Flew through this one! Decided October was the perfect time for some ghosty stories, and this one fit the bill for sure! A fabulously independent and intelligent heroine, a swoony police inspector, a resident ghost, family secrets, a coastal English town, and murder mysteries to boot! Loved it!
Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo
I don't have outdoor space at home, so indoors it is near a window.
Am I? Don't ask me how I do it! #sundaybuddyread #booked2021 #pop21 #thatsclassic #foodandlit #bookspinbingo #authoramonth #FairyTaleReadingChallenge and maybe #education21 & #YApril
Care to play? @AlysonCE @Apostcardlife @peanutnine
Catching up on reviews from the end of January...
I can‘t say I loved this one as much as the rest of the #SundayBuddyRead crew, but I did still like it a lot. Loved the moody setting and 1920s time period. There were parts that were kind of boring, and I zoned out in the audiobook narration, but the plot was still interesting for the most part. I think the romance worked better with the more ambiguous ending before the epilogue. 3 ⭐️
Damn it feels good to finally have another 5-star read! This book has everything: mystery, ghosts, strong female lead, a potential love interest, a picturesque English village, and a cozy cottage of you don't mind a ghost potentially being your roommate. (/end of my Stefon impression) This book kept me guessing and gave me just enough to let my imagination run a little wild. I wanted maybe a little more at the end, but that's just nitpicky.
I am officially a fan of Ms. St. James. This one had a wonderful, sometimes creepy sleepy quiet historical town as its setting. A town with a ghost. Jillian leaves Oxford to come here after the death of her uncle. She stays to unravel the mysteries of the town, her uncle's death, and the ghosts that seem so present.
#sundaybuddyread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
10 of 2021. This is my second book by Simone St. James. This book had intrigue, suspense and plenty of twists and turns to keep me engaged in the story. I loved Jillian. Such a strong intelligent woman. Glad I joined the #sundaybuddyread to read this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I thank #sundaybuddyread for introducing me to Simone St. James with The Sun Down Motel. This is the 2nd of her books I‘ve read & enjoyed. She writes a good gothic-leaning mystery. I loved the history, ghostly & romantic elements she wove together for a story that kept me wanting to find out what happened from beginning to end. Jillian, our MC is brave, smart & easy to root for & I liked the many turns the story took. Good stormy day/night read.🌫
I thank you so much for joining in this month.
We visit Simone again TWICE later in the year!
We are OFF NEXT WEEK and our FIRST discussion of our new book starts February 7.
Huge fears death by fire and water -Jillian almost died from BOTH! Which is worse 😬???
Random thought while reading!!!
How did you like the authors final note ?
If you‘ve read Simone before how does this book compare?
How do you like the ending ?
Can anyone live without attachments?
Which towns people were you accurate about thinking they were good/bad?
What did you think of her taking the cat with her all you cat lovers ?
Do you think William is a ghost now ?! Did he really drown ?
Did Jillian calm walking John and put him to sleep?
Jillian visited her moms grave...
What do you think of her adoptive parents ?! What the world ?!
William saying it‘s not over for Germany they will rebuild and go to war again many people said this...
They were right ...
So is he still mentally affected or just evil or full of revenge or what are your thoughts ?
William and the Nazi‘s your thoughts ?
Little eerie as to where we currently are here in the US. Why would he do this?
What did you think of Williams death ? Walking John? Is the ghost good or bad?
What do you think of Jillian‘s phone call with her mother?
Julia and Jillian
What do you think of Julia now ?
“We‘re at peace with Germany Jillian but not everyone in Germany is at peace with us..”
Treason ? Selling codes?!
Well. That‘s a lot to be going on in one little town. Do you think WWII was always inevitable ? Do you look at War as sometimes or Peace as sometimes have you ever thought about it?
My first book for #Sundaybuddyread
This one's not as strong as The Sun Down Motel, but it also is quite a few years older. But one can already see the talent in St. James' writing - she really worked on her skills and that's I think was her newer book that good.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but then it got a little low for me. The love story wasn't mine at all and the solution was a bit... predictable.
I really meant to finish up this week but I slept more than read when I wasn‘t working. So having a late🍿dinner & reading to the end for tomorrow‘s final #sundaybuddyread discussion.
