Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Drift

 

Author: C.J. Tudor

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Year: 2023


❄️ 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 ❄️

“You’re either a good guy or you’re a survivor, someone had once told him. The earth is full a dead good guys.”
- The Drift 

The Drift is a mash up of a locked room mystery and a virus-induced post apocalyptic survival story. The overall plot has three different threads. The first follows Hannah and a group of fellow students from her boarding school. The bus they are on is involved in an accident during a ferocious snowstorm. The survivors must work together to survive the snow, the virus, & their secrets. 

The second thread finds former police officer Meg & several others trapped in a cable car going up a mountain during a huge snowstorm. They’re on their way to a place called “The Retreat” which might have something to do a vaccine for the virus. One of the passengers has been murdered & the gondola is stuck high in the air due to the storm. Will the killer strike again? Is anyone coming to rescue them? 

The third thread takes place at a ski chalet that’s equipped with a lab to manufacture a vaccine against the virus. How very convenient to have a science lab in a ski chalet! Carter & a few others at the chalet begin to worry when the aging generator starts going on the fritz because that could lead to some virus infected people escaping from the lab. A terrible snowstorm hits and bodies start piling up. 

There are clues throughout that start sewing the three plot lines together & by the end the whole thing comes together. But to me, the layout felt like a gimmick- almost like the author was trying to be a little too cleaver with the writing. Don’t get me wrong, overall I thought the story was interesting and entertaining. But some parts were just too unexplained & a few plot points felt smidge too contrived. So for me it’s 3.5 ⭐️. 

QOTD: how are you doing today? 
I’m actually a little annoyed with myself. I’ve been on a quest to learn to make good bagels. I made the dough and shaped them yesterday. They proofed in the fridge overnight. This morning I baked them a little too long & burned them. 😳😡 I have another batch still proofing so I’ll try again later. 

#thedrift #survivalfiction #lockedroommystery #snowstorm #postapocalypticfiction #virus #thrillerfiction #alothoingonhere 

Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Other Side of Night

 

Author: Adam Hamdy

Narrator: Justin Avoth

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

 ð—”𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

QOTD: Have you ever read a book that made your brain hurt in a good way? Because you keep thing about it? Adam Hamdy’s The Other Side of Night is one of those books. 

Even if you read the synopsis, you won’t be ready for where this genre-defying book goes. The story seemed so intricate at times that I thought I’d never understand what’s going on. But then, it reveals itself to be so elegantly plotted and cleaver. 

This is a mind-bending mashup of genres that at its heart is a love story. I listened to the audiobook and really had to pay attention. Justin Avoth’s narration kept me riveted. Plus I didn’t want to zone out while listening because I was afraid of missing a crucial, but nuanced plot point. 

Pick this one up if you’re looking for something totally different and truly unique. I definitely recommend this one if you’re a Dr. Who fan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio and Libro.fm for the complimentary audiobook. 

#theothersideofnight #adamhamdy #simonaudio #justinavoth #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #librofm #giftedbook #genremashup #genrebending #mysteryfiction #sciencefiction #romancefiction #lovestory #bookstagram #booksta 

Friday, February 17, 2023

After I Do

 

Author: Tara Jenkins Reid


Narrator: Julia Whelan 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

🎧 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio and Libro.fm for the complementary audiobook. 

The bloom is off the rose for Lauren and Ryan’s marriage. Their relationship has been rocky for awhile and now they’re at a breaking point. They come up with a brilliant plan to save their marriage- separate for a year with absolutely no communication. Wut?! So Ryan moves out of their house and Lauren must learn to be single. 

I thought this was more a story of growth rather than a typical love story. Lauren spends the year rediscovering herself and figuring out who she wants to be. She realizes that she sort of lost her sense of self somewhere inside her relationship with Ryan. The growth theme continues with Rachel, Lauren’s sister. She steps out of her comfort zone to chase a dream. Meanwhile, Lauren’s mom is building a budding relationship with a man. After being single for so long, she must make a decision to go all in on this new relationship or risk losing it. Lauren’s brother Charlie goes from being a carefree party time dude to embracing the huge responsibilities of fatherhood. Lots of growth for Lauren and her whole family. We only get small glimpses of Ryan’s life during the year long separation. I couldn’t tell if he really experienced any significant growth. 

