Our May reading list

Hi Wickeds! We haven’t talked about what we’re reading in a while. What books are on your spring (almost summer – yay!) reading list?

Edith/Maddie: I’m doing some research reading about 1920s Boston via fiction, most recently Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night, and The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron. I also finished Agatha-nominated Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge and have this year’s YA/Children’s Agatha winner, Alan Orloff’s I Play One on TV, waiting in the wings. I’m saving Annette Dashofy’s newest Zoe Chambers mystery, Fatal Reunion, for a delicious uninterrupted Sunday soon!

Julie: I have a wonderful TBR pile. Edwin Hill’s The Secrets We Share, an ARC of Sandra Wong’s In the Dark We Forget, Alex Segura’s Secret Identity, and Sujata Massey’s The Bombay Prince. I suspect I will continue exploring the audio book possibilities as well–I love finding new series to listen to.

Jessie: I love this sort of post, Liz because I love getting new reading suggestions from all of you! I am currently reading The Body- A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson. It is so fascinating! And I am most of the way through Illuminations by Mary Sharratt which is a historical novel about the life of Hildegard of Bingen, a powerful woman far ahead of her time in the medieval Holy Roman Empire. Next up for non-fiction is The Species Seekers by Richard Conniff, which explores the explorers who traversed the globe in search of unfamiliar plants and animals. My next novel to read is The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna which is set in Croatia.

Barb: I have the honor of interviewing Katherine Hall Page at the Maine Crime Wave on June 11, where she’ll receive the Maine CrimeMaster Award. So I am reading or rereading several of her delightful books.

Sherry: I just finished reading Find You First by Linwood Barclay and They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall. Both are chilling. The rest of my list is almost identical to Julie’s! Plus, Spook Street by Mick Herron. I bought the first book in the series for my husband last summer. He’s read them all and I’m reading through them.

Liz: I love all these, girls! Julie, Edwin’s book is on my list too. I just finished Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger – SO GOOD! Of course, I’ve got a few books going at once. I’m reading Content, Inc. by Joe Pulizzi, and listening to The Match by Harlan Coben.

Readers, what’s on your spring reading list? Give us some more to add to our TBRs!

19 Thoughts

  1. I have soooo many books/ARCs on my spring reading pile!

    I am currently reading an ARC of Bombay Monsoon by James Ziskin. This is a stand-alone set in 1975 India during the Indira Gandhi “emergency”. The protagonist is Danny, a young American journalist navigating a strange land with plenty of temptation & threats.

    Other most anticipated reads include Dangerous Consequences by Claire Booth (Sherff Hank Worth #5), Magic, Lies & Deadly Pies by Misha Popp (debut) and two books by Canadian mystery authors: In the Dark We Forget (ARC) by Sandra Wong and Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon. Oh, and Bayou Book Thief, a new NOLA cozy series by Ellen Byron.

  2. Thanks for asking, Liz! I’m switching back and forth between cozies and thrillers, with Collette Clark’s A Murder in Long Island at bat and Sheldon Siegel’s Special Circumstances on deck. Last week, Frieda McFadden’s psychological thriller, The Housemaid, knocked it out of the park!

  3. I finished The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths, The Hidden One by Linda Castillo, Death in a Pale Hue by Susan Van Kirk. I’m reading Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise by Terry Ambrose. Upcoming books in my queue are Death by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J Chow, The Wedding Plot by Paula Munier, A Killing in Costume by Zac Bissonnette, Look Twice by R Franklin James, Lie Down with Dogs by Liz Milliron, Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder by Valerie Burns, and Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking Raquel V. Reyes

  4. Edith, I hope you enjoy Fatal Reunion!

    I’ve been binge-reading everything James Patterson, including an advanced copy of his upcoming memoir, The Stories of My Life, because I get to interview him on stage in June!

  5. I’m not sure that I have a reading plan by SEASON but I am always reading so I’m just going by that.

    I’m currently reading the Korina Moss book Cheddar Off Dead. And then I’ve got Jon Land’s Murder at the CDC to get going on. Jessica Ellicott’s Murder in a Blackout, Marc Cameron’s Cold Snap and Mary Keliikoa’s Deceived are some of the other books I’ve got plans to read sooner than later.

  6. Thank you all for such great suggestions…now my I will never get to all of them pile is growing much larger!

  7. I love these suggestions! I have 6 or 7 saved in my Kindle from the Amazon Prime app plus several paperbacks, summer TBR list is full! Right now, I’m reading Christmas Cupcake Murder, a Hannah Swensen mystery by Joanne Fluke.

  8. I’m reading Viola Davis’ memoir. I have several books from the library but probably won’t get to most of them before their due date (we’re no longer fined for returning books late but there will just be more books coming in). Looking forward to the new books from Sara Paretsky, Kathy Reichs, James Patterson (Womens Murder Club) and more I can’t think of.

  9. I’m making my way through Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series. I just finished Murderous Relation and will be starting An Unexpected Peril soon. I have started receiving books that I pre-ordered when Barnes & Noble had a 25% off pre-sale going on, I have four in that pile.

  10. I’m still working my way through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, alternating it with mystery. Next in that queue will be either DEATH IN A BLACKOUT or THE SAVAGE KIND, depending on what I can get my hands on first. 🙂

  11. I’m always done with my “May” books and I’ll be jumping right into June.

    I recently enjoyed THE LESSONS WE LEARN by Liz Milliron. Best in the series so far. I also enjoyed BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK by Tamara Berry. My pre-order for that one came early, as did A SPRINKLE IN TIME by Dana Mentink, which I will be diving into today.

    Looking ahead to June, I have ARCs waiting in the wings for BAYOU BOOK THIEF by Ellen Byron, THE NAVIGATOR’S DAUGHTER by Nancy Cole Silverman, TUESDAY NIGHT SURVIVORS’ CLUB by Lynn Cahoon, THE DROWNING SEA by Sarah Stewart Taylor, and MUDDLED THROUGH by Barbara Ross.

  12. I have a huge To Be Read list, but I don’t have a particular plan except that I enjoy reading other books in the same series that I am currently reading. Still, sometimes another book catches my attention and I read that one right away. Eventually I return to my original plan!

  13. I am going to start an ARC for Fatal Forensic Investigation by Darlene L. Turner. I grew up as a big fan of Little House on the Prairie. Melissa Gilbert has a new memior out called Back to the Prairie. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

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