August is winding down, so it is time once again for What's on Your Nightstand.
I've been going through books rather quickly this month. I recently went through a couple of middle grade novels. I loved Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble by Chris Grabenstein (link takes you to my review). On the other hand, I was disappointed with my reread of Trixie Belden #23: The Mystery of the Queen's Necklace. Granted, it was never one of the stronger books in the series, but it was even weaker than I remembered.
Last week, I spent most of the week on Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber, the first in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. It's a typical cozy, this time featuring a cookbook book store, so you get food and books for the theme. I enjoyed the book and am very much looking forward to reading the next in the series next year. In the mean time, I can get caught up on the author's books written under the pen name Avery Ames. I've read the first in that series.
Right now, I'm rereading Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish, which part time CIA agent caught up in some serious danger and intrigue in Morocco. This was my introduction to the character and the series, and I'm enjoying it just as much now as I did the first time through. And this is definitely a favorite series of mine, as anyone who reads the series will quickly figure out. (Hint, Carstairs comes from the series.) My review for this one will be up on Friday as part of Friday's Forgotten Books.
I should finish this on my lunch hour today. So what's next? That's a good question. I've got another couple cozy culinary mysteries I could read. Those are A Spoonful of Murder or You Cannoli Die Once. Other options would include Mayhem at the Orient Express and Dead Man's Switch. Any recommendations from those four?