So…About That Book—What I’ve Been Reading

There are upsides and downsides to being sick most of the year so far…not so much writing, but a lot of reading. Here’s my reading list so far this year:

So, yeah, 21 books in four months after 2016, when I read…three books all year. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading just to read and not to research or judge. I’d rather not get sick in order to do it, though! [By the way, this blog is now participating in the Amazon Affiliates Program, so if you click on any of the books with links and make a purchase, a small percentage comes back to me to support this blog!]

I’ve reviewed a few of these here already; I think the exceptions, other than the “secret” books, are the Kendra Elliot books. All of these are romantic suspense, and while I have enjoyed all of them, three (so far) have really had me up all night turning pages.

First is A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick), which is the first in what is I assume a new series, and it’s fascinating. Like the other books, this one stays in Elliot’s comfort zone of the Pacific Northwest. The main character in A MERCIFUL DEATH is Mercy Kilpatrick, an FBI agent who, in this first book, is sent in to investigate a string of killings involving doomsday preppers around her small hometown. She left her family and town under painful circumstances many years ago and Elliot deftly blends past and present together into an intriguing set of characters and a culture (the preppers) I find fascinating. The romance is totally realistic in this book—you know how I hate instalove—which means it takes a backseat to the suspense. The second book in the series comes out in June.

The Bone Secrets series is more traditional romantic suspense, so there are some elements of instalove but they don’t beat you over the head. My favorites of the series so far are the second, Chilled (A Bone Secrets Novel Book 2), and third, Buried (A Bone Secrets Novel), where the tension builds and builds and builds until, yep, it’s 4 a.m. and I have to go to work in three hours so I might as well finish the damned thing. Elliot writes intricate, well laid-out mystery plots and vivid recurring characters, each of whom gets a turn as the main character in a novel. That said, these books can stand alone very, very well, so reading them in order isn’t a necessity.

Next up: the fifth (last? Not sure) book in the Bone Secrets series, Known (A Bone Secrets Novel).

So….what are YOU reading these days?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

8 thoughts on “So…About That Book—What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Reading “The Drifter” by Nicholas Petrie, a thriller about a military vet with PTSD, who is trying to help the widow of his friend. Just finished “The Nature of a Pirate” by A M Dellamonica. Love that series, set mainly on boats on a world very different from ours. Or, is it?

  2. The only book I have by Kendra is Hidden, still on my TBR pile of books. Now reading Underneath New Orleans by Nick Laurell.

  3. I’m reading a review copy of Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox. It’s got a mystery and ghosts.

  4. Assault and Beret by Jan McKinlay, a cozy mystery and rereading the Kate Daniels series.

  5. Just finished The Devils Triangle by Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison and SoulJacker by Yasmine Galenorn. Starting Gather Her Around the new Alex Bledsoe.

  6. I have to admit to having a large TBR pile right now. Lisa Shearing is a new author to me. I have only read the first couple of chapters but she looks fun.

  7. Those Kendra Elliot books look good! I’ll be adding them to my TBR list – thanks!

    I’m currently reading one of Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody mysteries, The Last Camel Died at Noon, in digital format, and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in paperback. Very different, but both very good!

  8. I just got The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston so I’ll be reading that this weekend for sure. Aside from that, I’m halfway through A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman for my bookclub. I had somehow gotten the impression that this was an uplifting story. Unfortunately, (at least in the half that I’ve read) it’s just the opposite, bittersweet at best, and sometimes quite sad. It’s well written, but I’m struggling to get through it.