These are my latest three reads, State of the Onion was this month’s read for the Cozy Mystery Corner on Goodreads. This was an okay cozy mystery, more action or tension than the average cozy and less character development. I think this is mainly due to the White House setting and all the attendant security and political issues. The book was well written and paced, however some of it seemed to push hard at the boundaries of belief suspension. Many readers do enjoy this series and so I am inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt and think about reading another in the series.
Stirring the Plot is the third in the Cookbook nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber, who also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries that I like under the name of Avery Aames. This book has a Halloween setting and witches abound, all in good fun until one of them ends up dead. The witches, a charitable group, and others come under suspicion and the twists and turns uncover secrets and misdirect the reader and Jenna, the sleuth. The romance subplot begun in earlier books continues to develop here as does Jenna’s life and immersion in the community, which she moved to in order to recover from her husband’s death. I heartily recommend this fun, fast paced cozy mystery.
Making Marion was an impulse pick up for me from the library. I was scanning the new arrival shelves and the cover popped out at me. This book handles the topic of childhood neglect and its impacts sensitively without being maudlin. Marion is still, as an adult, dealing with the rejection from her mother and the resulting selective mutism, but has bravely chosen to strike out on her own in search of answers about her beloved father who died when she was a child. She meets a motley crew of campground characters and makes her way into their unconventional “family” with the help of Scarlett, the owner. Lovely happy ending after some bittersweet moments, themes of loving yourself, forgiveness and family are all explored in this charming book. I will definitely look for more by this author, Beth Moran.
I “read” another book besides these three this week, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death.
I read this as the November read for the Kindle English Mystery book club. I use the word read lightly. This book is organized into a series of loosely connected short stories with recurring characters. I read the first one and then skipped around and read another. Finally, I skimmed most of it. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t get into the character or the book. To be fair I don’t really read many historical fictions and very few with religious undertones, so it might work for other readers.