Thursday, March 31, 2022

Currently Reading


♠️๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ♠️

I’m rushing to finish this one up today so it counts for March. I’m not the only one who does that, right? I’ve seen so many great reviews for it and it was available when I was checking my library for when some library holds might be ready. So on impulse, I downloaded it and started. 

March is supposed to go out like a lamb, but it’s a blustery day here in my little corner of the world. What’s your weather like? 

Back to reading! 

#aceofspades #currentlyreading #thatsnotcoffeeinmycup #privateschool #bookstagram #igreads #thrillerbooks #thrillerfiction #youngadultbooks #teenfiction #reader #lovemylibrary #libbyapp #kindle #kindlepaperwhite #booknerd #bibliophile #readerlife 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Girl in Ice


Author: Erica Ferencik

Narrator: Vivienne Leheny

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the gifted book. 

Girl in Ice is a departure from my usual mystery and thriller reading. This is more sci-fi lite. I even saw one reviewed say it could be considered magical realism. By either genre’s standards, it’s a darn good story. 

Val is a professor of linguistics specializing in dead Norse languages. She is grieving the death of her twin brother, a climate scientist who died of an apparent suicide while working on a remote island off the coast of Greenland.

Val receives a call Wyatt, her brother’s former colleague, asking to make the long journey to Greenland.  He’s found a young girl out on the ice. She speaks an unknown language and Wyatt needs Val’s help communicating with the girl. Dispute her anxiety and fear, Val agrees to go. Meeting this girl with the strange language is enticing, but Val will also have the opportunity to try unravel the mystery of Andy’s death. She never believed the suicide story. 

Val must unlock the secrets of the mysterious girl’s language before it’s too late-not only for this strange girl but also for millions of others. 

Like in the real estate business, this is all about location, location, location. Author Erica Ferencik really captures the atmosphere and brutal and desolate beauty of the Arctic Circle. I love when a book’s setting can take me to a new and unique location and this one really delivers. Vivienne Leheny’s narration is top notch. This is an entertaining escape to an otherworldly destination. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#girlinice #ericaferencik #vivienneleheny #simonaudio #sciencefiction #thrillerbooks #greenland #linguistics #norselanguage #ice #climate #climatechange #audiobook #audiobookstagram #igreads #audiobookreview #glacier #bookworm #bibliophile #iceicebaby #bibliophilelife #alwaysreading 

Monday, March 28, 2022

When You Are Mine


Author: Michael Robotham

Narrator: Katy Sobey

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง

Thank you for the gifted copy. 

Philomena McCarthy is a young and ambitious police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London. She and her partner are called to a domestic disturbance to find their victim, Tempe Brown, refusing to press charges against her abuser, Darren Goodall. Goodall, who was having an affair with Tempe, is a decorated police officer himself. Philomena’s boss directs her not to pursue investigating Goodall, but Philomena knows Goodall is a bad man and a dirty cop. Philomena and Tempe quickly become friends while Philomena tries to find other evidence against Goodall. Soon, Philomena’s job is in jeopardy because of Goodall and she slowly discovers Tempe is not exactly who she seems to be. 

There is a lot going on in this book. Besides a possible dirty cop and a new friend with secrets, there’s also family drama with Philomena’s father. Author Michael Robotham makes it all work somehow. I thought the story slowed down in a few spots, but it still kept me listening. Narrator Katy Sobey did a terrific job. This is a solid blend of police procedural, psychological thriller, and family drama that was very entertaining. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: what are you currently binge watching? I finished the second season of Bridgerton last night so I need a new show. 

#whenyouaremine #michaelrobotham #katysobey #simonaudio #crimefiction #policeprocedural #thrillerbooks #suspensebooks #mysteryfiction #london #metpolice #dometicabuse #stalker #psychologicalthriller 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Mozart Code


Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Year: 2022

๐ŸŽน ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐…๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ŸŽน

Thank you Thomas Nelson, Rachel McMillan, and TLC Book Tours for the gifted copy and having me on this tour. 

๐‘ต๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’•๐’“๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“ ๐’•๐’ ๐’†๐’”๐’„๐’‚๐’‘๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’•, ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’….

Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers is no stranger to intrigue, as her work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park during the war attests. Now, as part of Simon Barre’s covert team in post-war Vienna, she uses her inimitable charm and code name Starling to infiltrate the world of relics: uncovering vital information that could tilt the stakes of the mounting Cold War. When several influential men charge her with finding the death mask of Mozart, Sophie wonders if there is more than the composer’s legacy at stake and finds herself drawn to potential answers in Prague.

Simon Barrington, the illegitimate heir of one of Sussex’s oldest estates, used the previous war to hide his insecurities about his past. Now, he uses his high breeding to gain access to all four allied quarters of the ruined city in an attempt to slow the fall of the Iron Curtain. He has been in love with Sophie Villiers since the moment he met her, and a marriage of convenience to save Simon’s estate has always kept her close. Until now, when Sophie’s mysterious client in Prague forces him to wonder if her allegiance to him—and their cause—is in question. Torn between his loyalty to his cause and his heart, Simon seeks answers about Sophie only to learn that everything he thought he knew about his involvement in both wars is based on a lie.

I love that this book is set after the end of WWII and at the start of the Cold War. Such a unique time period for the setting. Can’t wait to dive into this book and get lost in post-war Vienna. 

Do you like historical fiction?

The time period and espionage aspect of this book really appeals to me. 

#themozartcode #rachelmcmillan #thomasnelsonpublishing #tlcbooktours #historicalfiction #vienna #cityofmusic #coldwar #postwwii #mozart #austria #prague #espionage #bookfeature #booktour #bibliophile #alwaysreading

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Currently Reading


☕️๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ☕️

I’m kicking off my weekend with the freebie ARC I got from @islandbookstoreobx I’m a sucker for mysteries and thrillers set in LA so this one is right up my alley. Rio Youers is a new to me author which makes diving into this book even more fun. 

Synopsis: Luke Kingsley’s glory days are behind him. A star on the rise, his life and career imploded after his soul singer wife, Lisa Hayes, disappeared without a trace, silencing a very public and tumultuous marriage. Most people, especially an avenging PI, think Luke got away with murder. The last thing he expects is to be pulled back from the brink by a starstruck stranger.
Wannabe actress Kitty Rae has chased her dreams all the way from Kentucky to Hollywood. Saving a washed-up actor’s life wasn’t one of them, but she believes in Luke—as much as she believes her own career is just one lucky break away. For now, she works for Johan Fly, a charismatic, wealthy, and seriously unbalanced drug dealer to the rich and famous. When Johan discovers that Kitty has been skimming the product, he vows to make her pay.
As Luke steps up to help Kitty, he uncovers a web of violence and corruption, as well as a single, enticing clue about his wife's disappearance. Barreling across the Mojave Desert, Luke and Kitty set off to find the long-lost Lisa. But Johan, hungry for vengeance, is hot on their trail. There’s no limit to what he will do to find them. And in a world where fortune favors the ruthless, there’s also no limit to what Luke and Kitty will have to do to survive.

QOTD: who’s a new to you author you’ve recently discovered? 

#currentlyreading #thatsnotcoffeeinmycup #nosecondchances #rioyouers #losangeles #mysteryfiction #thrillerfiction #crimefiction #noir #bookworm #booknerd #giftedcopy #bibliophile #bibliophilelife #alwaysreading #booksbooksbooks 

Friday, March 25, 2022

How Lucky


Author: Will Lietch

Publisher: Harper

Year: 2021

๐Ÿ  ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐Ÿ 

“๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. ๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.”

This book is all heart, courage, positivity, and determination- all due to it’s wonderful main character Daniel. Daniel considers himself a lucky guy. He has a loving mother, a small group of great friends, and a job that allows him to work from home. He’s smart, funny, and charming. The only thing Daniel doesn’t have his good health. He uses a wheelchair because of Type 2 SMA, degenerative disease. He communicates via text to speak. 

Daniel is sitting on his front porch one morning watching his neighborhood wake up and start the day. He sees one of the girls from the local college walking to class. Then a car pulls up next to her. The girl gets in and the car pulls alway. Daniel doesn’t see the driver’s face, but he gets a good look at the car and two distinguishing items the driver is wearing. Daniel learns the next day that the girl never returned to her off campus house. She never made it class. She’s missing and Daniel believes he witnessed her kidnapping. 

