Saturday, May 12, 2018

Summer Reads...English Mysteries and More

I have just returned from our snowbird winter and I brought a list of books that I read this winter for you to consider. The links here are from Amazon only because I have a selfish motivation...I am an Amazon Associate! 

Each one is unique. Some are deep and challenging, others just plain fun. 
  • The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths was a lot of fun to read. A cat, a Druid, a mental institution and a religious story surround a murder that takes place in England’s Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham. I loved this little light bit of reading. I think you will too.

  • Susan Hill is not a writer of fluff. The Simon Serrailler series begins with The Various Haunts of Men. I actually held my breath as the climax to this story unfolded. Amazon say it was a "must read mystery" when it came out in hard back. Now, you can buy it in paper back. That is a good thing. I checked my copy out from the library.

  • Dancing in a Distant Place by Isla Dewar is the book I read when we were on the flight home...a 12 hour journey with cancelled flights and delays. I didn't even notice how long it took. This book about a widowed teacher left alone and broke by a gambling husband when he died suddenly. It swept me up in the first pages. The setting is in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands with a "dammit" store, a school and a cast of wonderful, believable character is just what the doctor is ordering. The humor sandwiched between a little sorrow was perfect. Read this for sure. Oh, and if you do read this book be sure to return to the first chapter when you have finished. You will not regret it.
  • I am now reading A Gentleman in Moscow. You know I will talk about wonderful words and images when I tell you about a book. The author, Amor Towles, might be the master of creating an image in the mind's eye. I am seeing through his words things I have never seen before. This is a book I am savoring. No rush to read in one, this book needs to last as I devour it very slowly!

I will keep you in the loop as a new wonderful book crosses my path. Our Library Exchange in my front yard is very busy these day so I am sure there are others that will be showing up.

What are you reading?



  1. Thanks for the tips ... I've gotta get "A Gentleman in Moscow." I'm reading "The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey" by Rinker Buck and "The Oregon Trail: An American Saga" by David Dory, in advance of my trip. And also a couple of J. D. Vance's mysteries starring J. P. Beaumont, b/c I'm going to be in Seattle.

    1. Love your tips Tom...a Seattle mystery? I love that.

  2. Interesting list...Just finished reading 'The Music Shop' by Rachel Joyce. A must read for music lovers.

    1. I looked this one up on the Amazon reviews. I think it must be a book I need to read. I read a similar one about a book barge in Paris that sailed away on an adventure but cannot recall the name. Darn.


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