LAST YEAR I WAS READING… (February 17, 2021)

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Here are the rules:

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to

This Year I Am Reading…

Hello, tall, dark and handsome.’ Out and proud gay Albuquerque Homicide Detective Eagle Woodard studied Dr. Adam Coulter, criminal profiler, with a clinical eye. ‘Slender build…narrow waist, but nicely muscled underneath that Hugo Boss suit. People think you work out, Kemo, but you don’t.’ Eagle’s dark eyes narrowed. ‘You know I hate that day old beard look, but you were probably too wasted to bother. Nice eyes, green when they aren’t blood shot. Flawless tanned skin except for that tiny scar through your left eyebrow.’ The former Army Ranger grinned. ‘I gave that to you accidentally when we were 8 years old. When you stood up for this Navajo kid in an all white school. We both got our asses kicked.’ Eagle sighed and shook his head. That was the day he’d fallen in love with 4 times married, 4 times divorced, current roommate, Adam Coulter.

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I’m still in the middle of the book but this is certainly not the usually MM police procedural I’m used to. For one, this has multiple POVs, including that of the bad guys. Also, a “4 times married, 4 times divorced” MC doesn’t really make for an ideal romantic lead. We’ll see how this goes…

Last Year I Was Reading…

It’s Christmas in New York City, and all antique shop owner Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. But when Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.

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This is opener to the popular Snow & Winter series. Sebastian Snow was annoying/amusing in that TSTL kind of way. He’s grounded by his level-headed boyfriend, Calvin Snow. This is a fun cozy mystery though I’m forever stuck in the middle of book two because Sebastian was too much.

My 3.5-star review here.

We have a couple of murder mysteries today.

Warrior’s Way is a police procedural with both MCs, Detective Adam Woodard and profiler Adam Coulter, officially involved in a serial killing case. As mentioned before, the 3rd-person POV shifts from various characters. This is rarely employed but I like it because it always reminds me of a movie. It’s a matter of waiting until the good guys cottoned on to what’s right under their noses. There were some gruesome details, unsavory family dynamics as well as a romance I’m not yet sure I should even be rooting for, given Adam’s background. A lot of unpleasant elements really but somehow I couldn’t look away.

The Mystery of Nevermore is a cozy mystery starring antique dealer Sebastian Snow and Detective Calvin Winter. Like most cozies, the amateur sleuth is involved in proving his innocence. This has a more humorous vibe. We see the story unfold through Sebastian’s POV where spent his time poking nose in places where they shouldn’t be. There were some unappealing things that happened. Sebastian cheated. Calvin slept with his POI and also discussed details of the case that person. But overall, it was an engrossing book that I couldn’t put down.

These two book had a lot of differences and similarities so I rate them pretty much the same. But for sheer entertainment, I’d go with Sebastian and Calvin.

I’m ending the post with a book I’m looking forward to reading.

A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

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The second book of Garnet Run, featuring Jack’s self-sacrificing brother, Charlie. This is a much needed happy ending for the man who spent his life taking care of things. About time somebody take care of him, dontcha think?

What were you reading this time last year?

(I hope it’s as riveting as Morticia’s book)

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