Deep into dealing with William’s first semester at the University of Tennessee, I would not have made my goal if my choices had been more ambitious!  But I managed seven this month.

Fat Luther, Slim Pickin’s by Marcia Lane-McGee and Shannon Wimp Schmidt

The subtitle–A Black Catholic Celebration of Faith, Tradition, and Diversity–really says it all about this book by the podcasters behind Plaid Skirts and Basic Black, which you should check out it you haven’t already.

Funerals Are Fatal by Agatha Christie

I am sure I have mentioned my love of Dame Agatha. This was a comfort read, and I think an especially clever one.

Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

I continue to be amazed by Greg Iles’s genre-hopping abilities. Based on a particularly dark premise of an artist abducting and murdering women and painting their portraits afterward, it kept me guessing till the end.

Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell

This is the third and last and craziest installment of Cornwell’s Andy Brazil series which I have mentioned before. I wish she had written more of them because they are hilarious.

The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie

Everyone knows about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but only true Christie aficionados know about the partners in solving past crimes, Mr. Satterthwaite and Harley Quin. This collection of short stories is haunting and surprisingly emotional.

Post-Mortem by Patricia Cornwell

I am going back to the beginning of this series and look forward to seeing how they change as they go along from Scarpetta’s modest beginnings as the first woman to head the Medical Examiner’s office in Virginia to her eventual status as famed expert in just about everything! This is the book that started it all, where my attachment to these characters began.

Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

Another solid entry in the series. I have to say I like her older novels best.

Yes, most of these were really short. But they still count!


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