Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two 2020 releases belonging to completely different genres… The Thursday Murder Club is a murder mystery with a very interesting cast of characters, and In A Holidaze is the perfect story to get in that Christmas mood.


Title: The Thursday Murder Club
(Thursday Murder Club #1)
Author: Richard Osman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: September 3rd 2020
Publisher: Penguin
Finished reading: December 7th 2020
Pages: 336

“In life you have to learn to count the good days. You have to tuck them in your pocket and carry them around with you.”


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I’ve been hearing lots of excellent things about this one, up to the point that I decided to just give in and read it. And it definitely turned out to be a great read! The Thursday Murder Club has that cozy mystery vibe, although you will find that plenty of things will happen before you reach that final page. Sure, I did find especially the beginning to be quite slow and it took me a while to warm up to the story as a consequence, but once I started to get a proper feel for the plot and the many different characters things improved. Because there is one thing for sure: The Thursday Murder Club will have you juggling quite a few different characters, and multiple POVS as well. The chapters alternate between Joyce’s POV (written in form of a diary) and a changing POV, making it easier to both hide certain plot twists and give us a better idea of what is going on. I do love books with ‘older’ main characters and we sure have a lively bunch in The Thursday Murder Club! The plot twists themselves were solid too, and I didn’t see most of them coming at all. All in all a solid start of a series I know I will want to continue once the sequel is published.


Title: In A Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: October 6th 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Finished reading: December 7th 2020
Pages: 334

“Maybe we should do things because we love them, not because we’ve always done them that way.”


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I’m trying not to be Grinch this year and read at least a couple of Christmas themed reads this month… And as I’ve enjoyed their books in the past, In A Holidaze was an easy choice. I most definitely like what I found here! Sure, I can’t deny that I was a bit confused initially and it took me some time to properly warm up to the whole situation, but once the Groundhog Day element was introduced I was sold. The setting with the cabin surrounded by woods and snow was perfect for a Christmas read, and really set the right atmosphere for this story. The characters as a whole were quite easy to warm up to as well, and the romance itself was a great fit for me too. Nothing too steamy, but rather mostly sweet with only moderated heat in the second half. I really liked the Groundhog Day element as well, and the ending was more than satisfying. In A Holidaze is the perfect uplifting, heartwarming and cozy Chrismas read with a refreshing angle; definitely recommended if you are looking for a little something to get you into the Christmas spirit.


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