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text 2019-11-08 17:47
24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day: Book
A Gift Of Sanctuary - Candace Robb
A Gift of Sanctuary - Candace Robb,Stephen Thorne

 

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.)

 

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text 2019-10-31 20:07
October 2019 Reading Wrap Up
#IMomSoHard - Kristin Hensley
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb
Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone

My top picks for the month are pictured.

 

Big thank you to Moonlight Murder (Moonlight Reader) and Obsidian Blue for hosting another great edition of Halloween Bingo!

 

Bring on 24 Festive Tasks! 

 

 

What I've Read

1. #IMOMSOHARD by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley - 5 stars

2. Sleepless Volume 2 by Sarah Vaughn and Leila del Duca et al - 4 stars

3. Jane Doe (Jane Doe #1) by Victoria Helen Stone - 5 stars

4. Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey - 3 stars

5. Connections in Death (In Death #48) by JD Robb - 4 stars

6. Lab Girl by Hope Jahern -1 star

7. Ghost a la Mode (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #1) by Sue Ann Jaffarian - 3 stars

8. A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes - 1 star

9. Witches Brew by Morgana Best - DNF

10. Crazy (Crazy Ella #1) by Eve Langlais - 1 star

11. Gone with the Ghost (Murder by Design #1) by Erin McCarthy - 3 stars

12. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll - 3 stars

13. Vendetta in Death (In Death #49) by JD Robb - 5 stars

 

Started the month with 300 books on the TBR, now down to 290.

Budget: $7.48 spent on books for the TBR, saved $147.04 with library borrows 

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 94/100

Halloween Bingo: 2 bingos!

Dewey Read-a-thon: 4 books read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-10-27 23:21
Vendetta in Death (In Death #49) by JD Robb
Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb

Date Published: September 3, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

Date Read: October 16-18, 2019

 

Read for Halloween Bingo Serial Killer square

 

Blurb

The predator becomes the prey in the newest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring homicide detective Eve Dallas.

She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.

The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.

Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be

I started this book one hour after finishing the last installment. I was just going to read one chapter before going to sleep....50 pages later and I finally was too tired to go on reading. The story of Lady Justice and her reign of terror was entertaining from the beginning. JD Robb signaled very early on to the reader who Lady was but the mystery came via Eve trying to get proof to go after her. I loved the grandma and the care Eve took with her. By the end of the story I just wanted to give Peabody a hug - murders she can handle, but I think being a SVU cop would break her.

 

 

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review 2019-10-27 23:04
Connections in Death (In Death #48) by JD Robb
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb

Date Published: February 5, 2019

Format: Paperback

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: September 9 - October 16, 2019

 

Read for Halloween Bingo Genre: Mystery square.

 

Blurb

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It took me a while to get invested in this story. I learned from reading this book that I like when an In Death story starts with a killing or Eve standing over a dead body; if it starts with Eve and Roarke socializing, I get bored quickly as it is usually the same old Eve-hates-dressing up-Nadine is still going on about that damn book/movie. Add to the fact that this installment introduces a new recurring (hopefully!) character Rochelle, and that is a lot of info-dumping and same old thing to slog through before we get to the killings. 

 

Once the killings start and gang warfare/politics start, this book took off. Add in an appearance from Detective Strong from Illegals and Dr. Louise (a rare sighting indeed!) and I was finally hooked. I like Rochelle and hope to see more of her in the future and I really enjoyed Crack with Rochelle. The gang politics was the most interesting part of this story. Overall, I enjoyed the book but the socializing needs to be woven into the story better and not all upfront - give me the dead bodies when I open the books.

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text 2019-10-24 17:51
TBR Thursdays* - October 24, 2019
Sarum - Edward Rutherfurd
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb

*bookish series created by Moonlight Reader

 

In my defense, your Honor, my local public library had a Friends of the Library book sale this weekend and that was the only Rutherfurd work in the pile. You understand, don't you? It was for a good cause (funding next year's Summer Reading Program) and is in paperback. 

 

 

 

Print additions

+1. Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd 

 

 

NOOK additions

Nothing. 

 

Kindle additions

Nothing.

 

Library Borrows

Physical: Nothing new. Still have one book to read that is factored into my total number.

Digital: Nothing.

 

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Print

-1. Lab Girl by Hope Jahern

 

NOOK read

Nothing. I did delete a trilogy I had for several years due to not being interested in the series anymore. So -3 books.

 

Kindle read

Nothing. 

 

Library Read and Return

-2. Vendetta in Death (In Death #49) by JD Robb

 

*Total TBR from last week: 296

*Total books added: 1

*Total books read: 2 and 3 deleted

*Total TBR #: 292

 
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