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.


Just Get HomeWhen a devastating earthquake – the Big One – hits Los Angeles, two strangers are brought together by an act of violence and must help each other survive the wrecked city.

Beegie is riding the bus when the quake hits. The teenager was heading back to her unhappy foster home, but then she’s thrown into a broken world. Roads crumble, storefronts shatter and people run wild.

Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out when it strikes. Cell towers are down, so without even knowing if her 3-three-year-old daughter is dead or alive, she races to get back across town.

As danger escalates in the chaotic streets, Beegie and Dessa meet by a twist of fate. The two form a fragile partnership, relying on each other in ways they never thought possible, and learn who they really are when there’s only one goal: Just get home.

Tessa @ Tessa Talks Books included this in her book haul last week and it got my attention. I like the idea of two strangers teaming up to survive. An audio review hopeful.

WanderlustA charming British hero, the woman who tempts him, and a hands-off arrangement that’s oh-so-hard to maintain.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. All I have to do is board a plane, and I’ll be on my way to fulfilling a promise I made long ago. Bonus points — my last week in Paris looks to be even better when I meet a gorgeous, clever American woman and make plans to take her back to my flat that night.

But before we can get together for what would surely be a fantastic final fling, my boss hits me with a double whammy. My previous client didn’t pay, so there’s no trip, and the new client I now desperately need is none other than the tempting American I’m about to take home. Have I mentioned this timing bloody sucks?

I’ll admit it — I have a big weakness for a hot British accent. As in, they make me swoon, sigh, and want to toss my panties. Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in Paris. So it’s just my luck that the man who’s the key to success in my new job is the man whose voice makes me melt. Oh, and we have to spend all our days together for work. Thanks a lot, fate.

To top it off, I quickly learn he’s witty, kind and has a heart and mind I’m falling for fast. All I have to do is resist him every single freaking day. That’s so easy. Not.

But then I learn that’s nothing compared to the real hurdle we face.

What could go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nearly everything, it seems…

When this showed up as a kindle freebie this week, I checked out the Audible version and discovered it is free with my membership.

The MindersIn this electrifying near-future thriller, five strangers guard government secrets, but only four can be trusted.

In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into – so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders – the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country’s most classified information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. In return, they’re given the chance to leave their problems behind and a blank slate to start their lives anew.

But not everyone should be trusted, especially when they each have secrets of their own they’ll do anything to protect…

As soon as this was offered for audio review I grabbed it. I became an instant Marrs fan after listening to The One.

The SanatoriumYou won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t.

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . .

Even though there are mixed reviews for this book, all praised it for its creepy and atmospheric contribution to the story. So, I decided to accept it for audio review as the description pulled me in, too.

The Shadow BoxAfter artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin—who is running for governor—is her prime suspect.

Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed twenty-five years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over. Claire’s certain her husband and his powerful supporters would kill her to stop the truth from getting out.

When one of Claire’s acquaintances is murdered, the authorities suspect the homicide is linked to the attack on Claire. As the dual investigations unfold, Claire must decide how much she’s willing to lose to take down her husband and the corrupt group of elites who will do anything to protect Griffin’s interests and their own.

I’ve read one book by the author and enjoyed it quite a bit. This looked interesting when it was offered for audio review but finding out the narrators are Nicol Zanzarella & Jim Frangione sealed it for me! 

Crimson Lake RoadRetiring prosecutor Jessica Yardley can’t turn down one last investigation. This time, it’s a set of murders inspired by a series of grisly paintings called The Night Things. She’s the only one who can catch the killer, who’s left a trail of bodies in a rural community outside of Las Vegas.

But the more Jessica finds out, the less clear her case becomes. Out of options, she’s forced to consult her serial killer ex-husband—to gain additional insight into the crimes and the killer’s motivations.

By the time Jessica realizes that pursuing this case is a deadly mistake, it’s too late to turn back. Can she catch the killer, or will she be the final addition to a killer’s masterpiece?

