Blood and Circuses

I first became acquainted with Phryne Fisher via the TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” that stars Australian actors Essie Davis and Nathan Page. I loved the original series.

Eventually, I got around to the books that inspired the series, and they have been quite fun to read. The most recent one I picked up: Blood and Circuses, book 6, was no less entertaining. 

Blood and Circuses

Phryne is, as usual, a daredevil. And a bit more promiscuous than I recall. Perhaps it has something to do with the circus and the carnival. I usually don’t equate physical intimacy with the circus, but Kerry Greenwood created a few unusual scenarios. In fact, a couple of times, they might have been too unusual for me!

No matter, the book was a generally quick read and I did keep coming back to see what Phyrne would do next. There were interesting side characters and the outcomes seemed just and righteous.

This is book 6 in a 21 book series. I hope the next ones are just as entertaining.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because I did get a little creeped out by at least one sex scene.


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The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

I picked up The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo because, well, the cover caught my eye, and I still occasionally like a good fairy tale. It was in the new book section of my library, and it is strangely reminiscent of many books I’ve seen in my travels in Eastern Europe. Not to mention many of the place names are modified real place names in Russian.

The cover of the book. For the record, that is NOT Cyrillic or any alphabet script I am familiar with.

Illustrations

Photo of the inside of the book


The art was good. The stories were generally good, although some were truncated to where the reader might shrug at the end. No matter.


The book was a relaxing evening read. Impersonal and at times I wondered f there really was a patron saint like the one described. I gave it 4 stars mainly because it was restful, the art was good, and I didn’t have to work too hard to read it. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Talk Bookish to Me

This was a surprisingly entertaining read.

I picked up Kate Bromley’s book: Talk Bookish to Me from the NEW books section at my local library. I liked the idea that it was about a romance writer who is stalled, but who uses the rekindling of a past romance to inspire her writing.

From the first paragraph, I found the story compelling, the dialogue witty, and the premise–well, not terribly trite, so it was good.

Once I cracked open the book, I put aside the ten other books I am (still) reading, and finished this one. I even stayed up late to finish. That’s always a good sign.

Recommended. Especially if you like a good modern romance.


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