Will this winter never end? It seems the weather is main conversation everywhere you go these days. Snow seems to be in almost every forcast and cold, bitter cold. You’d think after living all my life in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin I’d be used to it, but I’m not. I long for the sunshine to warm my bones and allow me to shed the 10 pounds of outer wear that drags me down. But the good news is that it’s perfect weather to curl up with a good book, preferably one that takes place in a tropical setting. Here’s the WW Ladies and friends winter reads of the week.
Foul Play: A Sofie Metropolis Novel by Tori Carrington
Read by Joyce
Sophie Metropolis is a mid-twenties PI in Astoria, Queens, NY. In the tradition-oriented Greek-American community Sofie should by now be happily married and raising a family, but the marriage didn’t happen, so she’s developing her skills at catching cheating spouses and finding lost pets. Occasionally something bigger comes along with higher stakes and greater danger. In Foul Play, the Mets are on a run for the National League Pennant, and, along with thousands of others, Sofie is an excited fair-weather fan. When the wife of the rising star pitcher hires Sofie to find out why he’s behaving strangely, Sofie gets an inside peek into the lives of the rich and famous. In this case, she’s not happy with what she finds as she realizes the stakes are more than money, but reputations and lives, including her own.
When you get to page 30 in a book you’ve started and you laugh at least once per page, surely you’re on to something good. And I was! The Sofie Metropolis mysteries do make me laugh, and each one gets better. The thing I like best is that the laughs aren’t just dependent on outrageous slapstick comedy, although there is sometimes that, but on Sofie’s thought processes in her narrative. The problem with this 3rd book in the series is that now I have to wait months and months to find out what Sofie gets into next. Mysterious, funny, romantic and sometimes poignant, Sofie will be worth waiting for.
Helping Me, Help Myself by Beth Lisick
Read by Loretta This author, although happily married with a charming 5 year old son, is a published author of several books, but longs for help to change her disorganized household, obtain a more stable financial picture and improve her life. She begins a year-long self help journey toward those ends by consulting the big money pros and national experts, attending seminars and classes plus trying to avoid their pitches to improve THEIR finances. Her sparkling sense of humor bounces throughout the chapters of this book making this a fun learning experience for all of us.
Read by Joyce From the time she’s a tiny tot until she has to slip into orthopedic walkers, a woman knows that shoes are all about magic. Put on the right footwear, and there stands a whole new woman. These three stories take that "whole new woman" idea a bit further when the shoes bought from an unusual on-line site tout they will give a girl her heart’s desire. And they do… (www.hiheelia..com, Home of the Goddess Shoestra) With self-confidence and new found strength, these super-heroines fight off bad guys, save the day, and get the guy. What’s more magic than that?
A Wicked Liason by Christine Merrill
Read by Anne
Constance Townley, Duches of Wellford is a widow looking for a new husband. Anthony de Portnay Smythe is the gentleman cat burglar who now secretly works for the government. When the two meet in Constance’s bedroom, where Anthony is sent to look for evidence of treason, Constance is sure he’s just a common thief…just very polite.
This delightful Regency historical wraps you up in a cozy relationship with a man who keeps trying to follow his head, but his heart gets in the way. Their unorthodox relationship (he keeps climbing in her window) and quest to trap the bad guy (who tries to blackmail our heroine into his bed) make this book an enjoyable way to fight off the winter blues and leave you with a warm heart and a smile.
Shallow Grave by Lori G Armstrong
Read by Joyce
Julie Collins is a PI in Rapid City, South Dakota. She’s tougher than she looks, and softer than she wants to be. While working on a workmans comp case, she happens upon the remains of a young woman who’s been missing for 5 years. As in the other two books in the series, she feels a personal obligation to find resolution and retribution for the person lost. Her investigations take her to a Rapid City strip joint, into a biker gang club house, and out to the reservation. The intrigues in these stories don’t involve just her current cases; her life and her relationships are as suspenseful and fascinating as the mysteries. Shallow Grave kept me in its grip till the end, and I’ll be back for more.
Bottom Line: I really need to make more friends that live in warm places (and have a guest room…and maybe a pool…heated, of course, with a liquor bar with those little umbrellas for the drinks and maybe…)