Morality for Beautiful Girls – Alexander McCall Smith

morality for beautiful girls imageI was challenged to read a book from an unfamiliar genre, so this was my first mystery book. Set in hot, small town Garborne, Botswana. Mma. Ramotswe leads her very own detective agency. Her own life becomes overwhelmed with matters outside of the agency. Her fiancée develops an unfamiliar illness, a small boy is discovered in the wild, there’s financial struggles, and she must travel to solve a case. The story pleasantly moved along and I wanted to keep reading to see how all the mysteries would be solved. The ending wraps up but certainly leads into the next novel, which will probably be my second mystery novel. (submitted by SVI)

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Unnatural Habits: a Phryne Fisher mystery – Kerry Greenwood

unnatural_habits_imageMiss Phryne Fisher is a glamorous “flapper” who solves mysteries with the help of her minions.  Detective Inspector Jack Robinson respects and admires her but also at times finds her “leaping into the fray” rather exasperating. This mystery delves into the seedier areas of Melbourne, Australia.  Pregnant girls are sent the Magdalene Laundry, where they are going missing, and a rather pushy young female reporter who views this as her scoop is also missing.  Very pretty young blond girls are being abducted as well.  A fun read! (submitted by WC)

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Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James

If anybody can do justice to Jane Austen’s beloved characters, it is P.D. James. This book chronicles the lives of the Darcys six years after their marriage, and the events of one night, the eve of their most important ball, which throw everyone into a state of mayhem. By present day “thriller” standards, the mystery itself may be rather tame but the writing is true to Jane Austen’s characters, and Pride and Prejudice lovers will enjoy it immensely. (submitted by library customer MA)

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning – Nancy Pickard

Jody ‘s father was murdered and her mother disappeared when she was just a baby.  Now, the man convicted of the murder has been released and granted a new trial.  Jodi has to face once again all the anger and sadness related to the trauma of losing both parents. I couldn’t put this book down – it was absolutely  compelling. (submitted by WC)

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Still Life – Louise Penny

I would call this book a Canadian ‘cozy’ mystery that takes place in rural Quebec.  Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is a complex but thoughtful man who is near the end of his career.  Part of the story looks at how he likes to work with his team of detectives while the rest, of course, helps us solve the crime from the collection on characters who live in the small town where a murder, or maybe more than one, were committed.  The book was interesting enough to get me reading the second book in the series, I really enjoyed it. (submitted by RZW)

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Death of a Kingfisher – M.C. Beaton

The small village of Braikie, Scotland, is looking for ways to bring tourists to their area to help the town deal with the effects of the recession.  Town council decides to change the name of Buchan’s Woods, a lovely wood with a pond, to Fairy Glen.  Fairy Glen is advertised as a magical place a where brightly coloured  kingfishers nest.  The advertising is successful and the coach tours roll in. The town is shocked when the kingfisher is found hanging from a tree. Constable Hamish Macbeth is brought in first to investigate vandalism at Fairy Glen and then the death of a local woman. (submitted by WC)

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