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hermetic

(8,406 posts)
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 11:20 AM Apr 7

What Fiction are you reading this week, April 7, 2024?




Biltmore Estate library

I'm enjoying two of my most favorite authors this week.

I am reading In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin, a gripping story of corruption and consequences. In this 25th Rebus mystery, a new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus' past and one from a car boot.

Listening to Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. I probably already read this but not much else was available in audio right now so here I am. When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache suspects the woman must have been delusional. But what if, he begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

What favorites are you reading this week?
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What Fiction are you reading this week, April 7, 2024? (Original Post) hermetic Apr 7 OP
I read The Kingdom Of The Blind several years ago. Srkdqltr Apr 7 #1
Cool hermetic Apr 7 #3
I just reread it. Most memorable character was the snow. Deep freezing blizzard cold. And the hat. cbabe Apr 7 #12
The Target, a Robie and Reed novel by Baldacci. brer cat Apr 7 #2
Another one! hermetic Apr 7 #5
I just finished Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter. MontanaMama Apr 7 #4
Thanks, good to know hermetic Apr 7 #6
Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See people Apr 7 #7
That sounds quite awesome hermetic Apr 7 #8
Just finished two.... mentalsolstice Apr 7 #9
Never read that one.. hermetic Apr 7 #10
Tim Washburn: two titles cbabe Apr 7 #11
Ah Yellowstone hermetic Apr 7 #15
A David Baldacci, Bayard Apr 7 #13
Baldacci has a new one hermetic Apr 7 #16
Good day. Yesterday finished the singe/songwriter Brandi Carlile memoir of her childhood, openly txwhitedove Apr 7 #14
Yeah, hermetic Apr 7 #17
yes indeed The Bookwoman is a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone I know who reads yellowdogintexas Apr 13 #40
Tried his Arthur and Queenie series while awaiting the next Chet and Bernie EverHopeful Apr 7 #18
Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek was awesome NanaCat Apr 7 #21
Oh--and BOOOOOOO to Jojo Moyes for stealing NanaCat Apr 7 #22
she did not steal the idea of the pack librarians since it was a real thing yellowdogintexas Apr 13 #41
The Exchange by John Grisham EverHopeful Apr 7 #19
Ian Rankin is one of my very favourite writers NanaCat Apr 7 #20
Date with Murder by Julia Chapman The King of Prussia Apr 7 #23
Oh, I say hermetic Apr 7 #24
My bad The King of Prussia Apr 7 #26
Nah, you're good hermetic Apr 7 #28
Babel by R. F. Kuang Deep State Witch Apr 7 #25
I just finished The Trees by Percival Everett and was a bit confounded by japple Apr 7 #27
Interesting hermetic Apr 7 #29
Mrs. Plansky's Revenge by Spencer Quinn question everything Apr 7 #30
What the... hermetic Apr 7 #31
Spam calls!! When you decide to go after them, I'll gladly go with you for that adventure. Grrr txwhitedove Apr 9 #37
Cool! hermetic Apr 11 #38
Trump rally speeches are poor in grammar and sentence structure, but the fictional lies just keep on coming. usaf-vet Apr 7 #32
Yeah, hermetic Apr 7 #33
Which ones? usaf-vet Apr 7 #34
Houstan and Hamilton hermetic Apr 7 #35
Start here: A Cold Day in Paradise. usaf-vet Apr 8 #36
Bedfordshire Clanger Calamity: Albert Smith's Culinary Capers Recipe 4 yellowdogintexas Apr 13 #39
Those sound great hermetic Apr 14 #42

brer cat

(24,845 posts)
2. The Target, a Robie and Reed novel by Baldacci.
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 11:38 AM
Apr 7

I know I have read this before, but I couldn't remember much about it so decided to reread. It is worth spending the time again.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
5. Another one!
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 11:49 AM
Apr 7

Wow, this could be turning out to be read-it-again week. I just checked and it is National Library Week. So YAY libraries!!

