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

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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Well, working as an election official on Saturday was an interesting experience. You certainly encounter a range of … personality’s, shall we say. These were council elections across the state of NSW and, as I’ve mentioned before voting is compulsory in Australia, which means you have to show up to have your name crossed off the electoral roll. It was a long day, but I’d do it again.

I still haven’t quite finished shopping for Christmas, I also have birthday presents to buy for my husband (23rd Dec), youngest son (30th Dec), and youngest daughter (8th Jan). If you live in Australia and are in need of a last minute gift, check out my review of the Bionic Book Subscription Service.

Reminder: Sign up for the 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Unforgiven by Sarah Barrie

The Spy’s Wife by Fiona McIntosh

The Waterhole by Lily Malone

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New Posts…

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Review: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss (Ed)

Nonfiction November Week 5: New to my TBR

Review: Game On: Tempting Twenty Eight by Janet Evanovich

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #11

Books make the best gifts: Bionic Book Subscription

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


The Brighton police force is on the hunt for another killer, but this time they have some competition—a newly formed all-women’s private eye firm, led by none other than the police chief’s wife.

Newly minted PI Emma Holmes and her partner Sam Collins are just settling into their business when they’re chosen for a high-profile case: retired music-hall star Verity Malone hires them to find out who poisoned her husband, a theater impresario. Verity herself has been accused of the crime. The only hitch—the Brighton police are already on the case, putting Emma in direct competition with her husband, police superintendent Edgar Stephens.

Soon Emma realizes that Verity’s life intersects closely with her own—most notably in their mutual connection, Max Mephisto, who has returned to England from America with his children and famous wife, Hollywood star Lydia Lamont. Lydia, desperately bored in the countryside, catches wind of what Emma and Sam are up to and offers her services. What secret does Lydia know about Verity’s past?”

The team of female PIs circle closer to the killer, with the Brighton police hot on their tail. The clues suggest they’re looking for a criminal targeting the old music-hall crew. How long will it be before that trail leads straight back to Max?

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Two bodies. One long hot summer. A town that will never be the same.

When Adam Lawson’s wrecked car is found a kilometre from Daisy Baker’s body, the whole town assumes it’s an open and shut case. But Jesse Redpath isn’t from Canticle Creek. Where she comes from, the truth often hides in plain sight, but only if you know where to look.

When Jesse starts to ask awkward questions, she uncovers a town full of contradictions and a cast of characters with dark pasts, secrets to hide and even more to lose.

As the temperature soars, and the ground bakes, the wilderness surrounding Canticle Creek becomes a powderkeg waiting to explode.

All it needs is one spark.

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1900 Melbourne, Victoria

Miss Prudence North is freshly returned from university in Scotland and determined to find her place among the male-dominated world of the new forensic sciences when a high-ranking policeman waylays her. He threatens to charge her father for illegal medical practices unless she helps him build a case against local landowner Jasper Darke by spying on him.

With her sister’s illness worsening, if their income disappears, Prudence will have to take on nursing and domestic duties and she’ll never have the freedom she craves. Prudence has no choice but to agree.

Immediately taken with the handsome Mr Darke, a seemingly good and honest man, Prudence can’t see what nefarious activities she’s meant to be reporting on. She’ll have to get closer…

But when a body turns up at her father’s surgery, the forensics reveal to Prudence there’s more going on about all this than meets the eye. It’s clear it’s up to her to uncover the truth – of this murder, of whatever’s going on at the surgery after hours and, especially, of the intriguing Jasper Darke. Her life, her family and her future rely on it.

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Four perfect strangers. Three days. Can one weekend away change your life? The unputdownable new drama by one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers.

Coming together for a writing workshop with bestselling author Jan Goldstein, four strangers converge upon a luxury forest retreat. But along with their notepads and laptops, each of the participants has brought some emotional baggage.

Beth is a solo parent and busy career woman haunted by a tragic car accident. Simone, the youngest at 26, is a successful Instagram star but she’s hiding behind a facade. Jamie is the only man. He’s a handsome personal trainer – but he looks out of place with a pen in his hand. Finally, Alice is a wife and mum recovering from postnatal depression. She and Jamie soon realise they are not such perfect strangers after all.

Only one thing is for sure: on this creative getaway, nothing will go according to script.

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Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance I’m reading #CanticleCreek #TheProdigalSister #TheLongWeekend #TheMidnightHour

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. natflixandbooks
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 01:35:55

    That does sound like an interesting experience! The Midnight Hour sounds fun. Happy reading!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 01:58:19

    You have a lot of birthdays around busy holiday time. This time must be a very busy time for you.

    The Bionic Book Subscription sounds like a great gift option for someone in Australia.

