I have news to report!! We had some moisture fall from the sky here - think it's called 'rain'. Ha! It wasn't much, but it's been a very dry and hot summer for us. I know that everyone thinks we always have hot, dry summers, but some are worse than others. This has been one of those. We didn't get a lot of rain, but most of the time when the 'barrier' is broken, rain shall fall again before long. Maybe even today! Our poor sad grass. However, this is why we have drought-tolerant grass called Zoysia.
Otherwise, the week was good. I made it to yoga both days - my, I am creaky. That's what happens when you miss a few weeks. Our family birthday event last weekend went well and my mother-in-law was pleased (it was her 85th).
I finished a few books this week and I'll mention them here quickly. By the way, I think that everything I'm reading right now will be applicable to the R.I.P. Challenge. As I said when I mentioned joining, I'll write a wrap-up post at the end of October.
Deadly Cruise and Killer Cruise - both by Dawn Brookes and 2nd and 3rd in her Rachel Prince mystery series. I'm not sure how I ran across this series - probably an Amazon suggestion from reading another book. I've really enjoyed the three I've finished and am reading the 4th right now. Rachel Prince is a Police Constable who initially took a cruise as a vacation. Her friend Sarah is a nurse with the cruise line and this would give them time to catch up and visit. Of course, a murder occurred and Rachel assisted the security team in solving it. In Deadly Cruise, they are sailing for New York and, again, crime happens. The 3rd book brings back a couple of characters from the initial story and the destination is the Baltic area. I've enjoyed reading about cruising and am liking the characters. I am not a water person and get seasick looking at boats. This is a good way for me to 'cruise'.
I listened to Riley Sager's new book, Lock Every Door. It was narrated by Dylan Moore. It's sort of a tribute to Rosemary's Baby, I guess. Jules Larsen is lucky enough to get a job as an apartment sitter at a very famous and luxurious building in New York, The Bartholomew. This is based on The Dakota, a real place. She is desperately in need of the money this job will provide and so ignores her friend's concerns about the weird rules. She shouldn't have. Other sitters disappear or perhaps are murdered. The residents are odd. The final resolution was OK, but not as scary as I had been thinking it would be. I've read all this author's books so far and still think that the first is my favorite, Final Girls.
I also finished listening to Shirley Jackson's famous The Haunting of Hill House. This author is the designated 'author of the month' for October in our mystery book group. I had not ever read this book and it was a good one. I think I might have seen one film adaptation a long time ago. I have not watched the more recent Netflix series. It will be interesting to see how many others in the group selected this book. I don't think I had realized how much Stephen King was influenced by Jackson in some of his writing. I was very much reminded in spots of his made-for-TV miniseries Rose Red. I actually have Rose Red in my DVD closet and am tempted to watch it again before long. I'll be listening to We Have Always Lived in the Castle soon. Bernadette Dunne narrates both these books.
Right now, I'm reading the 4th Rachel Prince book, Dying To Cruise, and I'm doing a reread of Ruth Ware's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood. Imogen Church narrates all of Ware's books and I'm rereading them for R.I.P.
I guess that's about all I have to share. We have another family birthday dinner this weekend (September is popular in our family) and my husband is playing in a big golf tournament. I'll be back next week to tell a bit about our afternoon book group's reactions to Susan Orlean's The Library Book. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday afternoon and that event. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I also hope that fall is coming to your part of the world. Maybe one day it will come to mine.