Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. In order to get some consistency to my posting I thought I’d jump on board this great idea. As a self-proclaimed bookaholic, I love talking about my books and finding out what others are reading. Having been a long time reader of multiple blogs where the ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ post is prevalent, I thought it a natural progression I’d add to the mix.

Last week I posted the following reviews:


CRASHING THROUGH MIRRORS by Anonymous-9 (crime/noir)

PRIMARY FAULT by Sharon Kae Reamer (fantasy)

I've also finished AUTHORITY by Jeff Vandermeer (sci-fi/fantasy) and will have a review up shortly for that one. Here's my review of book 1 in the Southern Reach Trilogy, ANNIHILATION, in the meantime. It too is fantastic - really loving these books. 

This week I thought I'd focus exclusively on my tbr (so no review books or recent purchases) as I've largely ignored one of my 2014 New Years Bookish Resolutions to dwindle down my tbr. 

All of my reads are crime fiction this week, however, as you'll see below from the book descriptions, they are quite diverse. 

El GavilanEL GAVILAN  by Craig McDonald 

The news is full of it; escalating tensions from illegal immigration, headless bodies hanging off bridges, and bounties placed on lawmen on both sides of the border. New Austin, Ohio, is a town grappling with waves of undocumented workers who exert tremendous pressure on schools, police, and city services. In the midst of the turmoil, three very different kinds of cops scramble to maintain control and impose order.

But the rape and murder of a Mexican American woman triggers a brutal chain of events that threatens to leave no survivors.El Gavilan is a novel of shifting alliances and whiplash switchbacks. Families are divided and careers and lives threatened. Friendships and ideals are tested and budding love affairs challenged. With its topical themes, shades-of- gray characters, and dark canvas, El Gavilan is a novel for our charged times.

Straits of FortuneSTRAITS OF FORTUNE by Anthony Gagliano

Ex-cop Jack Vaughn, the best thing to happen to crime fiction since Chandler's Philip Marlowe hung up his holster, moved from the gritty streets of New York to Miami to work as a personal trainer. The sun, sand, and tanned bodies of Miami are a welcome distraction from the haunting memory of another cop's death in New York. But when he becomes involved with millionaire businessman Colonel Patterson, he realizes his newfound peace is short-lived.

The Colonel offers Jack a hundred grand to do a seemingly simple favor. But getting involved with the Colonel also means getting involved with his daughter, the exotic wild child Vivian, who once broke Jack's heart. Jack had sworn to forget her, but this memorable cast of characters lures him back into their double-dealing circle.

The deeper he gets, the more Jack finds himself entangled in an ever-expanding web of lies, lust, and violence. A dark, hard-boiled look at the dangerous underbelly of glamorous Miami, Straits of Fortune is an unforgettable debut novel. 

HushHUSH by Anne Frasier (I'm nearing the middle of this one. Reads as mainstream popular crime fiction.) 

It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare.

The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer instinct. She knows what man is capable of. This time she's ready to confront her deepest fear, face-to-face. For the very last time. 


  1. Oh, a few good suspense / thrillers there. MY kind of books! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Deborah. These books have done their time of my tbr shelf - it's great to finally get around to reading them!

  2. Replies
    1. I've not read anything by Craig McDonald before. Have heard good things about this one.

  3. Hush looks great for October!
    New follower :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Hi Missie thanks for following :-)

  4. El Gavilán sounds like it could be pretty intense, I hope you enjoy it.

    Read on!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out