After talking about weaving last week, imagine my surprise when the first book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, Last Wool and Testament, turned out to feature weaving.
It was an easy read and the characters are entertaining, but unfortunately, I had correctly guessed whodunnit very early into things. However, there were still plenty of twists and turns, so I was still a little surprised at the end.
I will note that if snakes make you squirm… well, it’s not exactly a spoiler, but consider yourself warned. There’s one scene/chapter that caused me to put my feet up, and pet Gretchen lots. I was relieved that I did NOT end up having bad dreams about snakes that night, but the Knight says it’s because Gretchen kept them away. (Remember? I’ve suggested the girl needs to take up knitting and quit snake hunting.)
Next up was the start of the Creative Women series, also done by Annie’s Attic, following the same, multi-author format as the Annie’s Attic series. The parallels between the two series would be highly annoying if the characters weren’t so well-done and likeable. Both main characters are young widows. There are fraternal, male-female, twin “children” in both series, in Annie’s, they are her grands, and in CW, they are Shannon’s children. Both Annie and Shannon inherit big ol’ houses from their grandmothers, and obviously, both series are all but set in a craft shop.
I’m just into book #3 in the CW series, but so far, I like it better than AA. Basically Bloggless Susan says it’s because the CW mysteries are a little more developed, but I’m not sure… I think maybe I just like Shannon better than Annie. Both women are roughly the same age, but Shannon is more relatable for me.
My reading goal for 2013 was 100 books, and unless I cheat and add some low-page-count children’s books (The Jack Russell Detective books maybe?), I think I’m going to fall short. Right now, it appears I’ll finish up around the 75 (give or take) that I read last year. This is why I don’t do resolutions and goals! I don’t want to read just for the sake of reading.
Have you discovered any new series or authors lately?