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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

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

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:

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

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.

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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) ;)

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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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