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Friday Reads | June 22, 2018

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Happy Friday!

What a week it has been! In addition to (attempting) to keep up with my ever-growing TBR, this past week marked my graduation with a Masters in Library & Information Science degree. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in library school–yes, right up to the teeth-grinding and hair-pulling bitter end–and I am excited to continue to learn and grow in the profession.

What I am currently reading:

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Title: Murder on Memory Lake

Author: J.D. Griffo

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Release Date: July 31, 2018

Format: E-book (~304 pp.)

Genre: cozy mystery

I received an e-galley edition of Griffo’s Murder on Memory Lake via Netgalley in exchange for sharing honest feedback with the publisher. I am coming up on the end of this engrossing mystery, which I will certainly be reviewing closer to its’ release date!

I was initially drawn to Murder on Memory Lake because the protagonist, Alberta Scaglione, is a widowed Italian woman in her “golden years.” The cozy genre is chalk-filled with twenty-somethings and women experiencing significant mid-life change, but curiously devoid of older women sleuths. 

Alberta inherits a beautiful house poised on Memory Lake in Tranquility, New Jersey upon the death of her fiesty–and secretly ,seriously wealthy–aunt. Unfortunately, Tranquility is anything but! Alberta’s lifelong frenemy surfaces (literally!) one morning and Alberta is pulled into a murder investigation by her grandaughter, Jinx, who is an early-career journalist eager to prove her worth on a more serious beat.

Alberta’s motivation for investigating the death of her former competitor is fueled by a desire to grow closer to her granddaughter, whom she has not seen in years due to a familial falling out with her own daughter. Murder on Memory Lake contains a cast of quirky characters including a former Wall street employee with her ear to the ground and an ex-nun–who just happens to be Alberta’s sister.

So far, Griffo’s Murder on Memory Lake is an enticing puzzle featuring a cast of lovable characters with strong female relationships…and gluten-free “pasta.” This is such a fun read, and I hope to be completing it today!


What are you reading this #FridayReads?


 

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