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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 3

I didn’t end up reading either of the books on last week’s discussion. I did a lot of sampling this week and then this last time I went to read, my kindle needed recharging. What is up with that! (I left the wifi on. The battery drains much faster when it’s on because Amazon downloads ads and checks on me.)

So what are the possibilities for this week!

The Murder Wall – This might be a bit too dark for some, but I’ve heard the author and books described as the English version of Nordic mysteries. I do like the occasional Nordic crime novel if they aren’t too depressing. It can be a fine line. The characters have to carry it and always have a sense of hope and cleverness. This one also happened to be on sale, so it seemed like a good book to investigate!

After the above seemed a bit dark, but a possibility, I came across this one! Dead Dancing Woman – Not British or Nordic, but intriguing!

Following an ugly divorce and the death of her father, Emily Kincaid decides what she needs most is peace and quiet and time to think, so the part-time journalist and full-time struggling mystery writer relocates to a remote house in the woods of northern Michigan. When a severed head shows up in her garbage can, Emily knows she’s been singled out, and suddenly her peaceful solitude feels a lot like isolation and vulnerability.

Discovering that the victim was a member of the Women of the Moon, a group of older local ladies who sing and dance around a bonfire in the woods late at night, Emily’s at a loss to know why anyone would want to hurt one of them. The women claim it’s a harmless act in praise of Mother Earth, a way to feel young again, but certain townspeople don’t see it that way. As Emily digs deeper, more of the women are turning up dead.

Knowing she’ll have to root out a killer to save her peaceful paradise, Emily teams up with the cantankerous Deputy Dolly and begins navigating between eccentric town gossips and reclusive neighbors who would rather be left alone. When the killer gets too close for comfort, Emily knows she’ll have to put aside her fears before the natural life she’s chosen comes to a grisly and very unnatural end.

Here’s a cozy pick. I don’t generally like antiques mysteries. No idea why. Maybe I haven’t found a good one? Death is a Cabaret has a great cover and it’s also on sale for a very cheap 99 cents. And I love the cover!

Okay obviously I’m undecided this week because I also came across this one. It’s ALSO on sale and this series is usually 6 or 7 dollars! Miss Silver Deals with Death

Update: When I went to sample the above, it was no longer on sale, but book 3, Lonesome Road, is on sale so I am sampling that one instead!

Maud Silver, governess-turned-sleuth, investigates a case of blackmail in a once-grand London apartment house.

Vandeleur House was great once. The home of a prominent court painter, its ballroom and parlors hosted the brightest of the Victorian era. Now divided into eight flats, it is an apartment building whose glorious façade conceals a nest of diabolical intrigue.

There is Maude, a young woman who was crossing the Atlantic when her steamer was struck by a Nazi torpedo. She survived; her husband did not. Then there’s Ivy, a sleepwalking maid with a curious past. And last there is Mrs. Underwood, a snobbish woman dreadfully embarrassed that she is being blackmailed by another resident. And all that drama in just one flat. There are many secrets in Vandeleur house, and it will take the full force of gentlewoman detective Maud Silver’s intuition to unravel them.

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  1. I’ve read all 5 of the books in the Deborah Morgan series. They’re very good. One interesting thing is that the main is male, and his wife is an agoraphobic. He goes to great lengths to keep her stimulated and active in the world. The mysteries can be a little darker than some cozies, but I really like the books, the characters and I’m so glad they’re finally available on Kindle. All the books in the series are priced at $2.99 or $3.99 (“Death Is A Cabaret” is $2.99 now).

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — August 6, 2017 @ 8:37 am

  2. Thanks for the info, Dee! They do look really good and I like my cozies, not necessarily darker, but more complex with complex characters!

    Comment by Maria — August 6, 2017 @ 8:53 am

  3. They aren’t dark dark, just not the lighthearted romps a lot of cozies are. There are humorous moments and the relationship between the main and his wife is sweet. He’s a retired FBI agent, so that opens the mysteries up to being more complex than a lot of cozies. Just a point of interest — Deborah Morgan is married to Loren Estleman. She also writes westerns. I’m not a big western fan, but I’ve read one or two of them.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — August 6, 2017 @ 2:23 pm

  4. PERFECT for me!

    Comment by Maria — August 6, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

  5. I haven’t been in a big mystery mood lately though my recent audiobook is pretty much a mystery adventure: The President’s Vampire is the second in the President’s Vampire series about a 140 year old vampire sworn by blood oath to protect the President and serve as his last defense against paranormal and normal threats. I’m listening to the audiobook and the actor is Bronson Pinchot who does a wonderful job.

    I also just finished Pride of Chanur which was a good scifi story. It took a bit to get into because the language barriers between cultures is hard to parse. Worth trying though.

    And while resting after a bit of heat exhaustion (from mowing the lawn for pete’s sake!) I read Traitor’s Blade which was very good. Some parts are a bit formulaic for heroic fantasy but the characters and bits of surprise and humor carry it.

    I’m about to start reading a book I picked up as a bargain thanks to Maria, Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt.

