Weekend Recap

rainydayIt has been quite a rainy weekend here and our temperatures did go down so you’d think that would be great but it’s been so humid that I don’t think I feel that much of a difference. You can see the small river we had in our backyard!

I meant to go check out a new bookstore but decided to put that off until another day. I realized that this is the last weekend before university classes start and I just know the area where the bookstore is located in would be swamped with tourists and I would rather go when it might not be as crowded.

We still went to a bookstore but just our usual Barnes & Noble. I checked a few magazines, had my cafe mocha and left just as it started raining again. Now I’ve spent the afternoon adding some books to my library wish list and holds so hopefully next weekend I’ll have some books ready for check out.

Other than that we’ve been enjoying Season 4 of Spiral. Have you watched this show? I really enjoy it. I guess just like with my mystery books that I love set in foreign location, same is true for my crime shows. Some of my favorite shows have been set in Sweden, France and Denmark. I have started receiving the Nordic Noir newsletter and we’ve taken note of a lot of shows we want to watch.

Speaking of mysteries, stay tuned this week because I have a Q&A with the author of a new series and there’ll also be a giveaway. Yay!

So hope you have a great start of the week. Now I’m going to grab a couple of the cowboy cookies my husband made the other day and we are going to continue watching Spiral.

On My Radar

bookmessAre you ready for the weekend? I am! Work has been a bit busy this week so I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit over the weekend. Also, I’m looking forward to working out more regularly now that my toe is finally feeling normal. I am still not sure if I broke my little toe or just sprained it but it definitely took a while to feel better. Anyway, on to the books.

There are so many books I’ve been adding to my radar but here are just a couple that I’ve recently heard of that I thought sounded really interesting. Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

Break In Case Of Emergency by Jessica Winter. A young woman strives for professional and personal empowerment in this smart, engaging debut novel. An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one’s sanity in a toxic workplace.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. In an accomplished and timely debut, Imbolo Mbue tears away the veil from the American Dream and measures both the uphill grind to achieve it and the lightning-quick ease of losing it.The unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniels. The inhabitants of Breathed, Ohio are experiencing a summer heatwave like the town has never seen before. So it only makes sense that the devil would find it a great place to live. He shows up in the guise of Sal, a thirteen-year-old boy who claims he was invited there by someone in town.

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez. A fiendishly fun and charming novel echoing the quirky works of brilliant director Pedro Almodóvar, the novel follows an uptight Englishman who is sent to Madrid to close a failing literary magazine and the five fiery, close-knit Spanish women who must devise a plan in order to keep the jobs they love. With linguistic mishaps, literary intrigue, a clash of cultures, and an unexpected romance, Atticus Craftsman is at once a humorous literary caper and a touching love story.

Don’t you just want to read them all? I do!

Oh my book list keeps growing. And, I’m planning to go scope out a new indie bookstore. Well, new to me even though it’s been around for several years but I just haven’t made over for a visit. They are having an anniversary sale so wish me luck! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Pop Goes the Weasel

popgoesweasel“The fog crept in from the sea, suffocating the city. It descended like an invading army, consuming landmarks, choking out the moonlight, rendering Southampton a strange and unnerving place.”

Pop Goes the Weasel
By M.J. Arlidge

Following up on the gripping debut of Detective Helen Grace, this sequel brings back the police team from the aftermath of what happened in the first book. Detective Grace and her team dealt with a serial killer that left them all scared in many ways and the events in this book will force each one to take a look at their future.

While the team also has to learn to work together again and trust one another, there isn’t much time to spend on that as they are once again looking at another serial killer. A body is found with its heart cut out and that has been left for the man’s family to discover. As more bodies are found, it is apparent that killings are being made by a prostitute taking her revenge on her customers.

Add to the intense chase to find a killer, Detective Grace also has some personal issues to resolve. She’s trying to guide her nephew into leading a productive life, without him knowing who she is and his background, but things go awry.

A lot of this story is a follow up to the first in the series and while this book could be read as a standalone I would encourage you to pick up the first book. Both were fast paced novels that have shocking crimes and perpetrators but throughout the series Detective Helen Grace is quite an interesting character. She’s flawed, makes a lot of judgment mistakes and yet, you do want to see her succeed and hopefully learn that she can’t work cases alone. These are dark thrillers but fast-paced and they kept me turning pages to see what next.

Source: Advance Review Copy