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WWW WEDNESDAY

wwwwednesdaygifEvery week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading?

ALPENO Paperback Cover_2.inddRight now I am about three quarters of the way through an unusual sort of book called Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1.  They call the genre “Alternate History”. Surprisingly, to me, it is pretty cool. I never took American History. Ask me about the 1916 Rising or Cromwell and I’m good. But as to American History, after “In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” or current events, and I’m lost. And as American History is not a topic I feel like studying as an adult, this has een a quirky sort of way to learn about two different eras… combined. Weird I know, but as I said, surprisingly cool. I will be rviewing here on the blog on October 6th ad there will be a giveaway so try and stop by.

91-KMGsIR+L._SL1500_What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished an historical mystery by M. Louisa Locke called Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery .  Set in 1880 San Francisco, it took me a little while to get into it but once I did, it was a pretty good mystery with a lot of political parallels to modern day. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the first two in the series. More here on the blog on October 4th.

What do you think you’ll read next?

81susFz2ihL._SL1500_Next on my To Be Read pile is Black Dog: A Cooper & Fry Mystery  by Stephen Booth which will be on the blog October 9th. Blurb: As helicopters search Northern England’s Peak District for fifteen year-old Laura Vernon, Detective Constable Ben Cooper quietly dreads the worst. And when her body is found in the woods, Cooper’s investigation begins with a short list of markedly uncooperative suspects: retired miner Harry Dickinson, whose black Labrador discovered Laura’s body, and Laura’s wealthy parents. Uneasily teamed with ambitious newcomer Detective Constible Diane Fry, Cooper tests a town’s family ties, friendships, and loyaties — and finds that in order to understand the present, they must unearth the past.

WWW WEDNESDAY

Every week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…wwwwednesdaygif

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

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading? Currently I am reading SHERLOCK’S HOME: The Adventure of the Contentious Crone by Pamela Rose. Very enjoyable so far.

sherlockLife imitating art? That’s Finn Sherlock’s first bizarre thought when she stumbles across a dead body within the Civil War era hiding place inside Sherlock’s Home Mystery Bookstore. Thinking that it’s her gnome-like Uncle Oz costumed to play the part of a fortune telling druid for ‘All Hallows’ Eve,’ she is relieved when she learns that the hooded figure is not her favorite uncle, but the town’s favorite outcast, Odds Bodkins.
Unfortunately, murder suspects abound due to the fact that the mystery bookstore and its adjoining 221b Bakery were the first stop on the Leapers Point’ Halloween circuit and any number of people were on the scene for the annual ‘Fright Night’ tour. More than that, Odds Bodkins was almost universally detested; far too many would agree that the assisted demise of the loathsome little witch was more treat than trickpossibly even a community service.
With a little help from Uncle Oz and her identical twin sister, Echo, Finn sets out to discover who amongst the congenial southern townsfolk had the audacity and plain bad manners to murder the contentious crone right under the Sherlock family noses. Was it the fire and brimstone preacher Willie Ping? ‘Blooming Idiots’ talented but slightly mental florist? Or what about fluffy nonagenarian Eula May Binkscan anybody really be that sugary sweet? But, when the local Sheriff, Wavy Davey, learns that it was Uncle Oz’s Halloween prop – a bona fide hangman’s noose – that was the murder weapon, there’s more heating up inside the 221b Bakery than just the ovens.

What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk: A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery by Stephen Kaminski . It was an outstanding book. Definitely five stars.

KILLED MILK COVERJeremiah Milk lived a life filled with emotional extremes. Amniotic band syndrome—a congenital condition—left his fingers and toes malformed. Ridiculed as a child, he became an adolescent hermit. As an adult, Jeremiah’s wounds healed when he landed a position as a park ranger and married a woman who loved him despite his physical appearance. But fate ripped his life to shreds when his wife and infant son died on the same night in separate calamities. Shortly thereafter, the tides turned once more as an act of Jeremiah’s ostensible benevolence translates into a financial boon. The book on Jeremiah’s life closes without mercy when he’s found murdered at Tripping Falls State Park. Damon Lassard—Hollydale’s loveable civic leader, amateur sleuth, and Jeremiah’s neighbor—springs into action. He’s obstructed by a prickly lieutenant, but wriggles information unknown to the police from a colorful bevy of suspects. Aided by his best friend Rebecca and his reluctant ally Detective Gerry Sloman, Damon engineers a deep dive into Jeremiah’s past to solve the crime. Along the way, Damon strengthens his relationship with the breathtaking Bethany Krims, cracks a local horticultural mystery, and tries in vain to tame his wickedly sarcastic mother. Join Damon Lassard in his latest adventure, Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk.

