Saturday, July 30, 2022

July 2022 Additions to My Digital Security Blanket


Although I wasn't necessarily looking for additions to my digital security blanket--  being more focused on getting everything ready for Denis's return-- I still managed to find a few titles that I just couldn't resist. (I know-- what a shocker.)
I've grouped my acquisitions by genre/subgenre, and if you click on the book titles, you will be taken to Amazon US where you can learn more about it. You know, just in case I tempted you or something...
Let's see this list of mine!
===Short Story===
The Woman on the Island by Ann Cleeves. Set in England.
  ▲ This short story is a little teaser for Cleeves' new Vera Stanhope mystery that will be released in September. I am really looking forward to The Rising Tide, probably because of the day I spent on Lindisfarne Island where the book is set. When we were leaving, the rising tide was beginning to lap at the edges of the causeway. I rated this story four stars on Goodreads.
In Plain Sight by Linda Castillo. Set in the Amish country of Ohio.

▲ I rated this story four stars on Goodreads, and may I just say that I think Linda Castillo's books have some of the best covers in the business. They always grab my attention.

===Amateur Sleuth===

The Cactus Plot: Murder in the High Desert by Vicky Ramakka. Set in New Mexico.

▲ A botanist researching rare plants in the high country of New Mexico piqued my interest, and the price was right, so you know what happened (because I'm such a predictable creature when it comes to books).

===Historical Fiction===

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn. Set in Ukraine and Washington, DC.

▲ This "unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper" based on a true story had been on my radar for quite some time. Although it hadn't been long since its release, it went on sale at a drastically reduced price, and I snatched this baby up in a heartbeat.
 ▲ With a title like that, how could I resist? (Especially when TPWR... The Price Was Right.)

▲ This is the one part of Jackie's life that I'm interested in. I can't remember where I learned about this book, but when I went to Amazon, added it to my wish list, and then a few weeks later, TPWR, you know what happened. 


 ▲ What knitter worth her salt could resist a collection of essays with a title like that? Plus... I like reading things like this to see how many other knitters experience the same emotions while their needles are clicking away.


The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt. Set in Kentucky.

▲ I remember watching The Poisoned Pen's virtual event when Offutt talked about his book. I was intrigued... and then recently Amazon let me know that TPWR. 

===Historical Mystery===

Blood Tango by Annamaria Alfieri. Set in the Argentina of Juan and Eva Peron.

▲ Alfieri wrote one of the best historical mysteries I've ever read, City of Silver, set in seventeenth-century Bolivia. I keep telling myself that I need to read more books set in South America, so when TPWR on this one, you know what happened.


AUDIO: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Set in Washington State.

▲ A burgeoning friendship between a lonely woman and an octopus? Count me in, especially after reading the review in Dorothy's The Nature of Things.

Well, that's the sum and total of my July acquisitions. Have you read any of these? Did you add any of them to your own wish lists? Inquiring minds would love to know!



  1. Thanks for the shout-out. I'm excited to know that Ann Cleeves has a new book coming out. She's one of my all-time favorite mystery writers and her Vera series is my favorite.

    1. Yes... I'm an Ann Cleeves fangirl and have gotten to meet her twice. And Vera is the greatest!

  2. You know, Cathy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has always fascinated me. I'm not sure exactly why, but she has. That book interests me. And I don't think you can go far wrong with an Ann Cleeves, so it's good to see you have that one. The Alfieri looks very interesting, too; I'll be eager to know what you think of it when you get there.

    1. I've never been exactly sure why JKO has fascinated me either. Perhaps it's because of all that she had to endure and the fact that she didn't let it stop her.

  3. I'm posting this comment for Harvee because Blogger seems to be giving her the cold shoulder:

    "I've had The Diamond Eye on my ereader for a while and hope to get to it soon. "

  4. The House in the Mountains sounds interesting - I'm familiar with the French RĂ©sistance, but less so with Italy during the war. And I agree with you about Linda Castillo's covers.

    1. I knew very little about the Italian Resistance until I read Mark Sullivan's Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and to have A House in the Mountains be about women in the Italian Resistance? I couldn't resist!

  5. Remarkably Bright Creatures is on my library hold list. But I'll look for your reviews eagerly on these books.

    1. So far, I'm really enjoying listening to Remarkably Bright Creatures.


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