyond her Midwest town.

What are the January 2022 books you hope to read?

Sunday Post: An anniversary

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

It’s been cold and often windy this week and we’ve had a few snow flurries, but no snow on the ground. We’ve warmed up this weekend to the 30’s, but the temperature is going to drop during the day today and we’ll be very cold again for a few days.

Anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this week by going to a hotel in our local area for one night. It was low-key, but we had a really nice time and the view from our room was great.

The cats

I added a photo of Olaf from about two years ago when he was a kitten and one of Blaze at about the same age. They look quite different. Olaf is a blue point ragdoll and Blaze is a seal point. (Of course, Blaze also has a white blaze on the middle of his face!) The full color of ragdoll cats can continue to change until they’re three or four years old.

Blog

I read three books this week, but two of the books I didn’t enjoy very much. I started out enjoying them, but by the end of the books I just wanted to be done with them. They both depressed me. Luckily, the third book–Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern–is part of a mystery series I love. So I’m feeling better about the start of the year.

Even though I wrote some posts last week I didn’t visit many blogs. I hope to visit more next week. I always like to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
Books read
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
  • Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy
  • Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern
New books

What have you been doing?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman

A favorite mystery series I’ve read since I was a teenager

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 . . .

The Sacred Bridge

by Anne Hillerman

Series: Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #25

Published by Harper

Publishing date: April 12

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

352 pages

Synopsis: Sergeant Jim Chee’s vacation to beautiful Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell has a deeper purpose. He’s on a quest to unravel a sacred mystery his mentor, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, stumbled across decades earlier.

Chee’s journey takes a deadly turn when, after a prayerful visit to the sacred Rainbow Bridge, he spots a body floating in the lake. The dead man, a Navajo with a passion for the canyon’s ancient rock art, lived a life filled with many secrets. Discovering why he died and who was responsible involves Chee in an investigation that puts his own life at risk.

Back in Shiprock, Officer Bernadette Manuelito is driving home when she witnesses an expensive sedan purposely kill a hitchhiker. The search to find the killer leads her to uncover a dangerous chain of interconnected revelations involving a Navajo Nation cannabis enterprise.

But the evil that is unleashed jeopardizes her mother and sister Darleen, and puts Bernie in the deadliest situation of her law enforcement career.

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I’ve read these books since I was a teenager (when Tony Hillerman wrote them). In the last couple of years I reread many of the older books which has been so fun. This is the seventh book Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman’s daughter, has written after her father died in 2008. I enjoy her books just as much as I enjoy her father’s.

Sunday Post: 2022–A new year

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

2022 begins. And hard to believe we start a third year with Covid-19 still causing many deaths and consuming our thoughts and changing our lives.

My Christmas

So fun with our children and our animals here in our new home. I know how lucky and blessed we are–we’re vaccinated, healthy, we like and love each other, our kids have good jobs, my husband and I have enough to live a comfortable life.

Blog

I read 103 books in 2021 so I exceeded my Goodreads Reading Challenge by three books! I decided to keep my 2022 challenge at 100. That’s a comfortable number for me. I have plans to do a few more things in 2022 besides my blog and reading though reading remains one activity I would have a hard time giving up. That is why I’m a readerholic after all. . . .

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. She writes the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series–a wonderful well-written mystery series. Each month she sends a newsletter to subscribers and I have come to admire not only her fiction writing, but also her candidness and thoughtfulness in her newsletters. I received her January newsletter yesterday. One of the things she includes in every newsletter is a quote and I love quotes!

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

At the end of her January newsletter Louise Penny took the quote and adapted it slightly: “Kindness, dear friend… Kindness. And courage. And health.”

And that, dear friends, is what I wish for all of you in 2022!

Posts
Posts for next week
  • January 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt
Books read
  • The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly
  • Moorings by David Moore
  • “Warms You Twice” by Craig Johnson (2021 Walt Longmire Christmas short story)
New books

What are your plans and hope for 2022?