He cares for them: Six Ostriches (by Philipp Schott)

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To begin with, I found the title and the cover of this novel to be intriguing. When I learned that it was a mystery (a favorite genre of mine), I knew that I wanted to read it.

I enjoyed the Canadian setting, the vet protagonist, his wife and the vet’s pet. They added to the pleasure of reading this story. That said, there are some serious themes here including some about white supremacists.

What is the significance of an old, old coin? Is it worth harming other creatures or people for? Read this one to find out. Along the way, spend time with a vet who has a unique personality and a wife who is there for him.

This is the second in the series. Some readers may want to read the books in order.

Many thanks to NetGalley and ECW Press for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 23 May 2023

What happens when it’s a: Hard Dough Homicide (by Olivia Matthews)

This title is the second entry in Olivia Matthews’s new series following on Against the Currant. As readers can tell from the book’s titles, there is good food here…oh, and murder!

Protagonist Lyndsay owns the Spice Isle Bakery along with her family. She also becomes involved in a crime when her mother’s old boss does not survive a catered event. This sets the stage for Lyndsay’s investigation.

What follows is a fun and enjoyable cozy mystery. There are lots of suspects, a good Brooklyn setting in the Little Caribbean neighborhood, and a bakery with things I wish I could actually eat.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this title. I look forward to the next in the series. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 23 May 2023

‘The Tale of Genji’ Is More Than 1,000 Years Old. What Explains Its Lasting Appeal? – The New York Times

The book is often described as the world’s first novel and a touchstone of Japanese literature. But some of its themes, including its take on gender and power, have echoed over centuries.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2023/04/15/books/tale-of-genji-japan-women.html