Once a quarter, I hold a brown bag luncheon in my office so the public can come and listen to me talk about fifteen books. They bring lunch; I supply the water, coffee and cookies. This time we had a full house! I follow that luncheon a week later with one for the library staff. This quarter's list included some new titles, some older ones, and a few Christmas books since we won't meet again until February.
Here's the list of books I discussed.
Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews. Why does Santa Claus end up murdered when Meg Langslow is Mistress of Revels for the Christmas parade? Another zany mystery.
Firestorm by Nevada Barr. The most interesting book in the series for Arizona residents since it deals with wildfires. Anna Pigeon, as medical and security officer for a California wildfire, battles fire and a murderer.
Pony Express Christmas by Sigmund Brouwer. A Christmas story of a prairie family, a Pony Express rider, two gunmen, and faith.
White Nights by Ann Cleeves. It's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, and Jimmy Perez has to find a connection to a murder victim in a small community, where everyone claims the victim is a stranger.
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. A novel, in poetry, about Jack's refusal to write poetry, the teacher who exposes him to it, and his dog.
Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie. Nell Dysart accepts a job as a secretary in a shabby little detective agency, but she doesn't count on her run-ins with her boss or the strong attraction between them.
Blueberry Hill by Marica Evanick. Jocelyn Fletcher wasn't cut out to be a D.A., but was she ready to be the housekeeper to a widowed sheriff with three little children?
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Lost River, Alabama is the perfect place for Oswald T. Campbell to spend his last winter on earth. He's a man who gave up hope until he met the people of the small town, and a redbird named Jack.
The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner. Outstanding historical novel of the life of Juana la Loca, the last Queen of Spain.
Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart. Bailey Ruth Raeburn is sent back as a ghost to help Kathleen, the pastor's wife, who just found a man's body on the rectory porch.
Bitter Recoil by Steven F. Havill. While visiting his former deputy, Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner assists her with a murder investigation.
'Tis the Season by Lorna Landvik. The story of a poor little rich girl, trashed in the tabloids, but remembered by two old friends.
Savvy by Ingrid Law. Mibs Beaumont's thirteenth birthday isn't the gift she hoped for, with her father in the hospital in a coma.
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien. The nineteen year love story of an owl and his girl.
Every Crooked Nanny by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Introduces Callahan Garrity and her House Mouse cleaning team as they investigate a missing nanny, who disappeared along with jewelry, silver and real estate documents.