again read five books in October. Next month there will surely be fewer
because I’ve only finished one book so far in November. I’d better get with it!
1. All the Devils
are Here (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16), by Louise
Penny. ★★★★★ On their
first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with
Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together
after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically
injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the
elderly man’s life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife
Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir,
from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from
luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.
The Bug Says: I just love
this series. It was a little disappointing that this book took place in Paris
instead of Three Pines, but it was still a most excellent mystery. And it had a
most satisfyingly schmaltzy ending. Highly recommend!
2. Shadows in Death
(In Death #51), by J.D. Robb. ★★★★★ When
a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in
Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas
and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve
realises that this case is far from business as usual.
Eve has two complex cases on her hands - the shocking murder of this wealthy
young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time
much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she
cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke's
hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . .
The Bug Says: Another
favorite mystery series (obviously, since I’m on book 51!). This one included all
of my favorite characters, and also had a satisfyingly schmaltzy ending.
3. A Good Girl’s
Guide to Murder, by Holly Jackson. ★★★★ The case is closed. Five years ago,
schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it.
Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder,
Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her
final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town
desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there,
how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
The Bug Says: There are
lots of things to love about this book – a really bright female protagonist,
her quirky family, some fun dialog, and a couple of plot twists. Also, I
listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a really good job.
4. In Five Years,
by Rebecca Serle. ★★★★ When
Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most
important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the
ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s
marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to
achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a
different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television
news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date.
It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of
midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt
much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in
visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like
her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she
files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the
very same man from her long-ago vision.
The Bug Says: The premise
of this book was really interesting. It caused me to feel propelled toward a
destiny that seemed inevitable, but there were some good plot twists here as
well. I zoomed through the book because I couldn’t wait to find out what
happened. It was well worth the read!
5. The Ten Thousand
Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow. ★★★★ In a sprawling mansion filled with
peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the
wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate
the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds,
and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn
reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story
increasingly entwined with her own.
The Bug Says: Oh I loved
this book! It was part Narnia, part A Wrinkle in Time, and part Indiana Jones, The
narrator did a really good job, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I can’t believe I still haven’t finished the latest Harry Dresden book. What
the heck. I think I’m partially worried about who may or may not survive until
the end, and also don’t want it to end. But really, I just need to buckle down
and finish the thing – it’s really really good! What good things have you been