LET’S CHASE AWAY THE BLUES WITH “CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs.   Today’s featured book will be released on May 10, 2016, and is the third book in a trilogy that I’m really loving.

Clouds In My Coffee, by Julie Mulhern, is “A sparkling comedy of errors tucked inside a clever mystery….”

 

 

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When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again?

Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee…

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I am very eager to get my hands on this one, as I loved the first two books in the trilogy:  The Deep End and Guaranteed to Bleed.

What are you eagerly awaiting?  I hope you’ll stop by and chat, leaving a link to your own post.

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CHASING AWAY THE BLUES WITH MUSING MONDAYS

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Let’s chase away those blues, and muse about bookish things with Should Be Reading.

Here are some topics:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think about re-purposing old books (eg. into art journals, etc)? Why?

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I just started reading Victims, by Jonathan Kellerman, an Alex Delaware book.  It is not his latest book, but I found it fairly recently on the bargain table at Barnes & Noble.  I hadn’t read any of the books in the series for a while, so I was ready.

 

 

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I started reading it last night, and if I hadn’t been very tired, after finishing reading and reviewing Fangirl, (click for my review), I might have continued indefinitely.

The first chapters were very gruesome, but I know, from past experience, that most of the story will be about following clues and figuring things out, so that’s good.  Here’s a quick blurb:

Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.

 

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His newest book is Motive, coming on February 10, so I want to download it onto Sparky.

 

 

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Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can’t keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don’t get solved—and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end—one even Alex Delaware’s expert insight can’t explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case—because there’s always a next one.

This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcée who’s been gunned down—not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman’s business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they’re zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness.

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I’ve been trying, fairly successfully, to cut down on my review requests…and since I only have one Vine review book left to read, and will be reading it this week….I gave in.  And requested this one:

 

You Can Trust Me, by Sophie McKenzie (I’ve never read her!)

 

 

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On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the official ruling of suicide; the Julia she remembers was loud, inappropriate, joyful, outrageous and loving, not depressed. The suspicious circumstances cause Livy to dig further, and she is suddenly forced to confront a horrifying possibility: that Julia was murdered, by the same man who killed Livy’s sister, Kara, eighteen years ago.

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I am very excited about my bookish world.  Yes, I have been purging, etc., for a while, but what remains…well, there are still some fabulous books, and some good ones coming. 

As for the random question, I’ll have to ponder that one for a while!

What does your week look like?  What are you excited about?

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PONDERING & MUSING: LET’S CHASE AWAY THE BLUES!

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Another Monday, another day to chase away the blues!  Check in at Should Be Reading to muse about books.

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?

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Those prompts all resonate with me, so maybe I will ramble about a variety of them.  Like my excitement over my Bloggiesta results, which I blogged about this past weekend.  I did a lot of work here on my newest WP site; even though Rainy Days and Mondays has been around since 2009, it is new to WP.

I always enjoy the opportunity to work on my blog(s), and since I have eleven, I get to pick a different one each time.

But moving on…as I was visiting blogs this morning, I came across some books I want.  Books I hadn’t even heard of!

 

A memoir:  How to Grow Up, by Michelle Tea, which strikes a chord with me because of the setting (San Francisco) and the times (communal, young writer, etc.).

 

 

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A gutsy, wise memoir-in-essays from a writer praised as “impossible to put down” (People)

As an aspiring young writer in San Francisco, Michelle Tea lived in a scuzzy communal house; she drank, smoked, snorted anything she got her hands on; she toiled for the minimum wage; and she dated men and women, and sometimes both at once. But between hangovers and dead-end jobs, she scrawled in notebooks and organized dive bar poetry readings, working to make her literary dreams real.

In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney’s while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious (“why not, it imbues this harsh world of ours with a bit of magic.”) At once heartwarming and darkly comic, How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life’s uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood.

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Then I stumbled upon The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain. (Note the surname could almost be my first name, and actually is pronounced like my REAL name:  Lorraine).  Quirky sidenote that bears no resemblance to anything of import. LOL

 

 

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Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

The Red Notebook has already been sold in twelve different languages. French TV is making a film of The President’s Hat and the movie rights of The Red Notebook have been sold to UGC.

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Both books were discovered on BermudaOnion’s site. 

Thanks, Kathy!

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Then I requested another book from Vine that should arrive this week…I’ve been noticing it on various blogs.

The Wednesday Group, by Sylvia True, follows the secrets and lives of five women.

 

 

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Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband’s latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he’s nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns that he is addicted to chat rooms and match-making websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is withdrawn and uninterested in sex with her. Flavia was working at the Boston Public library when someone brought her an article that stated her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.

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So what are you excited about today?  What tempting books are on your horizon?  And to answer the question about how many books I have:  probably 2000 or so, but I have been purging a bit, so the number could be less.  Or more.  I should count them!

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