Waiting On Wednesday (107)

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:

A Deadly Turn
A Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery #3
Claire Booth
Severn House, March 2019
Mystery, Police Procedural

Hank Worth thinks he’s performed a good deed when he pulls over the car of six teens caught speeding on a Saturday night and lets them off with a warning and instructions to go home. When he responds to an urgent call minutes later, he realises he made a fatal error of judgement – every teen is dead.

Struggling to come to terms with his role in the crash, Hank begins to suspect foul play. While notifying the parents of the children involved, his suspicions grow when an unidentified body is discovered in one of their homes and a teenage girl is found after apparently attempting to commit suicide. Hank believes the incidents are connected, but those around him disagree.

Is Hank right, or is his guilt making him search for answers where there are none?

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and Hank Worth has become one of my favorite sheriffs. It took this episode a little longer than usual to come to release date but that just makes me want it more 😉

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Waiting On Wednesday (106)

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:

A Question of Holmes
Charlotte Holmes #4
Brittany Cavallaro
Katherine Tegen Books, March 2019
Mystery, Young Adult

In the explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series, Holmes and Watson think they’re finally in the clear after graduating from Sherringford…but danger awaits in the hallowed halls of Oxford.

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson finally have a chance to start over. With all the freedom their pre-college summer program provides and no one on their tail, the only mystery they need to solve, once and for all, is what they are to each other.

But upon their arrival at Oxford, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents befell the theater program at Oxford last year, culminating in a young woman going missing on the night of a major performance.

The mystery has gone unsolved; the case is cold. And no one—least of all the girl’s peculiar, close-knit group of friends—is talking.

When Watson and Holmes join the theater program, the “accidents” start anew, giving them no choice but to throw themselves into the case. But as the complicated lines of friendship, love, and loyalty blur, time is running out—and tragedy waits in the wings.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I first met Charlotte and Jamie almost three years ago and have enjoyed their adventures immensely, not to mention being intrigued by them as modern-day descendents of the famous Holmes and Watson. While I’m really anticipating this next story, I’m sad it’s the end of the series. Maybe the author will relent and give us more!

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.

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.