Hello, book lovers. Welcome to my Friday Finds post! Autumn is the time of year to settle on the sofa and curl up with a good book. It’s also the time that we see new TV shows on our screens. I know everyone has different reading tastes, so this week I’ve found some recommendations for books about crime. Murder and mystery galore!
If you don’t know what these posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.
So, onto my small collection of recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. If stories about murder and theft are your thing, hope you find something to tempt you. (In no particular order.)
Drew is a fellow UK book blogger (and all-round good bloke) who mostly reads Fantasy and Crime Thrillers but has also been known to read Post-apocalyptic, Zombie, Horror and Graphic novels. Drew’s personality shines through in his posts which is why I love reading them so much. He enjoyed this murder mystery, saying: “The dark and disturbing story in The Nothing Man is filled with a tension that is almost tangible and unfolds through a gripping dual narrative with Jim in the present and then, by Eve in the past with a ‘book-within-a-book‘ format through the excerpts of her own book. The Nothing Man is an addictive, atmospheric and twisted delight that is executed in a clever, fresh and original way.“
Kimberly is a self-proclaimed audiobook junkie, avid reader and coffee drinker. She doesn’t limit herself to just reading one genre but reads books from young adult to hot and steamy romances with a healthy love of a good horror or Zombie book. Kimberly really loved this sci-fi crime thriller giving it her own high rating of 4.5 coffee cups, saying: “Auxiliary: London 2039 by Jon Richter delivered a cyberpunk thriller featuring a noir detective. The story shares a riveting murder case dealing with artificial intelligence. This dark fiction is a blend of sci-fi, cyberpunk, and noir crime. Bonus: the cover is awesome and fits the narrative. I devoured Auxiliary: 2039 and look forward to more from this author. I highly recommend it to fans of Titanshade, Black Mirror, and Altered Carbon.“
The End Of Her by Shari Lapena reviewed by An Interior Journey
Laurel-Rain’s blog is an eclectic place full of creativity. She’s a retired social worker, mother and grandmother who loves movies and collecting things. She is a writer, book reviewer and obsessive blogger (her words). Laurel-Rain really loved reading this thrilling murder mystery novel giving it 5-stars, saying: “Just when I thought I knew who to believe, another twist would come out of nowhere, and I would be stunned again. The story takes us to the past while also plunging forward into the future to show what lies ahead for these characters. Your head will be spinning by the time this story concludes.“
I haven’t been following Jodie’s blog for long, but I quickly discovered how much I enjoy her reviews. She’s a self-confessed nerd “A huge nerd. Like, a Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, quote-Firefly-and-proudly-call-myself-a-Browncoat nerd.“ A voracious reader, a home-school mom and an introvert. Jodie’ll read pretty much anything, with the exception of romance novels. She really enjoyed this
re-telling mugging of a classic that added murder to the Midsummer Night’s Dream plot, saying: “If you don’t care for dirty humor, this book won’t be up your alley. If you like books that lovingly mock Shakespeare, if you like irreverent humor, and if you find yourself cackling at risque comments, this book is for you.“
And on to my final review this week. I love finding new book blogs and this is one I found recently over a shared love of Dianne Duvall’s books.
Books-n-Kisses raved about The Last Secret by Rick Mofina
Kelly and Kimberly love sharing their bookish thoughts and post lots of reviews, blog tours, author interview and discussions. I like reading their succinct reviews and the variety of genres and publishers they feature. Kimberly really loved reading this 5-star suspense thriller, saying: “WOW What a read. This story takes you in a whirlwind of emotions, including disdain for Emma’s husband. Not a book to be missed by Mofina. Can’t wait for the next one!“
So, that’s my picks for this week. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows you may just find your next favourite read or a new blog to follow!
Now on to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH) meme.
BBH was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 but ended on 31 December 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013.
Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There’s a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs and learn about new books. But also to befriend other bloggers and receive new followers to your own blog. Easy!
So this week’s question is:
Do you have a pet peeve about books?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Ah, don’t we all. Here are my pet peeves.
A heroine who’s TSTL (Too Stupid To Live).
There are certain personality traits that I need a female protagonist to have to be able to connect and become emotionally engaged with a book. She needs to: be intelligent, have common sense, possess a modicum of resilience, have a sense of humour without being a mean bitch, be able to think on her feet and at least try to be self-reliant but most of all she has to have gumption.
I don’t really mind whether she starts off with these traits or grows to have them before the end of the book. The more frustrated I get with a book’s female protagonist, the lower my rating (if I even finish it at all).
Solving the mystery before the protagonist.
I think that if you’re writing a mystery, you should assume that your readers not only enjoy this genre but also love working out puzzles. Why would you leave enough clues that I can work out the who, why and how but your protagonist can’t? As a reader of cosy mysteries, I want to be dazzled by the intelligence of the protagonist for being able to work out who did the murder or stole the prized jewel at least when I do or before.
Information dumps and repeated information.
I understand that an author has a fair amount of world-building to put in their books if they don’t want readers to feel lost. However, what I don’t want is a page of explaining the world right in the middle of a scene or chapter after chapter of describing the world and the population without any plot development. I also don’t need to be told the same thing over and over and over again in one book. I know my memory isn’t what it used to be, but come on! Stop it!
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and editing needs in a post-published book.
OK, so this is the teaching assistant coming out of me. 😉 I read a great deal of self-published books and I cut these authors some slack. I know that it costs money to have their manuscript professionally proofread or edited, design a front cover and get it published. It isn’t these books that this particular peeve is referring to. It’s the ones that have been published through a publishing house that is supposed to have qualified staff to go through their client’s work with a fine-tooth-comb before it’s released. I understand that there are varying rules regarding SPaG here in the UK compared to the US. However, some are universal and MUST BE OBEYED.
Ok, I’d better stop there before I ruin my good TFIF (Thank Fuck It’s Friday) mood. Lol! So what are you’re pet peeves?
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope you have a great weekend. Please continue to be smart, stay safe and healthy. I hope you manage to read (or listen to) a great book.