Sunday, February 05, 2023

January Additions to My Digital Security Blanket


As I'd suspected, the previous month's paltry number of additions to my digital security blanket was a fluke. January looked more like business as usual.
I've grouped my acquisitions by genre/subgenre, and if you click on the link in each book's title, you'll be taken to Amazon US to learn more about it. Let's get started!
===Historical Fiction===
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. Set in England. 
 ■ An attractive sale price and a dual timeline story set in 18th-century and present-day London concerning a secret apohtecary shop catering to an unusual clientele meant that I couldn't resist this one.
Consider the Lilies by Iain Crichton Smith. Set in Scotland.
 ■ A tale of the Highland Clearances as told by an elderly woman who experienced them AND a killer sale price? Sold!
AUDIO: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Set in California.
 ■ I was contentedly prepared to ignore all the praise I'd seen heaped on this book. I was going to bide my time and get to it in a couple of years or so, but when I discovered that I could get the audiobook version for $2, there went all my good intentions.
===Short Story===
Signal Moon by Kate Quinn. Dual timeline story set in World War II and present-day England.
 ■ I've got Quinn's The Diamond Eye already on my Kindle, but when I stumbled across this short story with its intriguing dual timeline premise, I thought I'd sample her writing with it first. I rated this four stars on Goodreads.
AUDIO: City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita. Set in a cold, cut-off, and claustrophobic town in Alaska.
 ■ I seem to be drawn to claustrophobic tales laced with hypothermia lately, and the combination of a killer sale and intriguing premise meant that I couldn't keep my hands off this one.
AUDIO: Picture in the Sand by Peter Blauner. Set in Egypt.
 ■ A another killer sale and watching The Poisoned Pen's Zoom event with the author meant that, once again, I succumbed to temptation.

Shifty's Boys by Chris Offutt. Set in Kentucky.

■ Reading A Killing in the Hills made author Chris Offutt one of my "finds" of 2022. When the next book in the series went on sale, I didn't waste any time.

Kinglake-350 by Adrian Highland. Set in Australia.

■ (1) One of my favorite authors who just plain doesn't write enough. (2) A fictional account using the setting of an actual 2009 Australian wildfire. (3) Being handed several discounts. (4) Get out of my way-- I'm buyin' this one! (I do expect to be very emotionally involved in this book due to my knowledge of the wildfires Arizona has had to face.

There you go-- the books I couldn't resist last month. Have you read any of them? Do you want to read any of them? Please share! 



  1. Oh wow, Cathy - you have Kinglake 350! That's a powerful read (well, that's just my opinion), and I'm a big fan of his books, so I'm really glad to see that there. I hope you'll be glad you read it.

  2. I haven't read any of these but they all look good. Happy Monday! :D

  3. I'm going to read The Lost Apothecary for my 'old' mystery group in Austin as the March book. I'm trying to still keep up with them and send my thoughts to Gayle, the new leader. I also have had my eye on City Under One Roof, but haven't gotten it yet. Maybe soon.

    Right now, I'm reading that C.J. Tudor book, The Drift. Liking it, but the new Deborah Crombie book comes out tomorrow - I may have to be reading two books at once - horrors! Ha!

    1. I usually have three books on the go at any one time.

  4. What a great list of books you have there. I foresee a lot of good reading in your future.

  5. I have a copy of The Last Apothecary waiting patiently for its turn to come to be read. I'm interested to see whether you get to yours first, and what you do think whenever you read it

    I had not heard of Kinglake 350 before, but that's definitely intriguing.

    1. I really love Hyland's writing, so I'll probably get to it before I get to Penner's novel.

  6. Let's see what the hype turns out to be in Lessons in Chemistry, which is on the Times best-seller list. Awaiting the review.

    1. It's on audio, so it will take me longer to get to it.


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