MontanaMama

(23,435 posts)
4. I just finished Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter.
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 11:46 AM
Apr 7

I listened to it on audible. I finished it because I wanted to know if the bad guys would be held accountable. I would say it’s a hair raising thriller…however, I wish I had read more about the book in terms of trigger warnings. It was upsetting to me…the violence against women aspect of it was unexpected. If I had actually read about it before I downloaded the book, I might have passed.

Synopsis:

Karin Slaughter’s thriller novel Pretty Girls (2015) chronicles a family haunted by the sudden disappearance and presumed murder of their eldest daughter, Julia. Almost 20 years later, the Carroll family remains fractured by the lasting emotional fallout, each member using different strategies to cope with their grief. Upon the death of Claire Scott’s (née Carroll) husband Paul, the family is dragged back into the spotlight, but with new information that situates Paul at the center of Julia’s disappearance. Yet another young woman recently went missing under similar circumstances, exacerbating their resurgent trauma.
Slaughter situates the story in a realistic portrayal of Atlanta, Georgia, in the present day, taking care to include all the law enforcement and gender politic influences that complicate missing persons cases and femicides in the American South.


It was riveting but be prepared…

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
8. That sounds quite awesome
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 12:12 PM
Apr 7

Tons of 5 star reviews. Nominee for Best Historical Fiction(2023.
A captivating story of women helping other women. It is also a triumphant re-imagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.
Thanks for sharing.

mentalsolstice

(4,469 posts)
9. Just finished two....
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 12:38 PM
Apr 7
The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe. Spoiler alert, the boat sinks, it always does, no matter how many movies you watch or how many books you read about it. Overall a good book.

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison. So many trigger warnings for this one. So heartbreaking.

Next up I’m going to try something different, Foster Dade Explores the Cosmos by Nash Jenkins.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
10. Never read that one..
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:04 PM
Apr 7

Looks like I should, if I can find it.

The publication of Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event that won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened her to Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics.



Good luck with the Foster Dade book.

Jenkins brilliantly captures the emotional intensities of adolescence in the dizzying early years of the twenty-first century.

Reviews are mixed. Let us know what you think of it.

cbabe

(3,691 posts)
11. Tim Washburn: two titles
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:05 PM
Apr 7

Cataclysm, Yellowstone caldera eruption, and Cyber Attack, the internet of things hacked.

End of the world as we know it.

Writing is ok, maybe two to three stars.

Hubris and bureaucracy are our downfall. (See Boeing, Baltimore bridge, and so many more.)

James in from the library. Next up.

Meanwhile rereading The Secret/Lee Child.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
15. Ah Yellowstone
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:44 PM
Apr 7

If that blows I'll be right in the line of fire. Kind of worrisome.

The Secret sounds good. The latest Reacher.

Thanks for checking in.

Bayard

(22,645 posts)
13. A David Baldacci,
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:18 PM
Apr 7

"The Sixth Man." Two investigators, former Secret Service, finding major government corruption while trying to clear an alleged serial killer. Its pretty good.

Finished a non-fiction, but very engrossing Indigenous history of the Little Bighorn battle, and the events and people leading up to it. "The Last Stand," by Nathaniel Philbrick. Highly recommend.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
16. Baldacci has a new one
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:51 PM
Apr 7

coming out next week. A Calamity of Souls "Set in the tumultuous year of 1968 in southern Virginia, a racially-charged murder case sets a duo of white and Black lawyers against a deeply unfair system as they work to defend their wrongfully-accused Black defendants." Sounds good.

So does The Last Stand. Thanks for sharing.

txwhitedove

(3,950 posts)
14. Good day. Yesterday finished the singe/songwriter Brandi Carlile memoir of her childhood, openly
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 01:41 PM
Apr 7

gay teens, and musical career in Broken Horses. Quite good actually, thoughtful, introspective and positive.

