Monday, January 12, 2015

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:

PERFIDIA by James Ellory (noir)

MATESHIP by Nick Dryenfurth (non-fiction)

THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen (noir)

BUTTERFLY SKIN by Sergey Kuznetsov (Russian crime)

This week I've picked yet another eclectic selection of reads from the otherworldly to prohibition-era crime. I'll also be delving into another audio book, this time it's the sequel to DRIVE, DRIVEN by James Sallis, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia. 

Shaky GroundSHAKEY GROUND by Sharon Kae Reamer

Cologne, Germany.

Her bruises barely healed, Caitlin Schwarzbach needs time to settle into expatriate life with her brother Gus. Caitlin looks forward to her new job. She has new friends. She also has new enemies. And a new boyfriend. Hagen von der Lahn owns a haunted castle, a title, and the sexiest smile she's ever seen. But her romantic reunion with the baron of Burg Lahn is cut short when Gus's car blows up. 

Far from being settled, Caitlin's life has also become supernaturally complicated. Long-term goal: Accept a new paradigm that includes Celtic deities and ancient curses. Short-term goal: Choose between keeping Gus safe or learning the truth about her past and its implications for her future. When she learns about the 'fracking' experiment in Cologne being conducted by her enemies, Caitlin's short-term goal becomes dangerously acute. 

The second book in the Schattenreich series. 

Everybody Goes to Jimmy's: A Suspense NovelEVERY BODY GOES TO JIMMY'S by Michael Mayo 

An explosion outside his speakeasy draws Jimmy into a life-or-death chaseYoung Jimmy Quinn is delivering a bribe for the infamous racketeer Arnold Rothstein when a bomb goes off on Wall Street, killing thirty people and scaring every banker in the city right down to his spats. Twelve years later, Rothstein is dead, and Jimmy is doing his best to stay out of trouble, running a quiet little Manhattan speakeasy. At a particularly bad moment for him and his favorite waitress, a blast rocks the alley outside and draws him right back into the madness of a dozen years ago.That morning, a strange package came in with his liquor shipment: four plain books filled with cryptic numbers. It seems this bombing may have had the same motive as the one that shook Wall Street more than a decade ago: money. The incident sets Jimmy off on a mad race to stay out of the line of fire, taking him from the heights of the Chrysler Building to the depths of New York's underworld.

Driven | [James Sallis]DRIVEN by James Sallis (audio book)

Seven years have passed since Driver ended his campaign against those who double-crossed him. He has left the old life, become Paul West, and founded a successful business. But walking down the street one day, he and his fiancée are attacked by two men, and his fiancée is killed. Sinking back into anonymity, Driver realises that his past stalks him - and will not stop. He has to turn and face it.


  1. The Schattenreich series sounds interesting. Happy reading!

    1. I like how it blends real world with fantasy elements. This is book two, the first one PRIMARY FAULT is also reviewed here on my blog.

  2. Everybody goes to Jimmy's sounds like it will be a good read :D - not really my sort of books but always nice to see different books on peoples lists!

    1. I'm really liking it so far then again, I'm into prohibition-era crime in a big way :-)

  3. ShaKy Ground sounds good,

    Have a lovely week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out