Thursday, July 23, 2020
Early morning walks, some mystery reading, and virtual book groups...
Hello book friends! Hope you are all well and safe and content and I feel like I say the same thing with every post - ha! Oh, I should say that I hope you are reading just the right amount for you. Not too much and not too little - just right. All is good at our house. And not much is different. The picture above is one I took on a walk early in the morning - two does and their two fawns. They stood still for me, but the minute I snapped the picture, all four took off into the woods. Guess I was lucky. Spring and summer include lots of fawns in our area and those cute little creatures are fun to look at, but one has to be careful driving as they tend to run out into the road just like little humans.
I'm happy to say that my reading has been good in the last few days. I finished Outsider by Linda Castillo. This is the 12th book in her Kate Burkholder mystery series, set in the Amish country of Ohio. I always enjoy a visit with Kate and her special someone, John Tomasetti. This particular book gave the reader more insights into what happened to Kate when she left home in her late teens and eventually became a cop. Kate is now the Chief of Police in Painters Mill, Ohio, her old hometown, but an old friend/colleague shows up and things get very dicey. Both Kate and Tomasetti have some tough ethical decisions to make in Outsider. Now to wait for the next book. Sigh.
I also finished Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci, which is our mystery group's discussion book for August. It's the first book in his Atlee Pine series, which has the second already out and the third to be published this fall. Atlee Pine is a FBI agent and she's 'watches over' The Grand Canyon from her single-agent office in Shattered Rock, Arizona. Atlee is quite an interesting person and I also found this initial book quite interesting with lots of Grand Canyon info, among other things. I did notice that reviews were mixed about some of the story line. I liked it well enough to pick up the second book in the series, A Minute To Midnight, and start reading it next. Agent Pine is a twin and when she and her identical twin, Mercy, were six years old, Mercy was kidnapped and Atlee was left without her 'other half'. That particular story line is part of this book and also part of the second. We'll see if it concludes in #2 or if it continues to #3.
Otherwise, our mystery group met virtually a couple of weeks ago to talk about 'Award Winning and Nominated Mysteries for 2020'. It was a good meeting and we seem to be managing well enough with this method. Unfortunately, not all of our regulars are able to be with us but it's what we have for right now and at least the rest of this year. We'll meet again in a couple of weeks to talk about the Baldacci book. I also have attended the virtual meeting of my afternoon book group, though I decided not to read the assigned book right now. It was The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. The discussion was very good though and I enjoyed listening to what other members experienced in their particular reading journey and what memories of life in the '70's and '80's and the initial time of the AIDS crisis it brought to mind. Several told stories that included quite poignant times. We all agreed that book groups do OK virtually, but we miss sitting in a circle in the same room and chatting. One day, perhaps in 2021 - who knows?
That's about all I have for today. Always enjoy hearing about what all of you have been doing, experiencing, reading, and thinking. What would we do without our blogging friends? Take care and I'll be around again soon.