Hello July

It’s definitely summer here in Texas but thanks to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I started yesterday, I feel like I’m getting a bit of a respite from the heat. Despite hearing a lot of rave reviews about the book I wasn’t really sure what it was about but so far it’s wonderful.

Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist has just lost a libel case and is sentenced to prison, but just when things seem pretty grim he gets an offer he can’t refuse. Henrik Vanger comes to him to ask for help in solving the case of his missing niece who disappeared decades ago. Mikael must spend a year in a small town along the Norrland coast.

“According to the Hedestad Courier, Blomkvist’s first month out in the country was the coldest in recorded memory… He had several miserable days in the middle of the month when the temperature dropped to -35F.”

See why this is perfect reading for me right now when our temps are in the 100s?

Now, this book isn’t the only one I’m excited about. I know on my last bookstore outing I didn’t buy any books and some of you were shocked but that doesn’t mean new books haven’t arrived at Casa Bookgirl. Recently I’ve gotten the following:

  • Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. This one came to me via Tanabata who needed to weed through some of her books as she was preparing to move and she was generous enough to send it my way.
  • Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbot. Thanks to Simon & Schuster who sent me the following ARC. I’ve read one of her books and really liked it so I’m looking forward to this noir tale.
  • Absent Friends by S.J. Rozan. I’ve not read anything by this author but her books have been recommended to me.
  • The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. I love historical mysteries, although I tend to step back only a couple of centuries, but I’m kind of in the mood to travel further back in time and this one sounded interesting.

Now, I am going back to northern Sweden to find out what is happening with the journalist, the missing girl and the strange young woman with the dragon tattoo.

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