Top Ten Tuesday -Private Eyes They’re Watching You

I love crime novels. Good ones. Cheesey ones. Good cheesey ones. Not awful cheesey ones. If it’s a crime novel, I’ll give it a shot. Especially when it’s a detective novel. And that leads in to this week’s topic. Novels when you’re in the mood for a little figuring.

These are not necessarily good books. But they’re entertaining. You’ve been warned.


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Any of the three novels are a fabulous read, but this one is my favourite. It’s dark, dirty, and over the top and all about the publishing industry. Continue reading


Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

When I’m on vacation I like books that I can really get into, but that aren’t overly… um, mentally taxing. What I’m looking for changes depending on the season I’m reading it in. I was recently on a very relaxing vacation at a mountain resort in the off season. There was literally nothing to do except for read books and watch tv in front of the fire. It was exactly what I was looking for. There was more movie watching than there should have been, but I didn’t have to think about work for 10 whole days – perfection. I started the vacation with a really heavy book, and when I finally finished that one, I turned to Weirdo. It was exactly the kind of book I was looking for. A two fold murder mystery being told simultaneously. It’s a super fast, super easy read, but for the most part, it’s entertaining.

I don’t normally write about thrillers. They tend to be pretty generic – even the good ones. It’s part of what makes them enjoyable. Also, it’s nearly impossible to really talk about them without giving away the things that make them intriguing or unique. This one follows the expected format, but with the twist needed to make it interesting. There’s no possible way for me to talk about this book without talking about the specifics, so, if you’re one of those people that reads reviews before the book, turn away now. Beware all ye who enter here. Etc. Etc. As I mentioned above, there are two storied being told simultaneously in this book. The twist is that they are occurring in two different decades and one directly impacts the other. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Autumn To-Be-Read Pile

I love when the girls over at the B&B make us do TBR lists. These are some of my favourite weeks. I think it’s because it forces me to take a good hard look at the stack and stack and virtual lists of books I keep saying I’m going to read and actually figure out which ones are going to make the cut. Now it’s time to decide what will fit with this lovely autumn season. Time to move away from the fluffy reads and take a turn for the darker. Time to cuddle with a blanket and drink warm beverages and smell that amazing smell and read while surrounded by a world in the middle of a vibrant change. Yeah, yeah, I know the whole white girl thing about fall, but it’s been my favourite season for as long as I can remember, so I make no apologies. This week, I’m sharing a list I’m really excited about reading.

My goal this fall is to focus on the books I own instead of all the library books. I bought these things; I should give them what they’re due and read them. It’s their sole purpose in life.

The Absent One – Jussi Adler –Olsen


A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects—part of a group of privileged boarding-school students—confessed and was convicted. But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried . . . as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head

I’ve read more than half of this book, but I kept having to return it to the library. I eventually bought A-O’s books (as you’ll know if you read blog regularly) but I haven’t had a chance to revisit them yet. I’ve reached a point where I feel like I need to restart this series. I’ve just started the first one so can’t wait to get to this book.

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