It's my 5th litsyversary and I bought these books to celebrate
I always enjoy this author books. One of Clares teacher friends is murdered. And as she writes in her daily diary, she finds someone has written a note in it! There are lot of twists in this mystery.
Thanks @EadieB for gifting me this! You always know what I'll enjoy!❤❤❤
Reader, she went out. And was pissed. It was, of course, MY fault she went out. But I digress! This was the aftermath of our 13 inch snow just over a week ago. I‘m guessing that will be the pinnacle of snowstorms for us this winter in south central Michigan, but we‘ve got time to prove me wrong.
The book: I REALLY liked this one. Different from the Galloway series, with various perspectives and a gothic storyline and feel. ⬇️
And so it begins! A great day to finish the tagged read (very fun; I have the second book checked out from the library too) and get started on my #Bookspin!
Clare Cassidy finds herself at the center of a police inquiry when one of her colleague and friend is murdered.
I liked the story within the story, with the gothic short story The Stranger by fictional author R. M. Holland embedded in the murder plot. It's an entertaining book to read, even if the perpetrator is quite obvious, and some elements of the plot weren't that interesting (perhaps too much!?) like the witchcraft component to the story.
I loved this book!! It kept me guessing to the very end. I hope there‘s a third book coming because I‘m not done with Harbinder and the crazy cases she gets involved in 👍 Fun Fact: this is book 1 in the series, but I read book 2 first and nothing was spoiled. I love authors who can write a series but reading them in order isn‘t required 😍
Reading by Christmas tree light with the first snow of the year falling outside….. awwww, bliss 🥰😇🤩
I found this book quite pedestrian if I'm honest. Readable but uninspiring. It has a habit of jumping into the view of the pov character who has the least at stake in a scene. We observe Claire's pain rather than going through it with her. It also means the tension doesn't build in a satisfying way. The are some well written red herrings, but I found the ending ultimately uninteresting.
It‘s 3am, and I‘m listening to the tagged audiobook, and working on a paint by number. Hopefully I‘ll be able to fix my sleep schedule soon.😅
Week 3 of #Scarathlon has been going great for me for the most part! I‘ve finished 15 books (2 DNFs ☠️, and 2 five star reads 🔥), but I plan on making that 18 by the end of the day! 🖤
I‘m currently listening to the tagged audiobook, have started If I Die Tonight, and hope to get to Razorblade Tears. My goal for #OutstandingOctober was 9 books, so I‘ll be thrilled if I can double it! 👻
#TeamSlaughter #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo #Spookoween
What a creepy story! I liked the three POVs and that they overlap, giving slightly different versions. The haunted house (school), the story within the story, and the copycat murders all added up to a page turning thrill. And the reveal! I did not see that coming! I see there is another book starring the Detective Sergeant from this book which I'm hoping to find at my library.
I started the book when it first came out but didn‘t finish because it didn‘t hook me in the first pages. (I didn‘t realize it was starting with a story within a story). But after reading the second book in the series I decided to try again and really enjoyed it. The narration on the audiobook was great. And I really like D.S. Kaur, the character who continues in this series. I am looking forward to the next one.
Friday afternoon reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack
I have to say I came into this book expecting it to be predictable and I am very happy to say I was wrong. I loved seeing events from the different characters perspectives but didn‘t feel like you were jumping too much either. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys mysteries with a twist.
This was a pretty good murder mystery that paid homage to the greats of gothic literature, particularly Wilkie Collins. I was a little disappointed with the outcome as it seemed disingenuous, but the detective character was very well done. 3⭐️
Last book of 2020 was The Stranger Diaries - Elly Griffiths. Technically though, I was still reading it on January 1 so I guess it‘s my first book of 2021 as well 😂😁 I enjoyed it! Thanks @BookNAround 😁👋🏻😍 #lastfirst
First book in a new series by Elly Griffiths. Great gothic links & loved the way how was written from different perspectives, lead to getting to know the characters better. A great book for readers and people who like books. Also read and loved the second book in the series, The Postscript Murders. Look forward to continuing with this series as it is written. Good book to try & work out who the killer was and still be wrong!
My first by this author and not my last 👍🏻 good murder mystery and I think I changed my mind several times and was still wrong!
A good read.
Second book I‘ve started today. So tired my eyes feel like they‘ve got sunburn 😁 so I‘m not sure how much reading will be done!
