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August Reads

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on September 3, 2012

If you’re looking for some new reads, or are just curious about what I’m reading these days, take a look below. Usually I read more than one book at a time. Currently I’m reading the next C.S. Harris historical mystery, another Alex Rider installment, and a historical romance. How many books do you have going at one time? 

SCORPIA by Anthony Horowitz (Teen Spy Fiction)
Fourteen-year-old British agent Alex Rider is ostensibly on vacation in Italy but he’s really following a clue as to how his father died. When he learns the truth, he joins the criminal organization known as Scorpia. He knows they’re trained assassins, but he’s unaware of their terrifying plan to murder millions of London schoolchildren with a secret weapon.   Scorpia (Alex Rider)

Bent on personal revenge, Alex returns to England with only one mission: kill the person who shot his father. It’s none other than his former MI6 boss, Mrs. Jones. But then his plans start to go awry, and he ends up fighting for his home turf once again. Scorpia isn’t an organization to be thwarted, though, and they’ve made contingencies in case he betrays them.

This story is another exciting adventure in the rousing Alex Rider series, who’s like a junior James Bond fighting evil on a global scale. The fast-paced action will have you turning pages and rushing out to get the sequel. Pure escapist entertainment!

HOW TO PROPOSE TO A PRINCE by Kathryn Caskie (Historical Romance)
Elizabeth Royle is convinced she’s destined to marry a prince, so when she meets a man claiming to be Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, she knows it’s Fate. Little does she realize that her handsome prince is a decoy. His cousin, Lord Whitevale, is actually the prince, and Sumner—the real Marquess of Whitevale—is posing as the royal to draw assassins away.

Elizabeth falls in love with a man whose duty supposedly dictates he wed Princess Charlotte, possibly her half-sister. She despairs when Sumner seems to care for her but keeps getting pulled away for affairs of state. Should she believe her senses or what others are telling her about his need for a political match? She can’t compete against a royal princess.    How to Propose to a Prince (Avon Romantic Treasure)

Her association with the prince proves dangerous when a sniper shoots at them. But even though he isn’t meant for her, Elizabeth seeks to protect him. She has to have faith that he’ll find a way back to her as promised.

Secret identity stories are always engaging. Although the reader knows what’s going on, the anticipation is high for when Elizabeth learns the truth. Will she feel betrayed, or will she believe Sumner’s declarations when he says she’s the one who captured his heart?

LOUISA AND THE COUNTRY BACHELOR by Anna Maclean (Historical Mystery)
This is the second Louisa May Alcott mystery where we read about Louisa’s life as a young woman before she became a famous author. Louisa and her family are vacationing with cousins in New Hampshire. Their rural village suffers a tragedy when a young laborer is found dead, pushed down a ravine. His sister believes one of the shopkeepers killed him so as to buy their piece of land by the railroad track, but Louisa isn’t so easily convinced. Their neighbors harbor secrets, and all isn’t what it seems in this sleepy little town. The questions build as she investigates, especially when the local sheriff suspects her close friend of being the murderer. To prove his innocence, Louisa probes into people’s lives, not realizing she’s putting her own safety at stake. Another delightful installment in a charming series.
Louisa and the Country Bachelor: A Louisa May Alcott Mystery

NORWAY TO HIDE by Maddy Hunter (Mystery)
This entry in Maddy Hunter’s Passport to Peril series is just as amusing as the other stories in her repertoire. You’ll smile as you read about the antics of tour Norway to Hide (Passport to Peril Mysteries)guide Emily Andrews and her senior citizens on their trip to Scandinavia. The Iowan group is dismayed to be thrown in with a bunch of Floridians, even more so when a guest turns up dead. What secrets is this troupe hiding that they’d kill to keep quiet? Norway to Hide is a humorous tale that will have you chuckling and guessing until the final clue.

WHAT ANGELS FEAR by C.S. Harris (Historical Mystery)
This first title in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series will hook you and reel you in. Accused of a heinous rape/murder, Viscount Devlin flees the authorities and takes refuge in 1811 London where he seeks to clear his name. With various allies to help him, he unravels a scheme involving French spies, political intrigue, blackmail, and greed. Evocative setting details will have you believing you’re in fog-shrouded London as you follow the hero’s adventures into disreputable alleyways and slummy inns as he searches for the killer before the man strikes again. Devlin can’t even trust his own family who harbors damaging secrets. At stake is the life of a woman he once loved and who loves him still. Can he unmask the villain, save the Regency, and avoid the hangman’s noose? Once you read this book, you’ll want to find more stories in Harris’s engaging series.

What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 1

6 Responses to “August Reads”

  1. Hi Nancy. Have just started following your blogs on the Kill Zone. Enjoyed those and decided to check over here. I like your exuberance, joy in life, and now I like the eclectic tone of your reading choices.
    I’m a writer living in northern Michigan. My background is mainly literary, but I tend to read almost everything that comes my way. There’s something infectious about your choices here that makes me want to check them out. Right now, I’m reading a lot of Anne Perry (World War I novels), like Angels In the Gloom, Shoulder the Sky. I’ve gotten heavily into biographies of Richard Wagner. I’m all over the place from Patterson’s Maximum Ride to Rollo May’s The Courage to Create. I’ll definitely look into some of your choices. Thanks for posting them.

    • Terry, your comments have made my day! I haven’t read any of the authors you’ve mentioned yet. I have an Elizabeth Peters book sitting on my shelves that i hope to get to soon since I’m into historical mysteries these days.

      • I did read one of her books – Crocodile on the Sandbank, I believe. Maybe not the right title, but I do know her work. She’s carved out an interesting place – the cozy Egyptian niche with a Victorian backdrop. Also, the snarky tone of the young woman
        protagonist is key.

  2. dianeokey said

    Looking forward to your first Drift Lords novel in Sept., Nancy. Let’s hear it for Norse mythology! Would love you to take a peek at my CHERISH THE KNIGHT, see what you think :-)
    Diane

    • I have your book on my Amazon wish list. It sounds good, too. I’m so swamped right now with things to read, including all my edits. I’ll have time on our next cruise but then I’m just taking my Kindle. One of these days, I’ll buy myself a present and order all the books I am wanting.

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