Sunday, April 12, 2020

This Week in Reading - April 12

It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook - This is the most recent book in one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  I can't wait to read it! (NetGalley)

Nothing Bundt Trouble by Ellie Alexander - Another new book in another favorite series.  And another one I can't wait to read! (NetGalley)

Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn - I don't know much about this one other then it looked intriguing and I've been in a cozy mood! (NetGalley)

Lineage Most Lethal by S.C. Perkins - I read the first book in this series about a genealogist last year and enjoyed it and am hoping this book is even better!  (NetGalley)


Reading:  A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber, Microphones and Murder by Erin Huss, and One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

ListeningDeath on the Page by Essie Lang

Watching:  We watched The ABC Murders on Amazon Prime and I was not a fan.  I don't mind if the show doesn't exactly correspond with the book but I thought they got so caught up in non-book related stuff they lost the mystery itself.  

Off the Blog:

Different week, same as last week.  Haven't left the house.  Doing school from home with my 10 year old - geometry and ancient Egyptians with a heaping helping of reading aloud - husband is working from home.  Mostly cooking with a mix in of local places for takeout.  Lots of British crimes shows. 

To mix it up a bit I thought I'd share some links to things I've been really enjoying.

Wishes Candle Co has Disney themed candles and wax melts that smell so good and burn really nicely.  The shipping is fast and the scents take the sting out of every Disney park across the world being closed.  And if you're not a big Disney fan the candles just smell good.

I made this chocolate sheet cake from Lil' Luna and it is so good!  I used a 9x13 instead of a jelly roll pan and cooked it for about 3 - 5 minutes longer.  It doesn't use a ton of eggs and butter which I'm running low on, was super easy, and the results were so so good. 

This YouTube video for headache relief.  It sounds bonkers but I found this when I was desperate to make a headache go away and nothing was helping.   The tones gave me something to focus on and helped me fall asleep.  I can't say that it actually made the headache go away but it helped me sleep and when I woke up the the headache was gone so I'm calling it a win.  And if you're finding the repeated tones relaxing you may want to give this channel a try too as it has sound baths that I find more relaxing then the usual ambient music. 

And speaking of YouTube - I've completely fallen in love with Bailey Sarian's channel.  Every Monday she uploads a video where she talks about a murder case while she does her makeup.  Her makeup looks aren't exactly everyday where but it's so fun to watch the look come together (she knows what she's doing!) and she talks about some really fascinating cases.  I love her personality and just find her videos incredibly entertaining.

What have you found entertaining this week?

On the Blog:

What Happened:

What's Coming Up:

Monday:  Truths I Never Told You - Fiction Review
Tuesday:  First Chapter/ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
Wednesday:  A Stroke of Malice
Thursday:  Books from the Backlog
Friday: Friday Fives
Saturday: The Grey Mask - Classic Mystery Review

Have a great week and happy reading!


  1. I need to try some British crime programs- I've been in the mood for some mystery and all things British lately. :)

    I love these Anna Huber covers!

    Stay safe!

  2. Ooo! Checked Out for Murder! I love that series too. I will have to keep my eye out for it. Little Bookshop of Murder sounds fun too. I hope you are enjoying your current reads. Take care and stay safe and well, Katherine.

  3. Nice new reads this week, Katherine!
    I'm glad you're all healthy and safe at home - even if you have to be your son's teacher these days. Are there online classes for him? I teach online, and I do video conferences with my students - but only for maybe 15 minutes, then I send them off with some work to do, and they come back to the video conference at the end so we can talk about their work and check that it was all done correctly.
    Have a good week ahead, stay safe, and happy reading.

  4. Lots of crime and mysteries keeps the brain ticking over! Anything that sends you to sleep and helps you to wake up refreshed is certainly a big win. Enjoy your reading and i hope you have a good Easter together.

  5. You should share your crime show recommendations. Also it has been the same here as well. Except for the slowly rising temperature.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  6. I like the Stroke of Malice cover! It's weirdly atmospheric. :)

    I can't wait to visit somewhere like Disney again. I'm in that strange part of lockdown fever where I feel like I'll never get to go anywhere ever again and therefore daydreaming of family holidays to Florida and reminiscing of past ones.

