Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 438: Recently Read

Below are featured the latest books completed this year. I am now 74/80 in this year's goal for the Goodreads Challenge. As always, click on any cover or link for more information.


: Aunt Dimity Goes West is the twelfth book in this popular series by Nancy Atherton. While the majority of the series is set in the UK, this one takes us to a mountainside in Colorado. Really liked this one. Peg Cochran was the Featured Cozy Author for October, and Berried Secrets is book one of her Cranberry Cove series. Will definitely get round to reading book two at some point. Éclair and Present Danger is another first-in-series and an okay read.

ROW 2: A couple months ago, B&N had a HUGE sale on all books by Georgette Heyer and — I confess — I went a bit nuts, picking up a ton of books by her I did not have. Hey, they were only $1.99 each when they usually charge $14 per ebook. Who wouldn't take advantage of a sale like that?! (Incidentally, I just checked, and Heyer's books are currently $4.99 ea — not as good as the sale a couple months ago, but still a huge savings.) Anyway, Envious Casca was one of her mysteries I picked up and was a good read. Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross in book four in her Maine Clam Bake series, and I liked this one more than book three. Golden Malicious is the seventh book in Sheila Connolly's Orchard series, and I have a few more to catch up on — and that's just in this series.

ROW 3: Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile series is one I am quite behind in, Murder Under Cover only being book four of ten. Likewise with Elizabeth Lynn Casey’s Southern Sewing Circle series — Pinned for Murder is book three of eleven. The reading of this one was well-timed, as it begins just after a hurricane has hit — and I read it as Matthew was bearing down on the East Coast. The Red Book of Primrose House was another good read, and is book two of Marty Wingate's Potting Shed series.

ROW 4: Appropriately enough, I finished Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie on Halloween. Another good mystery from the Grand Dame of the genre! Midnight Crossroad was read in anticipation of an appearance by Charlaine Harris at the Wisconsin Book Festival in October. It was without a doubt one of the best events of the long weekend. She is hilarious and quite personable. If you are unfamiliar with her name, Harris wrote the Sookie Stackhouse series (Basis for HBO's True Blood), the Midnight, Texas trilogy (now the basis of an NBC series to debut in February), the Aurora Teagarden series (now a Hallmark series), and two other series. 11 is a rom-suspense by Kylie Brant, part of a 12-book boxed set I purchased for my Nook some time ago, and it was quite the page-turner.

ROW 5: Matilda was read for a "pink" challenge, and is the fourth book read this year by Roald Dahl and, you may have noticed — the only book on the list without a mystery element. Pure coincidence, I assure you.

Your turn: What are you reading?

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Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I love that you have Roald Dahl on your reading list. He was my favourite author as a kid and I've been thinking of re-reading his novels now that I'm in my 20s, I wonder if I'll still love his writing just as much. Great job on being so close to your reading goal this year. I looked on my GR reading challenge list and I'm 10 books behind lol. Happy reading!
-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Heather said...

Thanks, Kimberly! I was surprised that I am five books ahead of my goal. I lowered it from 100 to 80 this year, knowing I would be busier. It looks like I may exceed my goal, but I doubt by much. :)

Lea said...

Some of these I recognize the author, but I'm not sure if I read the book you have featured. I do remember Agatha Christie's 'Halloween Party'
Since I am retired I read a lot of books. I doubt that I read 50 a year while I was still working.
Hope you are having a great week!

Heather said...

Lea: I've read many of these authors before, so if you haven't read them yourself, it's likely you recognize the authors from seeing their names on this or another blog. Charlaine Harris, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl are the most widely known names on my list.

Zippi Kit said...

I'm another fan Roald Dahl, and read most of his books either to the kids or just to myself. ;o) Matilda made a wonderful movie.

Alice Audrey said...

I love Georgette Heyer! Someone sent me her way when I was trying to get the hang of dialogue for historical romances. Turned out I had more than that to learn from her.

colleen said...

These are as unknown to me as Alice's music videos. I'm getting ready to work on Bruce Springsteen's memoir. I just finished Mary Karr's Art of Memoir Writing.

Heather said...

Zippi Kit: He was a masterful storyteller. I've only seen Matilda once, and may have missed the beginning. Would love to see it again.

Alice: There's a good reason Heyer was a popular writer, whether writing histories, Regency romance or mystery. She knew how to tell a story.

Colleen: Surely you at least recognized Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl?! Your grandsons are at just the right age to enjoy Dahl's writing.