Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Expats by Chris Pavone

www.chrispavone.com
Released: March 2012

Chris Pavone's The Expats initially caught my eye at the bookstore because I had just spent the last three weeks or so catching up on every episode of FX's The Americans (I fucking love that show). I'm more intrigued than ever by spies, and by how they can manage to balance both a family life and a secret life.

"Where is Luxembourg?"

Kate Moore leaves her career in the CIA to live as an expat in Luxembourg with her husband Dexter, a security system genius who works as an independent contractor for one of the country's most prestige financial institutions. After having worked in secrecy as a CIA agent for several years, Kate is bored with her new life, which mainly consists of shuffling her children to and from school, and having coffee with the other expat moms.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, revisited

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If you follow any book organizations or book-related people on Twitter, or have Facebook friends involved with book clubs and reading, you may have heard or seen news about the Outlander television series that airs every Saturday evening on Starz.

A few years ago in summer 2013, when the Outlander series was initially picked up by Starz, I had doubts that the show would be any good. But as the premiere date neared, and everyone started talking about the upcoming show, I finally became excited.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand

http://www.elinhilderbrand.net/
Released: June 2002

I first fell in love with Elin Hilderbrand after reading The Matchmaker, which was just released last summer. Since reading that novel, I've been frantically purchasing everything on Hilderbrand's backlist. I dove into Nantucket Nights last week after deciding I needed a break from sci-fi and horror.

The Night Swimmers

Kayla, Val, and Antoinette have upheld the tradition of swimming naked at midnight on a secluded Nantucket beach on a special night every year for the last 20 years. Referring to themselves as the "Night Swimmers," each woman shares one of her most darkest secrets with the other women in a ritual most would find less than ladylike. When drunken Kayla brazenly accuses Antoinette of sleeping with Kayla's husband, Antoinette dances into the water and never returns to shore. The entire island of Nantucket goes into an uproar, and blames Kayla for Antoinette's disappearance.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown

www.duffybrown.com
Released: April 2015

Demise in Denim is the fifth book in the "Consignment Shop" mystery series by Duffy Brown. This southern cozy mystery series takes place in Savannah, Georgia and features the amateur sleuthing adventures of Reagan Summerside, consignment shop owner.

Duffy Brown and her publishers are always generous enough to send me copies of the Consignment Shop novels prior to their release dates. Receiving her surprise packages in the mail are always a real treat! I pushed all other reading to the wayside this weekend just so I could tear into this latest, especially since Brown's novels continue to get better and funnier with each new release.