Eight books this month–not bad with Christmas in the mix! I finished my Patricia Cornwell re-read when I received her latest for Christmas and I will recap those below. She has another book due out in October but I will content myself with maybe re-reading just her latest before I read that one> 🙂

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell

Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta’s Winter Table by Patricia Cornwell

Food to Die For: Secrets From Kay Scarpetta’s Kitchen by Patricia Cornwell

Unnatural Death by Patricia Cornwell

You’ll notice a couple of these are not novels at all. Scarpetta’s Winter Table is a series of short stories set around Christmas time that include recipes that the characters make in the stories. Food to Die For is a straight-up cookbook with dishes made throughout the series up to that point. Kay Scarpetta is a gifted cook and it’s one of here most endearing qualities, so these are fun to have.  My complaints about her more recent books still stand, but Unnatural Death was better than the last book she published, and honestly all of them were better upon re-reading with the exception of the retcons.

The Best of Bad Hemingway by Harry’s Bar & American Grill

This was laugh-out-loud funny for anyone familiar with Hemingway. It’s a curated selection of entries in the annual Bad Hemingway writing contest.

The Holy Innocents by JT Dwyer

This is the final installment in a trilogy whose first two entries I wrote about here and here.  It’s extremely well-written; it’s dark; it’s full of redemption. It’s a Catholic novel for Catholics who aren’t afraid of adult language and themes. It’s a sweeping family saga that crosses over centuries. There is a lot going on in here and I am in awe of the author, who I happen to know in real life.

And that’s a wrap for a whole year of reading! Next up will be a post with my ten favorite reads for 2023!



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