My Favourite Reads of May 2019

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Welcome to My Favourite Reads for May 2019. May proved to be a good reading month, with seven books read and plenty of enjoyment had.

Here they are.

I Ate the Sheriff by James Scott BellI Ate the Sheriff by James Scott Bell

This series was a hoot. Not to everyone’s taste I admit, but I thought it was cool. I Ate the Sheriff follows on from Pay Me in Flesh (which I talk about here) and The Year of Eating Dangerously (I talk about this one here), and concludes Mallory Caine, Zombie At Law’s story. It went out with suitable apocalyptic mayhem.

If you like fast-paced, action-packed wittily written stories with funny dialogue, and don’t mind a bit of ickiness, then this series might float your boat. It did mine!

Fair Game by Amy AndrewsFair Game by Amy Andrews

This is book 3 in the Women of W.A.R. series, a continuity that features an Australian Women’s Australian Rules Football team. Such an excellent idea.

And this is a fab book, but that’s no surprise. Amy Andrews writes fantastic romances. Fair Game is a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Rita awards with good reason. It has lovely characters (the hero is a total babe), a great friends-to-lovers premise, and is a joy to read.

Grab a copy.

The Hunting Party by Lucy FoleyThe Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Even though I pegged the killer early on, I enjoyed The Hunting Party a lot. Loved the isolated Highlands setting, which added much to the atmosphere and tension, and I loved all the characters. I especially liked how we got to live in each of their heads and experience their inner selves, which was often veeeeery different to their outer selves.

Good fun. Well, for me. Not so much for the characters!

The Crucifix Killer by Chris CarterThe Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter

I’ve been meaning to read this a few years now. I read a brief review in a newspaper aaaaages ago and it sounded up my alley. I bought it and then promptly forgot I had (a sign that maybe I buy too many books? … Nah!). Then last month I noticed The Crucifix Killer heavily discounted in one of the ebook stores and I thought, oooh, I’ll have that, only to discover it was already in my library.

Anyway, The Crucifix Killer is book one in Carter’s Robert Hunter crime/thriller series. Expect lots of plot, plenty of action and some clever, if rather horrible, deviousness by the murderer.

They Call Me the Cat Lady by Amy MillerThey Call Me the Cat Lady by Amy Miller

We are NOT cat people in the Hein house. So why did I pick up They Call Me the Cat Lady, clearly a book involving cats? Because the premise sounded intriguing, sort of along the lines of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and a few others where the hero/heroine is an outcast, and because the reviews were so good.

Nancy Jones is indeed a cat lady. She’s also lonely, secretive, reclusive and big-hearted once you know her. She’d love to keep the secretive and reclusive part of her life but when a person from her past enters it, she’s forced to change. A sweet book about second chances.

Girl in the Bedouin Tent by Annie WestGirl in the Bedouin Tent by Annie West

Annie sure knows how to write a sheikh romance! Girl in the Bedouin Tent is one of her older books (from 2011, I think) but it’s a beauty. I read it because it’s a forced proximity romance and I have plans to write one of those myself, and it’s always handy to study what an expert author can do with a trope.

Prince Amir was gorgeous, super masculine and kind, Cassie was feisty, clever and fun, and the sexual attraction sizzling. A wonderful, passionate read.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa AlbertThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I’ve had my eye on The Hazel Wood since its release and when it went on sale I snapped it up. The premise is very intriguing. Alice’s grandmother is the famous, reclusive author of a book of (nasty) fairy tales, all set in the fantasy world of Hinterland. When Alice’s mother is stolen away by someone from the Hinterland, Alice must enter that world to save her.

Yep, The Hazel Wood is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, complete with bonkers creatures and dark happenings. Definitely not for kids!

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8 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of May 2019

  1. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Ooh, I so look forward to this column every month. I’ve picked up some great reads through your recommendations, Cathryn. Thank you!

    I love Annie’s Girl in the Bedouin Tent. Such a fabulous opening too – I was on the edge of my seat. Have you read her The Desert King’s Captive Bride? That one’s a doozy too! Similar intensity.

    I particularly like the sound of The Hunting Party and The Hazel Wood. And they’re both available at my local library. Win! I’ll let you know how I go with them. They both sound up my alley.

