Books I want to read during fall 2018

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

This week we’re talking about Books I want to read during fall 2018The books I’ve listed are mostly ones already published and I that already own. I also list a few that publish in October that I’m especially excited about.

Head On by John Scalzi, Lock In #2

The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey, Rei Shimura #1

The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson, a fantasy short story

No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor, The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman, Leaphorn & Chee #13

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger, Cork O’Connor #5

Plague Ship by Andre Norton, Solar Queen #2

Binti by Nnedi Okorato, Binti #1

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron, Heartrikers #5

Planetside by Michael Mammay

Rogue Protocol & Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, The Murderbot Diaries #3 & 4 — #3 came out in August & #4 comes out in October

Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern, The Country Club Murders #8, comes out in October

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima, Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #4, comes out in October

What books do you want to read this fall?

Books I want to read during Fall 2017

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.

I’ve decided to try some new memes this fall. I plan to write posts for this discussion meme when I have time and something to say! My books are a mix of books being published this fall and books from my TBR piles–sometimes because a new book in the series is coming out this fall! One trend I notice: lots of good books are coming in October!

Girl Waits with Gun 

by Amy Stewart

Kopp Sisters #1

Historical Mystery

I have had the first book in this series for long time and keep meaning to read it. The third book in the series–Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions–comes out in September so it’s past time to read the first book!

Dark Signal

by Shannon Baker

Kate Fox #2

Mystery

Publication Date: October 17

I read the first book–Stripped Bare–in this series last fall and loved it. The series takes place in the Nebraska Sandhills which isn’t an area I was aware of before this book. That’s one of the things I love about reading  . . . books take me to so many new places. I want to find out what happens to Kate in this new book since lots happened in the first book!

Remnants of Trust

by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Central Corps #2

Science Fiction, Space Opera

I read The Cold Between, the first book in this series, a few weeks ago and really liked it so I want to read this one soon–especially since the third book in the series–Breach of Containment–comes out in October!

A Darkness Absolute

by Kelley Armstrong

Casey Duncan #2

Mystery, Thriller

I just finished the first book in this series–City of the Lost and I loved it! It’s a mystery and a thriller set in northern Canada with some romance and it kept me guessing throughout the book. I really like the setting and the idea which forms this series. There are some grisly parts to these books, but I didn’t feel the book dwelled on that and they are part of the story.

Cold as Ice

by Julie Mulhern

The Country Club Murders #6

Historical Mystery, Cozy

Publication Date: October 17

This is one of my favorite mystery series and I’m caught up with this series! So I’m excited a new book is coming out. It’s a really fun series set in the 1970’s–doesn’t seem like that should be historical to me! Hah!

“Weaver’s Lament”

by Emma Newman

Industrial Magic #2

Historical Fantasy, Steampunk, novella

Publication Date: October 17

The first book in the series, “Brother’s Ruin,” came out in the spring and I really liked it so I’m looking forward to reading the second one. I’ve already preordered it.

A Matter of Loyalty

by Anselm Audley and Elizabeth Edmondson

A Very English Mystery #3

Historical Mystery

Publication Date: October 19

I’ve read the first two in this series and they’re really good. I like the characters and the mysteries, too!

Starfire: A Red Peace”

by Spencer Ellsworth

Starfire #1

Science Fiction, Space Opera, novella

The second book in the series comes out in November so I want to get this book read before then so I can read the next one!

Artemis

by Andy Weir

Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 14

I loved The Martian so I’m really looking forward to this book.

A Trail Through Time

by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4

Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical

I’ve read the first three books in this series in the last few months and love them. I want to read this one soon! I love that there are quite a few books in this series so I’m not going to finish the series too soon.

What books do you hope to read this fall? Are you going for the atmospheric and spooky Halloween books? Or do you just have a lot of new books you want to read? Or are you dipping into you TBR pile?

WWW Wednesday: May 3

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer the three questions below. For more information check out the Taking on a World of Words blog.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Science Fiction, Space Opera) — I’m listening to the audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton. I’ve just started it and I’m loving it!

