July was full of a variety of books and yet I have barely made a dent in my library books or other TBR piles. How is your summer reading going?Suspense
The Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12) by Linda Castillo (audio) – I really like this series about a small-town police chief in an Amish town in Ohio. In this book, Kate receives an unexpected visitor from her past during a blizzard that shuts down Painters Mill.
Guilty Minds (Nick Heller #3) by Joseph Finder (audio) – Nick, a smug but skillful private investigator, is summoned to DC to uncover a plot against a Supreme Court Justice.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – a writer longing for acclaim acquires someone else’s plot and uses it to write a bestseller. But what if someone finds out? If you have read this, did you feel sorry for the protagonist? My review.
The Norths Meet Murder (Mr. and Mrs. North #1) by Frances and Richard Lockridge – I was curious about this classic mystery series but did not like it enough to read the next 25 in the series.
The Hostage by Clare Mackintosh – a flight attendant is blackmailed into abetting hijackers when they threaten to kill her daughter.
The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan – a dark and intriguing police procedural recommended by Nancy Pearl in which Detective Reilly, newly transferred to Galway, is reunited with a cold case from his first year as a garda. I anticipate reading more of this series.
She Lies in Wait (Jonah Sheens #1) by Gytha Lodge – Back in 1983, a camping trip ended in tragedy. Now a second member of the group is dead, and Sheens has to investigate. My review.
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid # - Stephanie’s child is kidnapped while they are going through security at O’Hare. I know I will be thinking about this if I ever fly with one of my nephews or nieces again! My review.
Love Always by Harriet Evans # - a multigenerational story set in Cornwall and London - my review.
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult – loved this story about a Yale graduate student/Egyptologist turned death doula, trying to figure out if she made the right choices in her life. Although the audio version was well narrated, it was hard to discern the timing of the flashbacks so I recommend reading a physical book.The Year of Fog.
Anna and Her Daughters by D.E. Stevenson – when Anna’s husband dies, she copes with comparative poverty by moving to a small village in Scotland to start a new life. The story is told by Jane, the youngest daughter. HEA but it takes a while.
Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook – a young woman rescues a pilot who crashes outside her parents’ home during WWII - my review.my review.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes # - historical fiction set in Depression-era 20th century Kentucky about a transplanted Englishwoman, unhappily married, who makes new friends as a rural librarian. My review.
NonfictionSunshine Girl by Juliana Margulies – I do like Juliana Margulies, who starred in two of my favorite TV shows, ER and The Good Wife, but apart from being appalled by her parents’ parenting I did not find her memoir very interesting
Juvenile Historical Fiction
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus – orphaned siblings during WWII are evacuated to the English countryside in this delightful story. My review.
The Midshipman and the Rajah by Marjorie Phillips # - Tim, an orphaned midshipman in Her Majesty's Navy, is plunged into adventure when his father turns out to be a Rajah. My review.
Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj – Abby learns her father is a movie star in India and goes to meet him for the first time. My review.
The Children on the Top Floor by Noel Streatfeild – four babies are left on the doorstep of a famous TV personality by their mothers. My review.
20 Books of Summer updateI’ve read 11 of my chosen books (indicated with a hashtag) and reviewed nine. Stay tuned!