Waiting On Wednesday (105)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
A Flavia de Luce Novel #10
Alan Bradley
Delacorte Press, January 2019
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding,” muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve—not so simple an endeavor with her odious little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? From the very first moment I “met” Flavia, I fell in love and the bloom has not come off the rose. Flavia is a little older now and a little wiser, finally setting up shop with Dogger as professional detectives and I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for this charming and extremely precocious child of post-WWII Bishop’s Lacey, a small British village with an awful lot of murders. The Boston Globe pegged Flavia with a perfect turn of phrase—“Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” and I couldn’t have said it better.

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Waiting On Wednesday (104)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Murder Likes It Hot
A Downward Dog Mystery #6
Tracy Weber
Midnight Ink, January 2019
Mystery, Cozy

From the publisher—

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I think cozies can be too sappy sometimes and a little goes a long way if you know what I mean 😉 This series has held my attention from the first book, partly because the protagonist is not TSTL and the author sets each mystery around a theme that teaches the reader a little something. In this case, teenaged homelessness is at the core of the story along with a look at different types of family…and I’ll get to spend more time with Bella!

Waiting On Wednesday (103)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Five Days, Five Dead
A China Bohannon Novel #5
Carol Wright Crigger
Five Star, December 2018
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

Sepp Amsel, a fabulously successful gambling hall and saloonkeeper entrepreneur, is about to become the bridegroom in the most public wedding ever to take place in wild and woolly Spokane, Washington. He wants to engage China’s detective services when his fiancee’s sister is kidnapped and a substantial ransom demanded. There’s just one problem. The client thinks it’s possible he’s being bamboozled because things don’t quite add up. Only days remain for China to figure out why the sister was snatched and not the bride. But the clock is ticking. Worse, it isn’t long until murder becomes part of the equation. First a bellhop, then a tailor. Who will be next? China had better find out soon, before she, too, becomes a target for murder.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? One of my favorite historical fiction periods is the Gilded Age, the last 30 years or so of the 19th century and I especially enjoy the still-wild atmosphere of the American West. China Bohannon is one of my favorite sleuths of the day and watching her become a private investigator on her own terms has been a real treat. I expect nothing less from this newest episode in her adventures!

Waiting On Wednesday (102)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Valiant
Merrie Destefano
Entangled Teen, December 2018
Science Fiction, Young Adult

From the Publisher—

The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Post-apocalyptic? √ Aliens? √ Time travel? √ Armageddon whiplash? √ What more could a science fiction groupie like me possibly want?

Waiting On Wednesday (101)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Of Blood and Bone
Chronicles of the One Book 2
Nora Roberts
St. Martin’s Press, December 2018
Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

From the publisher—

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before―the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted―and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Apparently, no one has ever told Nora Roberts that she isn’t really Superwoman; the woman has written hundreds of books under four names, helps out occasionally in her husband’s independent bookstore, owns a boutique hotel/B&B with her husband, writes 8 hours every day and, oh yes, she’s enormously philanthropic. She makes me want a nap just thinking about it 😉 Anyway, she decided to try her hand at post-apocalyptic fiction and Year One debuted last year. I was absolutely enthralled by that story and have been waiting for the second book with very little patience ever since—I need to know what happens next in this broken new world.

Waiting On Wednesday (100)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Watch You Burn
Amanda Searcy
Delacorte Press, October 2018
Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult

From the publisher—

Jenny didn’t want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.

But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.

It’s something she hasn’t been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?

Why am I waiting so eagerly? It’s an intriguing premise, largely because arsonists are nearly always men. Here we have a female and a young one at that so we get to see the early stages of an arsonist. Nature or nurture? I really want to know why she is this way, so destructive (and self-destructive), and whether there’s any hope for her to control her urges. I also want to find out what’s going on with whoever is watching her and what the connection is to Jenny.

Waiting On Wednesday (99)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Broken Things
Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins, October 2018
Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

From the publisher—

With all the intensity and whiplash turns of Sharp Objects and One of Us Is Lying, this engrossing psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’m fond of young adult crime fiction largely because their youth lends it a freshness that the genre needs from time to time. I’m also intrigued by the indications that there are a lot of triggers in this story and I want to see how this author handles them. Because of those triggers, this most likely will not be the right book for a lot of readers and, quite honestly, it might not be a good fit for me either. I have enjoyed Ms. Oliver’s work before so I have to give this a try…plus I’m really interested in why she, and her publisher, have chosen to take this story in an apparently graphic and disturbing direction. It’s a good thing I like to have my applecart upset now and then 😉