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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 5

Oh, what to read! Will there even be time to read???

Stranger at the Wedding

I’ve been waiting forever for this book to go on sale. I checked again today and…headdesk! It says I bought it three years ago. GAH! My life organization is so lacking, I completely forgot I bought it! So I guess this will be the book I’ll read. It was highly recommended to me. Three years ago.

The new cover is uglier than the original cover, so I’m putting up the original.

Kyra was preparing for her final wizard test before the Council. But suddenly, something was twisting her magic, weaving sinister portents of doom into even the simplest of her spells. Then she knew for certain that her young sister Alix was soon to marry–and soon to die. And so she journeyed back to the family who had disowned her. To save her sister, Kyra would have to face down her father’s rage, stand firm against the venomous rivalries of her family’s enemies, and confront the Inquisition. Then she must defeat a still deadlier foe–if only she could find it!

Posted: August 20, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 4

What to read, what to read?

We had company this weekend so I haven’t had much time browse. Not only that it’s been blistering hot with no relief in sight. This week has some UGLY temperatures forecast with every day at or near 100. Not my kind of weather. The first item on my wishlist was a set of flannel sheets…obviously my wishlist is not doing the job here!

Some random selections:

Police at the Funeral

The tranquility of Cambridge is punctured when Cousin Andrew of the illustrious Faraday family disappears without a trace. No time is wasted in summoning Albert Campion and his sleuthing skills away from the bustle of Piccadilly to investigate – but little does he expect to be greeted by a band of eccentric relatives all at daggers with each other.

Soon there are as many dead bodies as there are red herrings, and Campion must uncover the secrets of the Faraday dynasty before another victim falls…

This is a stand-alone title within Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series.

Demon Leap I am not sure how she expects to hit her target with her head down, but I admit, I have never tried to shoot a gun while being propelled backwards and with that much hair in my face.

The Specials: magic misfits and criminals who earn big money doing illegal magic jobs. For Arrow St. Martx, the danger and the risks are high. Magic assassination, kidnapping, assault–there’s a good chance she and the others could be killed or wish they had been. But she’s on a mission to overthrow the corrupt government and she needs the Specials to help her do it. It’s just too bad she doesn’t trust them.

The Architect, the mysterious young man who travels within time and space and controls the Specials, is as intriguing as he is dangerous. He wants Arrow, and he’s upended her life to get her. Teaming with The Architect might be the smartest move Arrow could make…or it could be the deadliest. But no matter what it takes or who she has to align herself with, Arrow is going to rewrite history.

Posted: August 13, 2017
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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.