On Reading and Watching plus a giveaway!

Debbie J. Pruss is the winner of a Chloe Jackson book! Look for an email from me! Ah, spring in Northern Virginia. We are having wild temperature swings and keep switching from heat to air conditioning.

I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been reading and watching this spring. If you have time to read, I’m giving away a copy of one of my Chloe Jackson books. If you’ve already read them, I’m happy to send one to a friend or family member.


I’ve mentioned this before but I loved Hide by Tracy Clark. Detective Harriet Foster is a fabulous protagonist. I can’t wait until the second book

A book that grabbed me because of its title — Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone. It was an interesting read.

A series that I love — I recently read Slough House the seventh book in the Slough House series by Mick Herron. I don’t like to binge read books so I’ve been spreading these out as much as possible.

Daisy Jones and the Six is very different. It’s all interview and no exposition. A reporter is interviewing Daisy and the other band members who are looking back on their lives. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the writing style, but was quickly drawn into the store. I’m not sure if I’m going to watch the TV version. It seems like it would be harder to see than to read about.

Next for a bit of enjoyable fluff — Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan. My neighbor loaned it to me and it was delightful. Interestingly, my agent met her at a bookstore in Oxford, MS.

I also just read Finlay Dovovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano and really enjoyed it. I actually laughed out loud a few times.

Next up is The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. I haven’t read a political thriller that I saw on someone’s list. I’m also looking forward to Red London by Alma Katzu. It’s the second book in a series featuring a female CIA agent. Red Widow was fantastic so I’m looking forward to this.


We just finished watching the second season of Slow Horses based on the Slough House books by Mick Herron. The casting for this show is perfection! So often I watch something and think, that’s not how I pictured that person, however in this series it’s been, that’s exactly how I pictured that person.

We also watched Jack Ryan season three and started watching The Night Agent on Netflix. My husband and I both read the book by Matthew Quirk and love it. We’re only a couple of episodes in on the show but so far they are doing a fantastic job with it.

For some fluff, I’ve been slowly working my way through season three of Emily in Paris on Netflix. If you love fashion it’s worth watching just to see the clothes. It’s not just the women’s clothes Julian wore a lavender suit that was fabulous in a recent episode. Plus — Paris! Sigh.

I also seem to love singing competitions and have been watching American Idol and The Voice. I think I like the audition rounds the best.

Readers: What have you been reading or watching? Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my Chloe Jackson books!

66 Thoughts

  1. I loved The Night Agent. Book I’ve read are Four Parties and a Funeral by Maria DiRico, A Flicker of a Doubt by Daryl Wood Gerber, Curds of Prey by Korina Moss, and Justice is Served by Leslie Karst. Right now I’m reading Ukulele of Death by E.J. Copperman

  2. I just finished reading BREAKING NEW GROUND by Amy Clipston. The ones before that was THE BABY INHERITANCE by Tina Radcliffe, CRIME SCENE WITNESS by Dana R. Lynn and HER ALASKAN RETURN by Author Belle Calhoune,

    As for TV, we enjoy watching the oldies but goodies shows. You know – the ones you can watch knowing you don’t have to change the channel in the middle of because they don’t grate on your nerves or go against your beliefs. Showing my age because I still love the Perry Mason and Monk shows. Guess it’s because they are like books I love to read – the bad guys are always caught and brought up to pay for their crimes, the good guy always wins, maybe a bit of romance through in but not something you won’t mind young children watching and at the end it all ended happily ever after with more stories to tell and justice to fight for.

    Thank you for the chance win one of your Chloe Jackson books! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Hi Sherry! I also read Everyone in My Family… and enjoyed it. Also a short story, The Locked Room Library, by Gigi Pandian, Exceedingly clever, as she always is. I’m reading Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney. I’m watching all fluff — Top Chef (yum), and Why Women Kill, which is a campy dark comedy Marc Cherry series. There are 3 separate stories that take place in the same house in 3 different decades & focuses on the wives & how they each deal with betrayals. I like it for the fashion of each decade & how women’s role in society at that time influences how each woman deals with their issues. It’s on Paramount+

  4. Sherry, I’ve been doing some reading and I’m always watching TV.

    Recent reads – HOLMES COMING by Kenneth Johnson, DEVIL’S DOOR and A BLIND GODDESS by James R. Benn and MURDER IN AN IRISH BAKERY by Carlene O’Connor. I’m currently reading WHITE SMOKE by John Gilstrap.

    Watching: Besides the usual stuff I watch each week, I’ve been checking out THE ARK on Syfy and enjoying it. I saw the LUTHER: THE FALLEN SUN movie on Netflix. I’ve seen the first four episodes of THE NIGHT AGENT and I’m loving it. Oh, and I’m watching THE MANDALORIAN and finished the latest season of THE BAD BATCH. And for something that is more fluffy than serious, I’ve seen the first four Season 2 episodes of DOOGIE KAMELOHA, M.D. on Disney+.

      1. Sherry,

        I did watch the series. Loved it. It would probably help if you’ve seen the series so you can fully get John Luther and some of what’s being talked about in the movie.

  5. We started the Night Agent last night. Not sure we’ll continue. Pretty violent. Call the Midwife is more my style! And the new season is fabulous.

    I finished Danny Girl by Michele Dorsey and now reading Raven Thief by Gigi Pandian. Next up is Agatha Best Historical nominees Under a Veiled and The Lindbergh Nanny, plus Harini Nagendra’s Murder Under a Red Moon.

    1. I’ve been reading different books. Right now I’m reading Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. I’m also reading a book about Robin Williams. Before bed I’m reading a Harlequin book by Lissa Manley called Storybook Romance.

      For TV, I’m watching either food channels or Hallmark movies.

      Thanks for the chance!

  6. I’ve been reading a lot to pass the last week’s of winter! Read the MenoPaws Mysteries by Morgana Best, Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanna Fluke, Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves, and Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mysteries by Annabel Chase. We have so many streaming services, all the movies are hard to remember but The Coldest Game with Bill Pullman stands out as a good recent one. I also like Beyond Paradise, Grant Hester, Ghosts, and just watched some Sister Boniface.

    1. Oops that was supposed to say Grantchester not Grant Hester!

      1. Edith, no new episodes of Grantchester that I know of – I am only on season 3.

  7. I’m reading Connections in Death by J.D. Robb, trying to catch up on this series. I just love Eve and Roarke and the rest of the gang. For tv I mostly watch true crime programs and on Saturday nights my husband and I watch old movies together. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway. pgenest57 at aol dot com

    1. I need to read the J.D. Robb books because everyone always says such great things about them. And how Nora Roberts can write so much boggles the mind!

  8. I’ve been reading Indian romances by Sonali Dev. Watching Ted Lasso, Shrinking, La Reina del Sur, and Candice Renoir.

  9. I just discovered the Vintage Magic series by Annette Blair so I have been binging it. I have also been feeding my non-fiction side on YouTube with videos of the Romanov Family/Russian Revolution/Faberge. Your series is one on my list, winning one would jump start it.

  10. I recently read The Finalist by Joan Long. It’s a thriller that I think of as a cross between And Then There Were None and Survivor. Last night I finished an ARC of #Tag Me for Murder, Sarah Burr’s latest Coco Cline cozy mystery which comes out April 25.

    For TV, I’ve been binging Justified on Hulu and have been loving Beyond Paradise on BritBox. Cheers!

  11. Sherry, I read EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY and yes, it’s an interesting style. I think it worked because the narrator doesn’t take himself too seriously. Right now, I’m reading THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB. I read the second book, THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE, and figured I should read the first before I read the third. LOL

    I’m also watching THE NIGHT AGENT. I’m on episode four and it’s interesting so far.

  12. Sherry, I liked your comment about the casting in shows based on books. I have been watching the new series “Will Trent” and since I had read the books by Karen Slaughter the actor playing Will didn’t look anything like I pictured. But, he is doing an amazing job and his relationship with his little dog, Betty, is so sweet! I sure hope the show is renewed!

  13. i have been reading mycroft and holmes. up next is the Hide and i’m on wait list for Everyone in my family is a murder.
    I don’t have a TV so not watching anything.

  14. Great recommendations! Right now I’m reading Hank Ryan’s The Murder List and Joyce Tremel’s Death on a Deadline. Both are excellent.

  15. Since I have lost my reading MOJO, I have been watching TV. It depends on the day what I watch. Right now it’s Maine Cabin Masters. At noon I will switch to Home Town. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Right now I am reading Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell. In the past I have read her Country Store Mysteries, and I was delighted to discover that she has another series, the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. Besides the murder mystery, I am learning about the Quakers and am enjoying the historical aspects since the story takes place in the 1800’s. I am so glad I chose this book to read!

