Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Reading progress update: I've read 190 out of 381 pages.

Kingdom of the Blind - Louise Penny

Now the elderly poet sat at her laptop, fingers moving swiftly and noisily over the keys as she pounded rather than tapped. A look of satisfaction on her face that would have frightened Genghis Khan.


Far from being computer-illiterate, Ruth in her early eighties had embraced the Internet.


"As a way," Gabri had guessed, "of spreading her empire."


If there really was a darknet, Ruth Zardo would find it. Conquer it. Become its empress.


I like Ruth. She scares me, but I like her.

Thank you, mystery librarian!

Kingdom of the Blind - Louise Penny


Now I can do my updates properly.



Finished it!

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

Well this one was a bit of a door-stopper. It could probably have been more tightly edited to lose some of the 650+ pages, but Rowling Galbraith knows how to tell a good story, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.


I'm really enjoying this series. I think Robin and Strike are great characters and I love their working relationship. But I just don't see them as a couple.


And I don't think we've seen the last of Matthew either. 



I've read 190 of 386 pages

Things are getting dark and twisty.


I can't find this book in the Booklikes database, so if there's a librarian in the house, the ISBN is 978-1-250-06620-6. I'd add it myself, but I'm scared of doing something wrong and wrecking a lot good work done by other people.


Three Pines, how I've missed you

"Justin Trudeau. Racing around the village green. In a Speedo.


From there the conversation went south."


Yep, I can imagine it did. 


Reading progress update: I've read 524 out of 656 pages.

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

See, Robin. We all told you Matthew is a douche.


You'd better get a move on though, and crack this case, because I've got Chief Inspector Gamache waiting for me in the library.

Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 656 pages.

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

Ugh. Matthew is vile.

Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 656 pages.

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

Ooh, I would have loved to have been a guest at that wedding! Bet you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.


Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

Picked this up from library last night. Can't wait to dive in.

Finished it

Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

OK so it wasn't great literature; in fact at times it was more like an episode of Scooby Doo, complete with the literal unmasking of the villain. He didn't quite say, "I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids," but it was close.


Still a great deal of fun though. And the description of the Siamese cat who does not want to be cuddled as suddenly becoming all bony angles was spot on.

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 275 pages.

Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

"It's hard enough to get any decent legislation through in this county, with all the new people moving in-radical do-gooders, strangers who don't understand our problems-rebels striking at the very fabric of all that has made America great-"


Wow. Just had to double check this was written in 1977 rather than 2018.

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 275 pages.

Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

Well this is all rather delightfully bonkers. Who could fail to be charmed by a big country pile filled with assorted pets (including a rat called Roger)?


Thankfully the obnoxious fiancé is now out of the picture, which means the heroine's love interest can now make his entrance. She needs to be less disparaging about the fact he mows lawns for a living though. 

Late entry to Halloween Bingo

Devil May Care - Elizabeth Peters

I picked this one up for Southern Gothic (it's set in Virginia, so near enough), but real life and the Red Sox got in the way and I've only just started it.


And all I can say is I hope Henry dies a horrible death. He is awful. Run Ellie, run.


Of course the edition I have (ancient library copy) isn't in the Booklikes database. Published in 1977 by Dodd, Meade and Co. ISBN# 0-396-07413-8





I am intrigued as to what a stand-alone about rabbits will be like. But I would definitely read a Watership Down / Thursday Next mash-up. Bigwig joining Jurisfiction would be fabulous.



Halloween Bingo 2018 - Update

So the first book I read (Modern Noir) is the last but one to be called. Which means I can go to the library tonight and get something for Southern Gothic and/or Baker Street Irregulars and maybe sneak a last bingo call before the end of the month.



Small monochrome kitty = called but not read

Small colour kitty = read but not called

Large colour kitty = read and called


Currently reading






9/01/18 Modern Noir - The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly (read but not called)

9/03/18 Supernatural - Iron and Magic, Ilona Andrews (called and read)

9/09/18 Cryptozoologist - Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (called and read) 

9/11/18 Relics and Curiosities - The Story of the Amulet, E Nesbit (called and read)

9/14/18 Spellbound - Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (called and read)

9/16/18 Shifters - Magic Triumphs, Ilona Andrews (called and read)

9/25/18 New Release - Early Riser, Jasper Fforde (called and read)

9/30/18 Creepy Carnivals - Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter (called and read)

10/02/18 Ghost Stories - The Canterville Ghost, Oscar Wilde (called and read)

10/06/18 Genre: Suspense - Be Buried in the Rain, Barbara Michaels (called and read)

10/10/18 Country House Mystery - Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (called and read)

10/12/18 Darkest London - The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronovitch (called and read)

10/20/18 Diverse Voices - White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (called and read)

10/24/18 Terrifying Women - Shell Game, Sara Paretsky (called and read)


Still to read


Southern Gothic - Living Dead in Dallas, Charlene Harris (called 9/9/18)

A Grimm Tale - Heartless, Marissa Meyer (called 9/13/18)

Murder Most Foul - Tombland, C J Sansom (called 9/23/18)

Amateur Sleuth - TBA (called 9/25/18)

Doomsday - The Chrysalids, John Wyndham (called 10/3/18)
13 - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (called 10/07/18)

Terror in a Small Town - TBA (called 10/09/18)

Fear the Drowning Deep - The Kraken Wakes, John Wyndham (called 10/17/18)

Deadlands - A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness (10/23/18)

Baker Street Irregulars - TBA

Free Square - Lethal White, Robert Galbraith


Let the games begin.

Halloween Bingo 2018 - Terrifying Women

Shell Game - Sara Paretsky

If you read Paretsky's V I Warshawski novels you will be in no doubt as to her political leanings. It's not overtly preachy and it's always been in the background. Until now.


In Shell Game the gloves are off. Paretsky calls out Trump and his administration and puts the spotlight on what it's like living in the US as an immigrant. She also looks at how desperate people get shilled by callous payday loan companies, and how vulnerable young women are preyed upon by powerful men and feel they don't have a voice. There are Russian mobsters cozying up with unscrupulous businessmen, casual racism, and corrupt ICE agents.


Politics aside, this is a cracking story about a missing woman, stolen artifacts from Yemen, and shady dealings on the stockmarket.



Currently reading

The Bone Collector
Jeffery Deaver
Progress: 120/432 pages
C.J. Sansom
Progress: 130/656 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 38 %
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Progress: 70/368 pages
The Shining
Stephen King