Daniel is determined to tell the police what he saw that morning and help find the missing girl. He doesn’t bargain for risking his own life in the process. 

Seriously, this is a book you must read. Even if thrillers aren’t your thing, read it anyway. Because Daniel will steal your heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: what are you reading this weekend? 

I finished a book yesterday, so I have to choose my next read. Chances are it will be a mystery or a thriller. ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Friday y’all! 

#howlucky #willleitch #harper #crimefiction #thriller #thrillerbooks #suspensethriller #disability #wheelchairuser #degenerativedisease #igreads #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #bookrecommendation #librarybook #lovemylibrary #bookworm #bibliophile #readerlife 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Counsel of the Cunning


Author: Steven C. Harms

Publisher: Suspense Publisher 

Year: 2021

๐Ÿ“– ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐Ÿ“–

“๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.”

Roger Viceroy is trying to cope with the grief of losing his wife and unborn baby in a tragic accident when his career takes an unexpected turn. Billionaire Jรผrgen Sandt, a former US Senator, hires Viceroy and his two partners to be his private investigators. Their first mission: find Sandt’s son Bertram who disappeared ten years ago in the jungle of Guatemala. 

Viceroy and his team take on the case even though there are scant clues and or evidence about what exactly happened to Bertram and the others with him on a mission trip. Their investigation leads them to a madman with a plan that will wreck havoc and cost countless lives. As the trial of dead bodies grow, the team must use all their skills to save innocent lives. 

This was a quick and entertaining thriller. The pacing was good. Author Steven C. Harms knows when to drop the hammer on the action to give a twist it’s maximum punch. This is the second book in the series and can easily be read as a standalone. There’s enough background to get any reader quickly up to speed so I didn’t feel lost. This is an enjoyable thriller with enough action and twist to satisfying any thriller fan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Many thanks to the author for the review copy! 

QOTD: predictive text time! Fill in the blank: My goal this weekend _____.

Here’s mine: My goal this weekend is to be ready for the first day of thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ˜€

#thecounselofthecunning #stevencharms #suspensepublishing #thrillerthursday #thrillerfiction #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #missontrip #guatemala #drugaddiction #milwaukee #investigation #igreads #bookstagram #bibliophile 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Beneath the Stairs


Author: Jennifer Fawcett

Narrator: Carolina Hoyos

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง

Thank you for the #giftedbook. 

Beneath the Stairs is about an unusually shaped house in the middle of the woods. Three murders took place there and the house was abandoned after that. As kids, Claire and her friend Abby went into the house to explore. Something happened to Abby in that house and she was never the same. 

Twenty years later Claire is back in her sleepy hometown. Abby attempted suicide in the cellar of the creepy old house. Claire knows there is something very wrong with the house and sets out to discover the house’s secrets before another young girl become it’s victim. 

What is it about a haunted house story that pulls us right in? This had a lots of creepiness without being a horror gore-fest and I appreciated that. The story has shifting timelines as Claire tries to piece together the house’s history and reconcile with events in her past. Author Jennifer Fawcett infuses the story with lots is sinister atmosphere and chills. Carolina Hoyos provided an edge-of-your-seat narration that kept me riveted. This is a solid and enjoyable horror debut that will give you the shivers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: did you ever explore some place creepy when you were a kid? 

My answer: my friends and I occasionally explored an old deserted barn. It wasn’t that creepy, but we only went in the daytime. 

#beneaththestairs #jenniferfawcett #simonaudio #audiobook #audiobookstagram #audiobookreview #horror #horrorbooks #hauntedhouse #horrorbook #dontgointhecellar #carolinahoyos #smalltown #newyorkstate #igreads #bookstagram #bibliophile #debut #debutbook 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Don’t Know Tough


Author: Eli Cranor

Publisher: Soho Press

Year: 2022

๐Ÿˆ ๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿˆ

Don’t Know Tough is an impressive debut novel from Eli Cranor. It is the personification of southern noir - gritty and bleak. 

The tiny town of Denton, Arkansas lives and breathes high school football. The team’s success is in the hands of Billy Lowe, a talented but troubled kid. Billy’s home life is a mess. His mother is an addict and turns a blind eye when her boyfriend physically abuses Billy. Billy has anger issues and his rage comes out on the football field. 

