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27 October 2016

Rambling About.. Alan Bradley's The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The last time I read one of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce books was in March. Even though at the time I had said that "the very last sentence was the clincher that makes me itch to start the next book sooner than later," when it came right down to it, I couldn't dive right in.

I knew that there would be feels that I didn't necessarily want to embrace quite yet.

Holy fudge was I ever right!

This book hit me hard and hit me repeatedly and I really can't say much about it without giving away whole lots of the previous five books ... so I won't even try. If you've read any of the previous books, keep going ... IN ORDER ... and then grab a box of tissues when you get here. This is a crucial installment and should not be skipped under any cirsumstances. If you haven't read any of the others, do so. Especially if you love historical mysteries, but even if you normally don't. This series is so much more than that. Start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

25 October 2016

No Witness But The Moon by Suzanne Chazin (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

I honestly don't know why I'm so enthralled with Suzanne Chazin's Jimmy Vega books. They aren't pleasant. They aren't funny. They aren't cozy. There are no ghosts or vampires or faeries or wizards. They're intense and thought-provoking and I don't seem to be able to read them without a tightening in my chest and an almost constant lump in my throat. They make me uneasy and rarely are the feelings that they provoke warm and fuzzy ones.

No Witness But The Moon is the third Jimmy Vega book and just as emotionally disturbing for me as the first two were -- and just as gripping and "ohmygoodness I can't put it down." I suppose it's possible to read them as stand-alones, but you'll understand so much more about the characters and their issues if you read them in order. 

(click on the book covers to see the rambles)

In this latest installment, homicide detective Jimmy Vega is on his way to his immigrant-activist girlfriend Adele's place when he hears over his radio that there's a break-in nearby his current location. Since he's so close he arrives on the scene first and goes in pursuit of the suspect and, believing that the man has a weapon and is about to use it, shoots him. When it turns out that the suspect was an unarmed immigrant with no prior record, the media has a freaking field day tearing him apart. The whole ordeal torments Vega mentally and emotionally -- especially when he discovers that the dead man not only had ties to his girlfriend, but also to his mother whose murder has gone unsolved for two years.

Once again, Chazin delves deep into the psychological nuances of both the immigrant society and the members of law enforcement and their families brilliantly. She doesn't shy away from the hard topics or the uncomfortable feels in the world. I look forward to revisiting Jimmy again in the future and I'm hugely thankful to Kensington and NetGalley for making this available to me.

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is the first paragraph (or two) of a book being read now or in the future and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" from Books and a Beat asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read. 


21 October 2016

Haunting Me by Nikki LeClair (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice (today 56% on my Kindle app) 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader

A week ago one of the authors I follow on Twitter retweeted a post from Nikki LeClair about her next book, Locking Up Santa, being available to pre-order for only 99 cents on Amazon. It sounds like great fun so I clicked the pre-order button immediately and then went and downloaded the first in the series, Haunting Me. I'm so ridiculously glad that I did -- in spite of the fact that it means I'm falling even further behind with my NetGalley shelf. Whoops!

Amazon Description
Phoebe Mercer has what most people envy; a wonderful boyfriend, fantastic friends and a job in the city’s top law firm. Getting engaged is just the honey in her tea! Then she gets run over by a hot dog cart, wakes up with a concussion and the ability to see ghosts. Well, one ghost. A loud, obnoxious woman who claims to have been murdered for her vast fortune.Soon, Phoebe is solving a mystery that not only threatens her relationships, but her career as well. As she begins to battle feelings for the ghost’s handsome nephew, she realizes quite a few people in her life are not as they seem. Slowly, Phoebe uncovers the secrets and lies around her, learning that in order to solve this mystery and be free of the ghost, she must lie herself. The only catch? The secrets Phoebe has kept from the people in her life could ruin everything for her, and her ghostly companion, in the end.
I've been waiting oh-so-impatiently for a follow-up to Kitty French's Melody Bittersweet and the Girls' Ghostbusting Agency and do believe that this series will tide me over quite nicely.

Right now I'm less than a quarter of the way into it, but Phoebe and her new ghost nuisance boss client friend partner companion whatever, Edie, absolutely crack me up. Phoebe is the only one who has been able to see or hear Edie since her death and it takes a bit of ghost-trickery (walking through walls, appearing out of thin air, etc) for Phoebe to even believe that she isn't just some crazy posh elderly woman. Then not only does Edie tell Phoebe that she has to help solve her murder -- but she's convinced that Phoebe's uptight and horrific boss at the law firm is the one who killed her! And all of this thanks to Phoebe being run over by a hot dog cart ...