Can’t Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

A cozy mystery series with needlepoint and likable characters set on the Maine coast

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 . . .

Thread and Buried

by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #9

Published by Kensington

Publishing date: November 26, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

272 pages

Synopsis: Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown–but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The producer, Hank Stoddard, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone’s lowered the boom on him . . .

After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman’s tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie’s got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . . 

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I usually choose books published several months in the future, but today I’m choosing a book which comes out at the end of this month since I missed it when I put up my November 2019 books on my list last week.

I’ve read the first six books in this series and own the next two so I want to read at least one of those before this new book is published!

I really like the way the author weaves in the mystery with needlepoint elements set on the Maine coast.

Review: Thread the Halls by Lea Wait

thread the halls by lea waitThread the Halls by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #6

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

Setting: Coastal Maine

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2017

320 pages

Synopsis: This Yuletide season, there’s no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick’s being needled by his mother–movie star Skye West–to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother’s long list of wishes, Patrick’s becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye’s Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

My thoughts

Note: This is a review I wrote at the end of 2018 for a book I read in December. I’m finally getting it posted! And I’m saying that I’m giving people an idea of a book to read for this Christmas…lol.

I wanted to read this book before Christmas 2018 so I’m glad I’ve done that. I enjoy reading holiday or winter mysteries. And I’m liking this series. I read three of the books during the last six months of 2018 and they’re very good.

Samplers and Maine

I love the sampler information and quotes at the beginning of each chapter in all the books. They’re so interesting and often poignant. Most of the samplers were stitched by young women who lived in New England and many in Maine. The Maine coastal setting is also fun to read about. I have relatives in Maine and we have often spent time along the beautiful Maine coast. From what I’ve seen through the years Haven Harbor certainly rings true as a Maine coastal town.

The Mystery

The mystery in this book was interesting. I had some ideas about it, but didn’t quite figure things out which is a good sign. I like when the author is able to keep me guessing. The characters in the books are engaging and interesting–both the returning characters and the new characters who show up in this book.

Hollywood Characters

I did find the actions of some of the Hollywood people off-putting. The lack of feeling for a murdered colleague is probably true-to-life for some of these people so not a bad thing, but sometimes put me in a bad mood! I certainly understood Angie’s feelings about having to set aside her Christmas plans to help out Patrick and his mother Skye. This isn’t my favorite of the three books, but I think I was channeling my own frustrations about not getting some things done for Christmas and could totally feel Angie’s frustration…lol.

My Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Waiting on Wednesday: April 12

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.

shiver-hitch-by-linda=greenlawShiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw

Series: Jane Bunker Series #3

Publication Date: June 6

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Jane Bunker thought she d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.

When Jane is called to the remote Acadia Island to assess the damages from a house fire, she also finds a badly burned body in the charred rubble, and it turns out that the victim is the owner of the house, a wealthy woman who just happens to be one of the most hated women in town. As Jane investigates further, she becomes embroiled in a plot as thick as New England clam chowder, which involves convicted felons, a real estate scam, and the deep conflicts between the locals and the summer folks. On top of trying to find what might be a murderer on the loose, Jane is still living with her bonkers landlords, the Vickersons, who are delighted when Jane finds out that her brother Wally (who has Down s syndrome) is going to move in with them, after losing his assisted living arrangement. It s all Jane can do to keep all the moving pieces together, much less figure out who would want to burn someone alive and why.

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Why I want this book

  • I love reading books about Maine. I have relatives who live in Maine so reading books about Maine is almost like visiting them!
  • The main character was a homicide detective in Miami, Florida and now works as a marine insurance investigator. I like reading about investigators with interesting jobs.
  • Linda Greenlaw has written best-selling nonfiction books about her life as a lobsterman and as America’s only swordfishing captain. She lives on Isle au Haut, Maine.

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Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

twisted-threads-by-lea-waitTwisted Threads by Lea Wait
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Harbor Haven, Maine
Published by Kensington, 2015
E-book, purchased
320 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…  

I may have been away for a while, but I hadn’t forgotten how much people in Haven Harbor depended on their second or third jobs–their crafts or jams or Christmas wreaths in December or blueberry sales in July–to get through the year.