My little quibble- the ending. Maybe I’m too cynical, but it just seemed too much for me. It didn’t ruin the book for me. It just made my eyes roll all the back in my head. 🙄 Of course Julia Whelan’s narration made up for my cynicism. Her performance was excellent. All in all, a very enjoyable story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? 

I’m going to attempt to fix my dishwasher. It apparently has a leak somewhere and I can’t find a repairman to come out to look at it.
It’s only four years old and I don’t want to have to buy a new one if it’s an easy fix. Wish me luck! 

#afterido #tarajenkinsreid #simonaudio #librofm #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #romancebooks #romancebookstagram #marriage #breakup #wewereonabreak #whogetsthedog #bookstagram #bibliophile #backlistbook #juliawhelan 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Welcome to the Game

 

Author: Craig Henderson

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Year: 2022

🚖 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🚖

QOTD: what was your first car? 
I learned to drive on 1980 Oldsmobile Omega. It was a hand-me-down from my mom and I drove it while I was in high school and college. 

Welcome to the Game was author Craig Henderson’s 2022 debut novel. It’s a fast paced story of a down on his luck former British rally car driver named Spencer. Spencer, still grieving the death of his wife, is trying to keep his struggling exotic car sales business afloat. He’s not succeeding and is coping with booze, pills, and coke. He’s desperate for cash and help arrives in Dom McGrath. McGrath offers Spencer a job as a driver. McGrath is a money launderer. He thinks Spencer’s skills as a rally car driver will make him the perfect bag man zipping in and out of Detroit traffic picking up and delivering dirty money all while evading the police. But McGrath has a bigger score in mind. Spencer realizes once he’s in the game, it’s hard to get out. When McGrath and his crew pull off the big job, Spencer knows they won’t leave any loose ends, putting himself, his young daughter and the only friend he has in grave danger. 

This is a solid and entertaining entry into the crime fiction genre. Spencer is a shellfish and shelf-centered jerk, but I found myself rooting for him anyway. This book has lots of action to satisfy any adrenaline junkie, while Spencer’s flawed character and attempt at redemption is a compelling character arc will please readers who like character driven stories. It all adds to up to an entertaining ride. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are celebrating the day! 

#welcometothegame #craighenderson #atlanticmonthlypress #detroit #motorcity #bagman #moneylaundering #rallycar #rallycardriver #crimefiction #crimewritersofinstagram #mysteryfiction #thrillerbooks #suspensebooks #bookstagram #librarybook #librarybookreview #bookworm #alwaysreading

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Sunday Shelfie

 


Happy Sunday! 

Here’s a #sundayshelfie from my library’s outreach collection. Let me explain a bit about what I do as an outreach librarian. My library maintains small self lending library stations throughout our county. These stations provide community members who may not be able to visit the main library with books. We have outreach stations in nursing homes, senior housing complexes & senior centers throughout the county. One of our most used stations is in a hardware store! We also share books with four small community-run libraries in the county. We help the county’s early education agency by providing children’s books for the preschool program. We also bring books to the county jail. 

The books in the outreach collection rotate through each outreach station. For example, I’ll take 30 new books to the hardware store. I’ll pull out 30 books that have been at that station the longest. Then I rearrange the books placing the new books on the top shelf. I take the books I pulled back to the library for check in & then check them out to & delivery them the next outreach stop. We use traditional library cards in pockets for community members to “check out” a book from the outreach station. Each book has a pocket & 2 cards in it. One card keeps track of stations the books goes to. The other is for the patron to sign or initial. This helps me know how many books & what genres circulate at each station. I pull children’s books from the main library collection for the preschool. I’ll also pull from the main collection to fulfill any specific requests. One of the small libraries we serve asked for some CoHo books, so I pulled a few titles for them to borrow. We also supply books on cd and any dvd requests. A goal this year is to implement a books my mail system to provide books to any home bound community members. 

Outreach programs at other library systems are different than what I do. But the goal is the same- provide access to books and library materials to those who can’t always visit the library. I’d love to hear from other outreach librarians about your programs! 

QOTD: any library related questions you’ve always wanted to ask but were too afraid to? I’ll try to answer them! 

