It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

A perfectly ordinary week passed by, though for the first time in six months my BFF and her husband come for dinner on the weekend. We’ve been playing it safe because my BFF has compromised health, so It was lovely to catch up face to face.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Over My Dead Body by Dave Warner

The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

Wasp Season by Jennifer Scoullar

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Review: Over My Dead Body by Dave Warner

Review: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

Review: Wasp Season by Jennifer Scoullar

Bookish Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away.

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They call her ‘the gangbuster’.

The police force can be a tough place for a woman, but Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace rose to the top with grace, humour and an iconic sense of style. In her incredible 36-year career with NSW Police, Wallace took on murderers and drug suppliers, and dismantled the state’s most nefarious gangs.

Tenacious, perceptive and sharp, Wallace commanded a range of police crime squads, bringing order to the wild west of 1990s Cabramatta and busting criminal bikie gangs with Strike Force Raptor, until her retirement in late 2019. Her inner strength and empathy meant that she was a constant go-to for some of the state’s toughest cases, and her poise and compassion earned her a special place in the lives and hearts of her colleagues – and the grudging respect of her criminal foes.

In Wallace’s official biography, veteran crime writer Mark Morri brings to life the jaw-dropping true story of a police trailblazer and woman of force.

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In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones). With the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), he belongs to an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelled surnames, a reading-room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, a right-handed bookseller named Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find their quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

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A former soldier turned PI solves crime in a world that’s lost its magic in this brilliant sequel to actor Luke Arnold’s debut The Last Smile in Sunder City.

The name’s Fetch Phillips–what do you need?

Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure.

Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot.

Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley.

What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back.

Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world.

But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.

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Thanks for stopping by!

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 02:43:30

    How wonderful you got to meet IN PERSON with your friend. My first small gather during this time was in late August and it felt surreal. Glad you were able to make it happen.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 02:54:14

    So many tempting titles! I have my eye on The Mother Fault, as well as The Survivors and A Woman of Force. Enjoy! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 02:54:34

    I’m so happy you were able to get together with your friends. Jane Harper is one I want to read. Sometime. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 03:50:14

    We had a dinner-on-the-front-porch last night with friends. We love to eat seafood in Galveston with them, but, of course, don’t want to do that right now, so we did a delivery and ate and talked on our front porch. I know exactly how you feel about seeing friends after a long absence.

    I need to go take a look at your review of The Exiles. The Garth Nix book sounds very interesting, too.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 03:54:45

    That’s great that you got to see your friend in person. How much we took that for granted before!

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  6. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 04:00:34

    Glad to hear you got to catch up with a friend.

    Oh, didn’t know there’s a new Jane Harper. Must check that out! Have a great week!

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  7. gulfsidemusing
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 04:14:50

    How wonderful that you were finally able to see your friend in person! Lots of great titles to consider here, too… I do want to try Jane Harper. Have a good week!

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  8. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 05:35:17

    I’m glad you were able to visit with your friend! I’m ready for a visit back home but I keep postponing it. Since my husband works in the hospital, I would have to fly to get there, and I would be staying with my parents or grandmother, who are at risk, it feels safest to stay away for their sakes.

    Enjoy your week!

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  9. vvb
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 06:09:45

    Ooo, enjoy that Jane Harper. Have another good week.

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  10. shanaqui
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 09:00:36

    I really have to get started on both The Left-Handed Booksellers and Dead Man in a Ditch! Gah, I’m so behind on ARCs, but I’m looking forward to both of these. Hope you enjoy!

    My weekly roundup post.

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  11. 1girl2manybooks
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 12:11:36

    Nice that you got to meet up with your friend. I think we’ve had dinner with one other family once in the past…..6 months? I’m looking forward to hopefully some restrictions easing and being able to catch up with a few people again soon.

    I am so keen for The Survivors.

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  12. Anne Bennett
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 14:38:32

    GARTH NIX! That is me screaming. He has a new book? Eek. Must go find it immediately.

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  13. Greg
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 14:51:11

    Sometimes an ordinary week is just perfect. Glad you got to see your BFF. That’s nice, especially in these trying times!

    The Survivor looks great.

    Hope your new week is a good one!

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  14. Kathryn
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 15:51:58

    The police woman’s biography looks good. Love strong women. Nice to have your friend over for a meal at last. We are dropping a level here tonight so less restrictions but I’ve decided I am not getting into big crowds for now.

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 22:21:55

    I’m glad you got to spend time with your BFF. I was supposed to meet up with mine in October, but I had to cancel because I don’t want to get on a plane right now. Have a great week!

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  16. the bookworm
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 22:56:00

    That’s nice you got to visit with your friend. Happy reading this week, The Survivors sounds good.

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  17. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 23:17:23

    I am so glad that you got to see your BFF again!! We need our friends right now!

    And that left-handed book looks good!

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  18. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 00:30:34

    All these books sound wonderful. I hope you enjoy them. Dead Man in A Ditch sounds great.

    How nice that you had a chance to see your friends again. We have been keeping our distance from my mother-in-law. It’s been tough, so I understand how thrilled you must be.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/09/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-sep-21.html

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  19. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 01:17:59

    It’s so nice to finally see people in person, isn’t it? I’m glad you got to enjoy! You have a few upcoming books I’m looking forward to — can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 03:54:40

    Interesting looking variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Louise H
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 04:56:11

    It must have been lovely to see your friend. Sadly we’re going back into a tighter restrictions in the UK as Covid is back on the increase.
    Have a great reading week.

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  22. Yvonne
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 08:28:57

    A perfectly ordinary week sounds good to me 🙂

    That Jane Harper book looks like something I would like. I’ll have to add it to my list. Hope you have a great week. Take care and stay safe.

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  23. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 09:48:20

    Oh, I like your Babushka doll banner. So true. And I’m curious about your review of The Exiles. I’m going to check it out.

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  24. Jen
    Sep 22, 2020 @ 16:33:59

    Glad to hear you got to have a nice little visit :). And, The Survivors book sounds like it’d be a really great read, will have to check that out!

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  25. Susan
    Sep 23, 2020 @ 11:26:09

    I’m glad you got to visit with your BFF. nice! It’s good to know there’s a new Jane Harper coming out …. thanks for vetting that one for us. I have read her other books. It sounds like it’s not an Aaron Falks book right?

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  26. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 24, 2020 @ 02:24:20

    I think I need to read another Jane Harper book; everyone seems to read multiples and perhaps I didn’t read the best one as my first go-around.

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  27. Maureen Bakker
    Sep 24, 2020 @ 07:14:42

    The Survivors sounds like a gun read.
    I’m glad to read you got to visit your friend. That’s so nice.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  28. Marg
    Sep 26, 2020 @ 19:58:50

    How nice that you got to catch up with your friend! A sign of normality!

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  29. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Sep 27, 2020 @ 11:21:40

    So glad you got to spend time with your BFF again!

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