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  • blueribbonfair 1:31 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Perry, book reviews, , , Debbie Howells, , Gothic Classics, Jane Harper, Jean Claude Murder of family, mysteries, , mystery genre books, , Shirley Jackson 1960's, Stuart McBride, suspense books review, Tiffany King, true crime   

    Too Many on My TBR Pile 

    Confession Moment:

    Confession Time: “Shh, I have over 1000 books on my Good Reads “Too Read” pile……..

    Not enough time and too many books…

    I could go on Good Reads and spend the whole day adding books because it seems and especially with self publishing now there are piles of books in the genre I like added daily.

    I used to read many genres. ( I never liked Sci Fi though.) These days , though I do read some others, I have found myself reading fictional mysteries and suspense centered book 95% of the time. I do read a “true crime” volume also about every 3 months or so. I wish I could read books like “The Thorn Birds which I read way back. Or Family series sagas. I try to stay clear of reads like the latter since I get so deep into some characters if the book is like a 10 star read for me, I grieve and get depressed if something devastating happens at the end of the book. Takes me time to recover since I can so identify with people even if fictional; I am so prone to depression unlike I was not a long way back. I have also had so much Drama in my life dealing with family, I do not read about other dysfunctional lives like I could when I had not had so much experience with the same.

     

      1. book cover blog Broken Skin Stuart McBride

        If you like police procedural and single investigators you may like this series set in Glasgow Scotland. I love the protagonist. The books in this series are dark, but light hearted at moments. I also like the “stand alones” of this author. This is # 3 in the Logan McCrae series.  It includes a story line you do not read much in many stories: “A knife wielding 8 year old. The main story is Logan racing to catch a serial rapist before he strikes again amidst all the discord at the office.

         

      2. book cover blog An Echo of Murder Anne Perry

        I have read more books by this author than probably any other. She has been doing this series and others for years. This is #23 in her “William Monk Series.” This is an historical mystery series set during Victorian times. This one is about someone murdering Hungarian immigrants and as usual his wife, Hester helps out. Interesting fact about her is she worked as a battlefield nurse before meeting him.

         

      3. book cover blog The Adversary Emmanuel Carrere

        For “True Crime” I have this on my shelf. Synopsis:   On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting…
        With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrère begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, five murders and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

         

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        Book cover blog We have always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

        I had never heard of this classic Gothic mystery from 1962, but the Gothic story line and cover sound and look creepy. This one centers around poison which is an interest subject to me. As a friend stated in her view which really sums up what my feelings may be if I ever read it:      “WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is a Gothic fiction classic by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1962. Something I love about Jackson’s writing is that I’m never sure if there are paranormal forces at work or not. You get an eerie feeling that something unnatural must be going on – things are just too weird – or maybe not?” Intriguing… Here is the link to the person behind the review:    Book of Secrets Good Reads Review  

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        book cover blog want to read Losing Leah Tiffinay King

        One of my favorite sub genres  of fiction is psychological twisted mystery/suspense. Here we have another eerie cover. This is actually a Young Adult book, but some of them are good enough to read as an adult, Synopsis:  Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
        Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
        As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized. 

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        book cover blog The Bones of You Debbie Howells

        Mixed reviews from my friends on Good Reads, but “Bones” in the title and a house like this on the cover grabs my attention. Another psychological mind bender thriller. What is it about:    Children who don’t die before their parents.      When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
        Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.    

         

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        book cover blog The Dry Jane Harper

        I think this was at the top or close to that for 2017 last years Good Reads Choice awards in the mystery category. For a debut novel it is and was a big deal in 2017 and still is. Somewhat like the popularity for the author: Paula Hawkins and her first book: “The Girl on the Train.” This book is so popular that after I put it on hold with our library to go in the state I checked the line for it to become available and unless some return it early or some do not actually check it out, you are looking at a year or more even with 4 copies to get it.

        Read about the summary of this book here:   Book “The Dry” on Good Reads

     

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    • Charlotte Hoather 8:13 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean by a book pile, I’m spending so much time learning music I haven’t had time for books, reading on trains makes me feel travel sick, but I’ve discovered audio books and enjoyed listening to Mansfield Park on a recent long journey. Happy reading.

      • blueribbonfair 1:02 am on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Audio books are great. I am sure it is hard to fit a lot of extras in. Riding on trains would be fun but I imagine it get tedious and long if you do it a lot.

        • Charlotte Hoather 4:18 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          The first two hours are fine and pass quickly but the next three hours it seems longer and longer without a film to watch on my iPad or music studying and listening or an audio book if I need brain rest 😂

        • blueribbonfair 11:25 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          That is a rather long time for sure.

    • veronicahaunanifitzhugh 10:37 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      i know what you mean about falling in love with the people in our pages. 🙂

    • Shauna 1:18 am on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t really looked at my tbr list on Goodreads….I’m more concerned about all the books I have in my home that still need to be read! I keep adding things onto Goodreads so I don’t run out and buy more! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 2:17 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Hope you can get to some of them. You really have a lot on your plate.

        • Shauna 1:40 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you. Good luck with your books as well! 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 11:47 pm on April 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appreciation, , , busy, drama of life, readers, thank you, , , time restraints,   

    I cannot believe it has been over a month and a 1/2 since I posted. Thank you to all my followers and readers who have been patient. I have had so much going on, helping kids move, illnesses, a house inspection and such.I have missed reading your blog posts also. I appreciate all of you.

     
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