Saturdays at the Café

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 ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.

Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.

Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.

Thanks to Marialyce @ yayareads for reminding me about this next installment of the Cork O’Connor series, one of my top ten favorites. I was waiting for the audiobook edition to be added and I’ve recommended it for library purchase.

A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant—and had strong reasons to be paranoid.

To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life.

For Mason and Ava, the brutal crimes and escalating mysteries create a perfect storm for a terrorist conspiracy that becomes dangerously personal—one that has yet to claim its last victim.

I have the first book in this Columbia River series and put off adding the rest until the third book was issued (see below). It’s on my Audible wishlist, for now, waiting for the next sale.

A national treasure hunt with a $2 million prize has driven obsessed fortune seekers to overrun the small town of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. The hunt’s cryptic clues and the lure of wealth have exposed the desperate side of human greed: theft, fights, trespassing—and even the motive to kill. Police chief Truman Daly craves peace in his town but has a murder on his hands instead. Now the big prize isn’t the only thing hiding in the pines. So is a killer.

When a young boy walks into the local café and claims his mother and baby sister have been missing for weeks, FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick investigates and exposes a disturbing twist in his story. Deep family secrets and lies that started sixty years ago have burst into the present, bringing with them deadly consequences.

Mercy’s and Truman’s investigations lead down a path of murder, revenge, and buried secrets to uncover two intertwined mysteries as dark as an Oregon forest.

This third book in the Columbia River crosses over into the Mercy Kilpatrick series, one I finished and loved. It’s an audio review hopeful.

Six months ago, I was the heiress to a soup empire worth millions. Now, I’m standing in a giant dumpster.

Bella Whittington’s caviar-and-Cristal life comes crashing down when she walks in on her fiancé and best friend tangled up in page 34 of the Kama Sutra, limbs everywhere. But her plan to dull the pain with Daddy’s credit card is totalled by the news that they’ve lost the family business. Suddenly Bella’s both single and completely broke.

Shivering in her dingy new studio apartment after a traumatic incident with a homemade turmeric face mask (Hello Tangerina Jolie!), Bella realises she must pull up her Gucci socks and get a job, fast. But Dan, the gorgeous grumpy owner of the local soup kitchen, hates the Whittingtons, so a teensy lie about her surname gets Bella through the door, and set loose on the stove… Minestrone with a side of melted spatula, anyone?

When Bella’s ex returns with a golden ticket back to her glitzy old life, should she accept? Because that would mean no more box wine and frozen pizza nights with Dan. No more singalongs to the crackly kitchen radio. No more my-heart-is-as-melted-as-that-spatula moments when he finally cracks a reluctant smile… But if Dan finds out the truth about who she really is, will she even have the choice?

An absolutely hilarious, feel-good rom com that will have you snorting with laughter. The new must-read for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Schitt’s Creek!

Thanks to Yvo @ It’s All About Books for this one! Read her review and see if you can resist. It’s on my Audible wishlist.

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

I hadn’t heard of this series until Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer posted a review for the fourth book. I’m starting with the first, on audio of course.

A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiraling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence – and her grip on reality – called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

I’ve read the reviews posted by Anne @ Books of My Heart for this series and resisted until she recently did one for the third book. I finally decided to add the first two (see below), on audio.

DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving – even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realizes she’s found the missing link – now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

The second book in the Detective Kate Young series (see above).

When Isabel Perez travels to Barcelona to save her sister, Beatriz, she discovers a shocking family secret in New York Times best-selling author Chanel Cleeton’s new novel.

Barcelona, 1964. Exiled from Cuba after the revolution, Isabel Perez has learned to guard her heart and protect her family at all costs. After Isabel’s sister, Beatriz, disappears in Barcelona, Isabel goes to Spain in search of her. Joining forces with an unlikely ally thrusts Isabel into her sister’s dangerous world of espionage, but it’s an unearthed piece of family history that transforms Isabel’s life.