#joyousJanuary #sundaybuddyread #overbookedclub #audiomystery #Islandlife #sealife
I just realized as I was posting this, that each of these books is either set in the ocean, in islands by the sea, in inlets or rivers. Water and people‘s relationship with it is a predominant theme. As for me, I visit the sea as often as I can, and live within walking distance to a river. Aquarius I am.
Finished 3. Working on Mapmaker‘s goal.
Not a book I would normally pick, but so glad I did. After her Uncle‘s mysterious death, Jillian goes to the small town of Rothewell to sort out his affairs and finds herself caught up in a mystery that is much more than she bargained for. Full of twists and turns and touches of romance and supernatural. Would recommend especially if you‘re already a fan of St. James‘ other work. Read for #sundaybuddyread and Bernie cause I can‘t get enough.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So I love this author. This was yet another fantastic mystery/ghost story. I loved the 1920s England setting and the strong intellectual female main character. All the “suspects” were great. St. James had me guessing until the very end. I very much recommend to mystery lovers! Thank you #Sundaybuddyread for picking another one by this author! This was my #bookspinbingo No. 21 pick
I have not been able to sleep for days, and have started listening to this audiobook. The narrator‘s voice is so soothing, but the story is so good it‘s not helping lull me to sleep! So tired.
A quiet evening - laundry tumbling in the dryer, a current read for #SundayBuddyRead (I‘m enjoying immensely), shortbread cookies and a cup of mint verbena tea. I find I usually sleep better, when my day ends like this. ☕️📖 🛌 Although, this book does have a bit of the spook factor. Reader be warned! 😳
Something came from the water.
It lifted from the waves a long, dark, head...
Terrified, frozen, Jillian watched this emerging thing in dread.
Finished this tonight. This is her 2nd book published (2013). The first was The Haunting of Maddy Clare( 2012) which is our May 2021 buddy read.
I‘m ready for SUNDAY and our final discussion on this book! See you then 💚
I definitely liked this but it's not my favorite book by this author. I definitely recommend it if you like a murder mystery or a ghost story.
#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks final discussion Sunday. Until then 🤐🤐🤐
#BookSpinBingo square 1
Another great Simone St. James mystery! Jillian goes to the seaside town of Rothewell to pack up her recently deceased uncle's belongings. Rothewell is haunted by Walking John, a ghost, and Jillian thinks the ghost might have something to do with her uncle's death. #SundayBuddyRead
Equal parts creepy ghost story, mystery, romance, and historical fiction novel--this book does not disappoint! The strong, likeable heroine keeps you rooting for her as the plot keeps throwing things at her. Such a fun read!
It's unputdownable (unless you have to for #SundayBuddyRead 😅).
After reading some of the theories in today‘s #sundaybuddyread discussion I just had to see what happened. I was enthralled with this book as soon as I saw the colors on the cover, and it hasn‘t disappointed. This is my second St. James book, and I‘m now convinced that she‘s a master teller of scary stories. I‘m looking forward to reading more of her work!
I had to complete this after today‘s #SundayBuddyRead discussion! St James is fast becoming a go to author for me with her stories of mystery and a fine layer of creepiness.
Jillian is sent by her parents to a small town in England where her uncle, a ghost hunter, recent passed away. Almost immediately odd things happen and literally go bump in the night. Add to this a dashing playboy inspector, and you‘ve got a truly captivating story. Loved it!
Think Toby reveals the answers ?! See you next week for the final discussion on this mystery.
ALSO BURN THE BOAT?!?!?! No answer yet.
Final thoughts for the week are
Predictions anyone ?
What do you think of Jillians parents ? They‘re in London now why? Why did they send her? To find out her true parents ? What‘s their story and are we going to find out?
So William ?!
The vicar is he evil?
Think Rachael‘s father and Sam are safe ?
What‘s going to happen?!?!!
“Do I look different would anyone be able to tell?”
Why do a lot of young girls feel this?
Is all this sidetracking Jillian ? Is it on purpose to keep her off guard??
I laughed right out loud
“I don‘t know much about this,” I said
“It‘s alright”, he said moving me under him.
“I know everything”
And to my amazement he did.
I have to say I don‘t really care about the romance do you?
Aha! She was born to Elizabeth and Toby! What did you think of Tobys letter?
Snuggling ring WOW
The Great War And The Cocaine Panic in Britain -https://volteface.me/feature/great-war-cocaine-panic/
I do love learning new history
I don‘t read much WWI I need to change that. Anyone have knowledge about this? You think it‘s cocaine they wouldn‘t discuss??