    Comment by April — August 6, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

  6. Traitor’s Blade is on a remarkable sale right now. It’s normally 14 dollars! And yes, this heat is absolutely awful. I had to come in from gardening late this afternoon. I couldn’t finish watering because it was simply too hot. I went out later, but I tell you, I am ready for fall!

    Comment by Maria — August 6, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

  7. I’ve started Heirs of Grace and while I’m only a little bit in, probably not even past the sample stage, and I’m liking it so far. I’m not a huge fan of ghost stories (I’m a wimp who scares easily) I like the tone of this one so far.

    Comment by April — August 7, 2017 @ 7:53 am

  8. LOVE ghosts!!!

    Comment by Maria — August 7, 2017 @ 8:18 am

  9. No way, really? I’d have never guessed! 😉

    Comment by April — August 7, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

  10. I finished Happily Never After. Predictable but cute.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — August 7, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

  11. Glad that it didn’t disappoint. Sometimes cute easy reads are just the thing–like maybe if you’re super busy moving…

    Comment by Maria — August 7, 2017 @ 7:27 pm

  12. I just started Daughter of the Falcon God. It’s my first from this author, but looks good so far. It kind of feels like clan of the cave bear in paradise, but the main is a 12 year old girl who has just led her family out of draught to an uninhabited lake shore of abundance. My guess is that there is a bunch of feel good ahead. That’s OK, I can take it. I’ve been struggling with a terrible cold that just won’t go away, so feel good is good.

    Comment by Elisabeth — August 8, 2017 @ 2:31 am

  13. See, that is what the elders thought Jolan would do in Year of the Mountain Lion (bring them to the shores of abundance). Didn’t quite work out that way. Perhaps this book will surprise you. Then again, you can take it if not! LOL. You are so hilarious.

    Drink some elderberry tea and eat fresh fruit to cure your cold!!!

    Comment by Maria — August 8, 2017 @ 7:35 am

  14. Margaret, I’m sure you don’t have elderberry tea on hand (or maybe you do) but if you don’t, try a nice hot black chai. It helps me when I have a cold.

    Maria, I’m further in on Heirs of Grace and it is very much NOT a ghost story. Much more of a fantasy so far. A bit freaky and with elements of ghost story but so far, no ghosts whatsoever. I’m liking it though, the main is an excellent character.

    Comment by April — August 8, 2017 @ 8:03 am

  15. Wait? What? Doesn’t everyone have elderberry tea on hand???? It kills the flu bug in its tracks (the earlier you drink it the better.)

    Comment by Maria — August 8, 2017 @ 8:57 am

  16. Flu bugs run on tracks? I learn something new every day!

    I thought elderberry tea was something hobbits drank. I was astounded to find it was a real thing. I’ve never looked for it in a store though, is it readily available?

    Comment by April — August 8, 2017 @ 9:15 am

  17. Doesn’t matter where flu runs as long as you stop it! I get the tea at Natural Grocery store. I just buy the dried berries. The tea is also sold in bottles there (for a million dollars). My regular grocery store carries it and sometimes you can find elderberry syrup in pharmacy sections. The syrup is kind of like cough medicine.

    Here are the berries at Amazon.

    You can steep them overnight and these berries go a long way. It tastes like watered down juice.

    Here is the elderberry syrup. That’s not a bad price for it either. I’d say it’s comparable to what I’ve seen other places. I think my grocery store is about 8 dollars for a bottle of juice/liquid.

    Comment by Maria — August 8, 2017 @ 9:21 am

  18. Or, you can try hot apple juice, Elisabeth. It always does the trick for me, especially for a sore throat.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — August 8, 2017 @ 11:16 am

  19. I’ve always liked mint tea when I have a cold or flu, especially if I have an unhappy tummy along with it. Hot lemonade is good for a sore throat, too. Feel better soon, Elisabeth. Summer colds are the worst.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — August 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

  20. Daughter of the Falcon God is ok. Not great but ok. The research on pre – ancient Egypt is the best part. By pre-ancient I mean transition from hunter gatherer to farmer. Plot is rather predictable, but of course, everything turns out OK, with incentives to read the next volume. But that takes place a thousand years later so my guess is that there will be different characters. The cold is better. Not great but better. Headed in the right direction.

    Comment by Elisabeth — August 9, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

  21. I’m sure that our mere suggestions of teas and whatnot led you to a quicker recovery. If I were a cold, I’d run from the lot of us!

    Comment by Maria — August 9, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

  22. One of my favorite ancient Egyptian books is Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge about Pharaoh/Queen Hatshepsut. Her nephew/son was Thothmes III (many different spellings) known as the Napoleon of Egypt.

    Her death in the book is wholly made up and, in fact, the Discovery Channel with Dr. Zahi Hawass identified her mummy and the rather pedestrian cause of her death.

    The rest of the book is based on fact and really well done.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — August 10, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

  23. Fascinating, Margaret. My favorites are the Amelia Peabody series! (But everyone knows that already).

    Comment by Maria — August 10, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

  24. Amelia Peabody is in a league of her own. 🙂

    Child of the Morning is histfic.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — August 10, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

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