“After all, I might not intend to use him for a plaything, but I could still appreciate looking through the toy-shop window.” –Veronica Speedwell
This quote just caught my fancy while reading. It really shows Veronica’s personality and spunk. I loved how promiscuous Veronica was, it was so refreshing because she was so very smart about it with all of her rules and stipulations. It’s so hard to find such a forthright and independent female character in this time period that doesn’t swoon at every instance or completely muck up most of an investigation. Then comes along Mr Stroker to make her reconsider a few of her affair stipulations. While she doesn’t break any of them in this book I do believe a time will come in the future for her and Mr. Stroker to get together, at least I hope so.
Overall I really did like this novel. There were some parts that seemed pretty obvious to me and the beginning was interesting but slow on the mystery part. I enjoyed that they were both Natural Historians but from different branches, so they had something in common but were different enough to be interesting. For me it was a career of that time period that I hadn’t read in a novel before so it really made the whole book all the more intriguing. There were a few points of back and forth with trust issues, pot calling kettle black, and holding back/leaving out information that’s important. Once Veronica and Stroker finally get on the same page they become a remarkable duo of adventure chasing sleuths.
While they did solve the mystery there are still many questions left and criminals on the loose. I’m interested in seeing what the next book holds, if it will continue on with the same bad guys as the main focus or if they will be introducing a completely new mystery to be solved. I guess I’ll just have to go read the next book to find out.
Just a little shelfie. Do you have a favorite bookmark? When I was younger I was terrible about losing bookmarks so to this day I mostly use whatever is laying around such as an old dentist appointment card or the business card to my local tea shop. Occasionally I use small photos of my twins that I didn’t use while scrap-booking or these lovely handmade teacup and tea kettle bookmarks I was given as a gift. Thankfully I am getting better at not losing them.
March has been a good reading month overall. I’ve started a new series, had a couple rereads, and am making nice dent in my owned TBR pile.
I was introduced to the Kay Scarpetta series by a relative and absolutely loved this first book. The next few were good but now on books #9 and #10 I’m really starting to question if I want to continue this series. Point of Origin had an interesting murder mystery, at least until Carrie Grant started making an appearance again. I really thought we were done with that plot line. The ending was very lacking as well. I’ve come to believe if there isn’t a body they are most likely not dead. Black Notice was basically everybody is against Kay, everybody wants to ruin Kay, or maybe it was just that Kay was being stupid. Its all very bureaucratic, he said she said with very little criminal insight. Overall not impressed. I’ve already started reading The Last Precinct (#11) and its not looking up. It seems to be a continuation of Black Notice with just as much he said she said and everybody out to get Kay. Bleh.
On to better books! As you know if you’ve read my previous posts Time Travel was my book groups theme this month. I read Legend by Jude Deveraux, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren. You can follow the links for the first two books to get a more in depth review but overall I seriously enjoyed them both. Unfortunately Waterfall felt a little lacking after reading two such interesting books. I’m not sure if it was the YA aspect or if it was because it felt so short. Overall the book was good, plot and characters, but it just felt too juvenile for my preferences.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was a delectable fun read. You can see my full review here!
I am really excited for what books April will bring. My book group is planning to read fairytale and folklore retellings! So far I have picked Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik! There are a couple other ones I’m looking into reading but these are my top picks. I am also reading Blood Rights by Kristen Painter for a different book group and for my own pleasure I am hoping to read The Redbreast by Jo Nesbon. Ive heard such good things about this series, I’m really looking forward to it.
In January I read a whooping 9 books. February was a little slower only reading 5 books. Not bad though.
Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mystery #1)
By Bailey Cates
Loved this cute cozy mystery. Books that revolving around food and cooking are usually my favorites and this one was no different. I also picked this book up because of the Savannah Georgia setting which is right near where I live. It’s fun reading about places familiar to me even if they are technically fictional. The mystery was cute and not too easy to figure out. This was my favorite read of February.
By Lisa Maxwell
This was an ok read. I didn’t love it. As a Once Upon A Time fan the plot felt too familiar and there were a couple unanswered questions at the end that I felt were pretty vital. Gosh, that cover is gorgeous though!
Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)
By J.R. Ward
I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. A few times I’ve felt reluctant starting a book, the synopsis just not catching my attention, then once I read it I absolutely love it! I have yet to read one I didn’t like. While this book was mostly about Payne and Manny I did prefer the relationship growth between Z and Jane. The connection Ward weaves between people and relationships is just amazing.
Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta #7)
By Patricia Cornwell
I’m steadily making my way through the Kay Scarpetta series. This book was good (better than the previous) but the crime portion didn’t interest me much and the ending felt too abrupt and didn’t really wrap everything up like I would have preferred.
Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta #8)
By Patricia Cornwell
While I enjoyed the crime portion of this book the personal relationships were really dragging me down. I can understand where Kay is coming from being set in her ways but she’s obviously in need of a personal human contact so hopefully she gets over this bump soon.