Before she began writing the excellent Perveen Mistry historical mystery series, Sujata Masssey wrote a number of titles in the Rei Shimura series. I truly loved these books which take place in both the U.S. and Japan. There are ongoing characters to follow, murders and, in each, a chance to learn more about an aspect of Japanese culture. Highly recommended.
A Rom-Com Novel
by Natalie Caña
Here is an enjoyable rom com. Readers who finish this can next think about who they might cast if there were a movie version.
Here we have two people from different backgrounds. Kamilah is of Puerto Rican descent. She is trying to get her family to update their restaurant. Will she succeed? One thing is certain; they will not make it easy for her to have her way.
Liam, whose grandfather is a distiller, has his own issues. Something is wrong with his granddad and he is going to have to step up.
These two have known each other forever. They have their own careers though.
What do their two seemingly quite different families want for them? Will it happen? Readers who like this genre can surely answer these questions. What I can say is that they will enjoy watching the story to unfold. I especially enjoyed the food and beverages in this tale…and, of course, the protagonists.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 07 June 2022
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“This delightful mix of food, familia, and culture will leave readers hungry for more.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
by Carrie Doyle
Here is a cozy mystery that is just perfect for our current season. The story takes place in one of the most storied and wealthy vacation spots, East Hampton, in, yes, THE Hamptons (New York).
This is the third in a series although I think that it can be read as a standalone. This time Antonia is investigating a cold case. She is hired by a rather cold individual as well.
There are many secrets to uncover and Antonia is kept busy with her investigation and her inn. Matters are further complicated when individuals from Antonia’s past start to appear. Readers can sit back and relax as Antonia handles everything.
This book would make an ideal beach read. Get some sand between your toes, glance out at the water and turn the pages…or turn the pages from your couch.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 24 Nov 2020
Here is this year’s edition of a perennial favorite, this time edited by Sara Paretsky. There is a good selection within these pages. Just some of the featured authors include Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates and Colson Whitehead. Many of the other authors were new discoveries for me. I especially enjoyed Better Austens by Susan Frith.
In addition, the book begins with two introductions. Readers get to find out what both the venerable Otto Penzler and favorite author, Sara Paretsky have to share.
I tend to gravitate to novels over short stories but sometimes a shorter read is better. For those times, there is a lot to enjoy here.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Otto Penzler Publishing for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 13 Sep 2022
From the Short List for this week:
Ever since the publication of her first novel, I have looked forward to each yearly entry in this historical mystery series.
The books that Ms. Montgomery writes follow a number of characters, many of whom are women of principle living in a town where they are continually challenged. Lily became Sheriff after the death of her husband. She has subsequently faced many difficult situations. Lily’s friend Marvena has a strong presence on the page as well as does Hildy. These are characters for whom readers will care. Each novel seems to bind them more closely together. In this entry, there is a new person in Esme. Readers will learn how she is connected to Lily and will hope that she is able to survive her own challenges.
At the same time, there is a local situation calling for Lily’s skills in investigation. An amusement park opening that should be fun leads to complex doings that span generations.
I both read and listened to this one. The narrator does a good job of telling this story. She speaks so clearly that readers are easily able to follow and become involved with the characters and plot. I had read the other books so it was a treat to listen and hear the voices of characters who had previously existed in my mind.
The books in this series are best read in order. They can be both bleak and life affirming. These are small town stories that are anything but cozies. I recommend them all.
Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Macmillan audio. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 29 Mar 2022
100 Puzzles to do anywhere, anytime
by Roland Hall, TIM DEDOPULOS
As many already know, Wordle has become quite the craze. Lots of people do Wordle every day and look forward to this quick and engaging challenge. Now, kids can have fun doing Wordle too. What could be better?
Within these pages are 100 puzzles that are organized by level of difficulty. In each, children just fill in the last set of boxes. The title of each puzzle also offers a clue. As they become more comfortable, the challenge increases. Some kids may be ready for the adult puzzle after working through this one.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto-Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 12 Jul 2022
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