Favourite Reads of August 2017

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Not so many on my reading list this month, mainly due to the (wonderful) distraction that was the Romance Writers of Australia conference.

I’m having a hard time choosing my favourite read of August. They were all terrific and all very different, but I think I’ll have to go with…

And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic

And Fire Came Down by Emma ViskicI loved Emma’s debut Resurrection Bay which featured hearing impaired private investigator Caleb Zelic. It was twisty and surprising, and a total page-turner. And Fire Came Down is book two in what I hope will become a long-running series.

Caleb is such an engaging character. He’s proud – too proud sometimes – and refuses to let his deafness dictate his life. He’s also loyal, clever, and very brave. And he loves fiercely. It’s no wonder I adore him.

Small town Resurrection Bay features again in this complex and often moving crime story about drugs, racism, family and much more, and it’s so well drawn that it’s its own character. As for the other players, they were brilliant too.

Highly recommended.

Executed by RR HaywoodExecuted by RR Hayward

Book 2 in the Extracted trilogy. My thoughts on book 1, Extracted, here.

Another rollicking read that I enjoyed hugely. There’s a lot of humour here, along the fighting, swearing, violence and technology we saw in the first book. To be honest, it does go a bit over the top, but that’s also what made me love it.

I find I’m becoming increasingly partial to these slightly bonkers books. They’re just so entertaining!

Hurry up book 3.

The Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie WestThe Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie West

Ooh, Annie really outdid herself with hero Huseyn. What a man! So rugged, so strong, so rugged… Okay, so I like them a bit rough around the edges but Huseyn is a man of many talents, and this desert warrior knows not only how to ride and fight, he also knows how to work a suit. And take over a kingdom. Fortunately, our heroine Princess Ghizlan is more than a match for him.

I cried in this one. Always a sign of a good romance.

Annie’s new release His Majesty’s Temporary Bride is on my to-be-read pile. Can’t wait!

Sherlock Holmes and the Labyrinth of Death by James LovegroveSherlock Holmes and the Labyrinth of Death by James Lovegrove

Regular readers will know that I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan and have read not only all the originals multiple times, but many of the new ones that are out. So far, my favouites have been Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk and Moriarty, but James Lovegrove’s story was an excellent addition to the range, with the riddles and twists you’d expect from a good Sherlock mystery.

It seems the publisher Titan Books has published a whole lot of Sherlock stories. I’ll have to check them out.

Friend Request by Laura MarshallFriend Request by Laura Marshall

Domestic thrillers are all the rage currently and I’m a sucker for them too. This one had a great premise – our protagonist Louise receives a Facebook friend request from old school friend Maria. So far, so normal. Happens to all of us. Except Maria is dead, or so everyone believes. But if Maria is alive…

What follows is a high-stakes drama as Louise desperately tries to keep her past secret, her family safe, and her friendships intact, and all while uncovering the mystery of how a dead girl could seemingly come back to life.

Might make you think twice about accepting that next friend request!


What were your favourite reads of August?


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5 thoughts on “Favourite Reads of August 2017

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn,

    Thanks for the updates on good reads. I’m intrigued by the sound of ‘Friend Request’ and the Emma Viskic series. I’ll have to look them up! Actually, they all sound fascinating.

    The two stand out reads for me in August were :

    (I know this sounds like a put up job, but it’s true!) ‘Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy’ which was a marvellous hit of Aussie romance. Those characters were so real and the story so sweet and moving. I just wanted to spend more time in that world!

    The other was ‘The Chalk Pit’ by Elly Griffiths. It’s the latest in her Ruth Galloway mystery series – Ruth being a comfortable, middle aged archaeologist in Norfolk who’s a bone expert. The plot was fascinating but just as big a draw was the tension coming from the overarching story lines of the characters who appear in the series. A really satisfying read (but if you haven’t read any of this series I’d recommend starting at the beginning).

    And can I just say I’m chuffed you cried over Huseyn and Ghizlan’s story? I laughed and sniffed through that one myself.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, how lovely to hear you enjoyed Chrissy so much, Annie. Thank you.

      I really must get onto these Elly Griffiths books. Anna Campbell urged me onto them ages ago, saying she thought they’d be right in my zone, but I’ve still yet to read one. Must remedy!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooh, I have Resurrection Bay on my TBR shelf, can’t wait to get to that one. Friend Request has been doing the rounds on FB and Goodreads, must add that one to my list. I have a few of Annie’s books but oh, if only there was more time to read!

    I read: Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville, The Medium by C.J. Archer, Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson (He is Vyvyan from the Young Ones), The Road to Winter by Mark Smith, Wilder Country by Mark Smith, Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian, The Library – A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells and Shooting Butterflies by T.M. Clark.
    All books read were excellent. Mark Smith is a new Aussie YA author and his two dystopian books were pretty fantastic.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wow. You had a great reading month, Sue. What did you think of Medium? I’m a huge CJ Archer fan and loved this one but for some reason I haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the series. Probably because I’m took hooked on her Glass and Steele and Ministry of Curiosities stories. They’re fab.
      I’d forgotten about The Road to Winter. I read a review for it in a newspaper ages ago and tore it out because it looked so cool. Ta for the reminder. Am going to see if the library has it.
      I picked up a stack of freebies yesterday from the first in a series promotion that’s going around, and now my TBR pile is enormous again. To make it worse, the book I’m reading feels like 1,000 pages long and just won’t end.
      Read Resurrection Bay! It’s FANTASTIC.

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I loved The Medium, Cathryn, C.J. Archer is an awesome author and I definitely will be checking out all her other books. Hoping to start on the second Emily Chambers Spirit Medium book soon.
    You’re welcome, hope you found The Road to Winter at your library. I won Wilder Country and I just had to read the first one in the series first before starting Wilder Country. Both books will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page until the last.
    Ooh, freebies, what fun. Your 1,000 page book feel might just have to be skimmed through sounds like it’s a tough read. I will bump up Resurrection Bay to the top of my TBR pile. Heard a few times that it’s a good one, and also her sequel is supposed to be just as good, perhaps even better.

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