I read 2 Chet and Bernie ebook novellas, A Cat was Involved and The Iggy Chronicles. Always a fun read and now I know what happened at the K9 finals.

Just opened The Book Woman of Troublesome Crrek by Kim Michelle Richardson. In 1936 "The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter."


yellowdogintexas

(22,399 posts)
40. yes indeed The Bookwoman is a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone I know who reads
Sat Apr 13, 2024, 08:16 PM
Apr 13

I felt I was with her every step of the way. There is a sequel The Bookwoman's Daughter also good

EverHopeful

(217 posts)
18. Tried his Arthur and Queenie series while awaiting the next Chet and Bernie
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 02:02 PM
Apr 7

Written for younger readers but can't resist his dog and cat POV so enjoyed it while waiting for A Farewell to Arfs in August.

 

NanaCat

(2,332 posts)
21. Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek was awesome
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 03:11 PM
Apr 7

I sent it to my mum after I finished it, because she loves books about women battling overwhelming challenges.

I didn't realize I'd never see it again, LOL, because she loaned it to a friend, who loaned it to her sister, who loaned it to a cousin who loaned it to--Well, I've no idea. If Mum couldn't trace it when I last asked about its latest location, then it's gone for good.

 

NanaCat

(2,332 posts)
22. Oh--and BOOOOOOO to Jojo Moyes for stealing
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 03:14 PM
Apr 7

The idea of the pack librarians from Ms Richardson. Oh, she changed a few things, but some of the book is so close to the original that I'm surprised Ms. Richardson hasn't won a copyright suit against the shameless thief.

Worse, it's her book that's getting the Hollywood treatment.

yellowdogintexas

(22,399 posts)
41. she did not steal the idea of the pack librarians since it was a real thing
Sat Apr 13, 2024, 08:36 PM
Apr 13

however, the books have some significant similarities in detail which prompted the author of "Bookwoman" to sue her. I picked up right away on them when I read Giver of Stars; mostly they are thinly veiled duplications of events out on the trail. There are a couple of characters that I felt were blatant copies of characters in "Bookwoman" and a couple of incidents which seem derivative of Bookwoman.

I read both books and I liked Bookwoman much better mostly because the author really conveys the feel and character of the Eastern Ky mountains in the 1930s, the attitudes toward women, the side story of Cussy's unique medical situation and the people she meets and deals with. It is better written and is told from the point of view of a woman whose family has lived in those mountains for several generations, a true inside story

Giver of Stars is told from the point of view of an outsider experiencing severe culture shock and saddled with a strange husband and horrid inlaws. This woman is navigating a world which is totally strange and baffling to her and her struggle to come to grips with this strange new place gives the story a different feel.


3

EverHopeful

(217 posts)
19. The Exchange by John Grisham
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 02:35 PM
Apr 7

Enjoy most of his stuff and this one is keeping me turning the pages (or swiping the screen in my case.)

 

NanaCat

(2,332 posts)
20. Ian Rankin is one of my very favourite writers
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 03:05 PM
Apr 7

I haven't kept up with the Rebus series after it 'ended' with Exit Music, but that's mostly because I'd have to re-read the series from the beginning to get back into its groove. Maybe another year.

This week, I'll read Edgar Best Novel Winner Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Thriller featuring a black Texas Ranger suspended from his job for helping out a guy arrested for (allegedly) killing the Aryan Brotherhood trash heap who was harassing his granddaughter. Adding to the tension is how this happened in the deepest, darkest boonies of yokelstan East Texas--one of the most racist places on earth. While the Ranger's there, lo and behold, what turns up surfacing from a local bayou but a murdered black man from Chicago. Only two days later, the body of a local white woman is found in the bayou as well. As if the racist pot wasn't boiling enough already. I probably won't get any sleep with this one.

I'll also read Kaia Alderson's Sister in Arms about a squadron of black women serving as WACs who deliver mail to soldiers in Europe during WWII. I'm beyond burnt out with WWII novels, especially the ones about women serving because so many of them are woefully formulaic, but I've committed to reading the ALA book-a-week. So I'm stuck with this one, but we'll see if it transcends the formula.