Barcelona, 1936. Alicia Perez arrives in Barcelona after a difficult voyage from Cuba, her marriage in jeopardy and her young daughter, Isabel, in tow. Violence brews in Spain, the country on the brink of civil war, the rise of fascism threatening the world. When Cubans journey to Spain to join the International Brigades, Alicia’s past comes back to haunt her as she is unexpectedly reunited with the man who once held her heart.

Alicia and Isabel’s lives intertwine, and the past and present collide, as a mother and daughter are forced to choose between their family’s expectations and following their hearts.

I was persuaded to add this one because of a review by a Goodreads friend. It’s a library audiobook hopeful.

Every marriage has its secrets….

Skyla lives alone in the shadow of the defunct drive-in movie theater that she and her husband ran for nearly 50 years. Ever since Hollis’s death in a freak accident the year before, Skyla spends her nights ruminating about the regrets and deceptions in her long marriage. That is, until she rents a cottage on the property to a charming British man, Teddy Cornwell….

A thousand miles away, Linelle is about to turn 50. Bored by her spouse and fired from her job when a questionable photo from her youth surfaces on social media, her only source of joy is an online affair with her very first love, a man she’s not seen in nearly 30 years, Teddy Cornwell….

While in New York City, Jeremy, a failed and bitter writer, accepts an assignment to review a new restaurant in Providence. Years ago, Providence was the site of his first great love and first great heartbreak — and maybe, just maybe, he’ll look her up when he’s back in town….

Part pause-resisting thriller, part homage to film noir, and dazzling in its insight into the often desperate desires of the human heart, Her Last Affair is a tense and atmospheric novel of love lost and found again.

This audiobook showed up at my library and, after reading several positive reviews by Goodreads friends, I decided to add it.

What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?



18 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Morning, Jo! Yay, I have some more books to add to the TBR mountain! Hope you love them all! I think I need another lifetime to read all that I have on my list.

    This week I added The South Bank Murders by Biba Pierce, Landrau’s Secret by Richard Tomlinson, The Lady Whose Mouth I Set On Fire: by Dr McAnonymous, and Look Closer by David Ellis.

    Enjoy the rest of this chilly weekend!

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    1. Good morning, Marialyce💜 I’m enjoying this colder weather!

      Boy, you’ve added some wonderful titles. You and I probably like these true crime stories a little too much but, hey, sue us! I’m waiting to see what you think about Landru’s Secret, ready to one-click😏 I’m very intrigued with the Biba Pearce book but since it’s the 5th in the series, I’ll have to go for the first if you give it a thumbs up. I’m such a sucker for British crime novels. The Dr. McAnonymous book is also intriguing…waiting on you.

      Couldn’t wait for Look Closer though. That clicked every box and a ton of friends have rated it 5 stars. Look out library!!!

      Enjoy your weekend! Are you watching the Oscars? I might watch some of the movies before Sunday night.

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      1. Nothing wrong with our choices of True Crime. Why not “enjoy” this genre? I don’t watch the Oscars anymore sadly. They have lost their allure. I don’t even know what was nominated. We are off to my daughter and SIL’s house for dinner tonight and of course to spend time with the children.

        Enjoy this beautiful day and the rest of the weekend, and I will let you know what I think about the books I found.

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  2. Nice books this week! I love William Kent Krueger and have read all the Cork O’Connor books. I also read Kendra Elliot titles. The Chanel Cleeton looks good and reminds me I have a couple of her older books to get to. I was waiting for warmer weather because they just seem like Beach reads to me.

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  3. I read a few of Carol Wyer’s other detective series and really enjoyed those too. Although this series about DI Kate Young sounds great too I’m hesitant to start yet another series… I’ll be waiting for your reviews to make a final decision on these. Thank you for giving The Puppet Show a go, I’m excited for you ;-)!

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  4. ooh another Cork O’Connor book! I wonder if I can catch up by then. I’ve finally managed to buy the rest of the series. I’m also on board for the Kendra Elliot books although I’m a bit behind on the Ave / Mason books.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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      1. Probably because I was buying them all. And I read the new Lightning Strike because it’s a prequel. I’m ready for book 12, also I was waiting for them all to be narrated by David Chandler. It’s sooooooooooo good. I love every book.

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