So here is my reading wrap up for March, April, and May.
1. Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb - 4 stars
2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera - 3.5 stars
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - 2.5 stars
1. Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich - 4.5 stars
2. A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin - 3 stars
3. The Scandalous Suffragette by Eliza Redgold - 3 stars
4. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - 5 stars
5. Beauty Queens by Libby Bray - 4 stars
6. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby - 4 stars
1. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - 1 star
2. Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War by David A. Nichols - 4 stars
3. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow - 5 stars
4. Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles - DNF
5. Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine - 1 star
6. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh - 4.5 stars
7. The Dead & the Gone (Last Survivors #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer - 3 stars
8. 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal - 3 stars
9. The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery - 4 stars
10. A New Life (West Meets East #1) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars
Goals and Challenges:
GoodReads: 40/125 (32%)
Library Love: 17/24 (70%) - I am thinking of moving up my goal to the next level
Participated in BoB28
Participated BL's Snakes & Ladders 2020
Participated in Dewey RAT
Participated in 24 in 48 Stay at Home RAT
I'm about 60% through this book and found out at the time i finished chapter one it was a series. I was encouraged to continue cause it started out sooo slow. Now I'm getting through it and true it did pick up spead, and I'm this far through I will not leave it unfinished, however I just don't know if I will continue the series which worries me. I usually have made up my mind by now... Guess we will see where it leaves me in the end.
The author starts this instalment with an apology in advance; the book is set in Africa - Kenya - during the late 20's/early 30's, a time when race relations and the views of the British Empire (as were the rest of the world) were shameful.
This had me braced for difficult reading, but I have to say, that was not the disclaimer I needed. In true cozy style, Bowen acknowledged the dichotomy and inequality between white and black without really verbalising it. What caught me unawares (and shouldn't have; I can only wonder if the pre-apology diverted me), was the casual references to hunting big game. Of course it was a thing back then, and of course I should have seen it coming.
The other unexpected part of the story was the behaviour of the upper class in Kenya; a risqué path for a cozy, but done well by the author, and based on actual events and a real person: Lady Idina Sackville. Bowen closes with a short bibliography of texts she used in an effort to write about the times accurately.
All in all, another enjoyable instalment in a long-running series that has remained fairly strong throughout, balancing cheeky naiveté and interesting murder plots.