What We’re Reading

by Barb, in Maine. How did it get to be July already?

Wickeds, the long, lovely weekend is upon us. If I know my Wickeds, over the next four days you’re going to sneak in some time with a book. Tell us, what are you reading?

Edith/Maddie: I just finished The Bombay Prince, Sujata Massey’s third Mystery of 1920s India, which was just as good as the first two, and I loved Mia Manasala’s debut cozy, Arsenic and Adobo. I’m excited to have Pardonable Lies on my stack, another Maisie Dobbs historical mystery, as well as the latest issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Short stories are great reads to tuck in between visits or holiday cooking.

Julie: I’ve got a toppling TBR pile. First up is and arc of Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day. I’ve been saving that one for a long weekend. I’ve also got The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden and A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon on the pile.

Jessie: I always love this question, Barb! I am currently tucking into Saxons vs. Vikings by Ed West. Up next is The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley and Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan.

Liz: I have a huge TBR pile too, Julie! Right now I’m bingeing Bosch books to celebrate the 7th season dropping on Netflix. Next up is The Concrete Blond.

Barb: All these books sound so intriguing. I want to read Saxons vs. Vikings, though I only made it through an episode and a half of The Last Kingdom. Worth sticking with it? And, I’ve already binged the final season of Bosch. They definitely stuck the landing. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately for blurbs and because I was moderating a panel. Fortunately, they are all good and some of the panel ones are great, but it feels a bit like homework. I don’t know how our book blogger friends do it! So I’m going to indulge myself this long weekend with a purely voluntary, non-research, not-in-my-genre read, Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet.

Sherry: I’m reading an old book by Fern Micheals. I always think of her as a romance writer but she has a more action oriented thriller type book. It’s Weekend Warriors and is the first book in a long-running series!

Friends: What are you reading this long weekend?

38 Thoughts

  1. I love hearing what others are reading! I read cozies during the week as research for writing my own- this week I read Tara Lush’s Grounds for Murder and Leslie Budewitz’s Killing Thyme. I save my off-genre reading for the weekends, and I have Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library and Marie Benedict’s The Mystery of Mrs Christie queued up for the holiday weekend!

  2. My holiday was yesterday but then again since I retired, as a friend said, “every day is Saturday”…I have The President’s Daughter and a book about In the Heights waiting for me at the library so I’ll be reading them. (I’m #2 for Arsenic and Adobo).

  3. I’m currently in the middle of reading the J.C. Vaughn book SECOND WEDNESDAY. It’s the first book in his Donovan Bay P.I. series.

    I just received the ARC of the Ronald H. Balson book DEFENDING BRITTA STEIN, which is going to have to be my read over the weekend I’m sure because I am supposed to do a review of it for Mystery Scene. And the book was late getting to me because of course it would be.

    I’m part of the Mitch Rapp Ambassador Program so I also just received an advance copy of the next Mitch Rapp book by Kyle Mills. It’s called ENEMY AT THE GATES and I’m really looking forward to reading that book as well.

  4. I’m reading an ARC of The Evening Amethyst by M.K. Graff. I don’t know what book will be next after this one.

  5. Like usual ladies, I’ve got a pile of books to read, and that makes me Very Happy! Right now, I’m reading Mary Daheim’s Bed and Breakfast Mysteries series.

  6. “Little Black Book” by Kate Carlisle for me to start. After that, I’m not sure which way my reading desire will take. I usually have a read next list, but whims and desires sometimes change my mind. 🙂
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  7. Oh, Liz, twins! I’m bingeing Bosch now that I’ve finished bingeing the series 🙂 I also have Key Lime Crime by Lucy Burdette on my next up.

  8. Just finished Mrs. Hudson and the Lazarus Testament by Martin Davies. Next up: Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower. In between, I caught up on The New Yorker, National Geographic and The Smithsonian.

  9. Almost finished with Mystery By The Sea by Verity Bright. Lady Eleanor Swift and her stalwart butler Clifford are my second favorite British sleuths behind the Beryl and Edwina Mysteries by Jessica Ellicott. And, I have a stack of books recommended here to read next. Many thanks Wickeds!

  10. What fun to see two of you mention my books — one in each series. Thanks! I’m reading The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, set in Paris during WW II and a very small NE Montana town in 1984. After that? Who knows — the pile awaits!

  11. I’m reading Emma Jameson’s A DEATH AT SEASCAPE HOUSE and the ongoing judgement of one defined as a “wild child” makes me grateful for all the times I gave the benefit of the doubt and allowed a student a fresh start, or as one put in a note, “thanks for all the second chances.” I want to wade in and defend Jem against unfairness, which means Emma has done her work well. <3

  12. I should be finishing THE PLOT IS MURDER by V. M. Burns today. Up next is THE MAGIC SQUARE by John Gaspard, then MUDER AT THE FORTUNATE TELLER’S TABLE by Janet Finsilver. After that, I’ll be diving into new releases coming out at the end of July.

    As to how I do it, you’ll noticed that all three of the books I just named came out previously. I try not to take on more than four or so ARCs in any given month so I can read books that I’ve bought by haven’t read yet. It doesn’t always work out. September, I only have one non-ARC opening, and October is at 5 ARCs, if I remember correctly. So is August for that matter. It’s why I talk about publishers needing to check their publication schedule with me. 🙂

  13. Currently reading my ARC of Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers, then onto Fatal Family Ties by SC Perkins, then Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber. Lots of reading to do this weekend..

  14. Hi, I am reading of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia.Have a Great weekend and stay safe.

  15. When I Found You by Brenda Novak. Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

  16. Christopher Paolini’s “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Not a cozy mystery but an exciting Sci-Fi with mythology elements. A long book at almost 900 pages, so it’s going to take me a while to get through it.

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