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I’m still playing catch up with ARCs… Right now, it’s DI Kim Stone’s turn twice in a row with the newest sequel Six Graves by Angela Marsons. It’s the first time I’m actually caught up enough to read the ARC! I will also be starting another ARC: The Treehouse On Dog River Road by Catherine Drake.


1. The Meet Cute Method by Portia MacIntosh (3/5 stars) REVIEW 21/04
I was in the mood for a cute romance read and after reading the blurb of The Meet Cute Method I had really high hopes it would hit the mark for me. There were definitely things that did work very well, but there were also elements that bothered me… Resulting in a story that wasn’t exactly bad, but it didn’t manage to blow me away either.

2. Deadly Night by OMJ Ryan (4/5 stars) REVIEW
I’ve been following this series since the very beginning, and it is one of those detective thriller series that just keeps delivering. I couldn’t resist adding book number seven Deadly Night to my shelves, and I can now confirm that it is without doubt yet another successful Detective Jane Phillips sequel. There is just something about the writing style, plot and characters that makes you want to keep turning those pages, and I can definitely recommend this series in general if you are a fan of the genre.

3. The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen (3/5 stars) REVIEW
I’ve highly enjoyed Antti Tuomainen’s mix of black humor and Nordic noir in the past, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to read his newest story The Rabbit Factor sooner than later. Especially when I heard the news that there was an adaptation in the making… I fully expected to have a brilliant time with this story, and I’m still not sure what exactly went wrong, but the fact is that somehow the Nordic black humor magic failed to hit the right spot for me. I ended up having mixed thoughts instead… More in my review.

4. The Boy In The Headlights by Samuel Bjork (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 22/04
I finally started this Nordic noir series earlier this year, and decided to read both sequels sooner than later to avoid it hanging out on my TBR unfinished for ages. The Boy In The Headlights is the third and final book (or at least for now), and I ended up having mixed thoughts on how things ended… The story started very strong and I was immediately hooked, but I’m not sure what to make of the direction the plot took nor how things ended.

5. Summer At The French Cafe by Sue Moorcroft (3/5 stars) REVIEW 26/04
Right… I’m not sure what to make of this story to be honest. On one hand, it is quite an entertaining contemporary romance read with a French setting that is truly the star of the show. We even have a bookish cafe as one of the main settings, and a dog popping up every other page… The story had a lot going for it, but there were also things that bothered me considerably. The fact that neither main character seems to stand up for him/herself during most of the story, and both letting others dictate their current situation became really frustrating. Kat’s reactions and self blame to the cheating didn’t really help either.

6. Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 28/04
I can’t believe I’m finally almost caught up with this series! The DI Kim Stone books are on my list of favorite detective series, and I always look forward to meeting up with Kim and her team again. That said, Stolen Ones wasn’t my favorite of the series mainly due to one character in particular: Dr Alex Thorne. I know I’m in the minority when it comes to this character, but I really can’t stand her and having Alex pop up AGAIN really put a damper on things. Dr. A and Alison appearing again? Alright with me, because I like their characters. But not only is the whole duel between Alex and Kim getting old and repetitive, she distracts from the main plot and doesn’t do this sequel any favor.


I have one last ARC that is more urgent: The House Of Marvellous Books by Fiona Vigo Marshall. After that, I want to finally start my DI Callanach series binge-read with Perfect Remains and Perfect Prey by Helen Fields. That is probably also the reason why my newest TBR jar pick Master Class by Christina Dalcher will have to wait until next month; I don’t think I will have time to read all six books of the series before the end of April, let alone add more books.

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