My bookshelf will soon be full!  I love that, and I also have some shelves for unread books, too.  Now I am slowly adding books I’ve read to my little Jelly Cupboard in the entry way.

What did I buy today? Well, check out this book that I have been eyeing for ages:

Are We There Yet?, by Kathleen West

Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself in a heartfelt and thought-provoking novel from the author of Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes.


Then I found a book that has been on my list for a while:

The Upstairs House, by Julia Fine

In this provocative meditation on new motherhood—Shirley Jackson meets The Awakening—a postpartum woman’s psychological unraveling becomes intertwined with the ghostly appearance of children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown. 


Today I am reading a NetGalley ARC that will be released on 4/13/21:

The Good Sister, by Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.


What are you buying/reading today?




Hannah’s up to her ears with Easter orders rushing in at The Cookie Jar, plus a festive meal to prepare for a dinner party at her mother’s penthouse. But everything comes crashing to a halt when Hannah receives a panicked call from her sister Andrea—Mayor Richard Bascomb has been murdered . . . and Andrea is the prime suspect.

Even with his reputation for being a bully, Mayor Bascomb—or “Ricky Ticky,” as Hannah’s mother likes to call him—had been unusually testy in the days leading up to his death, leaving Hannah to wonder if he knew he was in danger. Meanwhile, folks with a motive for mayoral murder are popping up in Lake Eden. Was it a beleaguered colleague? A political rival? A jealous wife? Or a scorned mistress?

As orders pile up at The Cookie Jar—and children line up for Easter egg hunts—Hannah must spring into investigation mode and identify the real killer . . . before another murder happens!


As we dive into Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, we follow along with Hannah and her friends as they interview suspects and bake cookies, pies, and serve up delicious dinners. This cozy mystery pulled me in, as I enjoyed the characters. Since this book is #27 of 27 in the series, there were aspects of Hannah’s life I had missed, which the author filled in nicely. Like the fact that Hannah was married to a man named Ross, who was recently murdered in their condo. She is staying with her friend Norman until her cat Moishe can handle being in the condo that traumatized him.

In between the quest for clues, we can visualize the food, interiors, and characteristics of Hannah’s friends and family. A nice cozy element to the story.

I also enjoyed how the author led us through Hannah’s various baking and cooking moments, literally making my mouth water, although some of the steps in her process seemed a bit repetitive. I felt as though I were viewing one of the Hallmark movies based on these books.

Most chapters ended with a series of recipes. A delightful journey that held my interest throughout. 4.5 stars.




Happy Book Release Day!  Even though most of my acquisitions are e-books, like the one I downloaded today, I am also working to fill up the bookshelf for my print volumes (above).  I am happy with my progress, since I had about ten books on this shelf when I moved into this apartment.

Today’s acquisition:

Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

Fast-paced and brilliantly unpredictable, J.T. Ellison’s breathtaking new novel invites you to a wedding none will forget—and some won’t survive.


Today I am continuing to read a relatively new print volume for my bookshelf:

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit…


What, if any, books are you adding to your shelves today?



Today is Blog Visiting Time.  I’ve been over at Book Date, checking out Monday Reading blog posts, followed by a few on Mailbox Monday.

One blogger wrote that WordPress has made some changes to post writing…so I simply had to come over to check it out!  So far, so good.  Or maybe the changes will hit me later.  LOL

Yesterday I got a package from Amazon with this lovely little RBG Royal Bobbles image, grouped with the mugs:

Last night I watched Oprah interviewing Meghan and Harry, and I must admit to being disappointed.  The questions and answers didn’t come smoothly, and Oprah seemed “off her game.”  What’s up with that?

Today I am enjoying some time in my apartment, sipping coffee and eating Dave’s Bread with cream cheese.  Yum!

What I really want this morning, though…a mimosa!

So…now I will continue reading my two books that I started on the weekend:

At the Edge of the Haight, by Katherine Seligman

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

The Fluke book is in hardcover, and I can’t wait to slide it onto my almost full bookshelf!


How are you spending your Monday?