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (Fantasy) — Another book I’ve barely started, but I loved the first two books in this series. Blackthorn and Grim are such good characters.

Recently finished

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1) Science Fiction, Time Travel — Lots of action. So fun to read.

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern (Country Club Mysteries #5) Historical Mystery, Cozy [NetGalley–publishing date, May 23] — This is one of my favorite mystery series and the series just gets better and better.

Reading next (perhaps–I’m very much a mood reader!)

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #3) Mystery, Police Procedural

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2) Science Fiction, Time Travel

What books are you reading, want to read or have read?

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Favorite 2016 releases so far this year

 Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m talking about my favorite 2016 releases so far this year.

Fire Touched

  • by Patricia Briggs
  • Series: Mercy Thompson #9
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: I love this series. I’ve read it since the first book and the series keeps getting better and better!

A Muddied Murder

  • by Wendy Tyson
  • Series: A Greenhouse Mystery #1
  • Genre: Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: I really liked the farming aspect of the book plus the characters are great! And the mystery’s good, too.

Murder in an Irish Village

  • by Carlene O’Connor
  • Series: #1
  • Genre: Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: Good mystery. The O’Sullivan family is so fun to read about. The setting in Ireland is wonderful.

Marked in Flesh

  • by Anne Bishop
  • Series: The Others #4
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: A unique urban fantasy. I always love finding out where the author is going next in this series.

Out of the Blues

  • by Trudy Nan Boyce
  • Series: Unknown
  • Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
  • What I like about the book: A debut mystery by an author with over 30 years experience as a police officer. Well-written with interesting characters. Good mystery.

A Front Page Affair

  • by Radha Vatsal
  • Series: Kitty Weeks #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • What I like about the book: Takes place in NYC in 1915. A female reporter whose job is to report about fashion, but who dreams of writing about the news happening each day. I like Kitty, the time period (World War I before the U.S. gets into the war) and the mystery.

Clouds in My Coffee

  • by Julie Mulhern
  • Series: The Country Club Murders #3
  • Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy
  • What I like about the book: Takes place in Kansas City in the early 1970’s–great time period (think Richard Nixon!). The characters are really interesting and the mystery is great.

A Useful Woman

  • by Darcie Wilde
  • Series: Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • What I like about the book: A Regency England mystery. I really like the Almack’s setting for the murder. Rosalind is a survivor and she’s determined to discover who the murderer is.

Skeleton Blues

  • by Paul Johnston
  • Series: Quint Dalrymple #7
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery
  • What I like about the book: Probably the most unique book I’ve read this year. I didn’t realize it was number 7 in a series I hadn’t read before, but I didn’t have too much trouble figuring it out. The book is set in Edinburgh Scotland in the 2030’s. Very interesting setting and society. Good mystery.

The Invisible Library

  • by Genevieve Cogman
  • Series: The Invisible Library #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • What I like about the book: An interesting setting with a library and many parallel worlds. The book takes place mostly in a version of London where chaos reigns. Interesting explanations for the different worlds.

What are your favorite 2016 books so far?

Waiting on Wednesday: June 15

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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arsenic-with-austen

Arsenic with Austen

by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Series: Crime with the Classics #1 (I think that is what this series will be called)

Publication Date: July 12

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town’s eccentric inhabitants–including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards–she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.

Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt’s property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen’s charming reprobates.

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Reasons this book caught my eye:

  • The title caught my eye so I had to take a look at the book. (This doesn’t have a cover I like very much, however–the cat looks stuffed to me.)
  • The mystery sounds interesting.
  • Next I saw that it takes place on the Oregon coast (one of my favorite locations).
  • And maybe the series will feature different classics?
  • This is a cozy and I hope it’s not a silly cozy!

What books are you waiting for? Excited to read?

Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst

dying-for-a-tasteDying for a Taste by Leslie Karst
Series: Sally Solari Mystery #1
Genre: Mystery (c0zy)
Setting: Santa Cruz, California
Published by Crooked Lane Books
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: April 12)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
304 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: After losing her mother to cancer, Sally Solari quits her job as an attorney to help her dad run his old-style Italian eatery in Santa Cruz, California. But managing the front of the house is far from her dream job.

Then in a sudden twist her Aunt Letta is found murdered in her own restaurant, and Sally is the only one who can keep the place running. But when her sous chef is accused of the crime, and she finds herself suddenly short-staffed, Sally must delve into the world of sustainable farming—not to mention a few family secrets–to help him clear his name and catch the true culprit before her timer runs out.

Leslie Karst serves a platter of intrigue in her stirring and satisfying debut Dying for a Taste, which is sure to become a new favorite of food mystery fans.

Initial impressions

  • Sally Solari is a great character. I love reading about her restaurant adventures and her Italian family.

The story

  • Sally Solari quit practicing law to work in her family Italian restaurant after her mother died.
  • Sally’s aunt is murdered in her own restaurant. Sally inherits the restaurant and her aunt’s sous chef is the main suspect for the murder. Sally can’t imagine he would have murdered her aunt so she sets out to find out why her aunt was murdered and who did it.
  • In the course of the book she discovers a lot of secrets and a lot of suspects.

Pluses

  • I like Sally a lot. She’s smart and fun to read about. And she has loyal friends–most of whom went to law school with her. I like that she’s friends with her ex-boyfriend.
  • She has run the front of the house for her family restaurant for a few years since her mother died. She’s not very happy doing this since her father doesn’t allow Sally to make any changes or help in the kitchen. The Italian family dynamics are fun to read about.
  • She’s happy she isn’t working as an attorney anymore since she didn’t enjoy the constant battle to have enough billable hours.
  • After her aunt is murdered Sally finds out things about her aunt she hadn’t expected–and more suspects than she had expected.
  • One of Sally’s characteristics which was something I haven’t encountered in a mystery before–hot flashes! She has started getting hot flashes at an early age. They’re annoying to her, but I think I would have been more upset about it than she is. I guess it’s good she’s accepted it.
  • The beautiful setting in Santa Cruz and along the California coast comes through in this book especially during Sally’s bike rides.
  • There are lots of suspects in this story. I thought Ms. Karst did a good job creating motives for a number of people and keeping the story interesting.
  • I like that this is a cozy without being too cute or silly.
  • There are recipes at the end of the book–and they sound yummy!

Minuses

  • I did figure out who the murderer was. Of course, I did wonder if I was wrong!

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to reading more mysteries about Sally!
  • I love finding new authors and the fact this is a debut author is great. I like her writing style and feel she did a good job with the characters, setting and mystery.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst spent her early years in various locales: Columbus, Ohio; South America and Mexico; Oxford, England; and Santa Monica, California. She moved from Southern California to Santa Cruz to study English literature and Romance languages at UCSC, and has been a Northern California gal ever since.
  • Leslie went on to attend Stanford Law School and then worked for twenty years as the research and appellate attorney for a civil law firm in Santa Cruz County. During this period, she discovered a passion for food and cooking, and so once more returned to school—this time to earn a degree in culinary arts from Cabrillo College.
  • Now retired from the law, she spends her time cooking, singing alto in her local community chorus, gardening, cycling, and of course writing. Leslie and her wife, Robin, and their Jack Russell mix, Ziggy, split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Reading Challenges

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

death-comes-to-the-villageDeath Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #1
Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Rural England, 1816
Published by Kensington, 2013
E-book, Kindle Unlimited
282 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: A wounded soldier and a rector’s daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd’s charming Regency-set mystery debut.

Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil façade of the village begins to loom sinister. . .

Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major’s suspicions offers a welcome diversion–but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation. . .