I’m listening to the first book in this series in a couple of weeks so getting this second book offered for audio review is excellent timing!

A Deeper FearFBI Agent Lucy Kincaid’s husband, Sean Rogan, is in a dark place after being held captive. He won’t talk about it with anyone, not even Lucy. She’s hoping a conference in Sacramento, which includes family and the unveiling of a highly sought after drone Sean’s been working on, will help him heal.

But the upcoming drone demonstration – and the fact that Sean didn’t come home last night – is the least of the couple’s worries. The night before the drone is set to debut to the world, the operator goes missing. Ellen Dupre is Sean’s friend. When she’s found, barely clinging to life, Sean is determined to find out what happened to her.

Ellen Dupre saw something she wasn’t supposed to . . . and those behind the attack are willing to risk it all to keep their secrets.

I am currently reading this series with a Goodreads group and we’re only up to #9 but I’m adding this new one now (#17.5) since I’m definitely going to read it.

Never Far AwayOnce a wife, mother, and witness to a gruesome crime, Leah Trenton was extended a miraculous olive branch in the form of the state’s protected witness program. But for this second chance at life, Leah would have to leave behind her Midwestern roots to the northernmost tip of Maine. Alone and isolated along the banks of the Allagash River, she is determined to focus on the present, on her reclaimed future, but the demons of her past, are relentlessly chipping away at Leah’s protected hideaway.

Meanwhile, in the wake of their father’s untimely death, Leah’s children are sent to stay with her, though they are desperate to return back home. They embark on a cross country homeward journey but before they reach, danger finds them and it is Leah who must come out of her seclusion to search for and protect her children.

Told with the deft plotting and enthralling storytelling of a genre master, these two captivating chase narratives will converge along the rugged Allagash River, in the wilds of Maine, where the wills, morals, and ingenuity of a broken family will be tested against all odds.

I’m such a fan of the author and his go-to narrator Robert Petkoff but had no idea about this new book until I got his newsletter. I’ve recommended the audiobook for library purchase.  

Finlay Donovan is Killing ItIt’s murder being a hit-mom.

“Getting the job done” for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, a deliciously witty adult debut – the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head.

When Finlay’s overheard discussing the plot of her new novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet…and she soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart.

I hadn’t seen anything about this book until I read the review by Tessa @ Tessa Talks Books and immediately wanted it. I’ve recommended the audiobook for library purchase.


What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?


27 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Good Morning!
    Some really interesting and fun books on that list. So glad you are a Marrs fan. I love him but sadly was declined on ng for The Minders. I like the sound of the Findlay Donovan book as well plus others (of course)

    Added The Girl From Berlin by Kate Hewitt, The Choice I Made by Cynthia Ellingsten, Ethel Rosenberg by Anna Sebba.
    Freezing today and we are headed up North to New York tomorrow!
    I joined a blog tour (my first) and also BOTM club!

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    1. That’s quite the book haul, Marialyce💜 Yes, Marrs won me over pretty quickly. Bummer about not getting the NG version. Need to check out your other adds.

      You’re heading to more frigid temps!!! I just returned from Washington, DC and it was much colder. It was the first time in 9 months outside of my bubble but had to go tend to my sister for her shoulder to repair a break. Safe travels!

      Oooh! Congrats on the blog tour.


  2. So many interesting books that were not on my radar at all. Not only did I add a couple to my wishlist, but added a new blog to follow as well (Tessa@Tessa Talks Books). Enjoy all these books Jo.

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  3. Great list again. Luanne rice is an author that I read many of her books and love all of them. I love them so much I am rereading them. Hope you enjoy this one.

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  4. Amazing list as always! I am going to add A Deeper Fear to my list. That looks right up my alley! I recently added a book called Whisper Island to my list. I think it releases this week or next week but it looks like it could have some creepy/thriller potential!

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