Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodi Taylor

Science fiction, adventure, time travel, history, good characters, good story telling

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.

A Catalogue of Catastrophe

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #13

Published by Headline

Publishing date: April 14

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical Fiction

416 pages

Synopsis: When all is lost. When everything is ending. When there’s no hope. When you can’t win. That’s when you attack.

Punching well above their weight, Max and Markham set out to bring down a sinister organisation whose roots might be firmly embedded in the future but whose focus is the past.

Max’s focus is staying alive long enough to reunite with Leon and Matthew – alternately helped and hindered by St Mary’s. Who aren’t always the blessing they like to think they are.

And that’s not all. Are the effects of constantly leaping around the timeline beginning to make themselves felt? Is Max going mad? Or are the ghosts of the past finally catching up with her?

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This series is one of my favorites though I’m several books behind. I hope to read a few more of the books this year.

If you haven’t read any books in this series you should start with book 1, because lots has happened since that first book!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

A robot on a quest to figure out what humanity really needs!

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 . . .

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

by Becky Chambers

Series: Monk & Robot #2

Published by Tordotcom

Publishing date: July 12

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

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I read the first book in this series and it was both a lot of fun and also thought-provoking. And I love the cover of this book!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

This is my jam–a time travel, historical mystery by Kelley Armstrong!

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 . . .

A Rip Through Time

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: A Rip Through Time #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: May 31

Genre: Historical Mystery, Time Travel

352 pages

Synopsis: In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.

May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.

May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Thomson had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.

When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.

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Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and I’m always awestruck by the many different types of books she writes.

This sounds so good and I definitely Can’t Wait!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

So happy to see a new Mercy Thompson urban fantasy coming in March 2022!

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 . . .

Soul Taken

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #13

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires and werewolves is over.

So Mercy goes out to find her stalker—and discovers more than just Wulfe have disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not just ordinary people but supernatural beings. Until Wulfe vanished, all of them were powerless loners, many of whom quietly moved to the Tri-Cities in the hope that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam’s pack would extend to them as well.

Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she learns of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less-trodden paths and reaps the souls that are ripe with a great black scythe. . . .

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I’ve been reading Patricia Briggs fantasy since before she started writing the Mercy Thompson books. I’m always happy to have one of her books to look forward to. I love the covers of her books, too!