#EmptyShelf20: July

#EmptyShelf20: July

Books read in July:

Julia Gets a LifeJulia Gets a Life by Lynne Barrett-Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fairly mindless piece of fluff … didn’t have the strongest storyline but suited me for a bit of nighttime reading…

The Kill Fee (Poppy Denby Investigates #2)The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I realiSed partway through that I read this a couple of years ago (in paper form)…. decided to keep reading because I remembered enjoying it – and it’s a delightful bounce into the flapper era, with a women in an unusual role. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing – and just really an enjoyable read!

The Death Beat (Poppy Denby Investigates)The Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read the previous new novels in this series – and this one felt like the characters were more truly bedded in – so even more enjoyable than the others. There’s an opportunity to pop across to the States and follow up some stories over there, plenty more twists and turns as the various stories emerge and are largely sorted by the end … a few dangling tails left – ready for the next book, I guess!

The Cairo Brief (Poppy Denby Investigates, #4)The Cairo Brief by Fiona Veitch Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the last 3, and I’m off work trying to adjust to new medication/with a cold, so wanted something enjoyable to read. The books have fun characters – and there’s some decent twists and turns in the story. Clear historical research has been done – and author has a section at the end where explains thinking process and where may have embedded ‘real’ people and exercised artistic licence!

Love in a Headscarf:Muslim Woman Seeks The OneLove in a Headscarf:Muslim Woman Seeks The One by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Actually downloaded this by mistake as was reminding myself haven’t yet read Generation M! Then sat down to read it – and read through it in 2 sittings (if hadn’t needed to sleep would have been one). Now feel like I know a lot more about Islam/Muslim ‘life’ in the U.K. The focus was largely on the search for a husband, but there were lots of other important times – including 9/11 (and the visibility of wearing a headscarf – how politicised that became), and as someone of Christian faith – interesting to see where there are overlaps and differences. Feel like I learnt a lot and enjoyed myself.

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