It’s A Mystery

I met up with my book group this week and we discussed Out of Bounds by Val McDermid. General consensus was that it was a good book, if a bit on the slow side, but unfortunately many thought that it wasn’t a memorable book. I am still not done with the book but I have enjoyed it so far and do plan to finish it.

Next month we are discussing The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson and that will probably be quite a controversial read so I can’t wait for that discussion.

Speaking of mysteries though you know I always keep a running list of mysteries I’d like to read so here are some that I’ve recently added to my TBR list:

Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee. This is part of a series featuring Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham set in 1920s India. I liked the setting and might actually have to look for the first book in the series.

The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green. A teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister’s search for answers unearths more than she bargained for.

Firewatching by Russ Thomas. A taut and ambitious police procedural debut introducing Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, a cold case reviewer who lands a high-profile murder investigation, only to find the main suspect is his recent one-night stand . . .

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if you recommend them.

On another note, I’m sorry if I’m behind answering comments and visiting blogs but I’ve been a bit busy with work and life in general but will try to catch up soon.

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Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s and a great weekend. As per our tradition we gave each other some chocolate bars. We always try to find some new ones and so far I’ve really liked the Theo Salted Toffee. Saturday we met up with some friends at Counter Culture and had a delicious vegan lunch and shared a good time.

I was planning do all kinds of chores the rest of this weekend but then my husband suggested going to the bookstore today and I was like, forget the chores, let’s go to the bookstore. I was excited to find the last issue from Rubber Stamp Madness magazine and found out there are a couple of stamp shows in Texas this year. I need to check my calendar and maybe I can make one of these. When we lived in Dallas, there were several that came through and those were so fun to attend.

As usual, I noticed that there were several of my favorite magazines that were missing or out of date which makes me wonder if they are still being published. I’ll have to look into those. I did get an email recently about Green Craft magazine coming back so I’m looking forward to it.

Now to get back to Out of Bounds which so far is very good but I’m so behind on it and my book group discussion is this Tuesday. Hope everyone has a great week ahead and I’ll catch you up soon on more books I’ve added to my TBR and other bookishness.

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Tuesday Intro

I’m back with another  First Chapter, First paragraph Tuesday Intro. Thank you to Vicki, from I’d Rather Be at the Beach who hosts this meme. It’s your chance to post a bit from a book that you are reading or planning to read. I’m cheating a little bit and not posting right from the first pages but I found a good bit to share. So here we go:

“The reasons that made him unemployable were the same ones that filled him with a sense of turmoil. However hard he tried to appear calm and normal, he knew people thought him eccentric and strange. He couldn’t help his enthusiasms getting the better of him and making him garrulous and excitable. It was when he didn’t keep his mind busy with this interests that the trouble started for Gabriel. That was when the paranoia started to creep in, eating away at his peace of mind, robbing him of sleep, pushing him back to that terrible pitch of anxiety where he thought his head would explode with its overload of conspiracies and fear. He felt like a piece of paper torn up and scattered to the four winds.”

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

What do you think? Gabriel sounds like quite the character right?

Have you read any books by Val McDermid? Do you have some favorites? This novel is from her Private Investigator, DCI Karen Pirie series and I believe it’s the fourth in the series. I’ve only read one of her standalone novels before but really liked it because of all the details so I’m looking forward to this one.

Out of Bounds is the February selection for my book club and it’s quite the chunkster so I better make a dent in it soon.

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