Another month, another book read. June was the month of “finishing up a series”. You will see below
Here is what I read for the month of June…
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
I read two books by Beatriz Williams and I really, really wanted to like both of them but meh… The Secret Life of Violet Grant had way too many descriptive (very descriptive) scenes of intimacy bordering on very uncomfortable for me. I felt like these scenes were straight out of a Jackie Collins novel, yuck. If you don’t mind graphic depictions of such things and they don’t bother you, then maybe, just maybe you might enjoy the book. Otherwise it was very disappointing story-wise. You wanted to like the character of Violet Grant but she always made decisions that just made no sense. Not a fan of this book at all.
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Also super disappointing. I wanted to like it but there really can’t be this many misunderstandings in life, there just can’t be. This story revolving around the soon-to-hit hurricane on Rhode Island in 1938, really just had me waiting for the hurricane to come already and put us all out of our misery.
The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal
This was the month of finishing up the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal which takes place during WWII. These were all great reads and definitely kept you turning the page. In this particular book, Maggie Hope is recovering in Scotland after a pretty brutal mission and finds herself working again with MI-5 to find out who has poisoned 3 local ballerinas and finds the trail leads right back to her own government. So good!
His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
In this particular Maggie Hope book, Maggie has been trained to go undercover while still working for Winston Churchill, and is sent to Berlin(parachuted in, during the dead of night!) to infiltrate their high levels of society and report back the information she uncovers, but things don’t work out as planned. Again, two thumbs up!
X by Sue Grafton
Wahhhhhhhh! There are only two more novels left to be developed by author Sue Grafton and I don’t want them to end! *sniff* In this book, PI Kinsey Millhone is on the track of a serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Kinsey figures out who he is but can she catch him before he strikes again? This was a great read, especially lounging in a chair by the pool, as you can see 😉
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The only book I read which was not part of a series or reoccurring by an author. Quick synopsis and then I will offer my thoughts:
“All Imogene Scott know of her mother is the bedtime story that her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met; he a forensic pathologist, she a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby and who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as ‘troubled waters’.
Now Imogene is 17, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could have gone, but Imogene is convinced he is looking for her mother. And she has decided it is up to her, to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only know from stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she has carried with her for her entire life”.
Guys, this book tore my heart out a bit. As I mentioned in my Monday Meanderings post, I felt like someone had glimpsed into my life and took parts of it and wrote a book. SERIOUSLY. The main character Imogene and I had soooo much in common, that I kept saying to my husband “Babe, read this part, look what it says!”, dozens and dozens of times because there were so many similarities between my life and hers. I loved this book and I really and truly mean that. I may have fan-girled a bit when I tweeted that I loved this book and the author TWEETED ME BACK!!! Eeeeeeeee!
Linking up with Jana and her and her monthly post of “Show Us Your Books”, where fellow loving #booknerds all tell everyone what we read for the month