Insomnia strikes again, enough so that I read two books.  One, The Glass Wives, I had actually started in Barnes and Noble so I was about a third of the way through.

The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan is about family, infidelity, divorce, and trust.  The premise is that a man has died leaving behind an ex-wife and  a new wife, who just happened to be the mistress that precipitated the divorce from the first Mrs. Glass.  Both women have children and this is what initially forces them to maintain contact and a relationship with each other, even though the first Mrs. Glass would probably rather crawl across broken glass.  Their situation is a little contrived but ok.  The financial issues of a provider dying drives  the story.  I don’t really want to say more because it would give away the plot but I will say that this was something I could relate to and  it pulled me into the story.

The first Mrs. Glass, Evie, is a very likable, well drawn character and I really feel for her and understand her fears for the financial security of her children, all very realistic.  The second Mrs. Glass, Nicole, I didn’t find likable, but that was okay because it gave me someone to root against in the story.  I enjoyed the book.  It was a very quick read.  I wasn’t wholly satisfied with the ending but I feel that it was an ending that seemed to flow naturally from the story.

The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center was….let’s just paint a picture for you.  We’ve all had that friend who recently had a baby, who could not shut up about every gruesome detail of their lamaze class, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, sleepless nights, teething, the agony of deciding between cloth or disposable, the color of certain functions ….  If you are the person who listened intently, oohing and aahing in  all the right places, thrilled with  these details of the miracles of birth, then this is definitely the book for you.  If, however you are the one whose eyes glazed over and your only thought was “been there, done that, have the t-shirt, just get over it” or “TMI”, then you probably want to avoid it.  I would rate it 1 star, so you can probably guess which category I fall into.

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my entry:

Like a guy who’d just been whacked over the head with a baseball bat, Nev’s eyes were fixed, and his expression was dumbfounded.  He set his phone on the table, shook himself out of a stupor, and looked at me.

This is from Hot Button by Kylie Logan.  It is the second book this series.

Jacklyn Brady: Cake on a Hot Tin Roof

This is the second outing in the A Piece of Cake mystery series. It was a quick read.  I spent a couple hours in the backyard on a lawn chair with some wine (Jersey Red again, I’m hooked)  and this book and finished it.  Great lead character and I love the theme of a high end bakery.  The setting is still New Orleans, which I would love to visit, and this time it is at Mardi Gras time.  I have never been to Mardi Gras but would like to go and the book  gave a glimpse into the festivities.   There appears to be a love triangle heating up so I want to see how that is  handled as the series develops.

I am really enjoying how the series is unfolding and I will read more as they are written.  The only issue I have with it is a couple of the supporting characters are annoying, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted at Book Journey

Today I am reading:


This is the second book in a series.  The first was A Sheetcake Named Desire which I read here.  I liked the first one so I am looking forward to reading this book in the series.

Lucy Arlington: Buried in a Book



Just finished Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington, first in the Novel Idea Mystery series.  The book features a very charming setting, a bohemian life style type of community.  The protagonist, Lila, her mother and son have an interesting dynamic.  A love interest is introduced in this first book as well.  I’m sure that will be expanded upon in future books.

The mystery was well done with some pretty good red herrings (I thought I knew the killer but I was wrong).  I did like that Lila is a woman starting over in her forties.  This makes her a character easy for me to relate to.  I enjoyed the books many literary references and quotes, I found it an engaging feature of the book.  I also liked a glimpse into the life of a literary agent.    I already have the next book Every Trick in the Book and I will read that soon.

Showcase Sunday



Visited my new favorite bookshop on Saturday:  Booktrader  of Hamilton.

Picked up the following:

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Pretty good haul of cozies.  I just have to go through the Mrs. Malory series to see the order of the books.  I already read the MC Beaton book but one of my book clubs is reading it for June so I will reread.    Happy reading everyone!

Hazel Holt: Mrs. Mallory Investigates

This is a new cozy mystery series, new to me i should say. First interesting thing is that the protagonist’s name is spelled differently on the cover of the edition I have than everywhere else in the series. On the cover it is Mallory and inside the book and for the rest of the series it is Malory. Just weird, maybe an American versus English difference, I don’t know. Anyhow, on to the rest of the book.

Traditional British cozy village mystery with a middle aged (50s) widowed protagonist. I really liked the book the mystery was engaging, the main character was interesting and likable, and the rest of the cast was nicely rounded out. I did solve the mystery prior to the resolution but that was okay.. it was not too terribly early on and it did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I am definitely going to read more in this series. It is everything that i like in a cozy mystery. Love the village setting and the animal components…..cats and dogs and horses, oh my! I would say that if you are a fan of MC Beaton, Simon Brett, Ann Purser, Veronica Heley, etc. you will enjoy this. I would say that if those writers are 4s, this book was a 3 – 3.5, however it was the first in the series and in my experience they get better after the first book.