  17. We just finished our long car trip home. We spent time listening to Annika Stranded, recommended by my sister-in-law. They are short, one person radio plays on BBC Sounds. There are six series. It stars Nicola Walker and is like Annika on Masterpiece, but the TV series has been moved to Glasgow, whereas the radio series takes places in the original Norway. The tone is lighter and funnier, too. And Nicola Walker is, as ALWAYs, amazing.

    We’ve been watching Shrinking, Ted Lasso, the new Perry Mason, Abbott Elementary, and Vienna Blood.

      1. Both are PBS Masterpiece series. There’s only one season of the TV version of Annika, but another is coming. I’m just okay on Vienna Blood, though Bill really likes it.

  18. After reading Mary Winters bio last week, I immediately bought “Murder in Postscipt,” and enjoyed it very much. I’m hoping there is a second book in the works for “Lady Agony.” I just watched the second season of “Sister Boniface,” which is so much fun! I’m also a big baseball fan, so I enjoy watching the Dodgers play. And, I must say, although March Madness, was just that, it was fun to watch, but I’mglad it’s over!

    1. I believe there is a second book in the works! I haven’t heard of Sister Boniface — I’m adding so much to my reading and watching list from this post!

      1. Sherry Harris, I don’t know if there is a book for Sister Boniface. It’s an off shoot of Father Brown Mysteries. It’s on BritBox. So much fun!

    2. I’m so glad you enjoyed Murder in Postscript, Cheryl! There will be a second book.
      So many great books here to add to my TBR pile! Right now I’m reading Ghosts of Spain (nonfiction) and One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (a romance!).

  19. We actually gave up watching TV for the Easter season but now that we are over the 40 days of fasting, we are getting caught up on a few series. The new season of Mandalorian is out on Disney+ and we binged The Chosen, goes along with the Easter season and family has been raving about it. I would love to see more cozies made into movies. We are looking forward to the next season of Wednesday, it is creepy and kooky to be sure, but oddly enjoyable. Fingers crossed for a Chloe Jackson book and thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Sherry, I’m in NoVA, too, and I second your conundrum with the flip-flops from heat to AC. Still, there’s nothing like spring in Virginia!

    Watching and loving Sanditon, Vienna Blood, and The Mandalorian. I agree with Cheryl about Sister Boniface. This is about as cozy of a show as they make them these days. Completely wacky and fun.

  21. Hi! I just read most of the Bookmobile Cat cozy mystery series by Laurie Cass and enjoyed them. And recently discovered reruns of Midsomer Murders on ION Mystery channel. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is my new favorite British detective. Wishing you a happy holiday weekend!

  22. I recently finished ON SPINE OF DEATH by Tamara Berry and loved it. Laugh out loud fun. (At least for me.)

    I also enjoyed THE TRUTH WE HIDE by Liz Milliron. Serious in tone historical mystery set in Buffalo during WWII.

    As far as TV, I’ve been enjoying THE COMPANY YOU KEEP. The characters are clicking, and it’s getting more intriguing each week. On the other hand, I started out loving TRUE LIES, but it seems like they are getting more cliched with the character development each week.

  23. I love a book that makes me laugh! I’ve been meaning to try both of those shows. The commercials for True Lies have made me feel iffy about.

  24. I have been reading. I have been reading ARC romantic suspense books, I only have one more ARC to read. It is a cozy mystery. Right now I am reading Theme Park Abduction by Patsy Conway. It is very good. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Holy Week. God bless you.

  25. I just finished reading Murder with Cinnamon Scones and Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches from the Daisy’s Tea Garden mystery series by Karen Rose Smith. They were both enjoyable reads.

  26. Reading Don’t let her Stay by Nicola Sanders. So far, I’ve only thought I should keep my inhaler in my hand twice. Need my breath.

  27. We’ve been binge watching The Resident here. My son and I are so disappointed to hear that the show has not been renewed. We need to see if there are any more episodes of Ghosts. Since breaking my leg and ankle I’ve been doing lots of reading. I would like to start reading your second Chloe Jackson book this week. I loved the first book so much! My husband attended EOD school in that area many years ago and I used to go with him every May for the EOD Memorial Weekend. Reading the first book brought back so many wonderful memories. I’ve been to every restaurant you mentioned in the book. Right now I’m finishing Birthday Pie Burial by Diana Dumont. My son is reading the third book in the mystery series by Christine Wenger. It’s been warming up here in the desert. It makes me worry for how hot it will get in the summer!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about breaking your leg and ankle and hope you heal quickly! I’m so glad you enjoyed the first Chloe book and it’s very cool you’ve been to the places I mentioned!

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