Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hi fellow mystery readers. Yep, I have been absent for a couple of weeks. Vacation and then that work thing....

Just finished the latest China Bayles mystery: Death Come Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert.
I have read all of the China Bayles books. This is #22.
This story will grab you in the first couple of pages. It is very intriguing and I learned a few things that I did not know.

The story begins with Karen Prior (a friend of China's) meeting  someone (we don't know who) in a back parking lot. (probably not a good idea) She is hoping to obtain some information on a 15 year old murder unsolved murder case that her students are making a documentary film on.

Well things do not go well. Of course there is a lot more to the story. Cover ups and art fraud to name a few.

I learned a lot of things I did not know about trials, judges, and attorneys about what goes on behinds the scenes. Very interesting. 

Each chapter has a paragraph about a particular herb courtesy of China - she owns an herb shop. Those are always interesting too.

These stories typically take place in Central Texas and much of the description and references are familiar to me, so that is always fun.

The bonus to the China Bayles books are recipes at the back of the book. And you can actually make them and they taste good.  For instance, "China's Taco Casserole" and "Cass' Shrimp, Pasta and Rose Petals". I plan on trying them both but probably will leave out the rose petals. :)  There are several other recipes too.

The link to this mystery series is above. Have a look.

On to my next mystery!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Is everyone glad it is Fall? If you live in central Texas, the answer is probably YES!

I haven't completed a book since I finished Rebecca last week but here is what I am reading this month.

I have started Death Come Quickly by Susan Albert Witting's latest China Bayle's mystery - #22.
I read the first chapter and I will tell you that it really hooked me right away. A friend of China's goes to meet someone (she does not know who) that is supposed to have information pertinent to one of her student's documentary about a 15 year old murder case Well, she is assaulted in the parking lot where she is to meet the person...
The writing is very intriguing and really grabs you. I don't think it will take long to read once I get a couple of hours, I will not want to put it down.

Also this month I will be reading our mystery book club selection for November: Dog On It by
Spencer Quinn. This is the first in the Chet and Bernie mystery series.  Oh and it is told by Chet,  Bernie's dog.

Went to my Mystery Book Club. Here are books we will be reading in 2015.

1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny - #10 of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. There are already 40 holds on it for the library so this will probably be a purchase. I don't want to miss it.

If you have never read this series, I strongly recommend it.

2. The Last Policeman by Ben. H. Winters (1st in a trilogy).  This will be a new author for me. More to come.

3. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles  Another new author for me. One club member has already read it and reported that it is excellent. I understand it is 800+ pages so I will need to get to it early.

This is what I love about the Mystery Book Club I belong to. We read such a variety of types of mysteries and are introduced to authors we may never have read otherwise. We also share authors we read on our own to the group also. 

So many books, so little time....