With the help of my friends, I found a list of easy books to capture my attention.
Carol Goodman, one of my favorite Gothic mystery writers, always adds a literary flavor to her stories as she maintains the suspense. Her latest book – The Other Mother – had me reading through the night. Daphne Marist and Laurel Hobbes, new mothers suffering from post-partum depression, meet in a support group and become best friends. As Goodman develops the tale, I wasn’t sure which one had been murdered, if one had assumed the other’s identity, or even if there were really two women. It’s a gripping page-turner and so much fun to read.
Joanna Trollope’s modern version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is easier to follow if you know the original story, and Janeites may know Austen’s novels well enough to predict exactly what will happen next. Whether or not you are familiar with the plot (from Austen’s book or the movie with Emma Thomspon), this updated story will make you want to read to the happy ending of Trollope’s version.
After avoiding her books for so long, I finally read the first in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels – Still Life. I enjoyed it more than I had expected. In Still Life, Penny establishes the setting in Three Pines. Her description of this fictional town near Montreal made me want to book a flight to find it. Gamache is introduced as the brilliant investigator who speaks fluent French as well as Cambridge educated English, and he starts each investigation with a croissant and a coffee – a civilized approach to murder.
Next on my agenda are two easy reads: a paperback I found buried in my stash – To Capture What We Cannot Keep – a nineteenth century romance by Scottish writer Beatrice Colin – set in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower construction; and Mary Alice Munroe’s beach read – appropriately titled Beach House Reunion.
Waiting in the wings:
- William Trevor’s Last Stories
- Frances Mayes’ Women in Sunight
- Madeleine Miller’s Circe
A great start to the summer…