    I’ve had a really good reading month. I met Irish crime writer Andrea Carter at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in March and she’s really nice – and it turns out she writes a great mystery novel. Her Death at Whitewater Church was fantastic and I think you’d really like it. Even better, it’s the start of a series and I’ve since read the second one Treacherous Strand and liked it even better. I think there’s a TV adaptation in the offing too. I also read a wonderful historical mystery by Ariana Franklin called Mistress of the Art of Death. Another series and the opener was brilliant – an Italian-trained forensic pathologist (although obviously that’s not what they call her!) at the court of Henry II. Wonderful romance in that one too. Otherwise I’ve been attacking the last few of the Baleful Godmother series by Emily Larkin. These are fantastic and I think I recommended them last month.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I have indeed read Annie’s Desert King’s Captive Bride, Anna. It’s one of my favourites!
      With its Highlands setting, you might like The Hunting Party. I’d be interested in your thoughts on it too. I liked it a lot even though I’d worked out the killer.
      Thanks for the Andrea Carter and Ariana Franklin recommendations. They both sound fab and the Ariana Franklin sounds especially good. I’ll add them to my want list.
      Thanks for sharing. I really must read an Emily Larkin!

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Cathryn, I’m sorry to say I’ve read none of these, (except my own Girl in the BT and so very chuffed you enjoyed that!). Clearly I have to pick up more books. The Hazel Wood sounds particularly intriguing.

    I haven’t been reading much due to recent travels and work but I’m hoping to change that soon.

    I have to say, you’ve got quite a collection of fabulous books on the right hand side of the page. Good on you! There are some there I haven’t read yet. Always nice to have books to look forward to. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Girl in the Bedouin Tent was wonderful, Annie. You are the master of sheikhs! I’m very much looking forward to your The Greek’s Forbidden Innocent.
      Ta re the book collection. I can’t wait to add Eddie and the Show Queen to it.

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Ooh, I have the Women of W.A.R. series on my Kindle app, can’t wait to get to those books too.

    I had a pretty good reading month, a few of the books were audiobooks which at first I thought nah, not my cup of tea but now that I have the Borrowbox app it’s so easy to choose a book and man, listening to an audiobook sure does make housework more fun.
    Audiobooks: Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes – listening to Jimmy narrate his own memoir was soooo fun. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy, Diary of a Wombat & other stories by Jackie French and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. All fantastic to listen to.
    Print books: Mother Land by Paul Theroux, Barbed Wire and Roses by Peter Yeldham, Grievous Harm by Sandy Curtis, B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton. I thoroughly enjoyed every book.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      How interesting that you’re listening to audiobooks more, Sue. It’s not something that appeals to me but I haven’t really given them a go either. I can imagine them making housework less of a chore though and I love the sound of Jimmy narrating his own book!
      Your mention of Sue Grafton made me realise that I haven’t read one of hers for years. My mother-in-law is a fan and has all her books. Might have to raid the collection next time I’m visiting.
      Thanks for sharing!

      1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

        I tried an audiobook for the first time last year and it was that enjoyable I actually cried but then halfway through the audiobook the speed of their voices went up about 10 notches, I thought what the h… and the story changed from what I thought was going to be a cute romance to an awful supernatural themed story and the tale no longer made sense so I was ready to give up on audiobooks but then I tried a lighter read, a comedy by Sophie Kinsella and it was amazing. So anyway, when our book club organiser/librarian offered to help me set up the borrowbox audiobook app on my phone I thought why not and wow, it’s changed my way of thinking about audiobooks and I’m now listening to books that are on my TBR list that I otherwise wouldn’t get to for another couple of years. There are many hours in the day where I’m unable to sit and read but where an audiobook can make up that time so really it’s win win! You should give it a go, Cathryn. The Borrowbox app is amazing.
        Whoops, sorry for the long comment.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Never apologise for a long comment! It’s always fascinating to hear how others enjoy books. Borrowbox sounds very cool. I have the Bolinda app on my phone but never used it.
          You’re right, I should give an audiobook a go but I really don’t know when I’d listen. The only time I can think of is when I’m on my morning walk but I use that time to think about my stories and characters and to plot scenes, and I wouldn’t want to lose that. I’m not sure when else would work either. I pretty much think of my stories and characters all the time to be honest. It’s a bit of an obsession.
          Sounds like it suits you hugely though. All the best with spinning through that huge TBR pile!

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