#sundayshelfie #library #librarylife #libraryoutreach #libraryoutreachprogram #librarian #librarianlife #outreachlibrarian #librarybooks #booksbooksbooks #librarycollection 


Friday, February 10, 2023

Bad Day Breaking

 

Author: John Galligan

Narrator: Samantha Desz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

🎧 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

Thank you @simon.audio and @librofm for this complementary audiobook. I’m still trying to get caught up on reviews. So, who’s in the mood for: 

🔹a police procedural 
🔹 a strong female main character 
🔹 revenge 
🔹dead bodies turning up
🔹a rural setting 
🔹a snowstorm on the way
🔹a mysterious and growing cult

Raise your hand if I had you at cult. 🙋‍♀️

Sheriff Heidi Kick is back in the fourth book in John Galligan’s Bad Axe County series. No worries, this can easily be read as a standalone. Heidi has a lot going on in her personal life and with her job. A growing religious sect has moved into the county. Rumors are running rampant and the community is getting riled up at the presence of the newcomers. While Heidi tries to find a way to diffuse the hostilities, she’s also in the middle of a murder investigation. And an old boyfriend is out on parole and looking to exact revenge on Heidi for her role in sending him away years ago. All this is not only threatening her job, but also her life and her family’s safety.

I really like Heidi’s no nonsense character. She’s often torn between family and job obligations. This fast paced story was a quick listen and Samantha Desz’s narration is top notch. This is a good choice for readers looking a female-centric police thriller with lots of action and family drama. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: We’re having pizza for dinner tonight. What’s your favorite topping? 

I’m usually happy with just cheese but every so often we’ll get onions or sausage on it. 

#baddaybreaking #johngalligan #simonaudio #samanthadesz #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #policeprocedural #crimefiction #womeninlawenforcement #sherriff #ruralcounty #badaxecounty #wisconsin #mysteryfiction #thrillerfiction #religioussect #cult #suspensebooks #familydrama 

Thursday, February 9, 2023

The Mitford Affair

 

Author: Marie Benedict

Publisher: Sourcebook Landmark

Year: 2023


📖 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 📖

Two days in a row of historical fiction from me! What is up with that?! 

I had never heard of the Mitford sisters before this book. They were from an upper crust, but low on money English family. Diana divorced her super rich husband to take up with a fascist friendly English politician who had no intention of leaving his own wealthy wife. Girl, what were you thinking? Nancy, the oldest sister, was a writer and desperate to find love. Then there’s Unity. Even as a teen, Unity was enamored with Hitler and fascism. Why, girl, why? 

Long story short, Unity goes to school in Germany as after Hitler rises to power. She becomes a super stalker, meets the man, becomes his pal, & embraces the Nazis and antisemitism full on. Diana sees an opportunity to help her lover grow his budding fascist political party. She visits Unity & buddies up to Hitler too. She gets Hitler to give money to keep the English fascist moment afloat. Nancy, meanwhile, pens a fictional book mocking fascism with characters that closely resemble her Nazi-loving sisters. Family drama ensues. The war breaks out and Nancy has a big decision to make. 

Benedict always does her research, but even she can’t really explain how these English roses so unapologetically embraced the Nazis. I found it really hard reading about Unity & Diana gushing about how charming Hitler was & his how lovely manners were. That’s a testament to Benedict’s skill as a writer. This is a fascinating look at these sisters who had a seat at the table during a momentous time in history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: making any plans for the weekend? Here in the US, there’s a big sporting event on Sunday. So we’ll be watching that. 

#themitfordaffair #mariebenedict #sourcebookslandmark #historicalfiction #sisters #familydrama #worldwartwo #england #germany #nazi̇germany #bookstagram #kindlepaperwhite #librarybooks #bookworm #womeninhistory 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The Night Ship

 

Author: Jess Kidd

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022

🎧 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

Where are my historical fiction fans? Can I tempt you with a story that has dual timelines, dual POVs, and a sea voyage? 

The first timeline is set in 1629 when Mayken, a precocious young girl, and her nanny set sail on the great ship Batavia. They are bound for the Dutch East Indies. The trip is long and arduous. During the trip, Mayken makes friends with the ship’s crew and has adventures searching for a mythical monster. Tragedy strikes when the vessel is shipwrecked on a small island off Western Australia. 

The second timeline takes place 300 years later. Gil, a lonely boy grieving the death of his mom, is sent to live with his gruff grandfather on a small island off the coast of Western Australia. Gil learns about the tragic shipwreck and the ghost of a little girl who roams the island. 