As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again…

As a child she’d asked her father why the church sat so much lower than the surrounding graveyard–had it sunk? He’d told her that, on the contrary, the church remained the same, but that over the centuries, all the burials had raised the level of the land around it. She’d thanked him for the information and had nightmares for weeks afterward.

and

“Do you not think we have a responsibility to discover what happened to poor Mary? She was a foundling. As far as we know, she has no other family to care about what has become of her.”

“The Bible has much to say about ingratitude, Lucy, of nourishing a viper in one’s bosom.” He stood up and looked down his nose at her. “Perhaps you might reflect on that before you presume to lecture me about my Christian duty to one who has sinned by leaving a perfectly good home provided to her by a loving, spiritual family.”

Initial impressions

  • The characters are interesting and varied, the time period is one I like and the mystery kept me guessing.

Cheers

  • There are several mysteries in this book and as a reader I wondered if they’re all linked or not. The author does a good job creating questions and mystery.
  • I like the slow build-up where we don’t know exactly what’s going on and we get to know the characters and get to wonder about them and whether this one or that one is the culprit.
  • Lucy is the oldest daughter so she has stayed with her family after her mother died to run the household for her father.
  • Now that things are changing with the household–her two younger brothers heading off to school, her older brother getting ready for Cambridge and her sister ready for a season in London–Lucy would like her own season. She’d like a family of her own. Her father thinks she should continue to take care of him. I like that there is more than just the mystery, but that the mystery doesn’t get lost either in the other details.
  • Major Robert Kurland is unable to walk very far without help when the book opens and is mostly bedridden. Lucy–as the vicar’s daughter–visits him to read and converse with him. She doesn’t like him very well since he’s always so grumpy.
  • However, when he sees something out his window one night he feels she’s the only one he can ask about it. He feels his servants think he’s not too stable…that he might have taken too much laudanum and thus imagined the whole thing.
  • When Lucy begins asking around the village she discovers that two village women are missing (including one of the vicarage’s servants) and that someone is stealing small items from houses in the area.
  • There is a bit of a regency romance feel to the book though there aren’t really any romances.
  • I like the details in the book–such as Lucy finding an article about a wheelchair and giving that to Robert.

Jeers

  • I thought at the end of the book Robert acts a little like a jerk!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • There are two more books in the series (so far) and I’m looking forward to reading them soon.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • (from Goodreads): “Catherine Lloyd was born just outside London, England, into a large family of dreamers, artists, and history lovers. She completed her education with a master’s degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and uses the skills she gained there to research and write her historical mysteries. Catherine currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and youngest daughter.. ”

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

mistletoe-murderMistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Tinker’s Cove, Maine
Published by Kensington, 1991
E-book, Kindle Unlimited
224 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for–a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself…

After she had finally gotten the children tucked in bed and read them the Patches memorial bedtime story, James Herriot’s The Christmas Day Kitten, Lucy was exhausted.

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Her mother picked her way carefully along the rubber matting, holding herself together only by the tightly wound threads of restraint and good breeding. She might well have been the survivor of some dreadful battle or holocaust, a witness to unspeakable horror, scarcely sure herself whether she was alive or dead.

Initial impressions

  • I like the Christmas aspects of this book probably more than the mystery.

Cheers

  • This is the second book I’ve read in this series. (I read the third book–Trick or Treat Murder in October.)
  • I enjoy all the Christmas parts of this book–baking cookies, making a costume for her daughter for the church pageant, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift. All these things felt very natural and what many young parents do at Christmas.
  • Lucy is pretty down-to-earth. And I like that! I also like Lucy and her husband Bill.
  • The situation with Lucy’s mother seems realistic. Lucy’s father died not too long ago and her mother is lost without him–mainly because she never learned to do things on her own.

Jeers

  • Again (as in Trick or Treat Murder), I think the day-to-day life of Lucy, her family and friends overshadow the mystery. However, I did enjoy that day-to-day life.
  • The original title–Mail-Order Murder–is a better title than Mistletoe Murder (no mistletoe in sight as far as I can remember).

