Friday RNR 1/22/21

Happy Friday everyone! Time for another Friday Reads N Reviews!

OK so this week I started and finished :

As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery Book 5) by [Anna Lee Huber]

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Rating: 3/5 stars

Book Blurb:

July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.
Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.
Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end…

What I Liked:

Kiera and Gage’s relationship. Nice to see these two finally married and enjoying their life together.

The history. This book was filled with details of the Catholic/ Protestant rift in Ireland in the 1800s. It was heavy on the ‘historical’ in historical mystery.

The development of the characters. Huber does a good job of fleshing out her characters and making you care about them.

What I Didn’t Like:
Spoiler Warning

Still with me?

OK. A book detailing the Catholic/Protestant rift in Ireland and the heart of the mystery is shady nuns? Seriously? I just expected more. The resolution of this mystery seemed like a “whatever” solution- I didn’t like it. It wasn’t plausible to me.

I’m not completely put off of the series. I will read one more at some point.

Now it’s time to switch genres for a bit.

Next up:

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by [Ryder Carroll]

I’ve been bullet journaling for a while now and realized I never read the the actual book. I look to remedy that in the weeks ahead. Also I will be reading…

That Summer: A Novel by [Lauren Willig]

Dual timeline historical fiction is my go-to pallet cleanser after so-so reads.

Happy reading!

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