Books I Am Reading This Week – March 8, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What did I just finish?
  • What am I reading next?

The Lady Sherlock series – how did I not know about this series? It’s so totally in my reading wheelhouse! The NetGalley ARC of another book that I was reading just wasn’t working out yesterday and then my mail arrived with 3…yes, 3…physical books from Berkley/Penguin Random House and A Tempest at Sea was one of those books. I had to start it immediately – I’m sure you all would agree. Charlotte Holmes’ alter ego is Sherlock Holmes but it’s the late 1800s so nobody realizes that Sherlock Holmes could be and, in fact, is a woman!!!!

  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley/Penguin Random House
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2023
Charlotte Holmes’s brilliant mind and deductive skills are pulled into a dangerous investigation at sea in the new mystery in the bestselling Lady Sherlock series. After feigning her own death in Cornwall to escape from Moriarty’s perilous attention, Charlotte Holmes goes into hiding. But then she receives a tempting offer: Find a dossier the crown is desperately seeking, and she might be able to go back to a normal life. Her search leads her aboard the RMS Provence. But on the night Charlotte makes her move to retrieve the dossier, in the midst of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay, a brutal murder takes place on the ship. Instead of solving the crime, as she is accustomed to doing, Charlotte must take care not to be embroiled in this investigation, lest it become known to those who harbor ill intentions that Sherlock Holmes is abroad and still very much alive.

I loved Vera Wang’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers – it’s funny, has a good mystery, and is even poignant as you start to understand what’s behind everyone’s actions – even Vera’s. Basically, it has it all and it’s even relatively fast-paced.

  • Genre: Cozy-ish Mystery
  • Pages: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2023
A lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties. Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady—ah, lady of a certain age—who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her Gen-Z son is up to. Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing—a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of . . . swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer. What Vera does not expect is to form friendships with her customers and start to care for each and every one of them. As a protective mother hen, will she end up having to give one of her newfound chicks to the police?

Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones sounds like my kind of thriller, and the reviews have been largely good. I’m also liking that it’s only 250 pages.

  • Genre: YA Thriller
  • Pages: 249 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin / Wednesday Books
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2023
Perfect for fans of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Ripley Jones’s Missing Clarissa is a gripping novel about two friends who start a true crime podcast—with dangerous consequences. In August of 1999, dazzlingly popular cheerleader Clarissa Campbell disappears from a party in the woods outside the rural town of Oreville, Washington and is never seen again. The police question her friends, teachers, and the adults who knew her—who all have something to hide. And thanks to Clarissa’s beauty, the mystery captures the attention of the nation. But with no leads and no body, the case soon grows cold. Despite the efforts of internet sleuths and true-crime aficionados, Clarissa is never found—dead or alive. Over twenty years later, Oreville high-school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast, determined to unravel the story of what—or who—happened to this rural urban legend. In the process they uncover a nest of dirty small-town secrets, the sordid truth of Clarissa’s relationship with her charismatic boyfriend, and a high school art teacher turned small-town figurehead who had a very good reason for wanting Clarissa dead. Such a good reason, in fact, that they might have to make him the highlight of their next episode… But does an ugly history with a missing girl make him guilty of murder? Or are two teenage girls about to destroy the life of an innocent man—and help the true killer walk free?

What are you reading? Do you love it?

24 Replies to “Books I Am Reading This Week – March 8, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover”

  1. I just added Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers to my Want to Read Shelf. I am reading The Sister Effect by Susan Mallery and enjoying it.

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  2. I have a few books in the Lady Sherlock series sitting on my shelf. I really need to start them.

    I just finished reading Monster by Frank Peretti. Couldn’t put it down. It’s now my #1 read so far this year!

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  3. Vera Wong appeals to me, Tessa. I like books with little old lady heroines. 🙂 I’m reading Princess of Shadows (which you or Teri recommended). Lots of politics at the beginning, but then it picks up nicely!) I’m enjoying it.

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    1. You would love Vera Wong!
      Princess of Shadows must have been Teri. I don’t think I’ve read that one, though her and I read a lot of the same books. Glad you’re enjoying it!

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  4. Vera Wong is one I haven’t seen before. Is this connected to the Aunties? I liked the first book but the second book got so many bad reviews and I haven’t read it yet- I own it though. lol. But this one sounds good!

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  5. I’ve never heard of the Lady Sherlock series – not sure how I missed it, but glad you’re enjoying it, Tessa. And now you have the other books to catch up on. I also have Missing Clarissa coming up – not sure when I’ll get to it.

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  6. I’ve heard great things about Sherry Thomas over the years so thanks for the reminder to revisit. I’ve circled around Missing Clarissa so I can’t wait to see your review.

    Great slate, Tessa💜


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