Sunday, April 22

Mystery Series

I've been on a historical mystery kick.

I discovered Deanna Raybourn.  I know where have I been :)  The Lady Julia Grey Mysteries have been fun reads, though most of them bog down in the middle, but I've discovered that seems to be the case (at least for me) when it comes to  "historical mysteries".  I've read almost all of Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey Mysteries and several of the Nell Sweeney Mysteries, and consistently I get bored in the middle while we're introduced to the different mystery scenarios, before the mystery is actually solved. 

But even with being a  little bogged down, I still seem to be enjoying these series.  I like the character development that goes on from story to story, so even if I'm bored or already figured out who the murderer is I like where the series seem to be going.  With the exception of the In Death series, which could be considered mysteries, we don't see many real series books in romance, spinoffs, but not series with the same main characters in each book.  I guess romance doesn't really lend itself to this sort of story and mysteries do.

That's it for now.  Have a great day and happy reading.

Monday, April 9

A little crazy

Last week was a little crazy around here.  Junior is an altar server at our church and he served at Holy Thursday's Last Supper Mass, on Friday for the Liturgy of the Passion and on Easter Sunday.  Throw in 2 soccer practices and 2 baseball practices and we were done for the week.  He's been on vacation all last week and is still on vacation this week.  This week is just as nuts.  Today we are waiting for my old minivan to be picked up.  We've donated it to a local non-profit. I work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Junior has soccer practiceo n Tuesday.  Wednesday he goes to his best friend's birthday/sleep over party, and Thursday he has play practice, soccer practice and baseball practice--I figure he'll be crashing on Friday.

Even though it has been busy, I still got in some reading.  I found a review for Susan Sizemore's The Price of Innocence at Dear Author and decided it was worth a try, and it was very good.  I also read a review of Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow (I don't remember where I found that one) it was good too--a little drawn out, but not enough to kill it.  Jo Goodman's Kissing Comfort was a nice read, even though I wasn't completely thrilled with the heroine, but the story was pretty good, but not nearly as good as Never Love a Lawman--which I thoroughly loved.  I started Lynn Viehl's Nightborn, but I'm not really in the mood for a vampire story and I may have to go back and reread some of the other books to bring me back into the Darkyn series. 

I have a couple of mysteries I think I'll read and I'm still vacillating about the new JR Ward.  Part of me wants to finish out the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I'm not really interested in moving on to the Band of Bastards.  In the grand scheme of life--it's not important.

Have a great day and happy reading :)