Saturdays at the Café

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Saturdays at the Café is a weekly feature hosted here to talk about and discuss the books I’ve discovered during the past week, added to my shelf and am excited about reading. They may be new/scheduled releases I’ve seen on NetGalley, at the library, or from publishers or they may be older titles my friends have reviewed and shared on Goodreads or blogs.


The MistThe final nail-biting installment in Ragnar Jonasson’s critically-acclaimed Hidden Iceland series, The Mist, from the newest superstar on the Icelandic crime fiction scene.

1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland.

The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn’t.

The couple should never have let him in. But they did.

An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever.

My library came through with this third and last installment in the series, on audio.

Tell No LiesThe unsolved murder of a young activist leads to the discovery of much darker crimes in New York Times best-selling author Allison Brennan’s latest compelling thriller to feature the young, edgy detective Kara Quinn and the loner FBI agent Matt Costa. This time they work to uncover possible ties to a high-stakes cartel in the Southwest desert.

Something mysterious is killing the wildlife in the mountains just south of Tucson. When a college intern turned activist sets out to collect her own evidence, she, too, ends up dead. Local law enforcement is slow to get involved. That’s when the mobile FBI unit goes undercover to infiltrate the town and its copper refinery in search of possible leads.

Quinn and Costa find themselves scouring the desolate landscape, which keeps revealing clues to something much darker — greed, child trafficking, and more death. As the body count adds up, it’s clear they have stumbled onto much more than they bargained for. Now they must figure out who is at the heart of this mayhem and stop them before more innocent lives are lost.

Thanks to Anne @ Books of My Heart for the heads up about the upcoming release of this second book in the Quinn & Costa series. I’m hoping my library heeds my recommendation. 

Pretty Little WifeDebut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

I gave this a pass when it was offered for review and later regretted it so I recommended the audiobook at my library, who came through! I’m in a queue. 

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her HouseIn Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. When she’s grown, Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven into the Tunnels by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom – and their lives.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town, told by an astonishing new author of literary fiction.

This was offered for audio review and I was immediately drawn to the title, cover and description. I cannot wait to listen to this one.


Black BuckThere’s nothing like a black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

This was also offered for audio review and I am highly curious as to how the author combines humor with issues of race, power and ambition!.


What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?

19 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Hey Jonetta, Happy New Year. I got the Pretty Little Wife as the blurb pulled me. The Mist is in my wishlist. I haven’t yet got it.
    I am reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as that was the one I got on 31st. In the new year, I am being cautious with my finances and time. I need to heal from inside, so my mind tells me.

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    1. Happy New Year, Shalini💜 I think most of us could use some inside healing so I’m rooting for you!

      The blurb pulled me in from the start but I was trying to watch out for the books I was committing to for review so that’s why I initially passed on Pretty Little Wife. But then the reviews started rolling in…

      I’m hearing a lot of good things about Addie LaRue so I’m looking forward to your review.


  2. The Mist looks interesting. I should be finishing Pretty Little Lies today with a review later in the week. I’m hoping to get Tell No Lies for review. Happy reading! Happy New Year!

    Anne – Books of My Heart

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  3. I am looking forward to your review for How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House. I looked at it and wasn’t sure if it was my thing or not. I did not know The Mist was from the Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir series. I found it on Scribd, so will be catching up on that series as soon as I renew my subscription.

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