Author Jess Kidd skillfully and fluidly weaves both timelines together. Gil’s timeline pulled at my heartstrings a bit more than Mayken’s. Gil was just so lonely and desperate to make a connection with his grandfather or anyone else in the island’s small fishing community. Narrators Fleur De Wit and Adam Fitzgerald voice each timeline with pathos and emotion. 

The Night Ship is a great choice for readers searching for historical fiction that’s not centered on World War II or those looking for something a little different. I thought this was a really unique story that took me out of my reading comfort zone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Thank to @simon.audio and @librofm for the complimentary audiobook. 

QOTD: have you ever been on a cruise? 

My family went on a cruise when I was about 10 years old. We went to Naussa and the Bahamas. From what I remember, it was a lot of fun. My husband and I have talked doing an Alaskan cruise sometime. We know lots of people who’ve gone and loved it. 

#thenightship #jesskidd #simonaudio #librorm #fleurdewit #adamfitzgerald #batavia #dutchwestindies #historicalfiction #westernaudtralia #shipwreck #strandedonadessertedisland #grief #familydrama #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #dualtimeline #multiplepovs 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ozark Dogs

 

Author: Eli Cranor

Publisher: SoHo Press

Publishing date: April 4, 2023


📖 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 📖

“Learned real quick there’s some dogs you got to keep locked up. Is it the same with people? That why you did what you did? You thought I’s different somehow?”
- Ozark Dogs

This is a bleak story of family secrets, trauma, and revenge. It’s a story that centers around the sins of fathers and the repercussions rippling down the generations. It’s the story of hard scrabble lives and blood spilled in the past and present. 

Author Eli Cranor’s writing is sparse and hard like the lives of his characters. This is gritty Southern noir and Cranor is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading voices of the genre. Last year Cranor’s debut novel Don’t Know Tough won rave reviews. Now Cranor’s sophomore effort is garnering lots of early praise. 

This isn’t always an easy story to read, but I guarantee you won’t forget it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to @netgalley and @soho_press for the digital review copy. Ozark Dogs published on April 4.

QOTD: what are you reading or listening to this week? 

I’m reading Welcome to the Game and listening to The House of Eve. 

#ozarkdogs #elicranor #sohopress #crimefiction #revengefiction #revenge #mysteryfiction #suspensethriller #ozarks #arkansas #familysecrets #meth #ptsd #familyfued #bookstagram #bibliophile #netgalley #advancereaderscopy #publishingsoon 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Before You Knew My Name

 

Author: Jacqueline Bublitz

Narrator : Penelope Rawlins

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2022


🎧 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

“𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒏𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍. 𝑻𝒘𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏—𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆, 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒅—𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒄 𝒎𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓.”

I haven’t seen Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz crossing my bookstagram timeline too much. That’s a damn shame because it deserves more hype. 

Alice Lee arrives in New York City with a couple hundred bucks and a stolen camera. She needs a fresh start. With a little luck and some help from a new friend, she starts building a life. Then one month later, she’s a Jane Doe murder victim. 

Australian Ruby Jones also desperately needs a fresh start too. She impulsively moves to NYC and knows no one there. Then Ruby discovers a body by the Hudson River and her life changes. 

The story is told from the duel POVs of Alice Lee and Ruby. I usually think using the dead girl as a narrator in a mystery is kind of gimmicky. But with Bublitz’s deft writing, it’s anything but. It comes off naturally and helps the story highlight the loneliness of the Alice Lee and Ruby.   It also really allows the reader to get to know Alice Lee. 

This book has so much that booktagrammers love- dual POVs, sympathetic main characters, an excellent cast of secondary characters, and great slow-burning storytelling.  Also, Penelope Rawlins provides an excellent narration for the audiobook. This was the author’s 2022 debut novel. I thought the writing was very polished for a debut. Definitely give this book a try. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Thank you @simon.audio and @librofm for the #gifted audiobook. 

QOTD: If your life needed a fresh start where would you go? 

I’d go to Ireland. It’s such a beautiful place and the people are wonderful. 

#beforeyouknewmyname #jacquelinebublitz #simonaudio #librofm #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookworm #audiobookstagram #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #thrillerfiction #nyc #murdermystery #janedoe #murdervictim #alwaysreading

Saturday, February 4, 2023

The Cabin at the End of the World

 

Author: Paul Tremblay

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Year: 2018

📖 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 📖

One word review- intense! 