The team has a new head coach, Trent Powers. He sees a lot of his younger self in Billy and is determined to help the boy at any cost. When Billy’s abuser is murdered, Billy is the main suspect. Will the truth come with more deadly consequences? 

There are lots of villains in this story- from Billy’s abuser to the school administrator who only cares about the teaming winning to the coach’s resentful, manipulative wife. Cranor does a masterful job portraying Billy’s character. He gives  Billy layers of hidden depth. Billy is a character who will stay long after you finish reading his story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to @netgalley and @soho_press for the digital review copy. Don’t Know Tough is available now. 

#dontknowtough #elicranor #sohopress #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #thrillerbooks #highschoolfootball #noir #southernnoir #abuse #addiction #bookstagram #igreads #debutbook #publicationday #football #netgalley

Monday, March 21, 2022

Currently Reading


☕️ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ☕️

QOTD: What are you reading this week? 

I started reading Like a Sister by @kellyekell last night. This book has gotten lots of buzz and I couldn’t wait to start it. 

Synopsis: When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.

But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?

Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets—or ending up dead herself.

#likeasister #kellyegarrett #mulhollandbooks #mystery #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #thrillerfiction #murdermysery #thebronx #bookstagram #igreads #currentlyreading #thatsnotcoffeeinmycup #readerlife #bookworm #bibliophile #alwaysreading

Friday, March 18, 2022

The Suicide House


Author: Charlie Donlea

Publisher: Kensington Books 

Year: 2020

๐Ÿ“– ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐Ÿ“–

Psychological Lane Phillips is asked to be a guest on a true crime podcast. The podcast is about the grizzly murders of two students at an exclusive boarding school. A teacher at the school was accused of the murders, but attempted suicide before his arrest. Now friends of the victims have gone back to the site of the murders and committed suicide. When the host of the podcast is killed, Lane and Rory must find the truth before more students die. 

Did I just inadvertently turn my bookstagram into a Charlie Donlea stan account? Yesterday I reviewed Donlea’s latest book, Twenty Years Later. The Suicide House is the third Donlea book I’ve read this year and it’s still only March. Guess I found a new favorite author. 

This was a great thriller filled with lots of twists. Rory is a wonderful main character and I like the way Donlea portrays her. Even though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Check out Donlea’s books and join my unofficial Charlie Donlea fan club! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: is your March Madness bracket toast already? Or if you have no idea what March Madness is- what are your plans for the weekend? 

My bracket went up in flames last night! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€ 

#thesuicidehouse #charliedonlea #kensingtonbooks #crimefiction #thriller #thrillerfiction #mystery #mysteryfiction #boardingschool #murdermystery #librarybook #lovemylibrary #bookstagram #igreads #bookworm #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #readerlife 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Twenty Years Later


Author: Charlie Donlea

Publisher: Kensington Books

Year: 2021

☘️ ๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ. ๐๐š๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ค’๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ! ☘️

Twenty years after 9/11, the NY medical examiner’s office makes an victim identification thanks to new DNA technology. The victim, Victoria Ford, was a young woman who was accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. Avery Mason, an ambitious tv anchorwoman, knows this story will be a ratings blockbuster. The more Avery investigates Victoria’s life and death, the more questions she finds- including questions about her own family’s secrets. 

This book grabbed me right from the start and pulled me in. I loved all the twists and turns in both Avery’s investigation and in personal life. This is a gripping thriller that won’t let you go. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Big thanks to @andrea.c.lowry.reads for sending me this book! Loved it! 

QOTD: any St. Patrick’s Day plans? My husband and I are going out for fish and chips tonight. There might even be some Jameson’s involved. Slรกinte! 

#twentyyearslater #charliedonlea #kensingtonpublishing #thriller #thrillerthursday #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #newsanchor #familysecrets #murdermystery #bookworm #booknerd #bibliophile #bookstagram #igreads #readerlife #sharingiscaring 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Book Haul


๐Ÿ“š ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‡๐š๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ“š 

I stopped at Island Bookstore in Corolla, NC this afternoon and came home with theses lovely books. Northern Heist has been on my TBR for awhile and since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I figured I might as well splurge. The story is based on one of the biggest and still unsolved bank robberies in history. I also bought Saint X. It’s about a girl whose sister was killed while the family was on vacation. 

