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Welcome to Wednesday. It has been a busy week, or at least it feels like it’s been a busy week. Let’s lay it out and see if it really has been.

I didn’t get any further in my listening to Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie, read by Chris Dukehart because it’s been too hot to knit, so no audible books until the air conditioners are put in.

I read Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse (a Cape Bay Cafe Mystery) by Harper Lin and found it a sweet cozy mystery. The characters were interesting and the mystery was pretty good. It forms a firm basis for a series to go forward with the couple’s relationship, but I’m not sure how murder figures into it as a regular thing. But they’re off to Italy and there’s a secret admirer left dangling, so maybe it’s somewhere in there. Book #2 is Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys. Not sure when I’ll get to it.

Next up was The Four Sworn: Spring Equinox by Lenore Sagaskie. This took me a bit to get it organized in my head, but once I did it was really good. A great addition to the fantasy world. The four main characters were very well done and the supporting cast was even quite interesting. The actual crisis was a bit of an anticlimax after all the build-up, but that may be because it was stretched over several places rather than one actual battle. I’m looking forward to getting the second book, The Four Sworn: Summer Solstice.

Then I got into Little French Bistro by Nina George. This one starts with a woman on vacation in Paris attempting suicide by jumping into the Seine. A psychological look at several things that one doesn’t often take a close look at in life, such as marriages between unequal partners, aging and losing one’s mental capabilities, and finding true freedom for your personality when you don’t quite fit the expected mold or the norm. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it and that makes you question how you view the truths you hold in life. This is a book that is more than the story written between the first page and the last. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy thought-provoking women’s lit.

I’ve promised to read When Death is Calling by Henry Taba; Highland Jewel by May McGoldrick; and Eboney by R. Kitt, so those have to be the next ones I get to. New purchases in my Kindle seem to be limited right now to Croissants and Corruption (Margot Durand Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Danielle Collins. And I still have Tangled in Time by Barbara Longley lined up to follow Dark Arts and a Daiquiri with my knitting.

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