OMG this was a page turner! I had to read this after seeing Instagram pal @melsbookshelves post about it. I tore through this book and even stayed up late one night because I didn’t want to stop reading. 

Here’s the short summary: a family is vacationing at a remote cabin. Their idyllic time together is interrupted by a stranger who makes an unfathomable request. 

It’s best to go into this one without knowing too much. Quick warning- there’s some graphic violence. This is the first book by author Paul Tremblay that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Consider me his newest fan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I know the movie, Knock at the Cabin, based on this book just premiered. If you see the movie let me know how it is. 

QOTD: recommend a good movie you’ve watched recently. 

We watched Blank Panther: Wakanda Forever last night and really enjoyed it. 

#thecabinattheendoftheworld #paultremblay #williammorrow 
#crimefiction #apocalypsefiction #thrillerfiction #suspensefiction #intense #thebookisbetterthanthemovie #endoftheworld #bookstagram #alwaysreading #backlistbooks #librarybook #lovemylibrary 

Friday, February 3, 2023

The Levee

 

Author: William Kent Krueger

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio 

Publishing: February 27, 2023

🎧 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🎧

Happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend? Arctic cold here so I’m planning on sitting in front of the fire and reading most of the weekend. 

William Kent Krueger packs a lot in this audio original historical fiction novella. It’s the story of a dangerous and daring rescue of a family during the devastating Mississippi River flood in 1927. Three convicts from a local prison are allowed out to help a man navigate the swollen river to try to rescue his brother and niece. Their home is surrounded by a levee, but the flooding is so great that the family and their two servants are still in grave danger. Desperate men do desperate things, especially when time is running out as the floodwaters rise. 

Krueger quickly fleshes out the characters, showing us loyalty, love, hubris, and evil. This is a man-versus-nature story that also encompasses redemption, compassion, and second chances. Kreuger’s prose is beautiful and the narration by J.D. Jackson is powerful. A remarkable story that can be devoured in one sitting and will stay with you for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio and Libro.fm for the advanced listener audiobook. The Levee will be available February 27th. 

#thelevee #williamkentkrueger #simonaudio #librofm #audiobook #audiobookstagram #audiobookreview #novella #historicalfiction #manvsnature #mississippi #mississippiriver #historicalflooding #daringrescue #bookstagram #advancedlistenercopy #alwaysreading 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

January Reading Wrap Up

 


📚 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗪𝗿𝗮𝗽 𝗨𝗽 📚

Hello February! 

January was a tough month, but I managed to get some reading done.  I read eight books for the month and I enjoyed all of them. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 ðŸ“– The Lies I Tell - lots of twists and turns in this tale of a writer tracking a con woman. 

🎧 Look Closer - nonstop twists & very cleaver plotting from multiple POVs made this an engrossing listen. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
🎧 The Levee - historical fiction about a desperate recuse mission during a flood. Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the complementary audiobook! 

📖 Red London - thrilling cat & mouse game of espionage as a CIA agent befriends the wife of a Russian oligarch. Thank you NetGalley & Putnam’s Books for the digital review copy! 

🎧 Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone - a locked room mystery set at a remote ski resort. Lots of suspects to keep you guessing & a dash of humor makes for a fun and tragic mystery. 

📖 All Good People Here - a family is ripped apart by the murder of their young daughter. Years later, a reporter sets out to find the truth when another girl is killed. The ending! Whew! 

📖 Blackwater Falls- racial tensions rise when the body of a Syrian immigrant teenage girl is found at a mosque. Other immigrant girls have disappeared, but the local sheriff doesn’t seem too concerned. Denver Police Detective Inaya Rahman is recruited to investigate. A timely and engrossing mystery. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️
The World Played Chess- historical fiction. A recent high school graduate just wants to hang out with his friends and make some money to help pay for college. He gets a job on a construction crew working with a Viet Nam veteran and gets the education of a lifetime. 

QOTD: what book are you looking forward to reading this month? 

I’m looking forward to the new book in the Orphan X series. It publishes on the 14th. 

#readingwrapup #januarywrapup #monthlywrapup #crimefiction #mysteryfiction #thrillerfiction #historicalfiction #audiobooks #audiobookstagram #bookstagram #librarybooks #giftedbooks #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #bibliophilelife 

Under Your Spell

  Author: Laura Wood Narrator: Ellie Heydon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Year: 2024 🎧𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄🎧 Many thanks...