Weekly Wrap-Up: 6-12 June, 2022

Days fly by, don’t they? We are almost halfway through 2022. When did that happen? I hardly remember the first four months of this year, thank you Omicron-related brain fog.

What happens when someone has a brain fog and when the fog ‘disappears’, they realize they had no brain to begin with? Just curious, that’s all. I have a brain and it did not disappear with the fog. Just saying…

Well, this has been yet another busy week. Milo, one of Peppy’s kittens was adopted on Wednesday. Peppy’s other two kittens, Mango and Macho, will be adopted tomorrow. The house is going to feel empty for a few days. They have been with us for over two months now. It is going to be hard to say goodbye.

By the way, I really do not know what season it is. We hardly had summer this time – just three weeks of sweltering heat in April followed by a month of heavy rains and chilly winds. Now we are at bright and sunny but chilly indoors. How do I bring a piece of sun inside the house? Can someone tell me?

I read 6 books this week. Let’s have a look:

Assassin’s Lullaby by Mark Rubinstein was THE book that brought me out of a reading rut. A hire-for-kill assassin is given an assignment. He has to kill a rival gangleader. But then, the rival gangleader hires him to kill the assassin’s client. If that isn’t enough, when he kills one of the gangleader, he becomes the hunted. Goodness, this was such an exciting and action-packed story. The book releases in two weeks and if you want to know more, you will have to wait for my review. 🙂

Skin Code by Stephen Williams was another fantastic and spine-chilling mystery. A serial killer is on prowl. He carves a code on their chest when they are under the influence of a drug (which he administers) and leaves them to choke on their own vomit and die. Detective Inspector Hume and DC Echo are assigned the case and they take the help of an ex-detective Raine to solve the case.

A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs is the third and most probably the final book in Oyster Cove Guesthouse Cozy mystery series. I read the first two books of this series in 2019 and though the third book was released in the same year, I couldn’t catch up. (Busy procrastinating, you see…) This might be the year of completists/catching-up for me. I want to challenge myself and catch up on the series I have been following so let’s see how that goes.

So, A Purrfect Alibi is about a murder (yet another) in Oyster Cove and Josie (the owner of the guesthouse) and her cats Nero and Marlowe want to bring the killer to justice. The cats have played a major role in keeping Oyster Cove safe for years. And Josie, well, between burnt muffins and renovating the guesthouse, she manages to set aside some time for amateur sleuthing…

A Wedding in Tuscany by Sandy Barker is a heart-warming, feel-good holiday romance. This is my first read for 20 Books of Summer Challenge. Gorgeous setting, a love story (or should I say stories?) that make you go aww and an ending that makes you go, once again, aww!

Aww!

Death at the Feast by Jan Durham was a smashing addition to my favorite series – Kipper Cottage Mysteries. This is the third book in the series and features Liz McLuckie, our protagonist/amateur sleuth. This time, Liz’s best friends Mags and Tilly are suspected of killing the local Mayor. The two women/life partners have a juvie record so the local inspector (DI Flint) is ‘sure’ they killed Neil. Liz starts to investigate – she knows her friends are innocent and the victim’s second wife was almost half his age – so one must explore the gold-digger-wife angle, innit?

I started Vegas Murder Mystery by Trevor Scott last evening and finished reading it this morning. It started well but too many references about human body parts in insulting and insensitive way so I wouldn’t be following this series. I started with Trick of the Night by Joy Ellis this noon and so far, things are looking pretty interesting.

Reviews on the site this week:

Her Frozen Cry by Carolyn Arnold

Peril at Pennington Manor by Tracy Gardner

A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs

The Skin Code by Stephen Williams

Valued for Murder by Victoria Tait

Death at the Feast by Jan Durham

Books I am planning to read this coming week:

Trick of the Night by Joy Ellis

A Racing Murder by Frances Evesham

Harvest Murder by Frances Evesham

Accusation by Paul Batista

The Lost Ones by Marnie Riches

I am yet to ‘find time’ to read Rotten to the Core by T.E. Kinsey. Hopefully I might this week. Fingers Crossed.

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