Good morning! Not the best of reading weeks, what with all the DNFs, but not totally a bust.
I picked up a couple new ebooks this week - a paranormal mystery and a suspense. I still have two unread ebooks from before - a SF mystery and a cozy mystery.
21) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (4/14/22) - Literature* - 5 stars. I'd never read this before, but it being what it is, it wasn't 'new' to me. And I've read other Dumas works. I picked this up from Amazon for free.
No review. I'd only add that the version of this I read was not the one the link goes to. The version I downloaded disappeared from Amazon - probably because half the 'book' was another copy of the book most likely thrown up there to scam the KU system out of page-read money. Shame on them. And it makes me glad I couldn't link to that version.
20) A Brazen Curiosity by Lynn Messina (4/10/22) - Historical Mystery* - 5 stars. New to me but plenty of reviews. Free off the Reading Deals newsletter.
Review: "What a delightful story and a fun mystery. I loved the interplay between Bea and the Duke. I thoroughly enjoyed the other characters, the setting, and the plot. It was great to see how Bea grew from a mousy, little nothing into a strong character. And I totally had no clue who the murderer was. Awesome."
4/13/22 - Romance - free. The premise seemed probably enough until the characters were introduced, and then nope. I didn't see how the hero and the heroine would ever mesh enough to make a believable love story. Even with 'opposites attract' there has to be something. Plus, I counted several other different tropes in the first few pages. All it needed was a secret baby thrown in to complete the set. It's romance... Pick a theme and stick with it. Two, maybe could work. More than that, the writing has to be excellent to pull it off and this wasn't. (And as you can probably guess, I was getting irritated by four DNFs in a row.)
4/13/22 - UF - free. Present tense. Gah. I tried. Really I did, because sometimes present tense can work in UF. But I rarely like present tense and it was beginning to irritate me. Life's too short.
4/13/22 - Romance - free. I got the immediate sense I was going to spend the book being preached to about environmental issues. Thus, I didn't find myself liking the main characters. C'est la vie.
4/13/22 - Mystery - free. Pretense tense. Not only no, but hell, no. To me, present tense just doesn't lend itself to the mystery genre.
Currently reading... an old political thriller by Alistair McLean.
What was on your reading list last week?