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I think I will read more in this series. I like Lucy, but I will probably spread them out more so I don’t get tired of them.
  • I’ve read several Christmas books and thought it would be fun to post my reviews during the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon to give people ideas of books to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of ‘Lucy Stone’, a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

Reading Challenges

August books on my radar . . .

RadarEach month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and sometimes new author strikes my fancy.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read. I’m trying to limit the new books I buy each month to the ones I’m going to read soon.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books.

And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too! I also hope they will point me toward books I missed.

Lots of exciting books this month!

August 1

One of my most anticipated books of 2015 (and I’ve already read it and loved it–check out my review)!

one-good-dragon-deserves-anotherOne Good Dragon Deserves Another

by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #2

Published by Aaron/Bach, LLC

Genre: Urban Fantasy

404 pages

Synopsis: After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.

Even though this is book 2 this historical mystery sounds really good.

two-bronze-penniesTwo Bronze Pennies

by Chris Nickson

Series: Detective Inspector Tom Hardy #2

Published by Severn House Publishers

Genre: Historical Police Procedural

224 pages

Synopsis: The second intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper”

Leeds, England, Christmas Eve, 1890. DI Tom Harper is looking forward to a well-earned rest. But it s not to be. A young man has been found stabbed to death in the city s poverty-stricken Jewish district, his body carefully arranged in the shape of a cross, two bronze pennies covering his eyes. Could someone be pursuing a personal vendetta against the Jews?

Harper s investigations are hampered by the arrival of Capitaine Bertrand Muyrere of the French police, who has come to Leeds to look into the disappearance of the famous French inventor Louis Le Prince, vanished without trace after boarding a train to Paris.

With no one in the close-knit Jewish community talking to the police and with tensions rising, DI Harper realizes he ll have to resort to more unorthodox methods in order to unmask the killer.

August 4

I like the idea of this mystery. A book-themed resort? Yes!

murder-in-the-paperback-parlorMurder in the Paperback Parlor

by Ellery Adams

Series: Book Retreat Mysteries #2

Published by Berkley

Genre: Mystery (cozy)

304 pages

Synopsis: With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.

Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It’s up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalogue the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly—before the murderer writes someone else off…

Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors so I’m always happy when a new book comes out!

magic-shiftsMagic Shifts

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Kate Daniels #8

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

 This series which I started last year is already a great favorite! I’ve pre-ordered this book. 🙂

dark-ascensionDark Ascension

by M. L. Brennan

Series: Generation V #4

Published by Roc

Genre: Urban Fantasy

320 pages

Synopsis: As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….

I haven’t read any of Jemisin’s books and this sounds like a good place to start!

the-fifth-seasonThe Fifth Season

by N. K. Jemisin

Series: The Broken Stone #1

Published by Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

512 pages

Synopsis: This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I’ve read a couple other Chloe Neill books and they were pretty good.

the-veilThe Veil

by Chloe Neill

Series: Devil’s Isle #1

Published by NAL

Genre: Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

August 11

This is book 2, but it sounds very interesting. It’s a science fiction by a Chinese author.

the-dark-forestThe Dark Forest

by Liu Cixin

Translated by Joel Martinsen

Series: Three Body #2

Published by Tor Books (first published 2008)

Genre: Science Fiction

512 pages

Synopsis: The continuation of a tour de force near-future adventure from China’s bestselling and most beloved science fiction writer

With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author.

In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—in just four centuries’ time. The aliens’ human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he’s the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

I’m a few books behind in this mystery series, but it’s been one of my favorites.

long-upon-the-landLong Upon the Land

by Margaret Maron

Series: Deborah Knott Mysteries #20

Published by Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Mystery

320 pages

Synopsis: On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott’s father Kezzie makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah’s husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah’s family may have had something to do with the murder-and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case.

Meanwhile, Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah’s curiosity about her parents’ past, and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she’s determined to find the answer.

But why are Deborah’s brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie’s illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah’s mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah’s promise not to interfere in Dwight’s work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion . . .

I love John Scalzi’s writing. I’ve only read two books in the series so far, but I’ve loved both and am so happy I have more books to read in the series.

the-end-of-all-thingsThe End of All Things

by John Scalzi

Series: Old Man’s War #6

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction

384 pages

Synopsis: Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man’s War universe with the direct sequel to 2013’s The Human Division

Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time—a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other—and against their own kind —for their own unknown reasons.

In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things.

August 18

I like Kate Elliott’s writing. And this is her first young adult book.

court-of-fivesCourt of Fives

by Kate Elliott

Series: Court of Fives #1

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA Fantasy

448 pages

Synopsis: In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

I really liked the first book in this series. I thought it was very original.

hallow-pointHallow Point

by Ari Marmell

Series: Mick Oberon #2

Published by Titan Books

Genre: Urban Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts – the last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear…

I like the idea of a mystery and fantasy rolled into one.

the-house-of-shattered-wingsThe House of Shattered Wings

by Aliette de Bodard

Series: Unknown

Published by Roc

Genre: Fantasy Mystery

416 pages

Synopsis: A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in Heaven.

Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, a alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…

August 25

This synopsis reminds me a little of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Still it sounds interesting.

mechanicaMechanica

by Betsy Cornwell

Series: Unknown

Published by Clarion Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

304 pages

Synopsis: Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

I’m not at book 11 in this series yet, but I am enjoying the series a lot!

the-nature-of-the-beastThe Nature of the Beast

by Louise Penny

Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #11

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

384 pages

Synopsis: Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, it is back.

………………..

The books I plan to get (and hopefully read) soon:

  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
  • Dark Ascension by M. L. Brennan
  • Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
  • Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

What books are you looking forward to this month?

TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

geared-for-the-graveGeared for the Grave
by Duffy Brown
Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Published by Berkley, 2014
E-book, purchased
288 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

Before I could answer, two handlebars fell of the wall, crashing to the ground, an owl hooted three times, the lights blinked on and off, and a rooster crowed somewhere in the distance. The woman clutched the gold shamrock around neck, her eyes big as goose eggs. “Great day in the morning and blessed be Saint Patrick!” She kissed the shamrock. “How can it be you’re still alive?”

and

“You’re jumpy?” Sutter took a step back and laughed. “Oh, that’s rich. Got any idea the impact you’re having on the rest of us around here? We passed jumpy two days ago. The whole island’s destined for Prozac.”

Cheers

  • I haven’t found too many cozy mysteries I like. Most are too silly or too sweet for me–not that I like gruesome murders, but I like a little more realism.
  • I’m not sure how realistic this book was, but I liked it a lot.
  • The characters are fun to read about–Rudy the murder suspect and Mark Twain look-alike; Fiona editor of the Town Crier; Bunny snooty owner of a house on the bluffs; Chicago aka Evie Bloomfield; Irish Donna owner of Blarney Scones and many more.
  • The mystery is pretty good. (I didn’t figure out who did it until the end!)
  • I like the setting–Mackinac Island, Michigan–a lot. That’s the reason I bought the book. I’ve wanted to visit the island ever since I read about it years ago so this was the next best thing for me. I like that transportation around the island is by bike, foot or horse.
  • I’m not sure how an author writes about a real place like this. The island is quite small and has only about 150 permanent residents. I would think those people wouldn’t be too happy about the book unless it’s not very realistic! I don’t live there so I don’t care about that!
  • I love the humor in the book.

Jeers

  • I don’t have any!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is my TBR read for the month of April. This challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian The April challenge is to read a contemporary book. Geared for the Grave is a contemporary cozy mystery.
  • I managed to finish this book the morning of the challenge so I barely completed the challenge this month!
  • I plan to read more mysteries by Duffy Brown. I really enjoyed this book and I really want to visit Mackinac Island now!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

Duffy Brown is the author of two cozy mystery series: Consignment Shop Mystery series (set in Savannah, Georgia) and the new Cycle Path Mystery series (set on Mackinac Island, Michigan).

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • TBR Challenge–hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit)