Good morning book friends! I've got two early morning sky pictures to share with you today. I'm really enjoying my early walks and trying to find beautiful things to capture on my phone. These shots are what I have for this week. I will say that I am still adjusting to Blogger's new way of composing posts. It seems every time I work on one, something new has changed. This week it was the placement of the pictures. I know several of you have been frustrated with that. Oh well. I'll try to not let it bug me too much. All is well at our house. We got a little rain, which was much needed. However, it is summer and we're moving into a drier period I'm afraid.
My reading has been good and I managed a couple of books this week. As I think I've shared, my audiobook listening has been books that I've already read in print. I'm enjoying them, but am not feeling inclined to talk about them here. The first book I finished this last week was Kate White's Have You Seen Me? - a standalone thriller. I've read other books by Kate White and liked them. This one was another that I liked, but didn't love. I'm not sure what it is about her stories. I do like them, but I probably wouldn't put them on any of my 'favorites' lists. In this book, Ally Linden finds herself dripping wet at the door of her office and the company where she works - or so she thinks. It turns out that Ally has not worked there for five years and she can't remember anything about the last couple of days. Ally's quest to discover what's going on in her life now and what happened to cause her memory loss is the main focus. Dissociative disorder plays a part, which I found very interesting. There were lots of twists and turns, but it was a book that I finished and thought - well, that's done, what's next?
I also finished Jane Casey's newest Maeve Kerrigan book and I loved this one. Well, I think I've loved all the books in this series. The Cutting Place is the 9th book and we are again solving crimes with DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent, plus other assorted characters that we've come to love or loathe.
Maeve finds herself investigating a gentlemen's club after a body is found in the river and the story is very timely in many ways. Women and choices, men and choices, immigrants and choices, domestic violence and choices, friendship, family, ruthless behavior, kindness and love. All these appear. Did I say that I loved this book and I love this series? If you've not ever tried Jane Casey's books, the first one is The Burning. A highly recommended series.
Our mystery group had our August virtual meeting last night and we talked about David Baldacci's Long Road To Mercy. Everyone seemed to like the book and several had gone ahead and read the second book in the series. The third book will come out in November and I'll be watching for it. We also shared news of upcoming books by authors that we've loved and shared favorite mystery authors with a couple of newer members that requested that. Each of us was happy to 'help' them out and add to their TBR list. Ha!
I'm currently reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham for my afternoon book club's August meeting in a couple of weeks. It's has been years and years since I read anything by Grisham. Not sure why he fell off my 'must read' list, but he did. This book is the second featuring Jake Brigance, the lawyer that's a main character in A Time To Kill. I'm liking it so far. And I'll be curious what others in this afternoon group think of the book. They mostly like to read more issue-focused, literary, sort of 'depressing-all-the-time' types of books. I don't say that to be negative, but what is a good match for a lot of the members isn't necessarily a good match for me. We'll see how it goes.
Take care everyone and have a good week! Wear your masks! Be sensible! I'll see you soon!