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.