The bookstore has a box of free ARCs. I was thrilled to see No Second Chances in the box and grabbed it. It was a lucky find because @ohiobookgal posted about No Second Chance just this morning and it sounded so good. Serendipity that I was able to pick up a free copy this afternoon. I’ll chalk it up to a little early luck of the Irish! 

QOTD: do you believe in luck? Are you a lucky person or what is something lucky that happened to you recently? 

#bookhaul #northernheist #saintx #nosecondchances #thrillers #crimefiction #luckyday #bookstagram #igreads #readerlife #indiebookstore #supportsmallbusiness #supportindiebookstores #shoplocal #bibliophile #bibliophilelife 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Nine Lives


Author: Peter Swanson

Publisher: William Morrow 

Year: 2022

๐Ÿ“– ๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ! ๐Ÿ“–

Nine people, who seem to have nothing in common and no connections, receive a list with their names on it. Then they start dying. 

I flew through this story even though there’s a large cast of characters. I didn’t have any difficulty keeping track of who was who. I liked that the focus was on the victims throughout most of the story. This is an homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. The Christie book is referenced several times throughout the story. This was a fun, fast paced read that’s sure to delight any mystery fan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you @netgalley and @williammorrowbooks for the digital review copy. 

QOTD: how you feel if you received a mysterious list of names and you were on it? 

It would seriously creep me out! 

#ninelives #peterswanson #williammorrorbooks #crimefiction #mystery #mysteryfiction #listofnames #andthentherewerenone #thriller #thrillerbooks #revengethriller #bookworm #netgalley #publicationday #onsaletoday

Monday, March 14, 2022

No One Will Miss Her


Author: Kar Rosenfield

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Year: 2021

๐Ÿ“– ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐Ÿ“–

“My name is Lizzie Ouellette, and if you’re reading this, I’m already dead.”

That opening line certainty grabbed my attention and then didn’t let go. This was full of twists and turns and I loved it. Set in a small New England town, Lizzie has always been the outcast. The one good thing Lizzie has is a small cottage on a lake which she rents out for some extra income. Lizzie becomes friendly with the rich social media influencer who rents the cottage. The woman and her husband have secrets of their own. Lizzie’s life become entwined with these rich people and that’s when things start to get deadly. 

I loved that Lizzie was kind of an antihero. The atmosphere is descriptive, the pacing is quick yet steady, and the twists are plentiful. I really enjoyed this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: do you hate daylight savings time too? 

I just don’t see the point in changing the clocks twice a year. 

#noonewillmissher #katrosenfield #williammorrowbooks #crimefiction #mystery #mysteryfiction #thrillerbooks #thrillerfiction #lakehouse #smalltown #murdermystery #socialmediainfluencer #financialcrime #bookstagram #igreads #bookrecommendations #bookrecs #booknerd #bibliophile #librarybook #lovemylibrary 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Road out of Winter


Author: Alison Stine

Publisher: MIRA Books

Year: 2020
❄️ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ❄️

Wil is a grower. She can coax even the most delicate seeds to sprout. She learned the trade from her mother’s boyfriend, a tough and often violent illegal pot grower. Growing things is next to impossible now that climate change has brought an endless winter. When Will’s community starts to fall apart, she decides to head out for California to try to find her mother. 

The never ending snow shuts down power, cell towers, and social norms. Wil must learn who she can trust and help along her harrowing journey. There are things more dangerous than snow on her trek. 

This was a dark, heavy and thought provoking read. I’m glad I read this with @thereadingteapot and @rjs.readingnook. Always fun and insightful chatting with them. I liked Will’s character. She’s smart and resourceful. She didn’t lose her humanity when so many other around her did. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you look closely enough in the photo, you can see some snowflakes floating around. We had a little snow flurry here at the beach yesterday. I’m ready for winter to be over! 

QOTD: are you a plant person like Wil, the main character of Road out of Winter? I’m the grim reaper of plants. Even succulents die under my care. 

