Friday, May 16, 2008

Spring Brown Bag Luncheon

Once a quarter, I hold a brown bag luncheon in my office, and invite the public to enjoy lunch while I talk about fifteen books. Naturally, the list tends toward mysteries. Here are the books I talked about on Wednesday.

The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg - The story of Rick Bragg's father, and his new relationship with his stepson, by the bestselling author of All Over But the Shoutin'.

Antiques to Die For by Jane K. Cleland - Josie Prescott, antiques appraiser, has to help a young girl whose sister was murdered.

The Alpine Traitor by Mary Daheim - Emma Lord is shocked when someone tries to buy her newspaper in Alpine, Washington, and ends up dead.

Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke - A family reunion spells murder in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen investigates with the help of her family.

Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank - Work sends Betts McGee home to Charleston, SC to see the family she hasn't seen in years, and work with the man she ran away from.

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy - A White House Assistant Chef stops an intruder with a frying pan, and suddenly finds herself immersed in intrigue and trouble.

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs - Just because she's reached fifty, Gus Simpson isn't giving up her Food Network job without a fight, even if it means working with a former beauty queen.

Charm City by Laura Lippman - In the re-release of this mystery, Baltimore's Tess Monaghan investigates when the business tycoon bringing pro basketball back to the city ends up dead.

The Blood Ballad by Rett MacPherson - Local historian and genealogist, Torie O'Shea, leans there might be some kinks in the family stories about her grandfather, a renowned Missouri fiddler.

The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck - It looks like a miracle when fifteen-year-old Russell Culver's teacher dies, but the Indiana one-room schoolhouse is in for some major changes when the new teacher takes over.

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny - The latest Inspector Armand Gamache takes him back to Three Pines when a woman was scared to death.

Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA by Kris Radish - When a woman's husband has emergency surgery just before their vacation to Costa Rica, she needs her friends to help her revive her dreams, and, hopefully, her marriage.

A Pale Horse by Charles Todd - Inspector Ian Rutledge searches for a man no one wants found in post-World War I England.

Desert Cut by Betty Webb - Lena Jones encounters a community unaware of the tragic deaths of young girls in Arizona.

Chiefs by Stuart Woods - A riveting story of three police chiefs in Delano, GA.


Joy said...

As always, sounds like a great line-up of books to share. :)

Ya know, I was just thinking about the Three Pines series. I really like it (read 2), but how many times can one inspector come back to Three Pines to investigate a murder and it still seem fresh?

Lesa said...

I don't know, but it's what they call the Jessica Fletcher syndrome. How many murders are there in a small town?

Joy said...

Seriously!?! Maybe I live in a cave, 'cause I never heard of that. :) Thanks!

Lesa said...

No, Joy. You don't live in a cave. They've just been referring to it that way on a recent discussion on DorothyL, the mystery listserv. They were talking about small town mysteries where lots of people end up dying over the course of the series. Louise Penny said she doesn't care. She'll continue to do it!