Reading Weekly Log
June 12th-June 19th, 2022
This week I read for two readathons: Marvelathon and Whatever-a-thon II. I have been focusing a lot on books with murder this week as it’s a key theme for the Black Widow team. I finished six books this week (mostly audio).
The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe- 4/5
I previously alluded to this book in my Last, Current and Next Reads article last Wednesday. I really enjoyed this thriller and am actually disappointed that I kept it on the shelf for so long.
It’s a book that features a woman (Hannah Catton) whose husband was murdered in the marital bedroom, and Hannah has no memory of what happened that night. When the podcast Conviction shows up to investigate the case, they focus their attention on her as the guilty party.
#noescape by Gretchen Mcneil- 2/5
Eight strangers are brought together for a national escape room competition. They will have to work together to solve the puzzles and challenges. However, it soon becomes clear that they all know each other, and one of them is a murderer.
I had this book pegged as a five star prediction. I love mysteries and wondered initially if this would be anything like the Inheritance Games series. Except not as much romance and add a serial killer. The deaths in this book didn’t happen how I thought they would. A contestant is killed in each room in a way that makes sense for that room. I was cheering for Persey to win as I found her the most relatable, although we only know the truth as she chooses to relate it about her background. Most of the book, in my opinion was a 3.5, it kept me reading but as each contestant dies, my interest started to wane. It’s the ending that killed the entire book for me. It discredited everything that had gone before, in my opinion.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite- 3/5
Korede seems like the ideal sister: always willing to help her sister: including cleaning up the bodies of men slain in “self-defense”, hiding any evidence and keeping her sister’s confidence and secrets. However, when Ayoola starts dating the doctor that Korede has been interested in for years, things get interesting.
I enjoyed this short read. Most of the story is revealed or can be guessed from the book blurb. However, it’s the way that Braithwaite writes her characters and their struggles that made this book enjoyable to me. It’s the unexpectedness of Korede semi-betraying her sister to a coma patient that makes you question if she will ultimately be loyal to her once the relationship starts.
Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti by Bailey Cates- 3.5/5
This is the second installment in the paranormal cozy mystery series, the Magical Bakery. Six months after she clears her uncle’s name from a murder that happened before the bakery opens, Kate finds a dead body while on a picnic with her friend Declan. The body has an interesting tattoo, which symbolizes membership to a secret group.
I’m really enjoying this series. In my opinion, they are a bit fluffy- not requiring much mental energy. However, sometimes after a hard-hitting book or series, a break is ideal. I find most of the characters to be likable- although I find Kate’s commitment to the bakery secondary to her trying to solve the crime. The plotlines are also well-timed with it being unclear who the killer is- a little digging is required. I’m intrigued to continue this series.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire- 4/5
Book 2 of the Wayward Children series explores the portal world that Jack and Jill explored. It’s a world of vampires and genius scientists. Upon arrival, the two sisters are given a choice of which guardian they will stay with: the choices being to either become the daughter of a vampire and have a life of ease or choose the doctor who tries to save everyone in the village- which contains hard physical labor.
I loved the paranormal world that Jack and Jill are cast into, mostly because I love vampires. The characters that they become are somewhat predictable due to their environment. However, there is a complexity that spells their exile from the portal world that is unexpected, especially who commits it. I was drawn in from beginning to end.
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco- 5/5
Book 3 of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. After completing their studies in Romania, Thomas and Audrey Rose board the Moonlight Carnival cruise toward America for their next assignment. They are joined by Audrey’s uncle, the forensics doctor under whom they both apprentice. On opening night of the cruise, a girl is found with several knives in her back. This leads to a series of on board deaths, staged to look like the tarot cards the circus is based on. To complicate matters, the ringleader begins to show interest in Audrey Rose, leading to a rift between her and Thomas. Will they be able to put everything aside to solve the murders?
A five-star prediction that did not disappoint. These books are quickly becoming my favorite series of the year, due to both the character building and development of events. I love Thomas and Audrey Rose as a unit. I enjoy the situations they find themselves in and the descriptions both of events and the details of each scene in the story. During the performance scenes, for example, you are able to imagine in your mind’s eye the show as it plays out. I’m looking forward to rereading Escaping from Houdini during a slower reading month when I’ll be able to better absorb the details.
Reading Plans for this Week
I’ll be continuing the murder theme this week. As I type this, I’m 24 pages away from finishing #FashionVictim. I plan to read another cozy mystery. I’m still mood-reading through my collection.
What did you read this week that really surprised, disappointed went beyond your expectations?