I just realized in the last few days that I should get some books in our place for those last days before and those many days after our little guy comes. My mom is always a great source for mystery novels, including this month’s City of Lies. I think some trips to the bookstore/library are in order, however, to build up that stack. It’s the first time I’ve really had to plan ahead for what to read next!! Of course, if you have any suggestions, please let me know via email or in the comments below!!
City of Lies by Victoria Thompson Review
Here’s another can’t-get-enough series by the wonderful Victoria Thompson (author of the Gaslight Mystery Series shared in my Book Gift Guide). City of Lies is the first of her Counterfeit Lady Novel series. The book opens up with our heroine Elizabeth Miles, a con artist, running a scam in Washington, D.C. She and her compatriots should walk away with thousands. When the mark and his thugs figure them out, however, Elizabeth has to run for her life.
Trying to hide, she joins in with woman picketing for the right to vote in front of the White House. At her encouragement, the women irritate the police and are soon arrested. Unlike previous demonstrations, however, these women are sent to a Virginia workhouse where they go on a hunger strike. Beaten, bruised, and starving, Elizabeth slowly starts learning about the Suffrage Movement at which she’s long rolled her eyes. She comes to admire and befriend the women young and old in the movement. She can’t tell them her reality. Meanwhile, the target and his thugs are still after her and the money he’s owed. Staying in jail is her only way to stay safe.
Meanwhile, sons and brothers of the women in jail are working to have them released. The sparkle in Elizabeth’s eyes and the kind words of her heroism in jail attract the eyes of these men, but she has to fight to save her life and get as far away from them as possible. There’s a lot of great American Women’s history, a love triangle, and a plot that keeps you flipping pages as fast as you can!
And if you love it as much as I do, you’ll want to get the second book in the series – City of Secrets!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Review
Mix yourself a cocktail, throw Rumours on the record player, and crack open Daisy Jones and the Six. I can almost guarantee you that you won’t be getting up until you’ve finished. Equally, if you find yourself poolside, this one is ideal.
Written as a series of documentary-style interviews, this chronicles the rise of Daisy Jones from 70s super groupie to writer (alongside Billy Dunne of The Six) of 1979’s best album, Aurora. We see The Six get together as a band, Daisy find her footing as a solo artist, and then their collaboration project leading to an epic – and ultimately disastrous – tour promoting the album. Along the way, there are love affairs, hedonistic parties, and addiction. That’s not to mention the rock bottom, falling-outs and falling-ins. Oh and of course the intimate look at songwriting and the making of an album.
I didn’t think I would like this one when I first started seeing it everywhere, but I was immediately hooked. Jenkins Reid builds up her portrait of the ‘70s Los Angeles music scene and her iconic characters so well. My only complaint? I wanted to hear the music! But we won’t be waiting too long on that front, apparently, as the book is already in development as a TV miniseries.
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen Review
Here and Now and Then is perfect for fans of Doctor Who, and not just because of all the timey-wimey stuff. This is a clever debut novel with an engaging cast of characters and a cool set up.
Our hero, Kin Stewart, finds himself trapped in 1990s San Francisco after a job for the Temporal Corruption Bureau (TCB) goes awry. Suffering from amnesia, he establishes himself in his new time. He falls in love, makes a career in video games, and raises a daughter. When his rescuers show up eighteen years later, Kin doesn’t want to leave. But the TCB refuse to leave him so far out of his time and place. And so he returns to 2142, to a life he doesn’t remember complete with a fiancé he was just about to marry before his botched mission. And in order to avoid corruption of the past, he’s supposed to completely sever ties with every aspect of his life in the 90s.
Now that the set up is taken care of, let me tell you what this book is ultimately about – fatherhood, family, and all types of love. Kin’s battle to remain connected to his daughter across the centuries makes up the bulk of the story. Read this when you want to feel good about humanity.