23. Date with Murder by Julia Chapman
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 03:39 PM
Apr 7

The fourth in her Dales Dective Agency series set in a fictionalised version of the town of Settle in the Dales. We went to the launch of the ninth in the series on Thursday.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
24. Oh, I say
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:00 PM
Apr 7

Delighted to see you again. Hope all is going well for you. Still teaching?

I looked up Julia Chapman and Date with Poison is listed as her 4th Dales Detective book. It's about poisoned pooches and a missing teenager. Same one? I know how titles sometimes change between here and there. And her newest is Date with Justice? These sound quite enjoyable and I will be looking for them for future reading..

Cheers!

26. My bad
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:15 PM
Apr 7

I've been reading the series completely out of order. This is indeed #3.
Yeah still teaching. Hope all is well with you also.

Deep State Witch

(10,659 posts)
25. Babel by R. F. Kuang
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:13 PM
Apr 7

A good "alternative history" story about young Chinese-English boy being sent to a translation academy at Oxford in the lead-up to the First Opium War. Really examines the effects of colonialism.

japple

(9,970 posts)
27. I just finished The Trees by Percival Everett and was a bit confounded by
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:29 PM
Apr 7

the ending. The story took so many twists and turns and there were so many characters, that I am not exactly sure what happened. It was so weird.

Don't know where I'll go next. Maybe I'll just re-read the end of The Trees. I've got a ton of stuff on my TBR list.

Thanks for the weekly thread, hermetic.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
29. Interesting
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:39 PM
Apr 7

Well, the book blurb does say: "Something truly strange is afoot." So, there you go.


Enjoy your new choice, whatever it turns out to be.

question everything

(47,882 posts)
30. Mrs. Plansky's Revenge by Spencer Quinn
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:40 PM
Apr 7

The book starts with a teenager in Romania being instructed how to talk like an American youth: Yo, it is me, your grandson.

And this is how it is progressed: calling older women in the sates pretending to be their grandsons, being held on DUI charges. The way to send money is using a special app, to provide the bank info, including the password and the next morning the account is cleaned.

But Mrs. Plansky is mad. Through unguarded comments by an FBI agent she finds the name of the small village in Romania and off she goes.

Not a real mystery; no murders and we know who done it, but an easy reading and a satisfying ending, though a couple of convenient encounters.

Now started The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood ( the man behind “Murder in Paradise.”)

A 77 year old independent woman who heard her neighbor being shot and is determined to find the culprit.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
31. What the...
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 04:58 PM
Apr 7

Ooh, I see. It's a cozy. Spencer Quinn's first novel in a new series since the meteoric launch of Chet and Bernie--introducing the irresistible and unforgettable Mrs. Plansky, in a story perfect for book clubs and commercial fiction readers.
It will be interesting to see where this goes. Mrs Plansky might be my new hero. I had to turn off my landline phone because I get 5 calls Every. Single. Day. from spoofed numbers. I read there's some huge warehouses in Guatamala or somesuch where these calls come from and I would love to just take a little trip down there, march in and show them it's not really a good idea to mess with little old ladies.

usaf-vet

(6,427 posts)
32. Trump rally speeches are poor in grammar and sentence structure, but the fictional lies just keep on coming.
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 05:14 PM
Apr 7

or mostly outdoor adventure mysteries. C.J. Box, Paul Doiron, Victoria Houston, Steve Hamilton, and William Kent Krueger are my favorites. I can't wait for the newest releases.

