Current Reads: Victorian Fantasy, Cat Detective, & Irish Thriller

Hey, friends! Welcome back to my blog. This first week of October hasn’t been too bad for me so far as I have managed to finish reading two books! Over the next few days, I am hoping to add two or three more titles to the list with my current reading stack.

Three of the four books are current reads, while the other is an anticipated book I will try to get to. It’s also one of Sir Betrothed’s library books that I decided to steal while they’re working. No regrets! Check them out below.


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (The Cat Who… #1) by Lilian Jackson Braun

This is a cosy mystery that also happens to be the start of one of my favourite serials of all-time from the genre. Last year I randomly decided to collect all of The Cat Who… novels, and this year I wanted to start reading through them as I compile! I’m about twenty pages into it and the nostalgia is lovely.

 The first book introduces the main character, Jim Qwilleran, and the Siamese kitty that he inherits named Koko! As Jim settles into his new life, a murder at the local art gallery, as well as Koko’s brilliance at sniffing out clues, lead them on the trek for the killer.

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

I loved the first instalment in this young adult historical fiction series, so I’m super excited to be reading book two! I’m also buddy reading this with a fellow book blogger, Nandini, so that just adds to my joy for it. If you’d like more info on this series, as well as a general idea of what it entails, check out my spoiler-free review for book one. I’m currently fifty pages into it and I missed the main duo so much. Their banter and snarkiness gives me tons of joy.

The Ghosts of Belfast (The Belfast Novels #1) by Stuart Neville

This #OwnVoices Irish suspense thriller is a Kindle book that I ended up snagging for a dollar last year, and I’m finally getting off my arse and reading it. I’m about one-third of the way through this, and holy fucking shit it’s so bloody good! The suspense is super right and intense. I’m addicted!

The story follows a former paramilitary contract killer, Gerry Fegan, who is haunted by the ghosts of the twelve people he slaughtered. Every night, at the point of literally losing his mind, he drowns out their screams with alcohol. However the only thing that will appease the ghosts of his past is the death of the very men that ordered Fegan to commit the crimes in the first place.

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Eddie Campbell

I had never even heard of this book, and I’ve heard of most, if not all, of Neil Gaiman’s books (he’s one of Sir Betrothed’s favourite authors). The story looks very dark and bleak from the drawings. So… naturally I stole it for the weekend and hope to read it before Sir Betrothed does.

I did not read the synopsis for this book because I don’t want to know anything about it. I would rather experience all of it via reading, but if you are interested in checking it out, here’s the GoodReads page.


Those are the books that will occupy me this weekend! Please, let me know if any of these sound interesting to you, or if you’ve read them. 😊

I would also like to announce that I may only have one post on Saturday, or none at all. I need to take a break this weekend to focus on my anxiety and find a way to get it under control, even just a tiny bit. The only post that I have planned for guarantee are the results from my Anxiety Journal that I talked about in a Self-Care Sunday post a couple of weeks ago. That will be up Sunday afternoon.

I’m also hoping that time away from the blog for a couple of days will help me work on getting more content prepared for the week to come. Thanks for your patience and understanding in advance. ♥


Thank you so much for visiting me today. I appreciate the support! Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing. 💜


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2 thoughts on “Current Reads: Victorian Fantasy, Cat Detective, & Irish Thriller

  1. That’s a whole different range of mysteries… and hope you are having fun buddy reading with Nandini… I did a buddy read for SJTR with some of my blogger friends in August and it was a lot of fun 😃😃😃

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