Joyland

I finally found some time to read Joyland and I really enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the characters. I even liked the way it ended. Since this is a “crime” novel and not a horror novel, we didn’t get the really creepy Stephen King and that’s cool. Nice change from scary clowns with just enough creepyness to make it a fun read.

A Shot to Die For

I reserved A Shot to Die For because it was set in Lake Geneva (and I may have mentioned we had a mini holiday planned for Lake Geneva?) — turns out it’s a whole series of mysteries set (mostly) in the north suburbs of Chicago. The main character lives off of a road just down the street from me.

So, kind of fun — not a great mystery but not truly horrible either. I might reserve another one.

Backtracking Book Reviews

I didn’t do a very good job of talking about most of the books I read during the #readathon, so I’m backtracking a bit.

Astronaut Wives Club — I liked it but it wasn’t nearly as interesting as I’d hoped. I see now why someone (Julie?) said she didn’t really like it very much. It was vague where I wanted more detail. I’m glad I read it but I wish it had been better.

Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate was really good — witchery popery popery witchery, it’s really much the same when you think about it, right?

Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives — a book of short stories, very good short stories. That’s saying something since I’m not really a fan of short story compilations.

Lake Geneva: Life At the Water’s Edge was a really nice coffee table type book. Great photos. Interesting. Makes me a little sad that we cancelled our mini vacation in November. We’ll do it in the spring, instead, and I’m looking forward to it now more than ever.

Day Trips From Chicago was nothing special. I didn’t find anything unusual or extra interesting. Not a bad book of day trips it was just a little vanilla.

A Short History of Myth, I think I did write about this one a little yesterday. It was ok. Dry, as you’d expect. Something to think about (or to try not to think about?) as I read the other books in the Myth series in the months ahead.

Maisie Dobbs: Pardonable Lies

Book three, Pardonable Lies was not my favorite Maisie Dobbs and not just because the narrator changed between book two and three (we’re doing this series on audio, now.)

Maisie was… not herself, which is probably as it should be but it made for a less fun adventure and a more serious, thoughtful story. I want the fun adventure with only a little bit of serious and thoughtfulness.

I also flipped from #TeamDean to #TeamInspector, Andrew Dean bugged me a lot in this one.

On to book four!

Maisie Dobbs: Birds of a Feather

I enjoyed the first Maisie Dobbs so much that I immediately reserved the second book, Birds of a Feather. But, I accidentally reserved it in audio. Not intentional, definitely, because I have a lot of audio books on my reserve list and I try to keep it to less than three because otherwise they all come in at once and we don’t have enough time to listen to them before they have to back. I also wasn’t sure we’d like the English accents in audio — sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. This time — we did!

Another good story. I really like all of these characters (but I hope Maisie picks Dr Dean over Detective Stanton… jus sayin’.)

I’ve reserved the next book, in audio (sigh — all of my audios will probably come in next week and we’ll have to return some unread! I hate it when that happens…)

Afterwards

There were a half dozen books on the library cart with an 8/18 due date. I knew I couldn’t read them all and none could be renewed – so I asked TW to tell me which ones she thought I should read.

Afterwards was one of those books.

Oy. One of those books that makes moms have nightmares. It was good, (good enough for me to stay up past midnight to finish it), even though I had mostly figured it all out long before the author let us in on who did it (or all of the its, since there were several things going on.) That’s probably the only problem I had with the book — too many issues going on with Jenny. Yea, that made it twisty but only a little twisty. The stalker bit just never really worked well for me, I guess.

The Other Typist

The Other Typist is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. A little slow (surprisingly so) but otherwise, excellent.

Twisty, turny, and throw in some girl crush for good measure.

Now…. who did it? Rose or Odalie?

Brew to a Kill

I was in a reading rut so I figured a cozy about coffee might help. It didn’t. It took me days and days and days to read Brew to a Kill.

It was amusing in places. Slow in others. At first I thought I knew “who dun it” but then decided I was wrong. Turns out I was right after all.

The best part of the story was the food truck storyline — you’d think it would have been the coffee/coffee house setting, right? Nope. Food trucks. Food trucks are fascinating. (I priced food trucks a couple of days ago, lol. Anyone want to go into the Food Truck biz with me?)

We could have a Balikbayan Box food truck, lol, (which was also an interesting, to me, part of the story — the Filipino references, that doesn’t happen often in cozies.)

Nevermore

I read Nevermore because TW said it was good. Also because while she was reading it she asked me weird questions about Davy Crockett and Edgar Allen Poe and also because we listened to the Davy Crockett song about 15 times while she was reading. I couldn’t pass it up.

And damn, I’m glad I read it.

I chuckled all of the way through it. I like Poe. I like Crockett. I like Poe and Crockett together. They should have a TV series. Maybe also fight zombies together. It would be awesome. This book was awesome. (Except the creepy parts where Poe was crushing on his cousin… I know, I know… still creepy and really especially so in this book. Thankfully it didn’t happen so often that I had to throw the book across the room.)

Black Water Rising

After I read Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season I decided I should go back and read Black Water Rising – before the next “Jay Porter” book is released and I’m glad I did. I don’t read a lot of suspense/mystery stuff (TW was surprised when I pulled this out of the library book return bag because I haven’t read it), not because I don’t like them but because they are so often series and those series can seem sort of redundant. (I won’t read James Patterson because once you’ve read three, you’ve read them all – at least that’s how I feel about it.)

I liked this story – I liked Jay Porter. I liked the Houston setting. I’m not sure I liked the early ‘80s time period, particularly since there’s going to be another book (and more after that, maybe?)  Gas was $1.37 and expensive… Yes, I remember those days but it’s a nostalgia thing and causes me  to roll my eyes a little now,  (after paying $3.45 for gas yesterday.) 

I’ll probably give her next Jay Porter book a try but odds are  slim that I’ll keep reading if she keeps writing this particular series.

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