Reading Challenge 2021, Part Eight

Life is busy here – I read only three titles this month, so I’m a little behind toward my goal of 50 books this year.

Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson Mystery, Book 22
Last month I wrote about how disappointed I was in Book 21 of this series. But I wanted to find out how the cliffhanger presented at the very end panned out when Hannah’s brand new husband disappeared. Since I was glad Hannah finally made a choice and it wasn’t either of the two men she’d been waffling between in books 1 through 19, I figured I’d try one more book to see if either the marriage or the series had been saved. Unfortunately, the best part of the book is the recipes, because they’re relatively simple (although each one takes three to five pages and there are about thirty of them) using frozen, canned, and boxed ingredients that would probably have the experts gasping in indignation. Every single scene involves a dessert and a lot of coffee, yet everyone is healthy. Oh, there’s a murder – Hannah’s husband’s assistant is poisoned, and Hannah investigates by bringing sweets and asking questions. 

On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young
A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery, Book 1
Now that my internet browsing shows that I like to read cozy mysteries, I get all sorts of suggestions on my social media feed. Book 2 in this series is available for pre-order, so I got Book 1 from my local library. An assortment of young ladies in a sleepy southern town meet on a regular basis to discuss murder mystery books. The meetings change focus when one of their members is brutally murdered in the same way as the victim in the book they’ve been reading. Lyla Moody works as a receptionist for her uncle, a PI, and she’s desperate to discover who killed her good friend. The answer was unexpected, but logical. I’m looking forward to reading book two!

Assault and Batting by Tess Rothery
The Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mysteries, Book 1
I’m not sure how I heard about this book, but it happened to be in my Kindle library, and I needed something to read during four visits to the ER with my husband. I started reading this during one visit, continued during another, and liked it so much I finished it after getting home. When Taylor’s mother dies in a freak accident, she quits her job in the city, sells her condo, and moves back to her home town to care for her rebellious high school sister Belle and aging grandfather. Her sister’s therapist suggests that Belle needs closure, and that she needs to see and hear exactly what happened to their mother. This investigation leads to many unexpected and sometimes painful truths. I enjoyed the story, and will probably look for Book 2.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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7 Responses to Reading Challenge 2021, Part Eight

  1. The last two sound up my alley. As for the first, yes, the idea of the type of recipes gripes me. I purposely started the Food,Friends and Family blog to show people that they COULD cook, and although I sometimes give alternative shortcuts, it is easy enough to make good things from scratch.
    I have an incredible amount of books on my Kindle app that I really don’t know how they got there and I know that I will probably never read. I am sorry as to WHY you had time to read the books above and hope that you husband is truly on his way to as healthy as possible.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Tonette. We’re making progress, slowly but surely. More than ever, good books provide an escape. I’m sad that I don’t have the time or energy to write at the moment, but I can enjoy what others write.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    “On Borrowed Crime” sounds interesting — and lively — to me. I doubt I’d care for that first title, for all the reasons you indicated. Face it… reading recipes is NOT my cup of tea.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I haven’t seen a reference to Tuna McPea in any of these books, so I imagine they wouldn’t be your cup of tea. On Borrowed Crime would be a good choice for you!

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I like the sound of the last one, although I might like the recipes in the first book. If they are really easy that is.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      The recipes in the Hannah Swensen books don’t seem particularly difficult. But Assault and Batting includes a lot more conflict, so it would probably keep your interest better.

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