Thursday, August 25, 2016
Reading right now:
“Arsenic with Austen” by Katherine Bolger Hyde. When English teacher, Emily Cavanaugh inherits an estate from her great aunt, she hears rumors that her aunt was murdered and finds herself being targeted for death. Is it possible that the people developing the coastal village where her aunt lived into a major resort want her out of the way?
Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel” by Mignon F. Ballard. First grade teacher Miss Dimple is the main character in Mignon F. Ballard’s series the latest of which came out this month. This is the fifth book in the series.
Other Mysterious Things:
As summer ends, it’s back to school. Lots of mystery books have main characters who are going to college or changing careers, or are teachers or professors. In Donald Bain’s Murder She Wrote series, Jessica Fletcher is a retired English teacher. Watch out for his latest in the series coming out in October called “Hook, Line, and Murder.” The Ohio Amish mystery series by P. L. Gaus features History Professor Michael Branden. If you like Bill Crider, you may have read his Sally Good series. Dr. Good is the Head of the English and Fine Arts Division of Hughes Community College in Texas. In August, Crider presented the 23rd book in Dan Rhodes series (“Survivors Will Be Shot Again”). Laurien Berenson writes a series with Melanie Travis who is a special education teach and dog lover. Her latest in the series came out in July (“Life and let Growl”). Erika Chase’s book club series features Lizzie Turner, a tutor and literacy teacher. The fifth book in the series came out last year in September so, hopefully, there will be a new book soon. Elizabeth Spann Craig’s 10th Myrtle Clover mystery “Cruising for Murder” just appeared. Myrtle is a retired English teacher who is bored and ready for action.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Reading right now:
“Die Like an Eagle” by Donna Andrews. Andrews’ 20th book in the Meg Lanslow series, has Meg and Michael participating in typical suburban parent fashion in their sons’ youth baseball team. Between fighting with the league’s head, trying to discover who killed the brother of the league’s head, and keeping the boys from running the wrong way around the bases, the Lanslow family is, as usual, in over its head.
“A Catered Tea Party” by Isis Crawford. In this 12th book in the Mystery with Recipes series, the opening of the remodeled Blue House art complex finds catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons planning a tea party for the opening night fundraiser. When the billionaire who is funding the project is murdered, the sisters find themselves with a long list of suspects.