Happy Thanksgiving — Late Fall Reads

thankful-for-our-readers-giveaway-3It’s double giveaway day! Edith and Sherry are both giving away a book to one lucky winner! Sherry is giving away a copy of one of her books: Tagged for Death, The Longest Yard Sale, or All Murders Final — readers choice! And Edith is giving away one of her 2016 mysteries: Delivering the Truth, Grilled for Murder, or Murder Most Fowl — also readers choice!

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! After all the cooking and cleaning we hope you have time to put your feet up and enjoy a good book. Here’s what we are reading:

Liz: I’m super excited I’m getting a pre-read of Barb’s Iced Under! We’re doing some joint blog posts to celebrate our dual launch next month, so we’re reading each other’s books in advance. As usual, I’m loving it.

Sherry: I just finished reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger — what an amazing and beautifully written book. Next I’m going to read Permanent Sunset by C. Michele
Dorsey. I loved the first book in the Sabrina Salter series and a trip to St. John sounds perfect this time of year.permanentsunsetfinal1

Jessie: After my recent visit to Iceland I can’t get enough of Icelandic crime novels. I’m currently reading Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates. Next up is The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

Barb: I’m excited to have an ARC of Liz’s Custom Baked Murder in my hot little hands. I am also reading Mediterranean Summer,  a non-fiction about a chef who spends a summer working on a yacht, for my “work.” My work is so hard!

Edith: I’m also thrilled to be reading Permanent Sunset by C. Michele Dorsey, and when I’m done I’m diving, finally, into Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Say No More.

Julie: I just turned in Chime and Punishment (book #3), so I can read again!! My pile is large, but on top a book Sherry recommended–Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. Really looking forward to finally cracking it open.

Readers: What are you reading?

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Wicked Wednesday: Gifts for the Readers in Your Life

Well, Wickeds, the season is upon us. So do tell, aside from books by the Wickeds and accomplices, what are you planning to give the readers in your life? Any hot recommendations for our readers?TheSugarMountainSnowBallCover

Edith: I’m giving my nine-year-old bestie The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball by Elizabeth Atkinson, her latest middle-grade novel. It’s such a good read for any age. I just finished reading William Kent Kruger’s Ordinary Grace and plan to figure out who to give a copy to. Lyrical writing and deep storytelling about tragedy and mystery in small-town Minnesota in the summer of 1961 – as told by a 13 year old boy. Another recommendation is Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson – an intriguing novel of family with some mystery on the side and a stunning Prince Edward Island setting.

Liz: I have copies of Maddie Day’s Flipped for Murder and Cheryl Hollon’s Pane and Suffering for one of the readers in my life – loved both of them! I also would recommend Tana French’s latest, The Secret Placean amazing murder mystery that really digs into the power of high school friendships.

Barb: I just finished Elizabeth George’s A Banquet of Consequences, and I LOVED it. One of her best. I highly recommend it for the mystery lover in your life.

Jessie: My suggestion is a recipe book instead of a mystery but I had to share it: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle. It is such fun and is beautifully illustrated too!

Sherry: Since some of the readers in my life read our blog everyday I’ll mention a couple of books I enjoyed reading recently. Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little is one heck of a book and has a protagonist that isn’t very likable. Another is Invisible City by Julia Dahl. And last but not least Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton. None of them are cozy but all are well written.

MWA CookbookJulie: Barb, so glad to hear this review–the book is on the docket for Christmas week. Jessie, I’ve heard about that book–will add it to my gift list. Love all of these suggestions. Books are always such a great gift! I’m also going to point out some other fun gifts for readers, like booklights, bookmarks, book plates, and book bags. Also, a library card is a great gift for a young reader. I also found a couple of adult coloring books based on books–Secret Garden (OK, not based on the book, but still fun and a great combo gift), Harry Potter, and Tolkien’s novels. Also, a great book for the reader in your life–the MWA Cookbook! Barb and Edith are both in it–as are many other mystery authors and friends of this blog.