New Arrivals

I’ve had a few interesting books arrive recently and wanted to post about them and see if you’ve heard of these too.

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan. From Kirkus Reviews: “A Dublin detective fresh off a case that nearly killed her delves into what looks like a suicide but soon blossoms into a web of murder.” I love a detective who is also battling her own demons while cracking a case. I actually started this one last night so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Dayfall by Michael David Ares. From the book blurb: “In the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic. The island of Manhattan has lost its outer edges to flooding and is now ringed by a large seawall.” I have not read any dystopian fiction in a while so I’m glad I have this one for when the mood strikes.

The Diamond Setter by Moshe Sakal. From Kirkus Reviews: “A kaleidoscopic journey into the Middle East of the present and the not-so-distant past, told through the overlapping stories of characters whose intertwining lives revolve around the fate of a rare and storied diamond.” This is a the first novel translated into English by this writer so I’m excited to check it out.

Trick by Domenico Starnone. From Publishers Weekly: “Starnone’s astute and emotionally precise novel follows famed illustrator Daniele Mallarico as he returns to his childhood home in Naples at the request of his daughter, Betta.” I almost chose this one last night.

The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost. From the book blurb: “Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It’s why at seventy-three years old he’s broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when “Carlotta’s Club”—three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands—decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town’s fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.” It sounds like a fun story, right?

So those are my latest new books. Have you heard of any of these and what do you think? Which one would you start with first?


Hi friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a nice weekend which included a visit to the Wildflower Center. I love that place and now they have early morning openings for members on Saturdays. We were there pretty much around 7:30 and few people were about so at times it felt like we were the only ones on the trail.

Well, and the cardinals, squirrels and other birds and wildlife. We didn’t see a lot of blooms just yet but they are starting. I was surprised to already see quite a bit of bluebonnets. There really is something special about being out in nature isn’t there?

After our visit to the Wildflower Center we came back home and after lunch I headed out to Half Price Books. Unfortunately that was kind of a dud. I don’t know what was going on but there were tons of people and it was hard to look around so even though I had a 50% off coupon, I walked out without a book. Shocking, I know.

So that was that. The rest of the weekend I’ve been doing a bit of bookbinding. I’m recycling an old book and turning into a dream journal. I’ll have to share some pics of the progress so far. I did a bit of reading for my HR coursework and tried to catch up on magazines. I have a huge pile to donate to the library and will not be renewing a lot of those subscriptions. It’s mainly magazines we got due to airline miles and those magazines aren’t my faves anyway.

On the book front, I’m really enjoying the romance novel I started last week, Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas, but I need to add a mystery to my books in rotation so I’ll see what I add tonight. Hope you have a great start of the week!


“He had to inhale some fresh air, but to buzz down the electric windows he would first have to switch on the ignition. If he switched on the ignition, the headlamps would come on automatically and most probably ruin everything.”

By Kjell Ola Dahl
Translated by: Don Bartlett
Published: September 2017
Source: Advance review copy

This is a Norwegian thriller set in Oslo. Inspector Frank Frølich is called to the scene where a woman was dumped, wrapped in plastic. He quickly realizes that he knows her and thinks that their recent meeting may have had something to do with her murder.

Their paths crossed when he was on a stake out and arrested her for cocaine possession only to let her go because she seemed they couldn’t tie her to the person behind the distribution. Later their paths cross again at a party when Frank is introduced to the woman by one of his oldest friends and she’s introduced as his fiancé.

Did Frølich’s questioning lead to her murder? This isn’t the only case on his plate. He’s also got a missing university student who’s arrived from Uganda. All evidence suggests she was a studious young woman but her disappearance is casting serious doubts about what she may have been involved in aside from her studies.

This had all the promises to be a good mystery but most of the time I found it confusing. There were moments when I wasn’t sure which character was speaking and I could never form in my mind an idea of what the characters were like. The narrative seemed to jump around a bit and although this is the fifth book in the series, I don’t know that if I had read the series from the beginning it would have helped. Maybe. I will say the ending was unexpected and just wish the rest of the book had been as interesting as the ending.