#5Books: Book recs and some movie talk

#5Books for the week ending 27 May 2018

I finally watched Infinity War and loved LOVED it!

I could use less of the Tony hate in the fandom that’s for sure, and all I want is for him to be alive at the end of things. I must admit, I’ve soured on Cap thoroughly because his movies are deadly boring, and I couldn’t bring myself to watch Civil War given how big his part in it is. And also, if you’re going to make him pine about the past and Bucky and Peggy in every damn movie he’s in, then please, give him some happiness by having him end up with one of them, and put me out of my misery *rolls eyes*

Frankly, I’m hoping Falcon is the next Cap, because that I would *definitely* pay to see.

Also, Ryan Reynolds is working very hard to make Deadpool 2 successful, but it occurred to me, other than that, has he had a hit movie? Wait, The Proposal! That was fun, and also Sandra Bullock’s movie, really.

In other news, the first Season of HIGHLANDER is on Amazon! Pony tail and all, with the weirdest names ever — not matter what decade you’re in — because who calls a bad guy Slan? Like really, how did they come up with that name? It just tickles me imagining that discussion in the writer’s room! But it’s such a nostalgic show for me, and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will enjoy season 1 again! Does anyone else remember that show? And the music?

Other than that I would love for Quantum Leap and Buffy to come to streaming here. Man. So much goodness!!

I’m very random this week, IDEK why!


A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

This sounds darker than I expected for YA, don’t you think? What did Sadie do? What happened when she went missing?

The Two-Plate Solution: A Novel of Culinary Mayhem in the Middle East

A James Beard Award-winning chef stands atop a 50-foot-high diving platform having just plated a competition-winning culinary masterpiece. He looks down, faints from fear of heights, and careens into the water below. Worst of all? He knocks over his dish on the way down.

So begins The Two-Plate Solution, and it only gets better from there. Follow a diverse cast of young talented chefs as they compete in a high-stakes TV cooking competition set in Israel. Their culinary foes: fake “terrorists” brought in by the producers–that is, until some actual terrorists show up on set, and the producers must scramble to either integrate them into the show, or risk death.

Mysteries deepen, romances bloom, and chefs cook for their lives in this laugh-out-loud culinary adventure from Jeff Oliver, a major force in TV cooking shows the past fifteen years. His talented pen will have you caring about each character . . . and wondering how the many unforeseeable story twists will turn out.

I just … I mean just LOOK at this blurb and the wonderful chaos of a reality tv cooking show in Israel, with fake and real terrorists!!! 

The Mystery of Three Quarters 

The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot–the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket–returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in the London of 1930.

Returning home from a luncheon, Hercule Poirot is met at his door by an imperious woman who introduces herself as Sylvia Rule. “How dare you? How dare you send me such a letter?” Ignoring his denials, Mrs. Rule insists that she received a missive claiming he had proof she murdered a man named Barnabas Pandy and advising her to confess her crime to the police. Threatening the perplexed Poirot with a lawsuit, she leaves in a huff.

Minutes later, a rather disheveled man named John McCrodden appears. “I got your letter accusing me of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.” Calmly, Poirot again rebuts the charge. Each insisting they are victims of a conspiracy, Mrs. Rule and Mr. McCrodden deny knowing who Pandy is.

The next day, two more strangers proclaim their innocence and provide illuminating details. Miss Annabel Treadway tells Poirot that Barnabas Pandy was her grandfather. But he was not murdered; his death was an accident. Hugo Dockerill also knows of Pandy, and he heard the old man fell asleep in his bath and drowned.

Why did someone send letters in Poirot’s name accusing people of murder? If Pandy’s death was an accident, why charge foul play? It is precisely because he is the great Hercule Poirot that he would never knowingly accuse an innocent person of a crime. Someone is trying to make mischief, and the instigator wants Poirot involved.

Engaging the help of Edward Catchpool, his Scotland Yard policeman friend, Poirot begins to dig into the investigation, exerting his little grey cells to solve an elaborate puzzle involving a tangled web of relationships, scandalous secrets, and past misdeeds

I’ve been hesitant to pick up this series, but it occurred to me it’s been so long since I’ve read Christie’s work, this kind of might as well be a new book entirely. So here we are! And I would like to get to know Poirot again, I think.

The Lost Letters of William Woolf

Lost letters have only one hope for survival…

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

I admit, I thought William was slightly creepy, but I’m willing to go with this to see where it goes. I’m so cynical, I know!

I know you know

From New York Times bestselling author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.

Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.

For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.

When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy.

The two cases are soooo intriguing, but you know what leaped out at me from this blurb? That in the middle of everything, Charlie’s mother is involved and taking matters into her own handswhat does that mean?


  • Gosh I loved The Proposal! Anyway Sadie sounds good but intense.

  • Jen Mullen says:

    The Lost Letters of William Woolf and I Know You Know have caught my attention. Thanks for the heads up on these.

  • Once again some good looking books here. I really like Tony Stark – in fact, he’s one of my faves. I like the Deadpool movie but was surprised at how foul-mouthed he is in them. I’ll catch the new one when it’s available to stream. Thanks for adding to my behemoth TBR!

  • I still haven’t watched Infinity War. I was going to see it with my little brother who’s a huge fan of all things superhero but around the time I was struggling with medical issues again so we couldn’t go. I still plan on going, though!

  • My mom, sister, and I were all obsessed with Highlander when it was on TV! I’ll have to check it out on Amazon because I can barely even remember the series now.

    I thought Infinity War was amazing too. I still need to go back and watch a few of the older Marvel movies because there were a couple of characters I wasn’t familiar with, but wow, talk about a movie living up to hype!

  • I’m so curious about Sadie. It sounds really good. I STILL need to see the new Avengers movie. Also – Deadpool 2. The first one was hilarious.


  • Kelly says:

    Oh how I love Buffy. I occasionally binge a few episodes on Foxtel when I remember and it’s aged pretty well hasn’t it. I remember being a teen and absolutely loving it. It went a little downhill after Angel though, it just wasn’t the same with Spike.

    I’ve seen Sadie up on Netgalley actually but hadn’t stopped to read the synopsis, I had no idea how chilling the narrative would be. I love when YA explores the darker side of life. As much as I enjoy fluffy, light contemporaries, psychological thrillers are incredible when written well, like Sarah Epstein’s Small Spaces, such a brilliant read. I must check that one out Verushka, thanks for the recommendations darling ♥♥♥

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