I love bookish/academic thrillers, so this was right up my alley. I was excited to discover this was the first book in a series and even more excited to find out the series follows my favorite character-detective Harbinder Kaur. Very excited to check out the next book!
One of my goals for 2020 was to complete the #modernmrsdarcyreadingchallenge. I was finally able to complete that in October. Here are a few of the books that I read for the challenge. The rest were ebooks and audiobooks. Check out my post at readinginthewildwood.com to see the rest of them.
📖What reading challenges do you participate in? Have you completed them? 📖
I have finished stage 1 of the #Whodunitathon Readathon on Twitter.
So the Premise of my Mystery Plot is a Nosy Amateur Detective with a sardonic Doctor as the sidekick and the story takes place in Minneapolis. Now to move onto Stage 2 The Crime. The tagged book got my and my Team 60 points for this part of the Readathon. #Scarathlon2020 #TeamSlaughter
Altogether Stage 1 earned me 250 points for 25 hours of reading over the three books.
I took me just a little while to get into this book, but loved it and consumed it within 24 hours. Great characterisation and story telling & interesting on how the book was written from different viewpoints, his some allowed you to learn more about the characters. Good gothic links and an ideal book for those of us that love reading. Recommended. Now for bk 2.
3rd book finished for #Scarathlon2020
#TeamSlaughter 25 points, for link to Halloween
Starting reading The Stranger Dairies, which is described as a gothic thriller so should be a good choice for #Scarathlon2020
Love Elly‘s Ruth Galloway Series so interesting you see what I think of this.
Calling all Murder Mystery/ Thrillers fans ! I am looking for some good recs to order for the high school. I have a LOT of high school senior guys who are reluctant readers, but really want Murder/ mystery/ thrillers to try to get back into reading. Any recs or favorites ? They don‘t have to be specifically YA, can be adult books as well. 🤗I‘m very new to this genre- I was blown away by tagged book, also loved The Girl on the Train.
July was hard. I am not sad to see it end. I had a lot going on this month. I didn‘t expect to read many books, but I did expect to read more than two. At least they were good!
My. Word. What a ride! Very creepy, and very exciting. I never guessed the murderer, and by the end everything made sense! Finished it under 24 hours- I was hooked and couldn‘t put it down! Definitely will be reading more books from this author ! 💙Also, I found out about this book in a list of book recommendations for people who loved the story/ plot of the movie, Knives Out 🔪 ⚾️ 💉✉️
Guys, I finally finished a book! I actually got to do a review this month! And luckily it was a 5 star review. I feel like this book is so underrated! It was a great read.
We are finally getting to go camping! Here are the books that I am taking along. 🏕
Full post: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/07/17/books-that-i-am-taking-camping/
I don't even remember how I came to put this audio book on my Scribd list. But it was there and I listened to it. And I had a fun couple of hours. My guess who the culprit was, was totally wrong - but who cares? It's a slightly spooky cozy crime with lovable characters. I especially liked the police officer 😁
I enjoyed this! It's a stand-alone crime thriller (not part of one of Elly Griffiths' series), and has a nice spooky, gothic undercurrent behind the murder mystery. There are multiple narrators, giving differing opinions of events, and of each other, which works really well. Much of the action centres around a school and that, together with the focus on the characters' relationships, reminded me a bit of Joanne Harris' 'St. Oswald's' books ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"'I've just spoken to Daisy Lewis,' he said. 'She's devastated. They're childless, you know. All they had was each other.'
He said it in the way that parents often describe the child-free, pity matched with slight disapproval."
Well this really resonates! As someone who's in her forties, and in a long-term, loving relationship, I often find that society just can't get its head round the concept that I've chosen not to have children ?
A nicely gripping & well written thriller though it's not exactly ground-breaking. Told by 3 different characters, a format that can fall flat but worked well here. Suspense & sense of danger were low level but it was still compelling & had a certain creepiness/Gothic quality. Liked the dynamic between MC & female police officer, wanted more of their developing relationship. The perp was a bit too obvious but I still enjoyed the working out.
Starting this one today & I'm really hoping it'll blow my socks off as my last 3 reads have been pretty lacklustre. 2020 hasn't got off to a strong start book-wise ... I have some Robin Hobb planned for later in the month, may have to bump it up the schedule if this run continues.
With thanks to #netgalley for this book.
I loved this. It's not my usual genre, and even now, it wasn't the mystery that I enjoyed. I thought the writing was outstanding. I loved the characters and really heard their different voices.
Another #newyearwhodis success!!