The March Reading Report

I've been reading like crazy this month because I fell in love with a mystery book series by Rich Curtin. I'm a long time fan of mysteries and it's so hard to find ones that are smart and interesting but not dirty or gory. I have Goodreads to thank for introducing me to the Manny Riveria series of books. The stories all take place in Utah (specifically the Moab area) and the protagonist is from New Mexico. There are several plot lines that involve anthropology (my minor in college) and the landscape of Utah is always an important feature. Definitely a direct hit for me!

Here's my Goodreads review:

Artifacts of Death by Rich Curtin
5 out of 5 stars
Read from February 27 to March 1, 2016

I love murder mysteries but I don't like gore. I have had a hard time finding enjoyable mysteries that aren't full of yucky details or bad language/content so I was thrilled to run into this author. He does a great job of telling a story without getting bogged down in the usual traps of throwing in unnecessary garbage.

My background might make this book series perfect for me. I've grown up in Utah and I love the landscape of southern Utah that is the setting for this book. My family lives in New Mexico so I'm also familiar with the area that the protagonist comes from. My minor in college was anthropology so I really enjoyed that part of the story as well. 

Fun read! I plan to go on to more books in the series.

Here's my Goodreads review:

February's Files by Rich Curtin
5 out of 5 stars
Read from March 5 to March 8, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and I am happy that there are more in the series. It was fun for me to read a work of fiction set in my own home state. I appreciate the author for keeping the content clean while still telling an interesting story. I like the main character and the plot was fun to follow. This was a quick and easy read for me. Very enjoyable!


Here's my Goodreads review:

Trails of Deception by Rich Curtin
5 out of 5 stars
Read from March 10 to March 15, 2016

Another good read in the Manny Rivera series. I enjoy the storylines and the characters. Nothing too deep, but fun to read! I love the setting of Moab and the interesting details about Utah.


Here's my Goodreads review:

Moonshadow Murder by Rich Curtin
5 out of 5 stars
Read from March 16 to March 18, 2016

Another great read in the series. I've enjoyed these books so much. I love the setting and the characters.

Here's my Goodreads review:

Deadly Games by Rich Curtin
5 out of 5 stars
Read from March 18 to March 21, 2016

 This might have been my favorite book in the series because I found the subject matter so interesting. I enjoyed the political twist and how it related to the region where the story is set. I have to admit that I had not heard the official name of the "Sagebrush Rebellion" although I do remember some of the events that were part of it.

I sure hope the author writes more Manny Riveria books!

After I finished this series, I found myself wishing for more. I also was very much in reading mode so I wanted to keep going. I decided to read this short little book next.

Here's my Goodreads review:

100 Things to Do in Salt Lake City by Jeremy Pugh
3 out of 5 stars
Read from March 22 to March 22, 2016

Very quick read for me (in one night) and I'm already quite familiar with Salt Lake City as I have lived here most of my life. I read about this book in a newspaper article and it mentioned a few activities I had not heard of so I decided to give it a try. I did find that I was familiar with most of the items in this book, but I did discover a few new places to add to my own list. 

I would recommend this book to someone who is new to the Salt Lake area or is traveling here. There are a lot of great things to do and this book will help you find them!

I'm feeling good about my reading progress so far this year!