Sunday, February 01, 2009
Sunday Salon - Books Read in January
Exact same number of books read in January as last January - 11. It doesn't sound like much, but I ended up with 169 books. Here's the list of books, mysteries first.
Caravaggio's Angel by Ruth Brandon - Reggie Lee, an art curator, tries to bring together 3 Caravaggio paintings, despite deaths, and a possible fourth copy.
Ding Dong Dead by Deb Baker - The Phoenix Dollers' new doll museum doesn't have anything to do with the body Gretchen Birch found, and the epitaph, "Die, Dolly, Die," does it?
The Sky Took Him by Donis Casey - Alafair Tucker & two daughters travel to be with Alafair's sister while her husband is dying, but her son-in-law is missing on a business trip.
A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - Another marvelous Armand Gamache mystery by Penny. This one is a tribute to Agatha Christie. Gamache and his wife are on their yearly vacation to a remote lodge, where a large family is having a reunion. It has to be the family or staff member who killed one of the family members.
The Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure by L.S. Cauldwell - Juvenile mystery in which Anna Mae, her brother, and a friend look for Jefferson Davis' lost gold, while she deals with bullies and racism.
Death Was in the Picture - Linda L. Richards - Kitty Pangborn's detective boss was set up to be a witness to a murder, with a major movie star as the main suspect. But, Kitty and Dex set out to prove his innocence in Depression-era LA.
Buried Strangers by Leighton Gage - After family bodies turn up in an unmarked cemetery in Brazil, Silva and his team investigate. And, then one of their own cops is missing, while undercover on the investigation.
The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard - The Despair has settled over the world, and the Suicide Collectors pick up the bodies of those who killed themselves. But, Norman, from a small Florida town, fights against them, and then takes off across country, looking for help.
The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl James - True story of thirteen women who bought a diamond necklace together, and the changes it brought to their lives.
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich - One of the best recent Evanovich novels. Soon after she finds a monkey named Carl outside her door, Diesel shows up, hoping one of Stephanie's bail jumpers will lead him to a man planning vast destruction.
Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock - As a woman drifts out of her marriage, her daughter turns to drugs and sex in a cry for help, one that is never recognized by her parents.
Eleven books doesn't sound like much, but if there are good books each month, that's all that counts.