2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Book Review: Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

I liked this one – both more than and not as much as I expected… I know, I know – oblique. But the book is odd and feels almost like two stories. There’s the “sweet girl trying too hard but to no avail” tale, but there’s also the “secret of Maud Dixon and what happens to her” one – and they are mashed together in a way that mostly works but occasionally left me feeling like I was floundering a bit… Continue reading Book Review: Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

Excerpt: The Prague Connection by Will Steadman

Today I’m pleased to bring you an excerpt from the latest Brandt Swindon thriller by the talented Will Steadman. I’ve interviewed the author about his previous books in the series (Apocalypse Watch and The Exodus Hour), so check that out for some background. Then dive into the series!

About the Book

The collapse of the Soviet regime with perestroika meant big trouble for the KGB, and rebellious groups of agents in the satellite countries have shaped a plan to resist Moscow’s reforms.

Portable, backpack-sized nuclear weapons will be their key to success, and the weapons are safely hidden until Lena, a beautiful Russian physicist working in the US, raises the alarm. Continue reading Excerpt: The Prague Connection by Will Steadman

Book Review: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand (Translator)

Oh my goodness but this was a lovely, moving, beautiful homage to love, life and death – and the magical ability of belief… It is an absolutely incredibly beautiful story about dealing with grief – and finding that you can move forward, even if you never entirely move on…

Messina did an incredible job capturing the horrors of loss and the debilitating nature of grief without ever devolving into maudlin sentimentality. Her characterizations, her plotting, and her pacing were spot on – as were the ways she captured the complex relationships between her characters and settings. I was truly moved. Continue reading Book Review: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand (Translator)

Book Review: Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson

This was an absolutely delightful reimagining of the Sense and Sensibility concept set in the modern day cutthroat world of DC politics.

I lived and worked in DC for a decade. This was a while ago, but everything about Edmondson’s story resonated nevertheless. It’s an unusual town, in which optics were the name of the game long before social media took over and made them so for the whole world. Continue reading Book Review: Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson

Excerpt: Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham

This Spring, Heather Graham returns with a sultry and shocking standalone thriller about an FBI special agent trying to run from his past and a state police agent bent on solving a horrifying crime, even if it leads the two of them into the web of a vicious cult. Graham deepens the intrigue and raises the stakes in DANGER IN NUMBERS (MIRA Hardcover; March 23, 2021; $27.99).

About the Book
On the edge of the Everglades, a brutal murder and an eerie crime scene set off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed and deadly secrets. Continue reading Excerpt: Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham