Guess what. IT’S MAY! Usually this is the time of year we’re all starting to realize how fast it’s going. This year, however, I think we’re all happy to have the time passing by a little quicker these days. We’re all a little closer to the end of this (whenever that may be). But since we all have to face the realities of our current situation, a few favorites are in order for this list of what to read this month!
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
Krista Davis writes the ultimate cozy mysteries. Her Domestic Diva series is an absolute panacea to all that ails you if you just want to be taken care of, fed lots of delicious food, and oh, maybe solve an extremely low-stakes murder along the way.
Sophie Winston is a divorced event planner living in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. It’s a picturesque setting for Sophie’s Thanksgiving celebrations with her family (small town-ish hijinks include a Stuffing Contest and a large cast of neighbours all with ridiculous traits). It all goes awry when Sophie finds a body. Sophie can’t quell her natural curiosity, and of course, ends up investigating the murder with her friends.
Bottom line – maybe don’t think too hard when you read these, and instead soak up all the descriptions of food, and most of all, the masterful way Sophie draws people into her home and cares for them.
If you ever occasionally dream of being a B&B host or maybe the next Martha Stewart, this is the series for you. And luckily, there are a lot of them!
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Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
While this is the second in a series, like most romance novels, you really don’t need to read them in order. Not That Kind of Guy features tough-as-nails Bridget Nolan, a prosecutor in the sexual violence unit in Chicago, and law student Matt Kido – actual American royalty (well as close as one can come). And Bridget’s intern.
Both are consummate professionals while working with each other, completely ignoring the spark of attraction between the two of them. Matt’s internship ends, but then Bridget finds herself in need of a date to her brother’s bachelor bash in Las Vegas. They find themselves agreeing that perhaps what they need is a weekend fling to get it out of their systems and on with their lives. What they didn’t plan on? Getting married by Elvis in a chapel.
Newly married, and both realising that this relationship actually has some potential, even if only to piss off Matt’s parents and show Bridget’s ex she’s well and truly over him, they arrive back in Chicago and don’t immediately annul the marriage. And of course, this being a romance, they start to actually fall in love…
All in all, Not That Kind of Guy is a lovely book to curl up with, full of laughs. Recommended for when you need something with decent, kind characters falling in love with each other.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Known as the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie played a large part into developing the mystery novel as we know it today. And it’s never a bad idea to return to those classics!
Her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in a hundred foreign languages. Only sales of the Bible and Shakespeare are greater. Because of her documented skill in the mystery genre, it is a pleasure to take an occasional look back at some of her treasures. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is one of them.
Simeon Lee, a domineering old man, blessed with wealth but cursed with bad health, has invited his adult children home for the holidays. His sons hope the old man has become sentimental and will ask for forgiveness from his family. Simeon instead chooses to play some dastardly tricks on the people who hope to inherit his fortune.
Things change when Simeon is murdered on Christmas Eve, leaving a houseful of suspects and a puzzled locked-room mystery. Superintendent Sugden and Hercule Poirot certainly have their work cut out for them in this Clue-like saga that will bring a smile to your face.