I also finished reading Murder of a Sweet Old Lady by Denise Swanson, which is the second book in the Scumble River series. This is becoming one of my favorite mystery series. Skye, the main character, is Catholic, and she actually goes to confession in this book, which I enjoyed. I also liked all the nuances of her family relationships, which create a lot of difficulties and drama when her grandmother is found murdered. I'm going to have to use inter-library loan to get the next few titles, as it appears the local libraries have weeded the earlier books of the series, but I'm planning to read the next one whenever I can!
Currently, I am reading State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy, which is the first in The White House Chef mystery series. I am finding it very quick and exciting reading, and I'm glad to know the series is still ongoing. I also have Cover Story by Erika Chase checked out of the library in paperback, and Murder Past Due by Miranda James just became available for me on Overdrive. I hope I'll be able to get to both before they are due back.
Deal Me In
For this week, I drew an O. Henry story, "A Cosmopolite in a Cafe" (♣K). In a cafe, the narrator meets E. Rushmore Coglan, a seeming cosmopilite who has no loyalty to any particular place or pride in any one nation. Coglan is described this way: "He spoke disrespectfully of the equator, he skipped from continent to continent, he derided the zones, he mopped up the high seas with his napkin. With a wave of his hand he would speak of a certain bazaar in Hyderabad. Whiff! He would have you on skis in Lapland. Zip! Now you rode the breakers with the Kanakas at Kealaikahiki. Presto! He dragged you through an Arkansas post-oak swamp, let you dry for a moment on the alkali plains of his Idaho ranch, then whirled you into the society of Viennese archdukes. Anon he would be telling you of a cold he acquired in a Chicago lake breeze and how old Escamila cured it in Buenos Ayres with a hot infusion of the chuchula weed. You would have addressed a letter to "E. Rushmore Coglan, Esq., the Earth, Solar System, the Universe," and have mailed it, feeling confident that it would be delivered to him." There isn't much of a plot to the story, but there is a Henry-esque twist and the writing is delightful.
The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell and This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger for Old School Kidlit 2017. I was surprised by how different the Durrell and Danziger titles seemed to me as an adult. I didn't love them nearly as much as I did as a kid. I loved Roller Skates, though. My review will be up later in the week.
This week, I'm hoping to read Cloud and Wallfish and maybe a couple of other things. I have a chapter to write for my summer reading textbook, and puzzle proofreading to finish by Friday, so it might wind up being a slower week reading-wise.
I'm linking up with Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date.