Give me the love: Unappreciated Books


This week’s them is Underappreciated/Unknown Books, which means it’s my turn to shine! I read a lot of old books and there are plenty that I’m sure you’ve never heard of. Here we go!



Monsters I Have Known by Jess Hartley. I don’t read a lot of supernatural/ghost stories, but sometimes I like a good creepy tale. I was asked to review this one by the author and I really enjoyed this book. With only 5 other GR reviews, you are all missing out on this one. The first story and one entitled “Material Witness” were my favorites.

The Deadly Side of the Square by Lee Jordan. This one was published back in the 90s, so I’m sure none of you have read it. Sophie Mendel has been through a lot in her time–widowhood, World War, death of a beloved daughter–and she’s not about to give in to life now. When the elderly residents of her decrepit apartment building start leaving–sometimes feet first–she digs in her heels and determines to stay.

But someone is just as determined to make her leave. Once Sophie is gone, the building can be razed and new, expensive developments be built. Only Sophie stands in their way. But Sophie is a lot tougher than they expected, and she’s got friends on her side. Great story with lots of twists.

Stroke of Death by Josephine Bell. An elderly man starved by his caretaker. Or was he? Young physical therapist thinks he needs help and enlist a local doctor, but things are never as simple as they look. The neat twist at the ending made this one stand out for me.

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Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars by Mabel Armstrong. This was one of the first books I got for free in exchange for a review, and I still think it’s a great book. It profiles female astronomers through the ages and it’s told in an easy to read format perfect for younger readers. Women in STEM!

Away With Them to Prison (Antony Maitland 43) by Sara Woods. I used to love this English crime series featuring a English barrister who investigates crime. All his clients are innocent, naturally, and he always extracts a confession from the real guilty party in open court. This time it’s a couple of policemen who wind up on trial for corruption.

Death Lurks in the Bush  (Kelly Ryan #3) by Kate Grilley. I got this one at the dollar store. I’ve never read any others in this Caribbean mystery series, but if you like Death in Paradise on the BBC, you’d like this one too.

Goodbye to Poplarhaven by Edward Geary. I read this one because I knew the writer as my college English professor. He was a good, rather reserved teacher, but as a writer he is observant, wry and funny. This is his memoir, an ode to life in small town rural Utah.

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The Facts in the Case of E A Poe by Andrew Sinclair. A man is convinced he is the reincarnation of the great writer Edgar Allan Poe. Is he right? Decide for yourself. This one is on Kindle Unlimited.

Death’s Bright Dart by V C Clinton-Baddeley. I have a lot of these old, out of print murder mysteries on my list. What can I say? I love them. This one has an expert on poisons being mysteriously murdered during a lecture on poisons. This one is the first in the short series.

The Lord Mayor of Death by Marion Babson. The first one I read by this author and still my favorite. Great story of a terrorist threat during a parade, efforts of the police to prevent a panic and spot the bomb, a missing girl, and the mayor who has decided to let the show go on with himself as bait.

It’s a little late in the day, but I hope you’ll find something in here worth reading. I can’t wait to see your lists. Feel free to link them in the comments and I’ll check them out. Happy reading!