Watching what I’m reading . . .

It is not quite an hour until the supercars kick off for the Bathurst 1000 so will get my post done now as I will be glued to the TV for the rest of the day. We watched the top ten shoot out for pole position last night and if today’s race is anywhere near as exciting, we’re in for a great day of motor racing.

Currently I am reading Prose and Cons by Wendy Corsi Staub. Although it’s #4 in this cozy mystery series and I haven’t read any of the previous books, I fell right in love with Bella and her six year old son Max, and their resident ghost, the mischievous and sometimes malevolent Nadine, along with the psychic cat Chance they seem to have inherited.

I am also reading The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown where the theme of inherited animals continues. Sissy has inherited her aunt’s cockatoo and a rooster along with Aunt Blanche’s home. Another book where I have simply fallen in love with the characters, particularly Gussie and Ina Mae, Blanche’s friends for over sixty years.

I am listening to Outback Creed by Jonathan MacPherson, narrated by Steve Shanahan. It’s set in the Kimberly region of Western Australia and I think that a big city lawyer is about to learn an important lesson from a young aboriginal boy about paying it forward.

This week I am planning on reading Boy Underground by Catherine Ryan-Hyde

1941. Steven Katz is the son of prosperous landowners in rural California. Although his parents donโ€™t approve, heโ€™s found true friends in Nick, Suki, and Ollie, sons of field workers. The group is inseparable. But Steven is in turmoil. Heโ€™s beginning to acknowledge that his feelings for Nick amount to more than friendship.

When the bombing of Pearl Harbor draws the US into World War II, Suki and his family are forced to leave their home for the internment camp at Manzanar. Ollie enlists in the army and ships out. And Nick must flee. Betrayed by his own father and accused of a crime he didnโ€™t commit, he turns to Steven for help. Hiding Nick in a root cellar on his familyโ€™s farm, Steven acts as Nickโ€™s protector and lifeline to the outside world.

As the war escalates, bonds deepen and the fear of being different falls away. But after Nick unexpectedly disappears one day, Stevenโ€™s life focus is to find him. On the way, Steven finds a place he belongs and a lesson about love that will last him his lifetime.ย 

And The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths

Brighton, 1965

When theatrical impresario Bert Billington is found dead in his retirement home, no one suspects foul play. But when the postmortem reveals that he was poisoned, suspicion falls on his wife, eccentric ex-Music Hall star Verity Malone.

Frustrated by the police response to Bert’s death and determined to prove her innocence, Verity calls in private detective duo Emma Holmes and Sam Collins. This is their first real case, but as luck would have it they have a friend on the inside: Max Mephisto is filming a remake of Dracula, starring Seth Bellington, Bert’s son. But when they question Max, they feel he isn’t telling them the whole story.

Emma and Sam must vie with the police to untangle the case and bring the killer to justice. They’re sure the answers must lie in Bert’s dark past and in the glamorous, occasionally deadly, days of Music Hall. But the closer they get to the truth, the more danger they find themselves in…ย 

And to start listening to Why She Left by Leah Mercer

Ruth has spent every day of the last fifteen years wondering why her daughter Isobel left. Walking around the school to which she has given her life, every child she sees reminds her of her familyโ€™s bright future which vanished in an instant.

So when Ruth opens the door to find Isobel and a teenage grandson she never knew existed, she feels a rush of relief. Despite the years of hurt she never stopped loving Isobel and wants to help rebuild her life. Enrolling her grandson at the school, Ruth wants to make sure they stay for good.

Isobel has spent her life running from a painful secret. A secret which could have destroyed her family. Now, as she flees a bad relationship, she knows that her childhood home is the only place where she can be safe.

But as Isobel looks at her son in his crisp new uniform, she is taken straight back to the reason she ran all those years ago. Soon it becomes clear that she is not the only one tormented by the past. Someone is prepared to destroy everything Ruth and Isobel hold dear. Can Isobel confront her darkest secret before it is too late?

I have only two new ARCs this week – they are A Secret at Tansy Falls by Cate Woods

And The Library by Bella Osborne

The cars are lined up on the start line, so I’m going to bid you farewell.

Author: sandysbookaday

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9 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading . . .”

  1. I hope you are enjoying your race Sandy, I am watching hockey. I finished listening to Why She Left this afternoon and I am thinking about my review. I already have the two new ones you got, so I will not be adding more after reading this post. I am just starting Hummingbird Lane, then I will start The Sunshine Club. So glad you are enjoying all your present books right now, I know you had some not to good ones over the last little bit. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I have just posted my review for The Sunshine Club on and Netgalley, Carla, but it will be a few days before it appears on my website. I watched the beginning and the end of the race and slept through the middle, Carla. But it’s six hours long, so I guess I can be excused. I hope you enjoyed your hockey. I would love to see a game live. But we seldom even get them televised here. โค๐Ÿ“š

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      1. I don’t think I would stay awake for 6 hours either. Ray and I used to try and get to at least one live NHL game every year, but alas, I haven’t been to one since he passed. I miss it, but love watching on TV. The Leafs lost in a shootout, but it was a good game! ๐Ÿ’โ›ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ’

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      2. It’s usually no problem staying awake for the whole race Carla, but I was still a bit under the weather and napping every day ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ But it appears to have been a pretty uneventful race, the highlight of which was when an echidna wandered across the track and they stopped the race. Yes, I slept through that too.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Sorry your team lost.
        Is this new variant of Covid going to impact your plans to travel to Florida? ๐Ÿคž it’s not going to be as bad as they are predicting. โค

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      3. They stopped the race for an echidna, that is awesome. I hope you are doing better. Are you back to work, or still home recuperating? I should still be able to go, but I might have to get a negative test before I can cross the border. They are saying it is highly transmissible, but you people aren’t getting as sick. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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    2. We haven’t got it in New Zealand…..yet. I am going in when I need to, but making sure that I come home before I get tired. I am still coughing so only go in when we’re closed. The advert for my job is in tomorrow’s paper. ๐Ÿคž I have a preliminary meeting with someone tomorrow whom I hope to headhunt for the position. โค๐Ÿ“š

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