This is a Christmas book, but I'll be reading plenty more of those in the next couple of weeks (plus, it doesn't have an overly Christmas-y feel), so I'm counting it as "second book in a series" -- which takes it into the book tasks for Hanukkah.
Atmosphere aside (which I actually found to be more evocative in book 1), this is quite a jump in skillful execution from the first book, though. This is beginning to bode better and better for the series as a whole.
(Task: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.)
This is set in 1945 London, and it turns out the ravages of WWII are making themselves felt quite a bit. So I've decided to use it as my book for Veterans' / Armistice Day.
On a separate note, it's quite different in tone from Bats in the Belfry (the only other book by Lorac I've read so far), and I really, really like it.
(Task: Read a book involving a war, battle, or where characters are active military or veterans, or with poppies on the cover, or honor the ‘unknown soldier’ of your TBR and read the book that’s been there the longest.)
Can't think of a better choice for this holiday than to revisit this one, within days of its 80th publication anniversary. Particularly with as much water on the cover as on the wonderful audio featuring Dan Stevens and my stand-alone print edition ...
(Task: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.)
It's unlikely that Candace Robb's Owen Archer series will ever be able to replace Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael series in my estimation, but I liked book 1 (The Apothecary Rose) well enough to take a closer look, and this installment (book 6) is fully living up to my expectations so far. It also seems a good one to read "out of order", as it is set in Wales and only features some of the usual cast of characters.
(Task: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.)