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And I don't consider it a criticism, Mila. :)
2019 Books read and scheduled (or not even reviewed yet):
Westering Women by Sandra Dallas
The Janes by Louisa Luna
Into the Fire by Greg Hurwitz
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman
The Perfect Kill by Helen Fields
Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson
The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris
The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
I wasn't especially taken with the first book in the Stillhouse Lake series and didn't follow up with the next two books. However, after reading Bitter Falls, I kind of regret that... because I did enjoy this one.
Gwen Proctor attempts to lead a normal-as-possible life despite her horrific background as the wife of a serial killer-- stalked by those who hated her husband and by those who admired him. Her kids, Lanny and Connor, are her priority, but she knows she can't fully protect them from even the every day problems of life, much less from the bullies and trolls concerning her husband.
Although Gwen, her partner Sam, and the kids have found some security in Stillhouse Lake, things have changed and are at best uncomfortable and at worst dangerous.
When Gwen gets a new missing persons cold case--that of a young man missing for three years--she focuses on it, turning up new and disturbing information that will result in a terrifying situation for Gwen, her partner Sam, and the kids.
Characters from previous novels play their roles in this one. Some characters I recognized from the first book, others were new to me. It didn't matter that I skipped books 2 and 3 in the series; Bitter Falls didn't cause any confusion. Rachel Caine's skillful recap fills in all you need to know to enjoy the plot.
I may go back and pick up the books I missed--or not--but I will be looking for the next one.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Mystery/Thriller. Jan. 21, 2020. Print length: 336 pages.
Journaled to Death by Heather Redmond is entertaining enough for a couple of hours.
Journaling vlogger Mandy Meadows strives to preserve her hyper-organised life while searching for her cousin's killer in this twisty mystery: first in a brand-new series.
A light cozy mystery.
Read in October. Review scheduled for
Cozy Mystery. Feb. 4, 2020. Print length: 224 pages.
The Crossing is the first in a new series featuring Detective Louise Blackwell by Matt Brolly. The Crossing begins with the brutal murder of a pensioner, an older, retired woman with no known enemies. Among other injuries are two puncture wounds in her wrists. Then an elderly Catholic priest is also found murdered in a grisly manner. Are the murders random or selected for a personal reason?
Shocked at the murder of two elderly and seemingly good people, Louise struggles to find the connection. Louise is also being harassed by a former partner who seems determined to see her fail. (I despised him!)
Since it is the first in a new series, some of the characters are being introduced and will probably be developed further in successive books.
British Detectives. Feb. 15, 2020.
And one of my favorites of the year:
Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz is sharply focused on the man, his family, and friends from May 10, 1940 when Churchill took office until America finally enters the war.
The book is meticulously researched and still personal and relatable. Churchill is presented in all his glory and all of his eccentricities. Letters and diaries from friends and family fill in life during the period from Hitler's invasion of the Low Countries and the rapid fall of France, the crucial evacuation at Dunkirk, the fear of occupation, and the devastation of the Blitz.
One thing I was not aware of was that in 1937 the Mass Observation Diary Project was formed. The Archives provide primary source material of the everyday lives of the 500 volunteers. An excellent source at any time, but during those years preceding and during the war--an amazing resource.
A pioneering social research organisation, Mass Observation was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, film-maker Humphrey Jennings and poet Charles Madge. Their aim was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves', and by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers they studied the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. This landmark digital project opens up revolutionary access to the archive. (Source: the above link)The Splendid and the Vile ranks among my favorite nonfiction books this year (or ever), an absolutely engrossing account of disasters, courage, and defiance; of great leaders, elegant language, and of ordinary people.
Read in November.
History/Nonfiction. Feb. 25, 2020. Print length: 464 pages.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays! And now we await the New Year and hope for peace, compassion, courtesy, and kindness in 2020.