Books Read in the Month of May 2021!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of May of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for May. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews of some excellent books. This is especially an eclectic selection. I love to mix things up a bit by reading something different.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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I was hooked from the beginning with Love You More! I’ve read the other books in this series by this author and knew I was not going to be disappointed by book 5.

It’s a fast moving thriller/mystery that kept me holding my breath as the main protagonist, Tessa, a state trooper finds herself locked in an unexplainable murder case of her husband and she is the guilty party. Her daughter is missing during the murder. The race is on to find her by the police.

However, Tessa doesn’t deny or accept guilt for her husband’s murder. Something isn’t right but she isn’t talking. All she wants is her daughter back safely.

This was an enjoyable read that I couldn’t put down each night. I forced myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep. Highly recommend!

The Queen of Suspense and Alafair Burke have created an intriguing mystery in You Don’t Own Me. It held me in suspense as do all Clark’s books until the end.

I enjoyed the strong characters male and female portrayed in this story that carried it along without one overpowering the other. Just when I thought I had figured out who had done it, there was another twist.

This was another enjoyable book by Mary Higgins Clark. Will we ever see the quality without her now that she is no longer with us? I hope we will.

Now onto something completely different – Steven Saylor’s The Seven Wonders! I am not only an eclectic writer but also an eclectic reader!

I have read other books by this talented author of Roman history and have been fascinated at how he blends facts with fiction seamlessly. This book features one of my favorite characters that Saylor has created – Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus is only 18 years old in this story but already feels like a man when he leaves home with his teacher Antipater aka Zoticus.

Travel with Gordianus and Antipater to see the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – such as The Colossus in 92 BC. They travel to Greece, Asia Minor, Babylon and Egypt, attend the Olympic Games and festivals. Everywhere they turn there is a mystery to be solved at which Gordianus is quite adept to solve.

A wonderful story that will make you feel as if you are there with them. You will feel the excitement of the games, the danger at every turn and the mysteries that need to be solved. An enjoyable read that is different than anything I have read this month. I highly recommend it if you love Roman history.

Safe Harbour was not yet published when I wrote this review. It is coming to Amazon May 31, 2021.

I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

I have read all of Mike Martin’s books and have enjoyed each one. The main protagonist, Winston Windflower, is a man among men. He is a kind, considerate, strong, and fearless leader of his men in RMP. If anyone needs help or counsel they go to Windflower. The reader can’t help but care for this character and his family as you read about their daily lives. Windflower is someone you would want as a friend.

The author has created a likable character in Windflower with an eclectic mix of supporting characters that make for an interesting and intriguing story line. Each book is a stand alone book with a mystery that Windflower must solve with the help of the men under his command.

Newfoundland is described as a cold, snowy and desolate place to live. Even though, it sounds like a place that is full of friendly people who support one another and some great restaurants with plenty of good food. The author also shares many recipes in the context of the story that sound wonderful. As I read along I felt my mouth salivating as he described the food Windflower and his wife, Sheila, prepared.

Another wonderful book from this talented author that I highly recommend. I love this character and feel like I am going home to be with family each time I read one of Martin’s books.

This is the sixth book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I don’t normally like to keep reading the same author so close together but with Dugoni I couldn’t stop reading the series. Each book is a stand alone and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion – no cliff hangars at the end.

The main protagonist, a homicide detective, is a complicated person. She is pregnant but doesn’t want anyone to know her condition yet. She fears that she will lose her job. She’s not sure what she wants to do once she delivers. All this torment keeps her on edge throughout the story when she finds herself thrust into a missing person’s case. Will she be able to solve this case? All is not as it appears as Tracy delves deeper into the case.

The author draws intriguing characters and puts them into fascinating situations and story lines. He pulls the reader into the story and captivates them so thoroughly that they can’t leave. That is how I feel each time I begin one of his stories. I find myself downloading the next book in the series each time.

I highly recommend this creative and talented author to all who enjoy a well written mystery with memorable and likable characters.

This book grabbed me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. I would have gone without sleeping or eating but my better half forced me to come to my senses and put it aside each day.

I wasn’t familiar with this author but have a couple more of his books on my Kindle waiting. He was recommended to me by a fellow author. I am recommending him to anyone who wants a fast-paced thriller with plenty of excitement and non-stop action scenes with a strong male protagonist. It’s a thrill ride with this the main protagonist, Gregg Kaplan, that will keep you holding your breath!

It is well written with distinctive characters that are memorably defined.

The story continues from Book 1 Camino island. Grisham changes things up a bit, I think, in this two-book series. He is showing a softer side to his writing with more feeling in his interpretation of characters and events.

Grisham brings the reader back to Camino Island when its inhabitants are faced with a horrific hurricane, Leo. Devastation is wide spread and many have vacated their homes for safety all but the main protagonist, Bruce Cable, book story owner and a couple of friends. When one of the local authors dies by strange means Bruce and his sidekicks try to solve the murder since the local authorities are incompetent and clueless. Will they find out who killed their friend, Nelson?

If you want to know the answer you must read this latest whodunit by Grisham. It was a quick moving and enjoyable read as only he can write it.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me and my books and all the reviews that I receive. Please keep them coming! I hope you will keep coming back for more entertaining reading and events about new works, daily news, birds, fish and other things that pop into my already overcrowded head.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Books Read in the Month of May 2021!

  1. Darlene says:

    Some great books here! It’s great you can balance writing your own books and reading others. Happy reading and writing!!

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