2021 Challenges

2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge Update

This reading challenge was hosted by Austine & Katie @ NovelKnight and is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. I joined because my TBR list is crazy! Last year, I read almost 80 books for this challenge and pledged to read 70 books in 2021. I ended up finishing 72 books! My… Continue reading 2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge Update

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Two to Die For by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan

This book is comprised of two short stories, one from the Lucy Kincaid series, the other from Max Revere.   Spiral (Lucy Kincaid #12.5) FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid and former fiancé Sean Rogan have finally made it to the altar and are married, on their honeymoon outside of Vail, Colorado in the new home he… Continue reading Two to Die For by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan

Audiobook, Contemporary Romance

Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @OhSusannahJones

When Roxanne (Roxie) Logan met Billy Flynn seven years ago it was love at first sight. Despite everyone else who mattered to her despising him, Roxie was committed to her “misguided angel.” See, everyone else knew Billy was a criminal and it took Roxie three years into the relationship and four sudden relocations across the… Continue reading Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @OhSusannahJones

Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman @richardosman #LesleyManville @PRHAudio

The Cooper Chase Retirement Center in Kent is home to four residents who meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss and try to solve open cold cases from the files of one of their former members. Together, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim make up The Thursday Murder Club. Until recently, the best they’d done… Continue reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman @richardosman #LesleyManville @PRHAudio

Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Only the Lucky by Linda Castillo @LindaCastillo11 #KathleenMcInerney @MacmillanAudio

The short stories/novellas of the Kate Burkholder series are all included in the audiobook anthology A Simple Murder. As I’m reading the series in order, I will post the reviews of each separately.   Police Chief Kate Burkholder and her team have their hands full on Friday the 13th in Painter’s Mill. There’s a massive… Continue reading Only the Lucky by Linda Castillo @LindaCastillo11 #KathleenMcInerney @MacmillanAudio

Contemporary Romance

The Perfect Neighbor by Nora Roberts

Cybil Campbell is the youngest of Grant and Genviéve’s three children and has followed her father’s path. She’s the artist behind a comic strip but she’s a much lighter spirit than Grant, exuding cheer and sunshine, always seeing the best in people. That includes her new sullen neighbor, Preston McQuinn who guards his privacy with… Continue reading The Perfect Neighbor by Nora Roberts

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens @aeskens @ZachVilla @TantorAudio

Joe Talbert is a college student juggling his studies, part time work and a troublesome relationship with his bipolar mother who’s responsible for the care of his 18-year old autistic brother, Jeremy. His current class assignment is to interview someone he doesn’t know and write their biography. Joe’s bright idea is to go to a… Continue reading The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens @aeskens @ZachVilla @TantorAudio

Audiobook, Contemporary Romance

Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @OhSusannahJones @AudibleStudios

Jet McAlister was recently hired on at Fortnum’s bookstore but no one there, including the owner, knows much about her. She’s juggling two jobs, the other at Smithie’s, the strip club (she’s a cocktail waitress with clothes on), and is the primary caregiver for her mother Nancy who is recovering from a devastating stroke. Her… Continue reading Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @OhSusannahJones @AudibleStudios

Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

When a young girl is found dead in a rural Amish community in upstate New York, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) in conjunction with the county sheriff reaches out to Painter’s Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder for help in infiltrating the community. It’s a strongly orthodox sect that has little to no interaction… Continue reading Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Shattered by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @MacmillanAudio #ElizaFoss

Investigative reporter Maxine (Max) Revere is asked by John Caldwell, her college ex-boyfriend, to help with his wife’s case. Blair Caldwell is accused of having killed their eight-year old son but John has discovered similar unsolved murders and believes Peter was killed by this same person. Max researches these three prior cases and sees a… Continue reading Shattered by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @MacmillanAudio #ElizaFoss