I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We went up to Pymatuning Lake – fishing, camp fire, board games. We had fun, even if we didn’t catch any fish and I have half a dozen bug bites.

I received a few books in my mailbox this week.

The Gold Rush by Frank W. Lewis

(Won at The True Book Addict‘s Read-a-Thon. Thanks, Michelle!)

In The Gold Rush, the seventh book in the series, Caleb and his ladies fight to protect their property from a ruthless New York Syndicate that will stop at nothing, even murder, to take over their operations.

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

(Won at My Random Act of Reading. Thanks, Kay!)

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he’s about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: the missing diary. But when the world’s leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold – using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories – who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

(ARC from the publisher.)

A vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, brought to life through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who in 1933 became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, and his scandalously carefree daughter, Martha. Ambassador Dodd, an unassuming and scholarly man, is an odd fit among the extravagance of the Nazi elite. His frugality annoys his fellow Americans in the State Department and Dodd’s growing misgivings about Hitler’s ambitions fall on deaf ears among his peers, who are content to “give Hitler everything he wants.” Martha, on the other hand, is mesmerized by the glamorous parties and the high-minded conversation of Berlin’s salon society—and flings herself headlong into numerous affairs with the city’s elite, most notably the head of the Gestapo and a Soviet spy. Both become players in the exhilarating (and terrifying) story of Hitler’s obsession for absolute power, which culminates in the events of one murderous night, later known as “the Night of Long Knives.”

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

(ARC from the publisher)

Jamrach’s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys to capture a fabled dragon during the course of a three-year whaling expedi­tion. Onboard, Jaffy and Tim enjoy the rough brotherhood of sailors and the brutal art of whale hunting. They even succeed in catching the reptilian beast. But when the ship’s whaling venture falls short of expecta­tions, the crew begins to regard the dragon—seething with feral power in its cage—as bad luck, a feeling that is cruelly reinforced when a violent storm sinks the ship. Drifting across an increasingly hallucinatory ocean, the sur­vivors, including Jaffy and Tim, are forced to confront their own place in the animal kingdom.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Mari at MariReads. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report for today.

Last Week’s Reviews:

Other Posts:

Finished Last Week:

  • The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rhineheart

Set aside:

  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Currently Reading :

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Currently Listening to:

  • The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)
  • Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

Up Next:

  • The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

What have you been reading?


  1. I’m reading in the Garden of Beasts now and it is just as good as Devil in the White City was. I’ll have to check out Thunderstruck after this-haven’t read that one yet. Happy reading!

  2. I’m jealous of the Erik Larson book. I can’t wait to read your review of it. I’m really glad you are still reading Mary Roberts Rinehart. I bought two books last week and finished them both already.

    Have a great week!

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