Wow, a whopping twelve books read this month. First off, I read all the remaining previously unread Jo-Ann Mapson books our library has. Owen's Daughter and Along Came Mary I rated as 3's. Hank and Chloe and its follow-up, Loving Chloe, I gave 3.5's. The fifth book, Finding Casey, I gave a 4.0. I was well into the book before realizing I had read it before - a little over two years ago. It is the follow-up to Solomon's Oak which I read last month. It was good to re-read Finding Casey so soon after Solomon's Oak - tied up the story line for me. I gave the book a 3.5 two years ago and a 4.0 this time. I think I appreciated Mapson's insight into the psychology of a kidnap/abuse victim a little more on second reading.
Debbie Macomber's A Turn In The Road rated a 3. A cute, light romance given to me by a friend and one I'll pass along.
Five more 4.0's: Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. This was the Gone Girl author's first novel. Just as edgy as Gone Girl. Picture of how dysfunctional parents can affect their children.
The Murder Room by P.D. James has convinced me I should have been reading this prolific author all along. The good news is there are many of her books waiting to be read. I'm quite fond of her Scotland Yard Detective Adam Dalgliesh. This book is #12 in the series.
Reading The Red Tent introduced me to Anita Diamant's writing skills. I really liked The Boston Girl. It is the story of family, friendships, and feminism as seen through the life of a young Jewish girl growing up in the North End of Boston in the early 20th Century.
Felicia's Journey by Irish novelist William Trevor is a psychological thriller reminiscent of Minette Walters or Ruth Rendell. The writing is brilliant. The ending is surprising. Unfortunately this is the only Trevor book our library has. I should like to read more of his writings.
Lucy (A president, a marriage, a love affair) by Ellen Feldman is a fictionalized account of the love affair between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherford. Based on actual letters and other historical accounts, it is a moving story of the love between two people who could not be together. Very readable and an insightful look into the lives of some famous people.
Lastly, the only 4.5 this month: A Long Shadow by Charles Todd. I do adore my English crime solvers. Inspector Ian Rutledge is still suffering the effects of being in the trenches during WWI. While he tries to hide his post traumatic stress disorder, he is sent to the countryside to find whomever critically injured the local constable with an arrow to the back. But before he can find the perpetrator, he must first solve the disappearance of a young woman three years prior. Somehow the two cases are connected. To add to the drama, Inspector Rutledge is being followed by an 'invisible' stalker intent on harm. These Charles Todd books are excellent. Our library has the latest one, I just have to patiently wait my turn!