C.J. Box
J. A. Jance
John Grisham
Paul Doiron
Steve Hamilton
Victoria Houston
William Kent Krueger
John Sandford
Keith McCafferty

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
33. Yeah,
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 05:25 PM
Apr 7

I like outdoor adventures, too. Some of the best authors there. Don't recognize a couple of them, though.

usaf-vet

(6,427 posts)
34. Which ones?
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 06:12 PM
Apr 7
C.J. Box's main character, Joe Pickett, is a Wyoming game warden. https://mysterysequels.com/c-j-box-books-in-order

Paul Doiron's main character Mike Bowditch a Maine game warden. https://us.macmillan.com/series/mikebowditchmysteries

Victoria Houston's main character is a female sheriff in Wisconsin who also teaches fly casting and fishing.
All her books are quick reads centered on fly fishing mysteries. Loon Lake Mystery Books all her mysteries titles start with Dead followed by a fishing term For example: Dead Jitterbug https://mysterysequels.com/victoria-houston-books-in-order

William Kent Krueger's main character is Cork O’Connor, a small-town sheriff in northern Minnesota. His books also include many Native American characters, including Cork O’Connor, who is part Native American. https://mysterysequels.com/william-kent-krueger

HINT: No matter which of these authors read them in order they build on each other.

hermetic

(8,406 posts)
35. Houstan and Hamilton
Sun Apr 7, 2024, 08:12 PM
Apr 7

are new names for me. But they're on my list now. Thank you for taking the time to provide that info. That's what we're all here for.

usaf-vet

(6,427 posts)
36. Start here: A Cold Day in Paradise.
Mon Apr 8, 2024, 12:03 AM
Apr 8

A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton (7-Feb-2002) Paperback https://a.co/d/1nqtHxK

It an actual town in upper Michigan. The Memorial for the Edmond Fitzgerald is just up the road from Paradise MI.

yellowdogintexas

(22,399 posts)
39. Bedfordshire Clanger Calamity: Albert Smith's Culinary Capers Recipe 4
Sat Apr 13, 2024, 08:10 PM
Apr 13

Last edited Sat Apr 13, 2024, 08:44 PM - Edit history (1)

I have been working on this series for a couple of weeks. The premise of the series:
When a retired detective and a former police dog set out on a culinary tour of the British Isles, they dream of tasty treats and delicious bakes …… what they find is mystery, mayhem, and murder.
Albert’s investigator’s brain sees things ordinary people might not, and his dog, Rex Harrison, cannot understand why the humans are struggling to solve each mystery. He can already smell the answer – it’s right before their noses.
Together they lend their skills to help the people they meet, but unwittingly they’ve discovered a master criminal at work, and what started out as a bit of fun, is getting deadlier with each new place they visit. In this installment .......
In the small Bedfordshire town of Biggleswade, retired detective Albert, and former police dog, Rex, are enjoying a peaceful break from the murder and mayhem of the last week. Until the waitress serving him is arrested for murder …

… and he discovers she killed the café’s owner three days ago. But Albert saw her eyes when the police came for her – she is innocent!

With evidence stacked against her, no alibi, and both motive and opportunity, she will carry the blame unless someone can prove otherwise. Left holding her dog when the police took her away, Albert does what he does best … he snoops.

There is something very odd going on, that’s for sure, and as he starts to investigate, the woman’s checkered past comes to life. Is she guilty after all?

In no time at all Albert becomes the target and this time it will take more than Rex to keep him safe. Is there a master criminal working behind the scenes? What possible motive could he have? One thing is for sure … this is no underdog tale!

'This book is laugh out loud funny! Rex Harrison the dog steals the show continually.’ ‘The adventures he and Rex get into are hilarious. You will not want to put it down and will be begging for the next book. Steve Higgs is a masterful storyteller!’ (Amazon notes end here)

Now I will tell you that I have fallen in love with Rex! Albert acquires a new assortment of ancillary characters in each book, and some of them are just hysterical.
In these trying times, it is good to find a nice lighthearted series that doesn't make me think too hard.

During the week I finished book 2 : Bakewell Tart Bludgeoning and all of book 3 :Stilton Slaughter. I am really enjoying Albert's tour of England with interesting local food specialities.

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