Category: Part of a Series

Review: Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart

Dear Miss Kopp is the sixth book in the Kopp Sisters series by Amy Stewart, and I was thrilled to receive an advanced review copy from NetGalley.  This is one of my favorite historical series, and if you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend… Continue Reading “Review: Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart”

Review: Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery by Rosalie Knecht

I loved the first book by Knecht, Who is Vera Kelly? so I was very happy to receive a review copy of its sequel. These books combine a couple of things I really love – a complicated main character, a mystery, and the history… Continue Reading “Review: Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery by Rosalie Knecht”

A Double Review: The Dry and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

I read these two books nearly back to back, and their plots and characters were amazingly similar, though I had no idea when I chose them.  I love a totally random reading coincidence.  Here’s a comparison of the two novels. The story: both The… Continue Reading “A Double Review: The Dry and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter”

Review: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Great news for Olive Kitteridge fans — author Elizabeth Strout has published a sequel and it is fantastic.  Olive, Again is written in Strout’s signature style of introducing new characters in each chapter so that the book feels like connected short stories rather than… Continue Reading “Review: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout”

Mystery Series Mini-Reviews: the Kopp Sisters, Jackson Brodie and Maisie Dobbs

I don’t often write about books in series, but I read a few recently and thought it might be helpful to discuss them together.  For those who haven’t read these series, or aren’t caught up, I’ve avoided spoilers and focused more on the series… Continue Reading “Mystery Series Mini-Reviews: the Kopp Sisters, Jackson Brodie and Maisie Dobbs”

Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

It’s hard to say this book was fun, since it involved more violently ill characters than any other book I can think of… but it’s a page turner and yes, a lot of fun too.   Time travel, the Middle Ages, plague, and Christmas –… Continue Reading “Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis”

Mini-Reviews: Lethal White, In the Distance, I Am I Am I am, We Were the Lucky Ones

I didn’t have a chance to review any of the books I read in December because I was traveling, so I’m posting some mini-reviews of the more interesting books I read during my trip: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith: I will only say here… Continue Reading “Mini-Reviews: Lethal White, In the Distance, I Am I Am I am, We Were the Lucky Ones”

Review: The Breeding Tree by J. Andersen

Author Andersen has just released the third book in this series, and when she asked me to read it, I asked if I could start with the first instead.  This was an interesting, well-written YA dystopian novel.  It builds on concepts you’ve already seen… Continue Reading “Review: The Breeding Tree by J. Andersen”

RIP XIII: Mini-Reviews for Halloween

It’s a few weeks until Halloween, but here are some of the RIP-themed books I’ve read lately. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I loved this book by Justina Ireland; it’s one of the rare YA fantasy novels that felt really thoughtful and raised interesting… Continue Reading “RIP XIII: Mini-Reviews for Halloween”

Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

This was another read for Read Harder 2018, which checks two boxes: it’s a mystery by a woman of color and it’s set in India.  It’s also a period mystery, which I love.  It’s set in 1921, the first in a series about Perveen… Continue Reading “Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey”

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Kept Up With

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about series you don’t think you’ll finish.  I start series all the time but there are only a few I really keep up with.  So first I’ll share the series I DO… Continue Reading “Top Ten Series I Haven’t Kept Up With”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost

Instead of reading the series I’m already into, I started three more series last month.  All worth checking out, but at the top of my list goes this novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells The first novella in the Murderbot series, it’s won… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost”

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