What do you think you’ll read next? Next on my To Be Read pile… That’s a tough one. The pile is so big at the moment. Trying to decide between Saving Scott (Pine Hills Police) by Terry Odell, To Kill A King: The ‘Rhodes to Murder’ Series (Volume 3) by Mary V. Welk or Justice (Deck of Lies, #1) by Jade Varden.

WWW WEDNESDAY

Every week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…wwwwednesdaygif

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

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading?

Right now I am reading BIG NUMBERS by Jack Getze. It is VERY VERY funny. He will be guest posting here on my blog on October 14th so be sure to check that out.

big numbers coverRoot for divorced dad Austin Carr, a funny, oversexed scamp who’ll use anything and everything to get his kids back. Think Bugs Bunny with guns and a penis.

Divorced father Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else’s private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey’s family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut. He’s had his savings drained, his Maxima repossessed, his salary attached, and his visiting rights suspended. He bought the twelve-year-old Chevy pick-up with the rusty camper for $800 last month because another landlord tossed his butt in the street. Will stretching the rules, his own morals, and the boundaries of common sense raise the cash needed to get his kids back? Or will his big mouth and bad behavior set him up for a nasty double-cross? Find out if Austin can redeem himself and win back his children.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished DEATHBED & BREAKFAST by Bart J. Gilbertson. I read it and enjoyed it and fortunately Bart was willing to answer a few questions and I got him right on the blog. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

pookotzRichard Forester, a retired CEO for a major software company, and his granddaughter Penny show up at the Pookotz Bed & Breakfast one evening and find themselves in some rather unpleasant company. All the guests somehow seem to be connected to Richard’s past and when he is found dead the next morning, everyone is suspect. However, there are a few wrinkles that the inn’s owners Edna and Mildred Pookotz need to iron out as the murder investigation unfolds. Not only was Richard deathly ill, but he was also accused of embezzling $750,000 which is still unaccounted for. The local Sheriff suspects that this victim’s death is not a natural one, so he–and the sisters–set forth to discover who the murderer is.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this first ‘whodunit’ of the Pookotz Sisters Bed & Breakfast Mystery series which introduces you to the quaint mountain Oregon town of Pleasant Lake and its inhabitants.

​Readers of the cozy mystery genre will fall in love with Edna and Mildred Pookotz, sisters and amateur senior sleuths, as they juggle the responsibilities of running a Bed & Breakfast and solving most bizarre mysteries!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on my To Be Read pile is DEATH OF A SCHOOLGIRL by Joanna Campbell Slan. Which is a bit of a problem as it isn’t actually ON the pile. The publisher mailed me an actual physical book and I don’t have it yet. She’ll be on the blog on September 30th so I still have time. So maybe I will start on The Cuckoos Calling. J. K. Rowling certainly doesn’t need me to review her book but sometimes it is just about what I want to read! LOL

DEATH-OF-A-SCHOOLGIRLIn her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.

But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

www Wednesday

wwwwednesdaygifEvery week, MizB hosts WWW Wednesday on her blog, Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

MY ANSWERS:

What are you currently reading?

PARIS LAWYERRight now I am reading THE PARIS LAWYER. I am not that far into it but enjoying it so far.

BLURB

As a child, Catherine Monsigny was the only witness to a heinous crime. Now, she is an ambitious rookie attorney in sophisticated modern-day Paris. On the side, she does pro bono work and hits the jackpot: a major felony case that could boost her career. A black woman is accused of poisoning her rich farmer husband in a peaceful village in central France, where the beautiful, rolling hills hold dark secrets. While preparing the case, Catherine’s own past comes back with a vengeance. This fast- paced story follows Catherine’s determined search for the truth in both her case and her own life. Who can she believe? And can you ever escape from your past? The story twists and turns, combining subtle psychological insight with a detailed sense of place.

What did you recently finish reading?

TRUST TO THE VITALSI just finished A THRUST TO THE VITALS. I enjoyed it. Typical British police procedural. I will be doing a full review of it in the near future after I get hold of the author.

BLURB

Returning to Elmhurst many years after his involuntary departure, to attend a civic reception in his honour, Sir Rufus Seward had ignored the maxim that ‘going back’ is not always wise. Summoned after Seward’s body is found, a wood chisel protruding from its back, Dl Joe Rafferty receives a panicky call from his younger brother, Mickey, who fears he is in the frame for Seward’s murder. Strangely, given his loathing of the dead man, Mickey had received an invitation to the reception. Keen to confront the bully who made his youth a misery, Mickey found his tormentor’s body, and fled the scene…Rafferty, aware that his brother hated Seward, and that Mickey, a carpenter by trade, has three pointers to guilt – the means, the motive and the opportunity – finds himself torn between protecting his family and finding the real killer.

What do you think you’ll read next?

7THNext on my To Be Read pile is THE 7TH WOMAN. I’ m looking forward to it.

BLURB

There’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division, La Crim’. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details. You will never experience Paris the same way again!