Such a Cozy Summer…

June 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cozy mysteries are where I go to find solace when I’m too tired for anything else… when my imagination is too exhausted to fly with dragons… my intellect burned out or otherwise occupied reading homeschool material to my daughter.  Cozies are for bubble baths, for “I’m so tired, I can’t sleep” nights (thanks, Sarah).  And right now, I’m hooked on a few new ones.

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So far, I’ve read Grace Under Pressure and Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy.  The series stars Museum Curator (and mansion manager) Grace as she sleuths around a small town, helping the local police solve the murders that keep happening at her new job.  Naturally, there’s an unfortunate past relationship that didn’t go well, and a new budding one with the local landscaper to keep us involved in the character’s life as she manages to avoid looking like a serial killer – because in real life, how many people are tied to so many murders?  The touch of tourist seasons, southern drawls, and Civil War reenactments remind me of home.

Library Lighthouse Mysteries

ByBookorByCrook-1.jpgI’m now in my third installment (Reading Up a Storm) of the Library Lighthouse Mysteries by Eva Gates, which began with By Book or By Crook.  This series features a lighthouse that has been renovated into a library.  Book Nerds and Jane Austen references abound while the newest librarian and the library cat stumble across – yep, you guessed it – one murder after another.  Again, no one would dare think the Nancy Drew wanna-be is indeed a serial killer with no many murders suddenly happening right under her nose, and of course, she’s the heroine with a terrible romantic past and TWO attractive men vying for her attention. Brain candy indeed.  Each book in this series have occurred within weeks of the one previously and all during summer tourist months near the beach.  Southern drawls, check.  Meddling mothers, check. (Booked for Trouble) Food stuffs and baking references, check.  Also, weird guy who pretends to be British… this character confuses me, but I got used to him.

Next up, a Miranda James series that begins with a title called Bless Her Dead Little Heart. Seriously, how can I pass that up?

 

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Books to Read in One Sitting This Summer

June 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I read three books, of different genres, each in their own sitting.  And if you’re looking for something to fill a nice, summer day, I recommend you give them a go too.

Unknown1. The House of Paper – Carlos Maria Dominguez

This is a beautiful and mysterious 103 page book about bookishness, and I love it.  Prettily illustrated with so many quotes I was itching to underline, I cannot wait to purchase my own copy.  (I checked it out from the library.)  Bibliophiles will adore the title and author references, as well as the social commentary regarding people who build private libraries our of their book collections.  Goes down best early in the morning with your coffee, or perhaps late at night with your tea.

2. The Colossus – Sylvia Plath

51h4UamM5bL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ After reading The Bell Jar, I was in desperate need of getting to know Plath a little better.  The Colossus and Other Poems is only 83 pages long, but rich is hauntingly gorgeous descriptions.  I read somewhere that someone once described this collection as the coldest summer poetry available – and I tend to agree. If you’re from Texas, this is a good one to sweat out the morning in your garden just before brunch (or second breakfast) while your kiddo frolics with the dog and collects dead flies.

3. High Moon – E.J. Boley

Werewolves, gypsies, cowboys, and vampires – I just devoured this paranormal western while hiding indoors during the hottest part of the day. If Cormac McCarthy decided to pick up a punctuation habit and tell supernatural tales, it might come out a little bit like this. Except Boley manages something I’ve never experienced in a McCarthy novel – FUN. Using familiar phrases and titles as chapter headings was a nice touch.  Being set in Texas is always a nicer one.  Can’t wait to read Boley’s future endeavors.

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