Saturday, October 22, 2011

Brown Bag Luncheon

The library staff has a monthly brown bag luncheon. Everyone in the system is invited, and everyone who attends brings a book to talk about. Once a quarter, though, I bring a selection of books, and present the entire program during lunch. This week, it was my turn. Want to see the list of books?

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr  – When the spirit of Prince Albert insists Queen Victoria spend Christmas in Balmoral, Disraeli sends his spy, French, and India Black, a madam, to protect the Queen from Scottish nationalists.

Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau  – Rebecca Robbins is trying to sell her mother’s beloved roller rink, but she continues to get tangled up in crime in Indian Falls.

The Perfect Suspect by Margaret Coel  – When a candidate for governor is killed in Colorado, Catherine McLeod receives a phone call from a witness who can identify the murderer, the police officer investigating the case.

Loose Diamonds…and other things I’ve lost and found along the way by Amy Ephron -- Essays about her life growing up, her ex-hsuband, and parenthood.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – The story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Duchess of Bedford, and mother of Elizabeth Woodville.

The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King’s Mother by Philippa Gregory, et al – The powerful women involved in the War of the Roses, and subjects of Gregory’s recent novels, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort.

Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry - Ellie Calvin’s marriage is dying, and her mother’s death gives her the opportunity to explore the story of the woman she never knew, and her own past.

Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian - On a trip to Catalina, Emma Whitecastle sees the ghost of a young starlet who died forty years earlier, and she investigation takes her into the stories of Hollywood’s power players in the late ‘60s.

The Call by Yannick Murphy  – The story of a country vet and his family, as told through his journal in the year his son has a tragic accident.

Rogue by Frederick Ramsay - Sheriff Ike Schwartz starts his own investigation when his fiancée is critically injured in a car accident that he doesn’t think was an accident.

Bad Moon by Todd Ritter – When Erik Olmstead’s mother dies, she leaves one request, find your brother. Charlie Olmstead went missing when he was ten, the night Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. But, Charlie’s mother had information she never shared with the local police.

Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tell Aviv, and Paris by Lauren Schockey  – Shockey’s year of working as an unpaid intern in four restaurants.

Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart – After her husband’s death in Iraq, Brooke Madison Bowers returns home to St. Dennis, Maryland, to raise her son, start a business, and not let anyone else break her heart again.

Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson – When mystery author Josephine Tey decides to write a novel based on two notorious baby killers, her research entangles her in the search for a killer.

Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn – A collection of short stories featuring Kitty Norville, werewolf and radio personality, along with other supernatural creatures.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster  – The classic story of a young orphan girl and her benefactor, done as a Manga Literary Classic.

The Orchard by Theresa Weir – The tragic story of Weir’s life and marriage to a man who owned an apple orchard.

Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson  – The fourth book in the Crispin Guest series about a disgraced knight. Guest, now a tracker (investigator) is forced to take a case for the Archbishop of Canterbury, protecting Thomas a Becket’s bones. However, it’s on his watch that a pilgrim is murdered and Geoffrey Chaucer becomes the primary suspect.


Judy Starbuck said...

Lesa, I love going to your brown bag luncheons, if only vicariously. You always give me more books to add to my already LONG list of want-to-reads.

Liz V. said...

I have read any but The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King’s Mother, which I found disappointing. Fairly warned that not many facts available, but perhaps not enough to warrant book. Trying the fictional versions.

Liz V. said...

That "I have not read any". Sorry.

Karen C said...

Oh, these sound interesting! The only one I've read is Coming Up for Air. Hometown Girl is in my TBR pile. I will have to check the others out a bit more. Thanks!

Lesa said...

Good morning, Judy! And, there's another book on it's way to you. Mailed it to you on Friday.

Lesa said...


You may be right, not enough in that one to warrant a book, but it went well with Gregory's three novels.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Karen. I have a good time talking about the books. Now, my one for the public is next month, and I'll probably have some Christmas books for them.

Patricia Stoltey said...

What a great list of own reading list just got longer.

Nancy said...

I loved the first India Black, and I'm in the middle of the second one and really enjoying it! Good recommendation!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Patricia! Always happy to hear the TBR piles are larger.

Lesa said...

That second one is good, isn't it, Nancy? I really like this series.

Clea Simon said...

Wow, I wish I lived close enough to lunch with you. Thanks for the word on the new Carol Carr, though - I love this India Black series!

Tina said...

Who had time for lunch? I'd have been ogling all those books and fighting I'm sure to be able to take a few home. What a great list. Some of my favorites, and some new ones too!