Today I celebrated Book Release Day by adding two pre-ordered books to my Kindle.  They just effortlessly dropped into my device at midnight…or just before.

Here are my treasures:

Every Last Fear, by Alex Finlay

In one of the year’s most anticipated debut psychological thrillers, a family made infamous by a true crime documentary is found dead, leaving their surviving son to uncover the truth about their final days.


Then, I added this one:

Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True is an obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs, from Carola Lovering, the beloved author of Tell Me Lies.


I am reading a paperback mystery today from Marcia Clark, famous as the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case.

Guilt by Association

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.


My day looks promising!  What are you reading/adding to your shelves?



Welcome to another Book Release Day!  I did not download anything today!  But I have a pre-ordered hardcover book arriving by early evening.  I am eager to add it to my shelves.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

In the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Hannah Swensen Mystery series by Joanne Fluke, spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses–not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate!

This fun new story from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the indulgence you need this winter! Cozy mystery fans know that a trip to The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery—will always result in a delightfully page-turning whodunit…


Cozy mysteries have been calling to me lately.  I must need that “cozy” feeling and a wonderful connection to familiar characters.  Today I am reading another feel good book, one that reminds me of buddy movies and books everywhere:

Hadley and Grace, by Suzanne Redfearn

The author of In an Instant delivers a heart-pounding and emotional roller-coaster ride of self-discovery in the tradition of Thelma and Louise.


What, if any books, are filling your shelves today?



Celebrating Valentine’s Day was fun for the residents here at Orchard Park.  An enviable spread titillated and tempted us all, beginning with appetizers and concluding with a most delectable dessert.

Almond Prawns with Honey Mustard…

Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup…

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sundried Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts & Feta Cheese wrapped with Prosciutto…and Rice Pilaf with Green Beans…

New York Cheesecake with Berry Sauce…


Finally, as I sipped a glass of red wine, our Activities Director snapped this photo of me:


Can we agree that I was STUFFED after this spread?

What did you enjoy about Valentine’s Day?  In the absence of an intimate dinner with a romantic partner, I did conclude that mine was satisfactory.



Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating book releases!

Today I downloaded two books, but neither was released today.  They came out earlier, but I had bookmarked them, trying to be less compulsive about downloading books as soon as they come out.  LOL

Let Her Lie, by Bryan Reardon, went on sale last week.

In New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon’s captivating thriller, a dejected filmmaker lets his curiosity get the best of him and plunges into a web of depravity and danger from which there might be no escape.


The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslian Charles, was also released last week.

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.


Today I am reading a book I downloaded a while ago:

The Perfect Guests, by Emma Rous

The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game.


What, if any, books have you added to your shelves lately?



The photo above is my newest blog header at Rainy Days and Mondays, a place where I often celebrate the books I have enjoyed…especially the bookish treasures and trinkets that I have held onto over the years.

On the right, the Disney curios hover next to some favorite books, including one that I had for years…and then lost in my move.  (You can see half of the book behind the Disney character). I replaced it!  It arrived yesterday, and this post is a celebration of that book…and all the special treasures from the past.

Heartburn, by Nora Ephron, is a book I loved…and then I went on to view and buy the movie, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.


I have read and loved several books by Ephron, including some memoirs, and am also a fan of her movie screenplays.

In my previous residence, I placed the copy of Heartburn front and center on my shelves…and now I have the book again, in my new shelves. However, I haven’t discovered the perfect place to feature it.

How about this spot? First shelf, far right.

Do you have favorite books (and trinkets) that help you celebrate your favorite things?



Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.

A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

Lila’s relationship with husband Aaron has turned toxic, with his controlling ways and recently discovered predatory behavior with his students. Can the Pretty Little Wife stay the course, or must she take some drastic actions?

When Aaron disappears, we are left guessing about what has transpired, but we do have our suspicions about what might have happened. Would Lila be able to deal with the target on her back as the cops turn a close eye on her?

Throughout the intense story, some parts dragged while other parts only hinted at the truth. What would we eventually discover about the missing husband, and how would we put the pieces together? A tangled web of broken individuals. 4 stars.