Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a thriller and a cozy mystery I both had a brilliant time with.

Title: Nine Lives
Author: Peter Swanson

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: March 15th 2022
Publisher: William Morrow
Finished reading: July 1st 2022
Pages: 320

“If there was a connection between her and these people, she’d find it. The internet liked to give up its secrets.”


I have more than one Peter Swanson book on my favorites list, but I’ve been a bit hesitant to pick up his newest title Nine Lives after a total miss with his previous book. I became even more worried when I saw the mixed reviews popping up… But when I decided to pick up my copy anyway, I actually ended up having an excellent time with it. I guess it’s a reverse unpopular opinion this time around? I do get why Nine Lives isn’t for everyone, because there are so many different POVs and characters to keep track of and it can be a bit of a struggle in the beginning. I found them to be quite easy to keep apart though, and once I got used to the flow of the story and the constant jumping between the different characters I was completely hooked. This story is basically a homage to the classic And Then There Were None, with a couple of twists to keep things interesting. The premise of this story is very strong, with the mysterious list with the nine seemingly random names being delivered and the characters starting to die afterwards. The deaths definitely helped making things easier with less POVs to worry about later on in the story… The characters themselves weren’t as developed, which is not really a surprise with so many different POVs and this story is mostly aboute the plot and action in the first place. The pace is fast and while I had my suspicions about who was behind it, I never guessed the full truth. The explanation letter was a bit too long for me, but that final chapter did come as a surprise. All in all Nine Lives was definitely a highly entertaining and thrilling read for me, but I also understand why a lot of people ended up struggling with it. Definitely prepare yourself for a LOT of different POVs and more focus on the plot and entertainment factor than actual character development and dept… If you think that is for you, you will probably enjoy your time with this story as well.

Title: Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead
(Finlay Donovan #2)
Author: Elle Cosimano

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Humor
First published: February 1st 2022
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Finished reading: July 4th 2022
Pages: 360

“Just because I ask for help doesn’t mean I want to be saved.”


I had such a fantastic time with the first book last month that I simply couldn’t resist picking up the sequel Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead ASAP for another dose of Finlay and Vero. And I have to say that I knew this was going to be another winner for me almost as soon as I started reading it. There is just something about the writing style, tone and humor that is spot on for me, and the fact that both Finlay and Vero are such brilliant characters helps a lot of course. Sure, the plot is completely bonkers, not exactly credible and way over the top, but it is ment to be this way and I loved every single minute of it. I do agree that the first book was a tiny bit stronger, but as a whole I was having too much fun to be looking too closely at the details. The story went darker this time around, but there are still plenty of lighter moments to keep the balance… I could have done without the love triangle, but somehow I wasn’t as bothered by it as usual mostly because the hectic plot is very good at distracting you. The bookish angle was yet again a bonus, and I liked how everything was wrapped up… The ending definitely made me crave the next book though! The wait until January 2023 is going to be a long one…

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