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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-27-17 #IMWAYR

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When you can barely remember your admin password, you know it’s been too long again since you last logged in to your blog! I missed the whole of the week-long Bloggiesta that ended yesterday. Congratulations to those who fixed up their blogs and worked on their to-do lists!

This month I’m reading mysteries, with a focus on diversity, for our genre study group meeting in early April. Last week I finished The Long Fall by Walter Mosley, the first in his Leonid McGill series.

book coverThis week I’m reading Ghost Month by Ed Lin, which is first in the author’s Taipei Night Market series, set in Taiwan.

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I’m also hoping to start Hot Flash by Carrie H. Johnson this week. Hot Flash is first in a series by a new author and features a 40-something female forensic firearms specialist named Muriel Mabley, in the Philadelphia Police Department.

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I just finished The Worst Kind of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (on audio) last week, and I’m on the waiting list for The Night School on audio, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book – both of which have aging male main characters – so I’m looking forward to the perspective of a “mature” female crime-solver in Hot Flash. The second book in the series, Cold Flash, is coming out in May.

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I’m also halfway through I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I read her first novel, I Let You Go, last week. They are quick reads in the British psychological suspense/domestic thriller genre that’s so popular. I’m getting a little tired of the first-person point of view of these, but if I don’t try to figure out the plot twists and just read along, they can be pretty addictive! The way the police work the murder/rape cases in I See You seems totally unrealistic, but the author was a police officer for 12 years in England, so maybe that’s how they operate over there! 😉

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week, both reading-wise and otherwise!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-30-17 #IMWAYR

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I’m still reading Swing Time and The Bone Clocks! I realize they are taking me forever, but I am savoring them instead of devouring them. However, I need to pick up the pace with The Bone Clocks because the other #BoneClocks17 Readalong participants are way ahead of me!

So today I’m going to talk about my current audiobooks.

cover image of audiobook Memory ManI listened to Memory Man by David Baldacci last week because I have never tried reading one of his books and he is so popular at the library.

The main character in Memory Man, Amos Decker, has an altered brain due to an injury resulting in synesthesia and a photographic memory. In addition, he has suffered a hugely tragic loss, so he has the potential to be an interesting detective character and the book could go into some fascinating neuroscience digressions, but if you take away the action of the story, there’s not much else there, so I won’t be going on to #2 in the Amos Decker series (The Last Mile). Not right away, anyway.

Audiobook narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are very good individually, and I like them both. but I didn’t like having Orlagh Cassidy pipe up only whenever a female character said something (even just in Amos Decker’s memory), when the bulk of the book was narrated by Ron McLarty. That was distracting!

cover image of audiobookThis week I’ll be listening to Wicked Autumn, an English village mystery, too dark to be a cozy, by G.M. Malliett, which is more my cuppa. The detective character, Max Tudor, is a tall, rangy, recently ordained Anglican priest who is a former MI5 agent. The village of Nether Monkslip, where he is the vicar, is full of promisingly quirky characters; one of whom is now dead. Next up will be A Fatal Winter (Max Tudor series, #2)!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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3 Mini New England Mystery Reviews: The Big Dig, Rogue Island, & Steamed

Three of the many older mysteries that I read this year for book clubs and for a genre study. These are all set in New England.

The Big Dig by Linda Barnescover image (Macmillan, 2002)
Carlotta Carlyle used to be police and is now a private investigator. A tall redhead, she has to disguise her striking looks to go undercover, as she does here, when she’s hired by another former cop, Eddie, to investigate possible criminal activity such as fraud, theft, or graft, on one of the many Big Dig construction sites in Boston in the year 2000. Posing as a new secretary and nosing around, she soon notices signs of a much more serious crime, especially after the dead body of a complaining construction worker is found on the site. The Boston setting, the gritty violence discussed matter-of-factly, and the first-person narration make this a good readalike for anyone who likes the Spenser novels by Robert B. Parker. (Like Spenser, Carlotta can be something of a smartass and follows her own rules.) The Big Dig is 9th in the series, but can be read on its own.

coverRogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Forge, 2010)
With a blurb from Dennis Lehane and its Providence, Rhode Island setting, this hard-boiled, noir-ish mystery has a headstart on being popular in the Boston area. Judging from the check-outs in our library system, this series featuring an old-fashioned, investigative journalist, Liam Mulligan, seems to be taking off.
Throughout a frigid New England winter, buildings in the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in are being burned down and the politically appointed arson squad doesn’t seem to be doing much to find out who’s doing it. This story of politicians and crooks (often one and the same, according to Mulligan) is populated with colorful characters and told in Mulligan’s voice. I enjoyed the audiobook edition, narrated by Jeff Woodman, and the book was popular with our library mystery book club.
First in Mulligan series that’s now up to three, Rogue Island won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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Steamed by Jessica Conant-Park & Susan Conant (Berkley, 2006)
Discovering a murder victim on a first date can be very upsetting. Chloe Carter, a 20-something foodie living in Brighton, finds this out as she tries to make her cheating ex jealous with a guy she found on an online dating site who turns out to be a jerk. All isn’t lost as the chef at the restaurant is extremely hot. However, he also happens to be the prime suspect.
Steamed is half chick lit, half culinary cozy. Humor and recipes –along with a murder – make it a cozy, but the first-person voice, a sprinkling of spicy language, and the romantic comedy will appeal to chick lit readers. (First in Gourmet Girl series)