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He was not only married, but he was a father. Why did he have to be so darn good looking? Probably honest and trustworthy, too. What people always say about all the good men being taken . . .

Initial impressions

  • The Maine coastal setting and the characters make this mystery a winner. A good beginning to a new series.

The story

  • Angie Curtis comes home for a funeral because her mother who disappeared when she was 10 years old was finally found.
  • Angie left Harbor Haven after she graduated from high school and hasn’t been back home since.
  • Her mother was murdered and she wants to find out why. When another person is murdered Angie wants to figure it all out. Are the two murders related?
  • Angie also discovers her Grandmother needs help with a home business–Mainely Needlepoint–she started.

Pluses

  • I love the embroidery and needlepoint quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They are often from samplers and so interesting.
  • I always love a Maine setting! Maine described: both the beauty and the difficulty of making a living in a small tourist town.
  • I like the business aspects of Mainely Needlepoint. It’s interesting to discover how Angie’s grandmother was able to grow the business, her mistakes and how Angie helps. And it’s all important to the plot.
  • The book is written in first person so we just know Angie’s point-of-view, but I like Angie and her internal thoughts are candid and often funny.
  • I like that Angie (known as “Angel” to her grandmother) is able to find the agent who worked with her grandmother’s needlepoint business through the things she learned working for a private investigator in Arizona.
  • Angie is a survivor. Her mom was a single mom, she never knew who her father was and people in town gossiped about her mom and other kids called Angie names especially after her mom disappeared. Angie’s Gram was the solid foundation in her life. It’s hard for Angie to come back to Harbor Haven, but she ends up glad that she did.
  • Angie’s Gram is a great character! She has changed some since Angie was growing up and living with her grandmother. Gram now has a cat, a boyfriend and drinks wine sometimes!

Minuses

  • This is a little darker and edgier than some cozys. That didn’t bother me, but it’s possible it will bother other readers.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  •  I’ve already read the second book in this series. I really like the characters and the stories. The third book in the series was published just last month.

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

Author info

  • Lea Wait: Maine author, historian and antique dealer Lea Wait writes the seven-book Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series and the Mainely Needlepoint series, which debuted in January, 2015. She also writes historical novels for ages 8 and up set in nineteenth century Maine.

Reading Challenges

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.

and

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

Sunday Post: Oct 25

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week–home and blog

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Maine coast and greeting cards

We stayed at the Maine coast–in a small town called Ogunquit–last weekend and had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful–cool, but lots of sun. We had a great hotel room–at high tide the water came so close it looked like we could step right into the water! A river runs into the ocean at Ogunquit (and in front of our hotel). At low tide it was easy to see the river, but not so easy at high tide. We could have stayed on our balcony the whole time and watched the ocean, but we helped the economy by shopping, eating and sightseeing!

Once again it felt like a very short week. I did get some cards made. I have a number of birthdays plus autumn cards I want to send. I hope to make and send a few Halloween cards early in the week, too.

What we’re watching

Nothing new this week!

Blog

I made a little progress with Bog Ahead, but at the expense of visiting other blogs so next week I need to do both plus keep reading!

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

The Martian by Andy Weir (Audiobook)

What I read last week

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

None!

NetGalley

Library books

E-books

Audiobooks

Internet

  • Julia Spencer-Fleming (author of Through the Evil Days and other mysteries in the Claire Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne series) one of the writers of the Jungle Red Writers blog wrote a post “Three Ingredients, Seven Hours” about crock pot recipes with just three ingredients. Crock pot meals always seem like a great fall dinner.

Next Week–home & blog

Halloween is on Saturday and I want to send a few cards to friends and family so I hope to get those finished and mailed on Monday.

I want to finish up with Blog Ahead by getting a few posts ready since this is the last week. And I want to visit a few more blogs. And I want to read plenty of books. And . . . .

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
  • Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

trick-or-treat-murderTrick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone #3
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
Setting: Tinker’s Cover, Maine
Published by Kensington, 1996
E-book, purchased
276 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder…

While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…

“My dear, I hope you’ll take a little bit of advice from an old friend. Even a spinster like myself knows you’ll never keep a man interested if you let yourself go the way you have.”

Lucy ran a hand through her hair, suddenly self-conscious.

