Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Reads and Happy Birthday to Me!!

Today I am on the Carnival Ship Legend and it’s my BIRTHDAY!!! (So I basically cheated and posted this the day before while I still had an easy-to-post Internet)

The trip out to Seattle wasn’t so bad. Hot, but not so bad. Was able to visit the Great Salt Lake (Hubby had never seen it—I swam in it when I was 13). Got to Seattle early enough the day before and was able to make it up the Space Needle (I’ve been to it several times but never went up) and walk around town.

But now the driving’s done for and I can just relax on the cruise. Yay!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #24

Dates read: July 7 -11
Title: Perish the Day
Year of publication: 2017
Author: John Farrow
Genre: Mystery
Series: The Storm Murders Trilogy #3
# of Pages: 295
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Won it
Blurb from Goodreads: A co-ed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. The killer paid meticulous attention to the aesthetics of his crime. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead.
    While an epic rainstorm assails the Holyoake, New Hampshire campus, overflowing rivers and taking down power lines, a third crime scene is revealed: a professor, formerly a spy, has been shot dead in his home. A mysterious note is found that warned him to run.
    Each victim is connected to the Dowbiggin School of International Relations, yet none seems connected to the other. The dead student was a close friend of Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars's niece, so he puts his nose in; when internecine battles between police departments create a rift, he covertly slips into the crevice so he can be involved in the investigation.
    Coming up against campus secrets, Emile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder.
My thoughts: Inside cover of the book indicates it’s a thriller. It is not. Just a mystery. An interesting mystery, but there were some things that bugged me. It’s written in present tense. I’m not a fan, especially when I notice it and I noticed it right off. Lots of head-hopping. Granted, I’m glad the book wasn’t written in first person (I wouldn’t have bothered reading it then), and I can understand having more than one point of view, but within a paragraph? A little confusing and not something I expected in a mystery. This is the third book in a trilogy, but that didn’t seem to matter with the story. I had no problems in that regard. Will I read the other two? No. Plain old mysteries are just not my “cup of tea.” But this was an enjoyable read, so if you like mysteries, you'll probably like this one just fine (and maybe start with the first book in the trilogy).

No question today because I probably won’t be back on the web until we return to Seattle (on Tuesday). Hopefully I’ll have lots of books to report. Or maybe not. I’m hoping to get a lot of writing done, too. Because yeah, writing on a cruise is fun, too! But today’s my birthday. I hope to celebrate today with maybe a drink or two. J

Happy Reading!



JeffO said...

Happy birthday to you!

My first thought when you said you went to Seattle via the Great Salt Lake was "Wow, they went really out of their way!" Then I looked at the map and the roads. It's funny how our perspectives on the shape of the country vary from reality--I had thought Utah/GSL would be too far south relative to Ohio and Seattle to make it worth the trip.

Have a great cruise!

Maria Zannini said...

Happy birthday, Stacy!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Happy Birthday, and have a great rest of your cruise!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I’m learning where a lot of states and places are in relation to us.