January Reading

I got quite a bit of reading done last month, even though I didn’t have my Kobo for half of it.

I read one non-fiction book: Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox. This was another one that has had a big impact on my writing since I read it. I did the exercises, set the goals and have been attempting to meet those daily goals. I have written every day since I read it and, just today, finished the first draft of the second book my son and I are writing. The book inspired me to write more and more regularly, but it also gave me tools for doing that. If you are trying to finish a writing project or want to start one, I highly recommend this book.

I read a lot of Mysteries and Thrillers.

  • Once Gone by Blake Pierce was a good book.  I know I have talked about not really liking thrillers, and this definitely is, but I liked the book a lot. The main character, Special Agent Riley Paige is still recovering emotionally from being captured by a serial killer just a few months before when she is called in to solve another one. It almost seemed like too much, but maybe I was just hoping no one would expect someone in her position to get right back into it like that. (I know that is pretty naive!)  I plan to read the rest of the series.
  • The Westerlea House Mystery by Adam Croft is the second book in his Kempston Hardwick series. It is the first one that Mr. Croft sent me after I posted my review of Exit Stage Left last month. It was every bit as good as the first one. This was such a fun read! It had a real Poirot feel to it. In these books, Hardwick talks about Sherlock Holmes and Poirot mysteries.  This mystery could only be solved by a master detective like Holmes or Poirot or Kempston Hardwick. There are no real clues that lead the reader to solve the mystery ahead of the detective; we have to wait for Kempston. I like the way the relationship between Hardwick and his sidekick Ellis Flint is developing, too.
  • Too Close for Comfort by Adam Croft is the first book in his Knight and Culverhouse series. It is completely different from his Kempston Hardwick books; it is definitely a thriller. It took a while for me to get comfortable with the relationship between the two main characters, but that wasn’t a major problem. They are after a serial killer, and Wendy Knight has her suspicions about who it is. She doesn’t really figure it out, though, until it is almost too late. This looks like an interesting series, and I plan to read more of it. I hope you will, too.
  • Death Under the Sun by Adam Croft was another Kempston Hardwick book. And it was a hoot! The relationship between Hardwick and Flint seemed odd in Exit Stage Left, but it has grown since then. It is still odd, but very funny. In this book they actually go on vacation together — much to Hardwick’s dismay. Of course, there is a murder to be solved. It was a good story. I really can’t recommend these books enough. I have one more to read, and I will start on it soon.
  • Murder in the Abbey by Susan Kiernan-Lewis was the first of Kiernan-Lewis’s Maggie Newberry books that I wasn’t all that thrilled about. I have loved all the rest of them that I have read (four, I think), but this one was different.It could be because it takes place in England rather than in France. It could be because the main players are out of Laurent’s past. It could be for lots and lots of reasons or no reason at all. I don’t think it means it was a bad book or anything. It just made me realize how much I normally  enjoy reading about Maggie and Laurent’s relationship; Laurent was different in this book and so were things between him and Maggie. I look forward to reading more in this series, in spite of my ambivalence about this one.
  • Tropical Knights by John F. Beckman is a book I started a long time ago and just not got around to finishing. My reading was interrupted by changing devices and losing it in the shuffle because of the huge number of books I have. The book seemed a little dated in that they go into Cuba to take down a missile aimed at the US. I was also troubled by the fact that the female CIA agent lets the non-agency guy helping her do all the heavy lifting. That seemed a little odd.  But I enjoyed reading the book. I don’t know that I would rush out to get more in the series, but I might.

I thought I would get through all the books today, but I just don’t have it in me. I will finish tomorrow!

Before I close though, I want to again thank Adam Croft for giving me the rest of the books in the Kempston Hardwick series. It was a nice gesture, and I have really enjoyed the ones I have read.




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