Daily Archives: July 12, 2009

The View From Monday

On Mondays, I join J. Kaye’s Book Blog in looking back at what I’ve read over the last week and forward at what I plan to read in the next one.

Looking back

I had some good reading time this week!  Click on the book titles for links to my review (if I’ve published it) or to further information on the book.

Pushing Up Bluebonnets (Yellow Rose Mystery #5) by Leann SweeneyIn audiobooks, I finished Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery. I enjoyed it, but  I developed an issue with the book, which I discussed in my review.  I then straightened out my license issues with Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney, and made my way through it, with some pauses for confusion on my part.

One Scream Away (Mass Market Paperback) by Kate BradyOn paper, I dove straight into One Scream Away by Kate Brady for tomorrow’s blog tour.  I really enjoyed this once I started reading it as a thriller, rather than as romantic suspense.  Check out my review tomorrow for details and a giveaway!  I’ll have 5 copies available to lucky readers.

Last Night in Montreal (Hardcover) by Emily St. John MandelI then picked up the Twitter Book Club Book, Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. My review will be coming out this week, probably Wednesday or Thursday.  I’m looking forward to the discussion on Twitter– I liked this book, and think it will lead to good conversation.

Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land o... by Moira A. GunnI also started my next book for Book Club L.  We are reading Welcome to Biotech Nation by Moira Gunn.  I’m slating this for reading one chapter per day, finishing before our July 30 discussion date.  I’m not into the real meat of it yet, but I think it will be quite readable and educational.  I think it will even be discussable.

On Sunday, I started the audiobook of Laurie R. King’s The Language of Bees.  I enjoyed the physical book, but I didn’t find it to be one of the best of my favorite series. I’ll see if listening changes this opinion or reinforces it.

Looking Forward

So what am I reading next?  I don’t have any commitments this week, so I have some choices!  I think I’m going to read Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand. But I might change my mind.  And that’s just fine.


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Review: Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney

Pushing Up Bluebonnets (Yellow Rose Mystery #5) rating: 4 of 5 stars

(This is book 5 of the Yellow Rose Mystery series).

For the first 3/4ths of this book, it was probably my favorite of the series. It seemed to have a maturity beyond that of the earlier books.

When former FBI agent and now small-town police chief Cooper Boyd asks for Abby’s help indentifying a young woman who’s fighting for her life following a murder attempt, the job seems easy. But when Abby discovers this girl may be connected to a prominent Texas family, her questions about the victim’s past become stickier than pecan pie. And she’s about to learn the hard way that when she crawls out on a limb, she’d be better be certain there’s not someone behind her with a saw and a mean spirit….

I was reading along and enjoying the book. And then I got to the end. And it made no sense.

So I went back and listened to the end again.  And then part of the middle.  And decided the who-done-it did make sense after all.

My confusion is mostly my fault. When the large number of minor characters were introduced early on, some of them failed to make a significant impression. A key player (but I didn’t know it then) was in this set.

And then I spaced out at the wrong time.  That happens sometimes when real life is happening around me.

So, my fault.  At least mostly.

Anyway, I still love Abby & Jeff. I like the character continuity from the last book.

The mystery is a little less, well, fluffy than the previous books.  It was edging away from “cozy” and toward mainstream mystery.  Just a little.

It is still a good read, and I’d recommend it. Just keep track of those minor characters.

I’ve also reviewed the fourth book in the series, Shoot From the Lip by Leann Sweeney.

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