    I'm also fantasising about take out but everything seems to be closed here so it's cooking for every single meal, every single day. I cook most of the time anyway but I never realised how much grabbing take out once (or twice) a week for lunch and/or dinner makes an impact on the happiness level!

    Wishing you a good week!

  7. How did you know I adore scented candles?(lol) I headed over to Wishes Candle and spun for a 10% discount - yay! I've been watching exercise videos and music videos - mostly from a group called 5 Seconds of Summer,and DIY stuff by using items from The Dollar Store has been interesting. I'll have to check out Bailey's Channel. It really sounds unique and interesting. Luna has been around for a while, but I'll need to check out that recipe too. Nothing wrong with a little chocolate. Be safe and sending some socially distant hugs your way. RO

  8. Bailey Sarian is on fire!!!! I'm listening to Ted Bundy right now after finishing up the video where she used arsenic to kill her husband while looking fabulously glamorous!(lol) I subscribed! Hugs, RO

  9. Murder and make up, that's such an odd combo for a youtube channel, but I find myself wanting to check it out. Love the cover for A Stroke of Malice, it looks good. Happy Easter Katherine.

  10. It’s the same here, we stay in except to walk our field and fool with the garden. We have a few promising tomatoes forming! I had ordered a few books for the kindle and there are two I need to share with you, you’d love them. An old house and mystery! The girl of o e grabbed me, Black Rabbit Hall, so I got a sample sent to my tablet. Totally hooked!
    Plus what a cool title, Black Rabbit Hall.

  11. Happy Sunday! I hope you enjoy your reads!

    Stacy Renee | LazyDayLit

  12. I have enjoyed several British crime shows and need to check to see what is new right now. I am in the mood for cozy mysteries, but don't have any right now. Thanks for sharing.

    Stay safe and well.

  13. I also got a bunch of new cozy mysteries through Netgalley, although different ones than you got. That Ellie Alexander series is on my to-read list, I have the first book already.

    Sounds like you're keeping busy inside the house. That Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe sounds good. I'll have to pin that, so I can try it in the future. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  14. More cozies, yay! I also got Little Bookshop of Murder. I may check out the candle site although I can't do scented candles. Happy Easter!

    My Sunday post, sort of.

  15. I picked up A Little Bookshop of Murder, too! More or less just because hey, books + presumably a murder mystery?! Sign me right up.

    My weekly post.

  16. My husband watches a lot of YouTube when he is home, but it’s all, music, cars or game trailers. I’m almost glad when he goes back to work ;)

    Wishing you a great reading week, good health and a Happy Easter 🐣

  17. KC will be reviewing the audio of A Stroke of Malice in a few weeks. I'm sure I'll read that series someday; I'm on a different historical mystery series for now. I'm glad you have things organized and are progressing even with the crazy world.

    Have a healthy, safe week! Happy Easter!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  18. British crime programmes, especially Midsomer Murders, Poirot and Miss Marple episodes are a staple for me, right now, too. I love the idea of that Youtube video helping with headaches! Hope the coming week is a peaceful, healthy one, Katherine:)

  19. One of our local takeaways has now closed because of the virus and the other switched to contactless cards-which we don't have, so no more chinese, indian or pizza and kebab takeaways for us until everything goes back to normal.Ooh Ancient Egypt! I was fascinated by that as a kid!

  20. Sounds like you got some fun cozies! I always like Alexander's books. I haven't tried the other series, but I'm definitely planning to. Enjoy your fun mysteries :)

  21. How fun to watch as a person applies makeup and talks about murder cases!

    We don't go out except to walk and pick up groceries, though I did have to mail some masks at the post office. I wore a mask for everything except walking. My brother-in-law who is in the medical profession advised us to wear a mask and gloves when we go to places many people have been. I am obtaining gloves now.

  22. I love British programs. I got masks today and finally ventured out to food shop. We needed everything. No toilet paper in sight..but no other

  23. I've been spending a lot of time on YouTube also! I am pretty much to the end of all the TRY videos, so now I have to wait for each new one to come out. 🍀

    I've been doing quite a bit of baking, so I'll have to check out the chocolate cake recipe. Thank for sharing. 😀

    I hope your week has been grand. 🌞

  24. I read the first book in the Bromance Book Club and it had me LOL'ing, even at times to the point of tears in my eyes!