January 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

Hiya friends! Presenting to you a wrap-up for the books I read in January 2020. I read books this month. Without further ado, let’s dive into the recap.

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2021

A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann

Rating: 4 out of 5.

1890’s Colorado. Desperate following her mother’s sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor’s family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere’s brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek’s most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann — a tribute to the women who set the stage for women’s rights.

A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann is a somber tale of a girl finding her feet in the world. I found this coming-of-age story of Hannah set in 1890s Colorado to be highly readable. 

You can read the full review here.

A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Zivon is one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution blows apart his world. How will Zivon rebuild his life after losing everything? He asks himself these questions every day. Can he ever hope of any beauty in his life?

The Portrait of Loyalty is the answer to these questions, in which the author has skilfully blended cryptography, love, forgiveness, redemption, and wartime scenarios to craft an engaging book.

You can read the full review here.

Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. 

It works very well as a standalone novel. Winterkill is not a fast-paced thriller. It is a slow-burning police procedural that hooked my attention from the start and kept it till the end. 

You can read the full review here.

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The best man, Daniel Costello, is dead. The police write it off as an accident. But Adam is not convinced. He sets out to do some detective work of his own, inspired by his hero Sherlock Holmes. His best friend, Colin, aids him. Do they succeed? Read The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald to find out.

It was a fun and easy read. I would recommend this to lovers of old-fashioned detective fiction.

You can read the full review here.

let’s chat

Have you read any of the books above? What were your your views on it? If you haven’t read any, is any of the books on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments below.

Author: debjani6ghosh

I started this blog to discuss books that I read and movies that I watch. But the blog may not be purely restricted to that!

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