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Once again, I am late to the party. For several years I’ve been reading reviews on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache books. The reviews have been so good that this is a series I’ve recommended again and again. It’s a series I kept intending to read. So, about three weeks ago, I picked up Still Life and began a marathon. Today I’m in the middle of Bury Your Dead, number six in the series. These books aren’t good, they are fabulous. They are all solid murder mysteries, but more than that, they are beautifully written. My husband was trapped in the hospital for almost a week and he heard snippets from several books. I couldn’t stop saying, “Listen to this.” If you haven’t read these books, please start with Still Life and you’ll be hooked. We have them on Kindles, on CDs and in Hardback.
The top book on November’s Library Reads List is Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce. You may have read Joyce’s other popular book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. “Two very different women set off on a journey to New Caledonia to find a Golden Beetle, and discover so much more. This is a story of friendship and of women breaking out of what is expected and being who they really are. By turns humorous, heartbreaking, and triumphant, you’ll find yourself cheering for Miss Benson. This will appeal to fans of Fredrik Backman, Elizabeth Berg, and Gail Honeyman.” (11-3) Janine Walsh
Also already out this month is White Ivy by Susie Yang. “In this coming of age immigration story, Ivy, is obsessed with her privileged classmate and will do anything to win his love. If you enjoyed You and Gone Girl, you’ll like this one.” (11-3) Joann Im
This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing is by Jacqueline Winspear. “The author of the beloved Maisie Dobbs novels shares both madcap and poignant stories of her nuclear and extended family, giving insight into the humor and hardships that shaped her imagination and work. This is for readers who enjoyed Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.” (11-10) Joy Robinson
Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March sounds like a good one. “James Agnihotri has recovered from a war injury when he reads about the ‘suicide’ of two ladies. His first interview as a new journalist is with the husband of one of the women, who wants to know who murdered his wife and sister. Jim follows clues, interviews observers of the tragedy, and travels through India. This is for you if you like intrigue, other cultures, and romance, or if you are a fan of Kate Atkinson and Laurie R. King.” (11-10) Gail Christensen
Italy is a great background for Lori Nelson Spielman’s The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany. “Emilia is a devoted daughter, the second daughter in her family, and second daughters are cursed to never marry. Aunt Poppy, another second daughter, invites her on a trip to Italy promising to break the curse. This is for readers who enjoyed The Old Drift and It’s Not All Down Hill From Here.” (11-17) Chris Markley
We welcome the cooler weather and hope you find time to curl up with a hot cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy a good book. Remember, our current hours are 9-6 Monday through Friday. Drop by or drive through and pick up something great to read. Happy reading!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library