Hello, readers 🙂
Now we are almost halfway through the year – I’m still having a hard time grasping it, but my work being a bit slow compared to the frantic March and April, and I am enjoying the pre-summer air in the air.
As far as my reading is concerned, I have kicked off my 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge by reading some books out of my TBR already 🤣
But I will leave them out of the bookcount because we have the whole three months before the finish-date, I am going to try to stick with my TBR as much as possible.
I finished reading these four books in one week. You can tell I’m still in a huge cosy-mystery kick.
In the Market for Murder ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 stars)
Bake It to the Limit ⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 stars)
Killer Cupcakes ⭐️⭐️
Little Beach Street Bakery ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The first book in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series entertained me a great deal, but the second book in the series was a bit of a mixed-bag for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the fun banter and very classical atmosphere running through the book, but the investigative style and the complexity of the mystery plot came across as a bit too much for me. I was not very happy with the climax (how the mystery is solved) either. I am a bit ambivalent whether to pick up the next book or not. We’ll see.
Next, I picked up Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs. This is in fact the very first cozy mystery I have ever read, and I still come back to this book sometimes even though the book itself leaves a lot to be desired. The writing feels juvenile and unpolished and there’s a lot of things that made me roll my eyes – but sometimes you get attached to misbehaving kids and I reckon that’s exactly what prompted me to pick up this book.
Next, I picked up Bake It to the Limit by Wendy Meadows. I found this book on Kindle Unlimited and turned out an entertaining read. I was expecting a typical culinary cozy mystery but it was more intense than I had imagined. Twin sisters who are also retired cops get embroiled in a murder investigation in the midst of preparing for the opening of their bakery. The victim was a con-man who went into a Witness Protection Program and seemingly killed by the mafia gang whom the victim ratted on. The plot is fast-paced and drenched with some suspenseful moments. This was not what I had bargained for, but I ended up enjoying it okay.
Just like last week, I managed to squeeze another book at the very last minute. I finished reading Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I read the third book a couple of years ago without reading any of the previous books and I didn’t enjoy that as much.
This book, however, turned out such a great read that I bought the second book straight away. The ending felt a bit rushed in my eyes, but overall, it was a great read.
I’m currenly reading Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger.
In Swallowtail bay the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the locals are welcoming – but Stella’s new beginning might be over before it’s begun…
Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank.
When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella…
Is Stella’s dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she’s been waiting for? (Goodreads)
This is the first time I’ve read a book from this author, so I don’t know what to expect. This book seems to have gleaned very positive ratings and reviews, and I hope the second book in my 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge turns out a winner as well!
I am going to continue on the Beach or sea-related theme for a while. I reckon I’ll be still in such frame of mind after Little Beach Street Bakery, and I have chosen these two books as my primary candidates.
I have already bought the second book in Little Beach Street Bakery series, so I might swap either of them as I go, but for now, I am curious to read The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond which has been sitting on my Kindle for so long.
Likewise, The Summer of Good Intensions has been on my shelf and I’ve kept saying I was going to read this for so long. It’s high time that I read them both, isn’t it?
That’s it for today.
How was your week? What have you finished reading, what are you currently reading, and planning to read next?
Comment below and let me know 🙂
Thanks for stopping by as always, and I’ll see you in my next post.