Good morning, everyone! I woke up to sunshine this morning, and it’s a welcome change after the insanity of the weather over the past couple of days. I guess nothing about 2020 should really be surprising to us at this point, but snow in the middle of April? Seriously? So weird.

After two weeks of focusing on reading one long book, I feel like I accomplished a tremendous amount in terms of reading this week. I only read one book specifically for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, but I am very exited to say that I was able to complete my reading goal for the week, finishing the books on my Goodreads “Current Reading” list. I also read quite a few volumes of manga. I am continuing to read the Rurouni Kenshin manga series, which I am now just over halfway through, but I also had the chance to re-read a favorite series of mine called Wild Ones.

A book with a pun in the title…

My lone POPSUGAR Reading Challenge title for this week was Steeped in Murder, by Kirsten Weiss, who also created the At Wits’ End cozy mystery series. (I reviewed one of the books from that series, Close Encounters of the Curd Kind, in a previous POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update.)

Steeped in Murder is about a young woman named Abigail Beanblossom, who hopes to open her own tea room. When she goes to visit the building she has rented for her shop, she is shocked to learn that it has also been rented to a man named Hyperion Night, who plans to use the location as a tarot parlor. Convinced that there is some kind of mistake, she goes in search of her realtor, only to find his dead body lying in a nearby alley. As the police begin to investigate, Abigail learns that her realtor has conned both her and Hyperion out of a tremendous amount of money by renting a property that he didn’t actually own…leaving them both with a convincing motive for murder in the eyes of the local police department.

I do have to confess that Steeped in Murder was one of the titles that stayed on my “Currently Reading” list on Goodreads for much longer than it normally would have. I initially started reading the book back in February, but got distracted by other titles before I got more than just a few chapters into the story. (This is a problem that you sometimes run into if you’re in the habit of reading multiple books at once.) But I am so glad that I came back to it, because once I picked it up again, I couldn’t stop! In fact, I actually read most of the novel in a single sitting, because I was not able to put it down.

Steeped in Murder was a fantastic mystery, with an interesting cast of characters, and a large number of potential murder suspects. Abigail and Hyperion’s interactions were very entertaining, and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book. As of right now, there is only one book available in this particular cozy mystery series, but it looks like the next book (Hostage to Fortune) is due to be released as an ebook on May 21st. I am definitely looking forward to reading it when it comes out!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be a little different than normal because it will be coming to you one day earlier. Next Saturday (April 25th) is the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, a reading marathon which takes place twice a year. I will be participating in the Readathon for the full 24 hours, beginning at 8 AM (Eastern time), and will be posting about my progress here on The Unapologetic Bookworm and on Twitter throughout the day. If you’d like to follow me on Twitter, you can find me @UnapologBkworm.

Interested in participating in the marathon yourself? The sign-up is currently available on their website.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and that you continue to stay healthy!

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