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What I’ve been reading {April 2024}

My reading time has been quite limited lately, hence the state of my reading table…

Hopefully, I can get some of that cleared off soon!  Does your reading stack ever get out of hand?  Please tell me I’m not the only one.

What I have managed to get read, I have enjoyed immensely, and here they are in no particular order

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TL;dR – The Books

The Book Talk

Cupcakes and Corruption (A Prequel to The Pupcake Mystery Series)

by Mary B. Barbee

This is a dear friend of mine, and I’m always blessed to be on the editing/ beta reader team for her books.  I very much like this first book (the prequel) in her new series.  I enjoy culinary cozies, and I especially love that this book actually isn’t a murder mystery…it’s just a great mystery story!  Well done, Mary!

Quilt City: Proving a Negative (Hadley Carroll Mysteries Book 4)

by Bruce Leonard

Another fabulous author friend and another round of beta reader fun.  This fourth book in the series has shown Bruce’s ability to develop a character and an ongoing storyline, including weaving together into one story multiple facets that are seemingly independent stories on their own.  I freaking love the Quilt City series.  It’s more amateur sleuth than cozy mystery, and Hadley’s character is more in line with Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone character from the ABC series.  Always a great read!

Murder Backstage (Murder, She Wrote Book 58)

by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

I have no idea why we were blessed with another MSW book so soon after the last one was published in Nov 2023, but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  (Is that the saying?  What does that even mean?  If you know, please enlighten me.)  As soon as I finish my current read, this book will be devoured.

Wild Irish Rose (A Molly Murphy Mystery Book 18)

by Rhys Bowen & Clare Broyles

I went to our little local library to grab this book and started reading that night only to realize I wasn’t caught up in this series and hadn’t read the last two books.  So I jumped into the library’s online system and ordered those books for the next day.  So this is the first of the two I need to read before moving on to the current one that was recently released.  This is why I should keep up with my “what I’ve read” list.

This Side of Murder (A Verity Kent Mystery Book 1)

by Anna Lee Huber

I found this complete series at a library book sale over the winter and am finally making my way to reading it.  It’s a very good post-WW1 historical cozy series set in England.  I can’t seem to get enough of these WW1 & 2 historical mysteries.  It was a very good book, and I’m happy to have the rest of the series waiting for me!

Come Hungry

by Melissa Ben-Ishay

And, surprise, finally something that’s not a mystery!  While I was at the library picking up the Molly Murphy books I had missed, I saw this cookbook in the new books section, and it begged to be taken home and perused.  So I obliged and found a few new recipes to try.  I dearly love cookbooks but prefer to check them out at the library first and then buy them if there are enough recipes in them I might make.

Let’s Discuss!

Share in the comments what you’ve been reading or any thoughts on these books!

Happy reading,

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