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Book Review: The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Doubleday (May 2018)

When Mad Men debuted I began watching the show and was pretty ticked off a few minutes in and my first reaction was to turn it off. But I stopped myself and thought, "Wait, perhaps the thing that's peeved you is there for a reason. Don't you want to know if there's more to the story?" I stayed and the pay off was worth it. I have to say, The Glitch was a bit in that same area for me. Shelley, our narrator, is initially not endearing, in fact, she's deeply off-putting. To the point that, her likability can only go up.

Book Review: Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ stars (3 stars)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

I finished two cozy mystery series lately (or at least their last books feel like finales) and so of course, I had to jump right into a new series. Kale to the Queen had one of those cozy covers that I love and a blurb that also charmed so this went right on my TBR last year before it came out.

Book Review: A Cast of Vultures (Sam Clair #3) by Judith Flanders

A Cast of Vultures (Sam Clair #3) 
by Judith Flanders
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟  (4 stars)
Publisher: Allison & Busby

Another entry into the series (and I'm hoping not the last) sees Sam Clair, getting pulled into a murder and arson in her neighborhood between some new trials at her publishing house.

Book Review: Liar's Candle by August Thomas

Liar's Candle by August Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Scribner (April 17)

As soon as I saw the summary for this one, I had to read it. I don't run into very many books that give a glimpse into the life of Foreign Service Officers or the diplomatic intern life, so I had to read it. I'm so glad that I did as it was quite a page turner.

Book Review: The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Assistants by Camille Perri
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons

I'm trying to get my TBR backlog dealt with as it's striking me that I've acquired quite a lot of them in my digital library (after paring down my physical library). This was one of those that I bought when it came out because it sounded just like something I'd enjoy. Alas, it was just okay for me. I'm a bit sad to say that I already found it dated and a bit trite.

Book Review: The Peyti Crisis (Retrieval Artist #12) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Peyti Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: WMG Publishing Inc.

After the massive attack on the Moon perpetrated by clones Noelle DeRicci, Miles Flint & Detective Nyquist are all in on the investigation of who is responsible and foiling another, bigger attack, in this installment. This one moved around to various points of view quite a lot, including the attorneys who are taking the case of the clones on.There are lots of discussions of ownership, personhood and rights, this is an interesting aspect to the story, that I enjoyed. While a lot of conversations happen and information is being gathered, there's not a lot that actually happens in this installment. It felt very much like setting the pieces up on the board for a big showdown. I'm really ready for the showdown. I'll definitely finish the series because I have to know who put this big plan into motion, what they want & the takedown should be epic. Recommended for readers of the series.

Book Review: Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen

Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Regan Arts

I've had this on my TBR list for quite some time so I am glad to have finally got around to reading it. That said, it's a short book that took me far longer than it should have because I just didn't find the mystery all that compelling (something that surprised me because the summary really sounded promising). My favorite thing about this was the setting which I still want to know more about. I don't know if I'd recommend this one for mystery fans as it's pretty bland on that level. I would read another by Rosen as I think he's got interesting ideas and a good take on climate fiction settings & world-building. Points also for the book cover. It made me want to pick it up.