Goodreviews Review: Harbor of Spies

Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic HavanaHarbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana by Robin Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Harbor of Spies was an unexpected delight. A work of historical fiction that doesn’t dwell too heavily on the romance or the lessons of history but instead just throws you into that world.

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Goodreads Review: Murder in the Garden

Murder in the Garden (DI Hillary Greene #9)Murder in the Garden by Faith Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Having read a previous book (#7) in the series I went into this one optimistically. The other book in the DI Greene series had a slow start which left me a little undecided about the series. As such, I was excited to have a chance to read another in the series. Murder in the Garden has a great start full of tension and potential. Plot points reach back into #8 and #7 but you won’t have had to read either to get caught up and move through #9. Many of the points I disliked about #7 (Murder in the Meadow) were softened, edited or absent and the strengths of Faith Martin’s writing shone through. I found myself unable to put the book down.

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Goodreads Review: Erasing Memory

Erasing Memory: A MacNeice MysteryErasing Memory: A MacNeice Mystery by Scott Thornley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Erasing Memory is precisely the sort of mystery/thriller I enjoy. It isn’t excessively gory but neither is it saccharine or cozy. It is clearly the first in a series because the author follows not just the murder but the police involved in the solving the murder—something else I enjoy. What I really enjoyed is that the book is set in Canada, my favorite crime series are usually set in California but I’m always excited when authors begin series set in unfamiliar areas (to me) because the best ones explore the murders as a peak into the heart of a region and the dysfunctions that lead to crime that allows the reader to gaze into a world they are told not to look at.

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Goodreads Review: Whisper of the Moon Moth

Whisper of the Moon MothWhisper of the Moon Moth by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Whisper of the Moon Moth is enjoyable historical fiction based loosely around details of the life of Merle Oberon and several people she came in contact with or worked around historically. Having never heard of her I was intrigued. In the blurb I read before requesting the book I understood that this was a fictional account of her life so I wasn’t expecting the details of the book to be accurate so it didn’t detract from my overall rating. I think if you go into the book with some knowledge of Merle it might change your rating of the book because it does delve into her life and the psychology of various details in the cultural and professional context she did live in. If you take the book as a work of what amounts to fan fiction, I think it can be enjoyed.

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Goodreads Review: Rest is the New Sport

Rest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological costRest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological cost by Jef Geys
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some background for me is that I was a book reading kid who wished I could be more sporty but could never find the right way into exercise or sports until I was sitting, reading and in excruciating pain which sent me seeking out a personal trainer. A lot of stuff clicked, I learned to tell the difference between fads and facts in the health field but I still consider myself a novice seeking to learn more about optimizing diet, exercise, recovery and rest. In pursuit of that I was excited to have the chance to read Jef Geys’ “Rest is the New Sport”.

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Goodreads Review: Strangers in Budapest

Strangers in Budapest: A NovelStrangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy for review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What drew me to this book was my personal connection to Hungary. Having family there, living there and visiting several times (coincidently during the period this story takes place) are all reasons I was eager to read this book. Although these connections contributed to my enjoyment of the book and high rating, I think that there is plenty to enjoy in the atmosphere and characters of the book.

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Goodreads Review: Sociable

SociableSociable by Rebecca Harrington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of Sociable through NetGalley*

I give the book three stars because it reflects the Goodreads rating system which is that “I liked it”. Sociable is one of those easy and quick reads that offers a window into a very specific moment in time and looks honestly at the people occupying that without getting hung up on exploring the depths of it all. And that’s a good thing! It’s an easy book to recommend because it could just as easily be a movie or short T.V. series as it is a book. Genuinely entertaining and topical.

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