The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is now hosted at Book Date
So, you may have noticed it’s been a little while. I apologise for my absence, I’ve been pretty ill for the last few weeks, a nasty flare up of a chronic medical condition that got complicated. I couldn’t even pick up a book for almost three weeks.
I still need to take it easy for a little while, so things might be slower around here than usual, but I hope to get back on track sooner rather than later.
What I Read Since I last Posted
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
Host by Robin Cook
The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill
The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Reap the Wind by Karen Chance
(click the titles to read my reviews)
Because I’ve been ill, I wasn’t able to write full reviews and if I try to catch up I will drive myself crazy so I’ve mostly written just a sentence or two to give a general impression.
Review: Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt
A thought about: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
A thought about: A Better Man by Leah McLaren
A thought about: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
A thought about: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
A thought about: Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
Blog Tour Review: The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill
A thought about: Host by Robin Cook
About: Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
What I Am Reading Today
It’s been more than a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he’s not coping well. He’s back to drinking, he’s not talking to his father, the LAPD Special Projects Department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him day and night. And while Jacob has tried to build a bridge to his mother, she remains a stranger to him, imprisoned inside her own tattered mind. Then he comes across the file for a gruesome unsolved murder that brings the two halves of his life into startling collision.
Finding the killer will take him halfway around the world, to Paris—the city of romance, but also of gritty streets, behind the lights. It’s a dangerous search for truth that plunges him into the past. And for Jacob Lev, there is no place more frightening.
What I Plan To Read This Week
(click the covers to view at Goodreads)
Sonja Kurtz – former soldier, supposedly retired mercenary – is in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter sends a call for help. Emma is on a dig at the edge of Namibia’s Etosha National Park studying archaeology and she’s discovered a body that dates back to the country’s liberation war of the 1980s. The remains, identified as Hudson Brand, are a key piece of a puzzle that will reveal the location of a modern-day buried treasure. A find people will kill for. Sonja returns to the country of her birth to find Emma, but she’s missing. Former CIA agent Hudson Brand is very much alive and is also drawn back to Namibia to finally solve a decades-old mystery whose clues are entombed in an empty corner of the desert.
The story begins with a dinner party invitation. When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions. Then he meets Matilda Duplaine. Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives — and the lives of everyone around them — forever.
Brighton, winter 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max’s headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ’of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it’s not long before the press nickname them ‘Hansel and Gretel’. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie’s unfinished – and rather disturbing – last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime? For Stan (aka the Great Diablo), who’s also appearing in Aladdin, the case raises more personal memories. Back before the Great War, he witnessed the murder of a young girl while he was starring in another show, an event which has eerie parallels to the current case. Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But with both distracted by their own personal problems, neither can afford to miss a trick. For Annie and her friend, time is running out…
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