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The Week In Books: October 8 – October 14

As suspected, I’ve been so busy with my visit from Him Indoors that I haven’t done as much reading as last week. But I regret nothing!

Read:

Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

Death of a Russian Doll by Barbara Early

Started:

Skin Tight by Carl Hiassen

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

No books bought – and I now have a proper library card too!

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Book of the Week: Legwork

After a good week of reading last week I was spoilt for choice forBotW options, but in the end I went for a new to me author and series that I picked up in a secondhand shop during one of my lunchtime strolls through Washington DC.

Paperback copy of Legwork

Casey is a private eye. Or at least she would be if it wasn’t for a spell in jail that means that she can’t get a licence in her current home in North Carolina. What she actually is, is the person doing all the hard work for Bobby D, an overweight eating machine who doesn’t want to do anything that means he needs to leave the office. Casey’s current job is some security work for a local senatorial candidate. Mary Lee Masters decided she needed extra protection when she started getting threatening phone calls, so when she finds a dead body in her car it’s Casey she calls for help. Soon Casey is investigating some very seedy dealings and trying to keep the fact that she doesn’t have a licence under wraps from Detective Bill Butler.

Long-term readers may remember me tearing a streak through Janet Evanovich’s back catalogue, in particular the Stephanie Plum series, and that I’m always looking for books and series that scratch a similar itch. I think this might be one of them. Casey is a so much fun to read about. She’s smart and tough and knows what she’s good at – and she’s good at her job. Casey is no damsel in distress who needs rescuing. She’s running away from her past, but she knows she’s doing it and that she’ll have to face up to it some day. The mystery is well plotted and twisty and all the characters are well drawn. I also really liked Southern setting, which is so well described I can almost smell it. I’ll definitely be looking for the next book in the series.

Legwork first came out in 1997 – three years after Stephanie Plum, which makes it another older series which I’ve discovered years after the fact. Clearly I need to do some more research and digging to see if there are anymore unconventional female sleuth series from that era that I’m missing out on.

As I mentioned earlier, my copy was secondhand, but it’s still available in Kindle or in paperback if you want to take a look. In fact the whole series is available for free on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a member (which I’m not, we all know I’ve got enough access to books as it is and the to-read pile is already massive!)

Happy Reading!

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The Week In Books: October 1 – October 7

This is more like it isn’t it? I’m back in the grove and have also discovered some of Washington’s bookshops, which may be dangerous! But I’ve also joined the library, so that may help reduce temptation! The first of my visitors from home arrives this week, so the reading run may not continue…

Read:

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu

Frill Kill by Laura Childs

Legwork by Katy Munger

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

At Last by Jill Shalvis

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor by Rhys Bowen

Started:

Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen

Death of a Russian Doll by Barbara Early

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Five books bought – two secondhand, three new. And two library books borrowed too.

Bonus picture: part of the cozy crime section in my local Barnes and Noble!

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Book of the Week: Paperback Crush

Another super quick BotW post – I’m sorry.  It’s been so busy. And it’s a day late because of the end of the month Stats.  Sorry again.  Anyway, this week’s BotW gave me some happy hours reminiscing about some of my teenage reading last week, and I thought it was worth a mention here.  If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you’ll know that I’ve written a fair bit about fiction for teenage girls and middle graders in the past – from my weekend at a book conference all about them, through my enduring love of classics like Drina and the Chalet School, through new books like the Wells and Wong series, the Sinclair Mysteries and everything in between, so you can probably tell from looking at the cover that Paperback Crush would be right up my street…

Cover of Paperback Crush

Paperback Crush’s subtitle is “The Totally Radical History of 80s and 90s Teen Fiction” and author Gabrielle Moss takes a fairly deep dive into the American books of those two decades.  If you read the Babysitters Club, any of the Sweet Valley iterations or the revamped Nancy Drews, there’s something here for you.  I was delighted to rediscover a couple of series’ I’d forgotten about  – like the boarding school series which I read a few of in the school library and was never able to find again.  This also covers some of the single titles and the notable authors – like  Caroline B Cooney’s Face on the Milk Carton, and it’s sequels which I remember devouring as an early teen and then watching the TV movie of!

This is an exclusively American book though, so if like me, you were a reader in the UK, some of your favourites and the series that you remember most won’t be here – there’s no Trebizon for example, which was one of the few “new” boarding school stories I remember reading.  It’s also exclusively about girls fiction – so there’s no three investigators, or Hardy Boys – but it does touch on career books a little.

My copy came via NetGalley, but Paperback Crush is out at the end of the month in the US and the UK – my suspicion is that you’ll need to order it in specially, rather than happen across it in the store.  Here’s the link for Amazon paperback and Kindle pre-orders if you want to get your bids in early.

Happy Reading!

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September Stats

New books read this month: 24*

Books from the to-read pile: 10

Ebooks read: 14

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 9

#ReadHarder categories completed: 9

Pop Sugar categories completed: 13

Most read author: Sue Grafton (four books)

Books read this year:  258

Books bought: 3 ebooks, 3 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 583 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

This is coming at you a day late because the month started on a Monday, sorry about that.  And it’s probably not a surprise that the monthly total for this month is down, as I’ve moved across to another continent and had a lot to do.  But I also didn’t buy too many books, so the tbr shelf should be a net reduction…

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (0 this month)

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The Week In Books: September 24 – September 30

I don’t know of you noticed but it was a bit of a busy news week. Also I want to the baseball, and I came home with a baseball from a player which I sort of caught  basically this week’s list is short. Sorry, not sorry.

Read:

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Foster

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

Started:

To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

And I went to Barnes and Noble, so the fact that I restrsined myself to just one book should actually be celebrated.  Even if it was an omnibus. And I bought an ebook earlier in the week too.  So sue me.

Bonus picture: my baseball from Marlins @ Nats on Tuesday night.

My game day baseball