Some books I’ve read recently but have yet to mention:
- A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear: The next chapter in the Maisie Dobbs series finds Maisie on an undercover assignment for the British Secret Service. They ask her to pose as a professor at a Cambridge college to keep track on possible anti-government activities. Add to the mix a murder and the beginnings of the Nazi party and you’ve got an great addition to the series.
- The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: This isn’t the first novel to have grown children return to the parental home after a setback in love or work, but it’s still a good read. In this case, the father is a Shakespeare scholar and the daughters are all named after characters from his plays, and the whole enterprise of reflecting on their successes, failures, and familial relationships is tinged with history and allusion. Read this if you liked The Three Weismanns of Westport.
- The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly: During tough financial times, Mickey Haller, the Lincoln lawyer, has started taking on foreclosure defense. When one of his clients is accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to taking her home, he finds himself once again in the middle of a high profile murder trial. As in his other books, Connelly does a good job of exploring the complicated nature of the law, and drawing a protagonist who’s well rounded, and not always likeable.
I have a facebook friend who claims to have read 88 books just this year so far, and literally hundreds last year. I think he would have had to read 2 books a day to finish so many. Is this even possible?
I have trouble finding mystery novels (or even Netflix films) that are well-written but not violent, so thanks for the suggestion of Winspear. Although Britain couldn’t be further from the setting I write about, I always find myself drawn to that location in literature (currently reading Clouds of Witness)!
Hope you folks are turning the corner on spring. All best…
Thanks for an excellent trio of recommendations to add to my need-to-read list. “The Weird Sisters” sounds particularly interesting.