Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Last 13 Books that I Have Read

 I'm currently reading Verity by Colleen Hoover (not a fan of it yet, and I'm 1/2 in already), but sometimes I love the books I'm reading, and other times, well, they're duds.  Here's what I've been reading lately.  Star ratings of 1 to 5 with 5 being best.

Cupcakes and Conspiracies by Katherine Hayton.  4 stars.  A cute cozy mystery.  Book 1 in the Sweet Baked Mysteries series.

Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal.  3 stars.  A true crime book about the worst person to ever call herself a mother.

City Dark by Roger A. Canaff.  2 stars. A fictional crime mystery about a missing mother.  Don't waste your time.

The Good Wife:  The Shocking Betrayal and Brutal Murder of a Godly Woman in Texas by Clint Richmond. 3 stars.  A true crime novel set in Austin, Texas.  A mix of business and religion as backdrops.

Strawberries and Suffering by Katherine Hayton.  3 stars.  Cozy mystery.  Second book in the Sweet Baked Mysteries series. Not as good as the first.

The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham.  4 stars.  Mostly I just like Grisham's writing.  The story was interesting, but definitely not believable.  A  legal thriller with a mix of crime and politics.

The Moonlight Mill Murders of Steubenville, Ohio by Susan M. Guy.  2 stars.  A true crime incident that occured on December 5, 1933 and a bunch of other garbage.

A Question of Murder:  Compelling Cases from a Famed Forensic Pathologist by Cyril Wecht. 3 stars. Five of Wecht's actual cases.  He got a little too personally involved in some of these in my opinion.  I got tired of it after the third one.  And Wecht is extremely arrogant.

Death Sentence:  The Inside Stories of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey.  4 stars.  Grim true crime reading, but I had read a book about John List years ago, and this one was more detailed and accurate.

The Decision to Kill:  A True Crime Story of a Teenage Killer and the Mother who Loved Him by Leslie Ghiglieri.  2 stars.  The author was a friend of the family, and way too much sympathy was drummed up for the criminal rather than the victim.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban by J. K. Rowling.  5 stars.  Pure fantasy fiction and the best book of the series in my opinon.

We the Jury by Robert Rotstein. 3 stars.  A fictional book reminiscent of 12 Angry Men, but not nearly s good.  A very catty jury that demonstrates how people's minds can see the same issue in different ways, but not as good as it could have been.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.  4 stars.  Part of the Platagenet and Tudor historial fiction series.  Not as good at the next few that follow which I would rank at five stars, but obviously pretty good.  She's a fantastic author and does great research!  I also like reading the author notes.

Find more lists at Thursday Thirteen.


  1. I can't believe how much some people read. I read all day but mostly articles on line. Still working on U2 Bono's memoir.

  2. I didn't realize Phillipa Gregory was still writing. I thought she was long gone. I don't read true crime; I can't do the grizzly horror.

  3. You have excellent, and eclectic, taste in books.

  4. I wish I could read that much. I was an avid reader for most of my life. But when I'm writing a novel I don't read other people's works. I was going to offer you a book to read, but it seems like you prefer true crime and I write fantasy. Sorry about commenting as my direct self, but it wouldn't let me use the google account.

  5. I am the writer. You had it right the first time! You can search my name on Amazon "Colleen Redman."

  6. I love cozy mysteries, so thanks for introducing me to Katherine Hayton.


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