I joined the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge (hosted by Book Chick City) this year, and while I began with good intentions, things slowly unraveled as I had to focus on other projects. I don’t get to read quite as much as I would like, but it’s also my M.O. to read in spurts. I’m a feast or famine reader.
Right now, I’m in Feast Reading mode. So who knows? I may make the 12 mark for the reading challenge after all. Earlier this year, I read Georgette Heyer’s The Unfinished Clue, Ian Rankin’s Doors Open, Y.S. Lee’s The Agency, and Maureen Ash’s The Alehouse Murders. All of four books. Wow.
But I’m working on it. I finally read The Body in the Tower, the second Agency book by Y.S. Lee, and I’m eager to read the third book next year. (I heart James.) If you like mysteries, the Victorian era, and romance, I highly recommend these novels.
That book started the reading frenzy so I immediately skated into Loose Screw (A Dusty Deals Mystery) by Rae Davies. I’d had my eye on this cozy mystery for a while and it was worth putting at the top of my list. It’s a lighthearted story with a lot of humor and quirky characters – and, of course, a dash of romance.
Then I read Absolute Liability (A Southern Fraud Thriller) by J.W. Becton. I’d describe it as a cozy thriller, if such a category exists. It’s gripping but not too dark or scary. I love the unique angle – Julia Jackson is an insurance fraud investigator for the state. I was in all the way from the first sentence, and I’m anticipating the second book in the series!
So that brings us to my current read: Ms. America and the Offing On Oahu (Ms. America Mysteries, No. 1) by Diana Dempsey, which I’m also loving. If you read ebooks, the last three novels I mentioned are only $.99 from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They’re perfect steals!
I’ve still got a month before the challenge is over so we will see if I make it!