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Shomeret | 1395 comments 12)Jam on the Vineby LaShonda Katrice Barnett (African American historical fiction)323 pages. Source: Library Started: 7/19 Finished: 7/20

Why Read: It was a book that was on the same GR page as Balm: A Novelas a book that readers also liked.

Comments: I learned the key importance of African American newspapers because they recorded history that would otherwise be completely lost to us. Rating A. See my review at http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...

13)Queen of the Night by J. A. Jance (crime thriller)358 pages. Source: Library Started: 7/26 Finished: 7/27

Why Read: J.A. Jance was covered in an academic study about gender in mysteries and romance that I read and reviewed a while back. I was interested in what the academic study had to say about Jance. So I thought I ought to try one of her books.

Comments: Are you cereus? The Night Blooming Cereus becomes associated with murder in this novel. It was a suspenseful thriller and I learned something about the Tohono O'odham. Rating B+. See my review at http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...

14)The Julius Romeros Extravaganza Part 3, Return To Greener Pastures by Hayley Lawson-Smith (historical circus fiction) Source: Author for review Started: 7/25 Finished: 7/30

Why Read: I loved Part 1 Part 2 was noir which I don't care for. I was hoping for an improvement or at least a new direction in Part 3

Comments: Compared to Part 2, this was kinder and gentler. It also seemed like it was a book for middle graders. There's lots of HEA at the end even though some of these circus people were happy to be doing some pretty strange and unlikely things. Rating B See my reveiw at: http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2015/...

15)Hurricaneby Jewell Parker Rhodes (mystery) 277 pages. Source: Library Started: 7/27 Finished: 7/31

Why Read: I had read the previous two books in the Marie Levant mystery series. She is a descendant of the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Marie Levant is a physician and a priestess of Voodoo in her own right. I had delayed reading this book because I knew it would be intense due to being a Katrina book, and then I forgot that I hadn't read it. I remembered after I had read Rhodes' children's fantasy, Bayou Magic

Comments: This is a great deal more than a Katrina book. It turns out that the Mississippi Delta as a whole was headed toward environmental disaster long before Katrina or Deepwater Horizon, and it's the sort of thing that can and does happen anywhere in the world. Rating A+ See my review at http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...

I've read some really amazing books in July and a good number of mysteries. This is a stand out month.


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Melodie (melodieco) | 3651 comments You DID have a good month! I've seen a couple that look good to me!


message 3: by Dan in AZ (new)

Dan in AZ | 2719 comments Really interesting and varied list.


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy | 1343 comments Good month.


message 5: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 15060 comments Excellent month Shomeret! Would you say that one needs to read the first two books before Hurricane? (Close your ears RIO's) ;)


message 6: by Shomeret (new)

Shomeret | 1395 comments Ann wrote: "Excellent month Shomeret! Would you say that one needs to read the first two books before Hurricane? (Close your ears RIO's) ;)"

My opinion is that you don't need to read them. You may want to read them if you're interested in the background of Dr. Marie Levant and how she became a Voodoo priestess.


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