    The Long Weekend seems promising. I’ll look for it!

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  3. Trin Carl
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 02:41:20

    I love birthdays so near the holidays Makes it even more memorable. Share some fun pics if you have a chance.

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  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 02:46:57

    So many gifts! My sister, mom, and niece all have birthdays near Christmas, so I can relate to the gift overload. Good luck with all the shopping.

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  5. Nadene (TtllyAdd2Reading)
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 03:53:25

    I once had to work as an election official and it’s not an experience I wish to repeat.

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  6. Gretchen
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 04:08:13

    Working as an election official has always sounded interesting to me. It sounds like your experience definitely was.

    We have a few birthdays near Christmas in our family too.

    I like the sound of The Prodigal Sister.

    Have a good week!

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  7. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 04:36:51

    I am still eyeing The Midnight Hour…and now I want to read The Long Weekend. I like the idea of compulsory voting.

    Enjoy your week! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 05:17:57

    Wow that is a lot of birthdays so close to Christmas! Have a good week!

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  9. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 05:48:30

    I hope you enjoy all the birthdays and holidays. I’m still trying to be cautious about how much we go out and about. I’m glad the election work was interesting. I’ve read Elly Griffiths but not that series.

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  10. Lory
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 05:54:22

    You have some exciting books under way! I just finished A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear, a book that been on my radar for a long time. Next I’m picking up Brainstorm, about brain development in adolescence – very timely as I have a 15 year old, but I like that the author emphasizes that we can still benefit from understanding how the brain transforms during this time into adulthood.

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  11. gulfsidemusing
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 08:14:56

    Being an election official must have been quite an experience! I’m not done with my shopping either, but hope to finish up within the next few days. Hope you have a great week.

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  12. Greg
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 08:22:08

    Ooh you have lots of birthdays around the holiday times! A busy Dec I imagine…

    And the voting I bet WAS interesting. The way things are here now I can only imagine lol.

    Be well this week 🙂

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 10:19:03

    This year we’ve all agreed to only buy gifts for the youngest generation, which really makes things easier (and cheaper). Having 3 birthdays near Christmas would be too much pressure for me! 🙂

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  14. WendyW
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 11:02:17

    Your family sure has a lot of birthdays around Christmas. Being an election official is so interesting and an important job.

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  15. yvonne473
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 11:04:01

    The Midnight Hour looks really good. I hope you have a great week!

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  16. Carla
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 13:40:57

    So, just out of curiosity, what happens to the people who don’t vote? That is a lot of birthdays around the holidays, good luck finding gifts. Enjoy our upcoming reads.

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  17. sandysbookaday
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 15:53:28

    I am also reading the midnight hour this week Shelleyrae. Enjoy your reads. ❤📚🎄

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  18. Adrian
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 19:17:22

    Signed up for the non fiction challenge, looking forward to expanding my literary horizons.

    That’s a lot of gifts! My brother lives in Melbourne and has told me before about voting being compulsory. It’s an interesting idea, I wonder is there a higher rate of spoiled ballots?

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  19. sjhigbee
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 00:50:03

    Urg! I share your pain! We also have a bunch of birthdays around Christmas. In addition to my grandson and my mother’s birthday in December, there is my daughter’s (21st), my mother-in-law (23rd) and my sister-in-law (2nd Jan). Unlike you, I haven’t even really started. I love Elly Griffiths – I’m still working my way through her Ruth Galloway series, so haven’t really got into this one. I hope you enjoy it, along with your other reads this week. Take care, Shelleyrae:).

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  20. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 01:22:40

    You probably do meet quite a few different personalities doing something like that! I am curious.. what happens if someone doesn’t vote? Do they get fined?

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  21. 🤍The Butterfly Reader 🖤 (Querying) (@sweet_cherry69)
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 03:35:23

    The Midnight Hour sounds really good

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  22. Kathryn
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 04:46:38

    Glad your election day went okay – lot of work though. The Long Weekend looks good. I have liked a couple of her other books.

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  23. Lisa notes...
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 06:45:42

    You have a lot of birthdays close to Christmas! That’s tricky. 🙂 Lots of interesting titles here.

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  24. Susan
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 11:09:49

    It’s great you volunteered at the election site. It should be compulsory here too. I’m still trying to become a citizen to vote … but it’s been almost 2 years now …. and I’m still waiting! ugh

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  25. Mystica
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 23:53:34

    Christmassy birthdays sounds a lot of fun as well. Enjoy the holidays.

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  26. dianthaa
    Dec 08, 2021 @ 06:28:44

    I’ve been putting off buying Christmas presents because everyone keeps asking me what I want for my bday (idk? more books? less books?) and I hadn’t realized it’s getting pretty late! panic time

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