In the February 25 issue of Publishers Weekly, editor Sara Nelson said many publishers aren't publishing any big fiction for the fall. She said, "Since much of the educated populace is fixated on newpaper and CNN coverage of political battles, we're wondering who'll have time to read something as ephemeral as a novel."
There's my major problem with February. Even though I had one more day this year than last February, my work days have been grueling, and then I go home at night and plop down and watch MSNBC's political coverage.
So here's the paltry list of the seven books I managed to read during February.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. For over thirty years, Kate and Tully were best friends, until a betrayal tore them apart.
Pushing Up Daisies: A Dirt-y Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris. Debut mystery in which landscaper Paula Holliday digs up a baby's body while working on a Connecticut estate.
Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs. At fifty, Gus Simpson is starting to feel over-the-hill, particularly when her cooking network teams her up with Miss Spain for a youthful look and television ratings.
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright. When their parents die on the same night, the three grown Cooper children discover letters that reveal shocking family secrets.
Knee High by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey. In a humorous cozy mystery, small town librarian Mira James investigates when an Indian sculpture disappears, and a murder follows.
The Crazy School by Cornelia Read. An autobiographical mystery in which Madeline Dare teaches at a school for troubled teens, while coping with an administration and faculty who may be the troubled ones.
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear. While investigating a brickworks in a small English village, Maisie Dobbs encounters a fearful town dealing with threats and prejudice.