Some books sit on your nightstand for weeks as you read a little bit each night. These are not those books.
Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold
The third book in the World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona series. The Penric books are novellas, so they’re a quick read. Poor Penric happens to be in the wrong place at the right time and acquires Desdemona, a Chaos demon, who shares his body. Characters are likable; there’s humor and excitement. A good fantasy series.
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George’s Lynley and Havers series is intense and character driven, with interesting social commentary and a nice bunch of twists and turns. If you’ve never read her books, you might be confused by the many characters who populate each book. It’s also a lovely long one, nearly 700 pages. I guess it could be called a British police procedural, with literary overtones. I finished it in a long weekend, during which I pretty much didn’t get anything else done. Her books are excellent, if sometimes difficult.
The Hush by John Hart
I wasn’t quite expecting this book to go in the direction it did, but I was happy to tag along. A story of love, revenge, history, slavery, and the South, with a certain dark magic. I found it hard to put down. I’ve read most of his other books, in fact the two main characters were in a previous novel, but you can read this as a stand-alone with no trouble. The book is eerie, sometimes veering into horror territory, but not so far that it’s terrifying. Read it with the lights on, maybe?
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
Alice Vega finds people. She’s hired by the family of two girls who have disappeared. Many plot twists and red herrings. Alice Vega is an interesting person, very self-sufficient, very buttoned down, and it’s fascinating to watch her become more human. If you like the Mallory books by Carol O’Connell, you might enjoy this.
Talk to the Paw by Melinda Metz
This is a chic lit book. A love story, a cat burglar (a cat called MacGyver), some crazy neighbors…a pleasant read when you just want something light, with some humor, romance, and a bit of mystery.
Gunpowder Moon by David Padreira
A traditional hard Science Fiction book with well-drawn characters and an interesting plot. Mining on the moon in 2072, two global powers start a moon war. If you liked Robert Heinlein or James Corey, you’d probably enjoy this. A quick, fun read.
Those who know me well, know that I am a self-declared Cat Lady. Here's a photo of my cat, BT Cooper, looking underwhelmed. He knows that I have many more book recommendations to offer! I read a little bit of everything so please check back. And please leave a comment below to let me know what books you've enjoyed recently.
Mindy works at the Little Turtle branch. She's a cat lady, an avid reader, and an old boomer.