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Murder She Wrote Readathon + Update

Hello everyone! I’ve missed the blogging community so much in the week since my MacBook broke. Apple wanted $700 to diagnose the problem and even though I live in a college town the closest Apple store is 2 hours. Which is ridiculous in both aspects. Thankfully, my husband is good with computers, and he figured out that it was the backlight cable that burnt out which is supposed to be under extended warranty since it is a known problem with that version of MacBook. So, I finally caved and am using the desktop computer we have even though I much prefer my laptop but who knows when that will make its way back to me.

But back to the fun stuff. I heard about the Murder She Wrote readathon the same day that my laptop broke and since it is my top 3 favorite shows, I immediately knew I was going to be participating. Of course, I can’t remember who exactly I heard about it from since it has been so long so the above link will just take you to a playlist for various people participating. Besides being an automatic yes since I love the show, I also think that it is such a clever readathon since we are basically creating mini episodes. I’m just using books that are already on my TBR and it is turning out to be a really fun way to choose what I’m going to read next. I’m only on my first episode since I paused this week to take part in the Magical Readathon and The Final Book Support Group readathons (which I will be wrapping up on Monday). I hope to at least complete another “episode” for this readathon but either way it is a good time.

Each “episode” consists of four categories: the setting, the sidekick, the victim, the suspect. Each category has various prompts associated with each and I just made wheels on the Tiny Decision app for each category to randomly pick each prompt.

The Setting: Los Angeles

*Read a book set in a fantasy world.

I’ve already finished this book and loved it! My review will go up next month, closer to the publication date.

THE JADE SETTER OF JANLOON is a standalone novella in The Green Bone Saga. It takes place two years before the events of Jade City, and it will be coming out from Subterranean Press in early 2022, in beautiful limited edition hardback and ebook.

The Sidekick: Amos

*Read a book that will make you laugh.

The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

The Victim: A politician with an unpopular opinion

*Read a book with mixed reviews. Youtube is wild with thumbnails of either loving this book or hating it. I’ve been avoiding actually watching the videos or looking at Goodreads reviews because I don’t want to be spoiled. I’ve been reading this this week for the Final Book Support Group, and I will have it finished this weekend since I’m currently at 66%.

*No synopsis since this is the second book in the series.

The Suspect: A crooked cop

*Read a mystery.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.

~Cassie

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