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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Books of May

Between family events and hiking and working on the house, I read a whole lot less this month.

And I’m good with that.

I enjoyed the The Geek Girl Mysteries by Julie Anne Lindsey. They solutions might have been a bit over-the-top, but I was perfectly OK with that, because they were fun stories, with a female lead who I really liked. Amy Stewart‘s Kopp Sisters mysteries are interesting in a different way, as they are based upon a real woman, who was one of the first women in NY to become a law officer. And finally, a M/M romance Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton was very sweet. It was also a little over-the-top at times, the characters were wonderful–and also complex, with complicated lives.

I also read some books that pissed me off, but those will be obvious from their ratings, and you’re welcome to read my reviews to see why I disliked them.

Fantasy

The Darkling Thrush (2012) Josh Lanyon (Rating: 5/10)
Ravensong (2018) TJ Klune (Rating: 4/10)

Romance, LGBT

Family Man (2017) Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton (Rating: 8/10)

Mystery

The Geek Girl Mysteries
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder (2015) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 7.5/10)
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic (2016) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 8/10)
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Justice (2016) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 8.5/10)

Mystery, Supernatural

Magical Washington
Fright Court (2011) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 8/10)
Law and Murder (2017) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 7.5/10)
High Stakes Trial (2019) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 7/10)

Mystery, Historical

Kopp Sisters
Girl Waits with Gun
 (2015) Amy Stewart (Rating: 8/10)
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) Amy Stewart (Rating: 8/10)
The Summer of the Danes (1991) Ellis Peters (Rating: 8.5/10) (Brother Cadfael)

Mystery, LGBT

Hell & High Water (2014/2018) Charlie Cochet (THIRDS) (Rating: 5/10)

Now: THE STATS!

All ebooks. Not a surprise. Only one re-read, which is slightly more surprising.

eBook: 13
Re-read: 1

Split fairly evenly across the genres this month, with mysteries slightly ahead.

Fantasy: 6
Mystery: 10
Romance: 9
Boinking: 4

Almost no male authors this month. And sadly for them, it was one of the books I strongly disliked, mostly because the story went off-the rails right at the end, with several things that just PISSED ME OFF.

Male: 1
Female: 9
Male Pseudonym: 3

Male: 5
Female: 8
White: 13
Minority 2ndary: 2
Straight: 9
LGBTQ: 4

Variety of characters this month was a little low, but that happens. After all, I’m reading for fun.

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