Monday, July 05, 2021

June 2021 Additions to My Digital Security Blanket


As you can see, there's been a slight change to the graphic for this series of posts. Why? Because I've started listening to audiobooks and I thought it was misleading to cram everything under the eBook umbrella. So far, I've been finding some bargain audiobooks at Chirp Books, but then, if I'd just go to the list you'd be able to see that for yourselves.

I've grouped all my acquisitions by genre/subgenre, and if you click on the book title, you'll be taken to Amazon US to learn more about it. I've also included my review if I've already read the book.

Now it's time to see what I couldn't resist last month!


The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization by Roland Ennos. Audiobook. I'm an unabashed tree hugger, and the synopsis of this book made me want to learn more, although I'm sure some of the information will make my blood pressure rise.

===Short Story/ Serial Fiction===
Mexico City Noir edited by Paco Ignacio Taibo. Short story anthology set in Mexico. As I've said in previous months, this series by Akashic has never let me down, and whenever there's a sale on one, I snap it up.

Dead Woman Driving: Married to Death by Sue Ann Jaffarian. Serial Fiction. I'm enjoying this series of stories Sue Ann is writing while she travels the country in her RV.
===Historical Fiction===
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. Set in New York. As a former librarian and the daughter of a librarian, how could I resist a story about a family living in an apartment within the New York Public Library?

The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters. Set in England during the Black Death. This is the follow-up to The Last Hours, about people trying to survive while the plague ravages the countryside. Walters was inspired to write these books after a plague pit was found on her property.
===Historical Mystery===
Killman by Graeme Kent. Set in the Solomon Islands during the 1960s.
My review. I love this way-too-short series, and as soon as I saw this book, I snapped it up and read it.


The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex. Set in England. This is what lured me from the synopsis: "Inspired by a haunting true story, a gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast--and about the wives who were left behind." Cornwall, lighthouses, Amazon waving a killer deal at me...


Teacher's Threat by Diane Vallere. Set in Texas. The latest in another favorite series of mine. Although I love them because they remind me of my grandmother sitting at her sewing machine, the covers may be a bit misleading. There's much more depth (and a bit of an edge) to Vallere's Madison Night books than you might expect. I read the fourth book in the series and that was it. I snapped up all the rest.

===Private Investigator===

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. Set in England. The synopsis is what hooked me on this first Kate Marshall book. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger. Audiobook. Set in Minnesota. I've long been a fan of William Kent Krueger as a person (thanks to attending The Poisoned Pen's live events) and as a writer after reading Ordinary Grace. I've always meant to start his Cork O'Connor series, and a sale price on the audiobook sealed the deal.

===Police Procedural===

Last Reminder by Stuart Pawson. Set in England. I love Pawson's Charlie Priest mysteries and needed to get a few more so I'd be ready to go when I want to continue with the series.

Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner. Set on Mustique in the Caribbean. The synopsis and the setting are what lured me to this new-to-me author.

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo. Audiobook. Set in the Amish country of Ohio. I thought it was time to head to Ohio and see what Kate Burkholder was up to, and a killer deal helped me snap this one up.

Remain Silent by Susie Steiner. Set in England. Another killer deal and a reminder about this series from dedicated reader Kathy D. enticed me to buy this so I could get caught up with the series. Thanks, Kathy!

Ice Blue by Emma Jameson. Audiobook. Set in England. Another new-to-me author. I was lured in by the price and by the synopsis. Knock it off with these sales already, or I'll be up to my eyeballs in audiobooks!

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. Audiobook. Set in Los Angeles, California. Be in the lookout for my review of this book. Another killer deal on the price, and when I saw that the narrator was Titus Welliver, that was all she wrote. It was heaven being with Harry Bosch again, and I can't wait to listen to another Bosch investigation narrated by Welliver. That voice!!!

Well, those were my splurges for June. Which ones have you already read? What did you think of them? Did I entice you to add any of them to your own Need to Read lists? Which ones? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Mexico City Noir sounds good, Cathy! I like Taibo's work, so it's good to see he's the editor. It's good to see a Minette Walters in your pile, too; she's written some excellent stories, I think. And as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with Harry Bosch!

    1. I've already listened to that one, and I was in heaven!

  2. Looking forward to Madison Night too. I really enjoy those books.

  3. I bought no ebooks or audiobooks. I did buy a paper copy of Shanghai Secrets by Sulari Gentill. A gentle, relaxing read so far.

    Finished a memoir by Suleika Jaoad, Between Two Kingdomgs, about her battle with leukemia and then restarting her life.

    And I have The Bombay Prince, by Sujata Massey on both paper and Overdrive hold, as well as The Thursday Murder Club.

    I have about 14 other books on hold at the library. I am (im)patiently waiting for The Night Hawks and more.

    I'm afraid gluttony in books, book reserves and to be read lists abounds here, and I plead the Fifth.

    You have some good books here. I do love Susie Steiner's books.

    1. I, too, am a book glutton.

    2. Well, at least you write good reviews and the blog's fans read them and enjoy them and then reserve, borrow or buy the books they're interested in reading.

      My habit, however, is not socially redeeming. It's just my own enjoyment. Did I do anything productive on Monday? Read one of Sulari Gentill's books. Period.

  4. I really like your graphic in the header. I'm glad you like your audios.

  5. And you remind me about Akashic Books. I have to start ordering them.


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