Winter Update

This is my Winter Reading Update. I have decided to provide a quarterly update to help keep track of my reading goals, progress, and trending themes. It is no surprise the majority of my reads were historical mysteries. These are the books finished January, February, and March 2018.


This number includes my one DNF and I have them listed under the different genres. It was an ok reading quarter and I’m looking forward to what I will read this spring!

Mystery: 5


Historical Fiction: 1

This genre tab has books that are strictly historical fiction without an additional mystery plot.



Nonfiction: 2

Reread: 1



Do Not Finish: 1


What books did you finish this winter? Do you have any suggestions for my spring TBR? Let me know and happy reading!


Motor Mouth

Motor Mouth

by Janet Evanovich


Barney is a woman with a taste for speed, talent for breaking rules, and knows too much about cheating. First there was boyfriend NASCAR racer Hooker and a salesclerk. Now an unlikely winner has to be cheating. Another spotter calls for help, trapped. Their drooling St Bernard leaves his teeth marks in a corpse. They are on the run, suspected of murder.

 Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve posted a review! I’ve been sneaking away to hit the beach instead of sharing all these good mysteries with you! But, I am back on board and starting the review week off with a good laugh. Motor Mouth is the second book in Janet Evanovich’s Alex Barnaby series and you can check out my review of book one, Metro Girl, for a brief intro to the characters.

Barney and Hooker are back and there is trouble in paradise as their romance went up in flames when Hooker woke up next to a sales clerk. Barney is still working as a spotter for Hooker’s team and enjoying a chance to help in NASCAR research and design. And then a friend of the pair gets stuck in the car hauler of a rival racer…. It’s not long before Barney and Hooker are racing to hide dead bodies and out run a pair of hitmen.

The Alex Barnaby series is probably my favorite from Janet Evanovich. Yes I know the Stephanie Plum novels are the most popular, and I enjoy them, but there is just something about Barney and Hooker that keeps me coming back to the series. It is because both main characters solve these mysteries by sheer dumb luck. Hooker struggles to keep from gagging when they move dead bodies. Barney whines when she falls down in the mud while digging a temporary grave. Both end up way over their heads in murder and mayhem because they steel a NASCAR hauler to help out a friend. Dumb luck people! All the characters are relatable. Their reactions are realistic. And they keep getting themselves in to hilarious sticky situations!

I love how fast paced and fun the story is. We get to revisit all the old Miami characters from Metro Girl, as well as meet a few more interesting people (Huevo’s wife being one of my favs). Critics of the series will remark on how unrealistic certain plot points are, but that is one of the reasons I enjoy the series. Motor Mouth is the perfect read when you need a pick-me-up. I definitely recommend it as a fun beach read!

Anyone else an Alex Barnaby fan? What is your favorite Evanovich series?


Metro Girl

Metro Girl

by Janet Evanovich

Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby, #1)

“Wild” Bill Barnaby vanished after a woman screamed on his phone call to big sister Alex 30, narrator who heads for Miami to rescue him. NASCAR driver Sam Hooker wants his 65′ Hatteras back. His last employer Moran on Flex II wants something back. Security guard Sanchez was murdered. They expose a plot to grab Cuban gold and a sinister relic of the Cuban missile crisis.

Let’s get May started with a review of a fun fast-paced summer mystery! I’m sure many of you are fans of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but who has read her Alex Barnaby books?

Alex ‘Barney’ Barnaby is heading to Miami. She just received a mysterious and terrifying phone call from her brother Bill and now he’s missing. Barney hits the streets of Miami looking for answers only to team up with Sam Hooker, a popular NASCAR driver whose boat has been ‘borrowed’ by Bill. Soon the two are engulfed in mystery: where is Bill? why is Barney being followed by thugs? what does all this have to do with the Cuban Missile Crisis?

I enjoy Metro Girl and usually listen to the audiobook each year to kick off summer. I keep coming back because of the characters! I love how Hooker is so goofy while still exuding sweet sexiness and self confidence.  I enjoy Rosa’s blunt honesty and Judy’s spunk. And I love how real Barney reads. She’s head strong, assertive, good with an engine, and absolutely terrified of spiders and heights. This ensemble keeps me coming back to the streets of Miami year after year.

Many diehard Stephanie Plum fans seemed disappointed in how ‘fluff’ the plot is and how similar the characters are to those in the Plum series. These are all valid statements. The plot is simple and yet over the top. The characters exude Evanovich quirkiness. And these are the points that keep me coming back. Metro Girl allows me to enjoy Evanovich characters without having to wade through the lengthy Plum series and I can focus on giggling at their antics without dealing with a complex plot structure. Fans of the Plums series and serious mystery readers should keep these points in mind before picking up Metro Girl.

Metro Girl is the perfect beach read! Poor you a frozen daiquiri and grab your beach towel because you’ll be ready to head to south Florida after this book? What is your favorite Evanovich novel?