Bonjour tout la monde! March turned out to be quite a good reading month for me, even though I haven’t read anything (at all) this last week—but there’s a good reason for that, it’s called Netflix—regardless, I did read six books. Not a record, by anyone’s standards, but still, not bad considering I started FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly last week and have yet to finish it. So, what did I read?
— What I Read —
I started the month off with THE SCENT OF DEATH a historical by Andrew Taylor, set in the Revolutionary War that, while interesting enough, was also a little on the long side with glacial pacing. Still, that period of history is fascinating and you might find this one an interesting read.
Next up was the debut historical murder-mystery, THE LOST APOTHECARY, by Sarah Penner. Never mind that this one had an eye-catching purple cover, it was an all-round fab read. I really enjoyed learning about Nella, our ‘lost’ apothecary, and the young Eliza who helps hold the story together. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.
I followed up one historical novel with yet another, and dove straight into THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslein Charles, hungry for more history. And while this was another interesting read on one level, it was also a little frustrating—for me at least—because of the duel timelines. I’m not a big fan usually, but this was the second book in a row that employed this device. This one, however, didn’t work as well for me, and I would rather the author had stuck to just telling us the stories about the Paris library, and not flash forward so often.
Skipping forward from historical events, I sat down to read the wonderful subtle murder-mystery debut, THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett, featuring of all people as the title character, than the Queen of England, ERII. Whimsical, fun, funny, dry, droll, observant, and yes, a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end. I loved this one so much it’s up there in my top 10 reads of the year (so far!) Highly recommended!
I then went from light humour to reading the heart-pounding BONE CANYON, book two in the Eve Ronin series from one of my new fav authors, Lee Goldberg. I love this novella series, and this one, like book one, Lost Hills, is one long adrenaline rush as LASD detective, Eve Ronin, uncovers dark secrets of rape and murder. Another series I highly recommend.
Lastly, I struggled to finish BLACKLIGHT BLUE the second book in a series by Peter May that, quite frankly, left me feeling repulsed. I cannot, for the life of me, understand in this day and age why male authors continue to portray their female characters in such a derogatory manner. This is not a series, book, or author I would ever recommend anyone reading. But then, that’s just my personal opinion.
— What’s Up Next? —
Ah, the eternal question all readers constantly ask themselves. The answer is, I don’t know. But, I do have some cracking books on my TBR pile right now, all of which I’m looking forward to read this month. I have the Michael Connelly book I started last week, to finish, and then? One of these:
- THE BERLIN GIRL by
- THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn
- WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA by Roxanne Bouchard
Plus, a couple of books still lingering at the bottom of the pile I still haven’t gotten around too. They include A Merciful Promise by Kendra Elliott and In Plain Sight by Marion Todd. Both of which I have picked up, tried to start and, in the end, put back at the bottom of the pile. Maybe this month.
And you, what books have you got lined up to read in April, if anything?