Guest Blog by Brittany P.
In October, Brittany and Morgan read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. This title was presented by Brittany to celebrate International Day of the Elderly on October 1st.
Here is a little bit about the book: Set in a retirement community, a group of individuals meet weekly to solve murder cases. In this first installment of The Thursday Murder Club Series, Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron try to solve the cases of mysterious bones found in a grave, two dead people, and struggle with grief and loss.
Although this book is beloved by most that read it, it wasn’t something that suited me at this time. The premise of this story is right up my alley, retired folks, solving crime, sign me up! Unfortunately, there were so many characters to keep straight and I found the book rather confusing and hard to get into. This said, I do still think that you should try it, I blame my lack of interest on being distracted. Try picking up a print copy. I am confident that the experience would be far different than that of listening to the audio!
During each of our Book Club meetings, we discuss what we read the month previous and introduce the next read! Options for November include:
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson (in honor of Book Lover’s Day November 4th)
Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty queen, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to say “world peace,” and she’s not giving up until she wins Miss American Treasure. But when Ginny has a face-altering allergic reaction the night before competition, Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.
Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte realizes, after walking a mile in her twin’s sky-high stilettos, there might be more to the pageant circuit than just a sparkly crown . . . – provided by Goodreads.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (in honor of Cook Something Bold Day on November 8th)
When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.
With the cops treating her like she’s the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila’s left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block… -provided by Goodreads.
The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel (In honor of International Merlot Day on November 6th)
Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inès fears they’ll be exposed, but for Céline, half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, the risk is even greater—rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.
When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love—and the champagne house that ties them together.
New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau. – provided by Goodreads.
You Again by Kate Goldbeck (in honor of Fall)
When Ari and Josh first meet, the wrong kind of sparks fly. They hate each other. Instantly.
A free-spirited, struggling comedian who likes to keep things casual, Ari sublets, takes gigs, and she never sleeps over after hooking up. Born-and-bred Manhattanite Josh has ambitious plans: Take the culinary world by storm, find The One, and make her breakfast in his spotless kitchen. They have absolutely nothing in common . . . except that they happen to be sleeping with the same woman.
Ari and Josh never expect their paths to cross again. But years later, as they’re both reeling from ego-bruising breakups, a chance encounter leads to a surprising connection: friendship. Turns out, spending time with your former nemesis is fun when you’re too sad to hate each other–and too sad for hate sex.
As friends-without-benefits, they find comfort in late-night Netflix binges, swiping through each other’s online dating profiles, and bickering across boroughs. It’s better than romance. Until one night, the unspoken boundaries of their platonic relationship begin to blur. . . .
With sharp observations and sizzling chemistry, You, Again explores the dynamics of co-ed friendship in this sparkling romantic comedy of modern love in all its forms. – provided by Goodreads.
Next Month’s pick is: The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson! I can’t wait to read this title and review here and on air with Morgan next month!