My current read is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as Al Spencer, “the Phantom Terror,” roamed – virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. But the bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau. They infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest modern techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history.
I have seen this book countless times in the book store and have wanted to read it.
When I saw it available on Libby (my library app), I quickly downloaded it.
Between work, call and sick kids, this may take me a bit to finish…but I am already hooked.
A guilty pleasure read was the prequel and book two of The Oxford Tea Room Mystery Series by H.Y. Hanna.
I read book one a while ago and saw the prequel, book one and book two as a box set for $.99 on Amazon (thanks to Book Bub for having an “alert me” ability).
ALL-BUTTER SHORTDEAD (Prequel)
Gemma ditches her high-flying job and returns to Oxford to follow her dream: opening a traditional English tearoom serving warm buttery scones with jam and clotted cream… Only problem is–murder is the first thing on the menu and Gemma is the key suspect! And the only people Gemma can turn to for help are four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village – not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli. Who was the mysterious woman Gemma met on the flight back from Australia and why was she murdered? Now Gemma must find the killer, solve the mystery and clear her name if she’s to have her cake–and serve it too!
TEA WITH MILK AND MURDER (Book 2)
While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder?
Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the meddling old ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O’Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma’s quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping… and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel!
Too late, Gemma realises that she could be the next item on the killer’s menu. Or will her little tabby cat, Muesli, save the day?
Now, these books are really mindless reads, but I enjoy them and like the characters.
After reading these, I started to read Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke via Net Galley (to be published in 2019).
I have read others in the series and have even watched and enjoyed the movies, but I struggled with this book.
I think it’s charming to add in the recipes (I may even try a couple), but I felt this book had too many paragraphs (really pages) of the characters talking about the recipes…I felt like I was reading (ie watching) an infomercial.
I got about half way through the book and put it down and haven’t picked it back up (I honestly don’t think I will finish it).
I then read a very quick read, Maria Shriver’s I’ve Been Thinking.
I’ve Been Thinking . . . is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart–whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Spend the weekend reading it cover to cover, or keep it on your nightstand to flip to the chapter you need most. Like talking with a close friend, it’s the perfect daily companion—an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.
I enjoyed this book and it was a nice read in between books.
I’m still plugging away on my audio book Next Year in Havana.
This is not grabbing me….I need a really good audio book if anyone has a suggestion.
Have a good week!