Miss Tilley rose. “You’re really quite attractive when you make an effort, my dear. Now, I must be off.”

and

“So, what kind of eyes are you going to give it?”

“Two triangles,” said Sara.

“You don’t have to makes triangles. You can be creative. How about big, spooky circles?”

“Triangles,” Toby said.

“Triangles,” Elizabeth agreed.

Lucy sighed. “Okay, make triangles.” Sometimes Lucy wondered about her children. They were so conservative. They never wanted to try anything new.”

Initial impressions

  • I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book.

Cheers

  • Even though this is the third book in the series this is the first book I’ve read by this author. I was able to pick up the book and read without missing a beat!
  • I like all the family dynamics and the friendships in the village. Things aren’t perfect which makes the book a little more realistic.
  • I like that the book is set in Maine since my husband’s sister and family live there and I love to visit. The next best thing to visiting is to read about Maine!
  • I like all the Halloween details in the book.
  • I like the humor the author adds to the book. For example, Lucy is distracted when her friend asks her to make cupcakes for a Halloween party. She thinks she has agreed to make 2 dozen cupcakes for a Halloween party, but actually she promised to make 12 dozen. So she spends a lot of time making cupcakes!
  • Lucy has a six-week old baby named Zoe. Zoe takes up much of her time. That’s certainly realistic and something I like.
  • I like the fact that other things happen in the book besides just the mystery. Lucy And Bill have four children aged from about 12 years to six weeks. That keeps them very busy and they are getting some rebellion from the two oldest. Also Lucy is worried about an elderly friend. And it’s nice to see Lucy and Bill’s relationship.
  • I think I like all the family and village dynamics as much or more than the mystery! But I recognize others may not like those aspects as much.

Jeers

  • It was fun to read a book set during Halloween, but it didn’t really matter for the mystery what time of the year it was.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is my TBR book for October. The TBR challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The theme for October is paranormal or romantic suspense. The book I read is a cozy mystery and has a husband and wife so a bit of romance…so kind of romantic suspense.
  • When I discovered this book I bought six or more months ago I thought it would be perfect for an October read and review!

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

Sunday Post: Oct 18

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week–home and blog

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Eastern Shore, Maryland  and on to Maine

This week was really short for us. We went to the Eastern Shore in Maryland on Sunday and Monday–got home Monday evening. And we’re leaving Thursday evening to go to the airport since we have an early flight Friday morning to Maine. We’re visiting my husband’s sister and brother-in-law. We’re meeting them on the coast south of Portland so we have another weekend at the beach! This weekend it’s going to be colder with temps in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s. And maybe some rain. It will still be a fun weekend.

What we’re watching

Not too much time for watching TV this week!

Blog

I managed to get posts done and some reading done this week. I finally answered my comments, but haven’t had a chance to visit any other blogs. We aren’t getting home from Maine until Sunday evening so I’m hoping to have my Sunday Post scheduled to post, but won’t get a chance to connect to Kimba’s blog.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

 Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

What I read last week

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al.

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

None

Library books

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

E-books

Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagain

Audiobooks

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick

Next Week–home & blog

We arrive home from Maine on Sunday evening. We’ve had two busy weekends and a short week so I’m sure I’ll spend quite a bit of time trying to catch up with everything.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Review: Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

winter-at-the-doorWinter at the Door
by Sarah Graves
Series: Lizzie Snow #1
Genre: Mystery
Published by Bantam Books, 2015
Library book
272 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Moving from Boston to remote Bearkill, Maine, isn’t homicide cop Lizzie Snow’s idea of a step up. But breaking away from tragedy and personal betrayal is at least a step in the right direction. Her dead sister’s fate still torments her, as does her long-missing niece’s disappearance. Lizzie hopes to find the mysteriously vanished child here, amid the coming ice and snow. But in the Great North Woods, something darker and more dangerous than punishing winter is also bound for Bearkill.

The town is a world apart in more than distance—full of people who see everything, say little, and know more than they’ll share with an outsider. The only exceptions are the handsome state cop who once badly broke Lizzie’s heart and desperately wants another chance—and Lizzie’s new boss, sheriff Cody Chevrier, who’s counting on her years of homicide experience to help him solve his most troubling case, before it’s too late.