#roadoutofwinter #alisonstine #mirabooks #climatechange #dystopian #climatechangedystopian #winter #endlesswinter #lostspring #backlistbooks #buddyread #ohio #herosjourney #seeds 

Friday, March 11, 2022

The Goodbye Coast

Author: Joe Ide

Narrator: Vikas Adam

Publisher: Little Brown

Year: 2022

๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง

Philip Marlowe, author Raymond Chandler’s iconic PI, is back. The original Marlowe debuted during the golden age of noir. Author Joe Ide’s reimagining gives us a current-day Marlowe who’s still a smart and tough guy with a heart of gold and a weakness for a lady in trouble. Marlowe takes on two missing persons cases-tracking down the missing teenage daughter of a fading Hollywood star and finding a boy kidnapped by his father during a nasty custody dispute. Marlowe finds lots of mayhem and danger, as he races the clock to solve the cases. 

Marlowe’s relationship with his father, an LAPD homicide detective with a drinking problem, adds extra depth to the character and the story. Overall, the pacing is quick with lots of action. There were two points that slowed the story down and seemed dragged out, but that’s my only complaint. Narrator Vikas Adam did an excellent job with the audiobook. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: What are you reading this weekend?

#thegoodbyecoast #philipmarlowe #joeide #littlebrown #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #audible #thriller #crimefiction #thrillerbooks #losangeles #noir  #privateinvestigator #hardboileddetective #marlowe

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The Maid


Author: Nita Prose

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Year: 2021

๐Ÿงน ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐Ÿงน

The Maid has been all over booksta since it published in January. So you don’t need a long review of it from me. Here are my bullet point thoughts: 

๐Ÿงน Really polished debut novel with multidimensional, interesting characters and a cleaver plot.
๐Ÿงน Molly and her grandmother seem like women from another time. When I first started reading it, I thought it was set decades ago. 
๐ŸงนMolly is neurodivergent. She knows she doesn’t always fit and and makes no apologies. She’s learned to play to her strengths. 
๐ŸงนThis novel is full of heart, love, and friendship. 
๐ŸงนThe mystery kept me guessing. 
๐ŸงนA charming and enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We’ve been busy since last week. I visited my mom several times, ran lots of errands, and packed to head south for a few weeks. We were up and out Monday morning to drive the first leg of our trip to our place in North Carolina. We always split the trip up over two days. Easier traveling with the dogs and we can spend the night at our daughter’s house. We arrived at the beach yesterday. The painter was just finishing up. We had the old popcorn ceiling in the living room scraped off, replaced with a knockdown pattern, and painted. He also painted the the living room walls. So now I have lots of cleaning to do. I could really use Molly the Maid! There’s dust everywhere from scrapping off the popcorn ceiling. Rain is forecast for today and the rest of the week. So cleaning won’t be put off by the temptation of reading on the beach this week. 

QOTD: what’s the weather in your corner of the world? 

#themaid #mollythemaid #nitaprose #ballantinebooks #crimefiction #murdermystery #msyteryfiction #hotel #autismspectrum #neurodivergent #neurodiversity #grandmother #cleaning #hotelstaff #housekeepingstaff #whodoneit #bookstagram #igreads #debutnovel 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Currently Reading


๐Ÿ“– ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ“–

My library hold for How Lucky became available and I’m ready to dive right in. 

Here’s the synopsis: 
Daniel leads a rich life in the university town of Athens, Georgia. He’s got a couple close friends, a steady paycheck working for a regional airline, and of course, for a few glorious days each Fall, college football tailgates. He considers himself to be a mostly lucky guy—despite the fact that he’s suffered from a debilitating disease since he was a small child, one that has left him unable to speak or to move without a wheelchair. 

Largely confined to his home, Daniel spends the hours he’s not online communicating with irate air travelers observing his neighborhood from his front porch. One young woman passes by so frequently that spotting her out the window has almost become part of his daily routine. Until the day he’s almost sure he sees her being kidnapped...

QOTD: What book are you reading this week? 

#howlucky #currentlyreading #librarybook #libbyapp #willleitch #harperbooks #bookstagram #igreads #kindle #kindlepaperwhite #alwaysreading #kidnapping #thrillerbooks #crimefiction #bibliophile #booksbooksbooks

Under Your Spell

  Author: Laura Wood Narrator: Ellie Heydon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Year: 2024 ๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง Many thanks...