A rash of freak accidents and suicides has left a string of dead men—all former local cops. Now the same cruel eyes that watched them die are on Lizzie—and so is the pressure to find out what sort of monster has his hooks in this town, what his ruthless game is, and just how brutally he’ll play to win. Whatever the truth is, its twisted roots lie in the desolate backwoods of Allagash County: where the desperate disappear, the corrupt find shelter, and the innocent lose everything. It’s there that a cunning and utterly cold-blooded killer plans the fate of the helpless lives at his mercy—one of whom may be the lost child Lizzie will do anything to save. As a blizzard bears down, and Bearkill’s dark secrets claw their way to the surface, Lizzie gears up for a showdown that could leave the deep, driven snow stained blood red.

“Come on, pig,” she said softly. “Come on, I just want to take you home. Nobody’s going to hurt you.”

Not yet, anyway, she added silently, because of course that bacon, those chops.

The pig, apparently, thought the same, all four hundred or so pounds of it. God, did pigs really grow so big and–

The pig glanced over the cliff, then turned its unsettlingly intelligent small eyes–yep, those are piggy little eyes, all right–on her and the dog once more.

After that–

Snork! it said very clearly again. Defiantly, looking right at her.

And then it jumped.

Cheers

  • I like Lizzie Snow and I love the Maine setting.
  • Lizzie quits her job in Boston as a homicide cop to work in a small town in norther Maine as a deputy sheriff. At first glance, this seems strange, but it’s explained by the lead Lizzie gets for her missing niece.
  • The sheriff has his own motives for hiring a homicide detective–retired police officers in northern Maine are turning up dead, but they all seem to be suicides. Sheriff Chevrier wants some expert advice from Lizzie.
  • Lizzie finds out she has more mundane things to do as a deputy sheriff than as a Boston homicide detective. Such as searching for and finding lost pigs!
  • I did enjoy many of the characters in the story and look forward to learning more about them in the next book.

Jeers

  • I don’t understand some of the underlying points in this story.
  • I still don’t understand why she received the information about her niece which brought her to northern Maine–her niece, missing for years…but she doesn’t know what her niece looks like or why someone would suddenly send her info.
  • I found the love interests in the story distracting.

About the author

Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine and besides this new mystery series is also the author of The Homicide is Murder series.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to the next book and hope some of my questions are answered.

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

Reading Challenges

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

Sunday Post: Oct 19

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The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

Last Two Weeks

Home & blog

MaineCoast
Near Boothbay, Maine–one of the coastal inlets at dawn

My husband and I went to Maine for a long weekend and so I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week. The Maine trip was wonderful.

I’m continuing to love the mysteries I’m reading. And I’m getting books from the library when I can–and reading them…LOL. I have a hard time sometimes when I have to put an item on hold and wait for it when I could just click “buy” on my Kindle. I used to wait for books all the time when I used the library more. Instant gratification really has spoiled me!

This week I’ve spent a great deal of time working with my sisters-in-law to help plan a bridal shower for one of our nieces. The hard part is that we live all over the U.S. so we’ve had e-mails going back and forth. The shower is during Thanksgiving when many of the family is together, but this Thanksgiving we are celebrating an engagement, a christening and the bridal shower so finding the time and place is complicated. The Aunties as we call each other also are sending a statement to everyone that we support and celebrate Meaghan and Caitlin. Not everyone  in the family is on board (though most everyone is).

One of my sisters-in-law is visiting this weekend so I’ll be busy. We will work a little on the shower activities, too!

I managed some reading and blogging through it all.

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

What I read the last two weeks

Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–library, purchased or free

 

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The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Railroad Detective by Edward Marston

Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon

The Lost Book of Anggrid by Kyra Halland

Binary Witness by Rosie Claverton

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie (Library book)

Audible buys (a sale–what can I say?!):

The Shanghai Moon by S. J. Rozan

Darkship Thieves by Sarah Hoyt

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

The Better Part of Valor by Taya Huff

Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Next Week

Home & blog

More shower planning, more blogging and reading. My husband is in Oklahoma City all week so I hope to work on birthday and Halloween cards for family and friends as well as more reading.

Posts

  • Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
  • Top Ten Tuesday?
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?