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May 16, 2006

April Reads

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(Explanation of the ratings)

12. Bad Kitty by Michelle Jaffe
Genre: Young adult
Rating: 3.9
Comments: Cute! I've been reading Jaffe's blog since it started, so I was eager to read her first YA book. It was a bit far-fetched, and at times seemed a bit affected, but overall, I loved it. Silly and clever and fun.

13. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4
Comments: This series comes highly recommended by my mom (as well as various bloggers), but I'd somehow never read one before. So good! Mrs. Pollifax is absolutely hilarious, and there was all sorts of fun stuff about Cold War-era espionage, as well. It's a classic series and I'd recommend it to any mystery reader.

14. A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.8
Comments: I've been reading King's Mary Russell series for years, but this was the first time I'd read her Kate Martinelli series. This was her first novel, and it was great. King writes the contemporary setting as well as she does the historical, and I can't wait for her next book, which is going to combine the two series. (Except I have three more Kate Martinelli books to read first, so I'd better get going on that.)

15. Suspense and Sensibilityby Carrie Bebris
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.3
Comments: I gave the first in this series, Pride and Prescience, a good review, so I had high hopes for this one, and Bebris didn't disappoint. I loved the way she managed to combine characters from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. As with the first, it did contain a supernatural element, but it was believable within the context of the story. The actual mystery wasn't terribly shocking, but oh, what a fun book.

16. My Cup Runneth Over by Cherry Whytock
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5
Comments: Another cute YA chick lit novel, this one British. Tone is similar to Louise Rennison, or maybe a younger Bridget Jones. The main character, Angel, is realistic and likeable, if rather wealthy and a bit twee.

17. Hardscrabble Road by Jane Haddam
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.5
Comments: This is the newest entry in one of my favorite mystery series, featuring retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian. Haddam has written over twenty of them, but the quality hasn't dropped off. My main complaint about this one was that my favorite supporting character was absent. Other than that, it was up to Haddam's usual standard. Fans of Elizabeth George or P.D. James should give this series a try. Start with Not a Creature Was Stirring if you're a whole-series-in-order person, or Somebody Else's Music if you want to start with something more recent and easier to find.

Posted by Kat at May 16, 2006 10:13 PM

Whoa, the next Laurie R. King book is going to combine both series?! I thought the Kate Martinelli series was dead, dead, dead - guess I'd better do some refreshing. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by: Chris at May 16, 2006 08:55 PM

I've never been much of a mystery reader so I am thrilled to learn about the Carrie Bebris mysteries. I am currently re-reading P&P for Knit the Classics so these seem a timely addition to my reading list!

Posted by: Deb at May 16, 2006 09:57 PM

Oh, for a minute there I thought you were saying there was a new Kate Martinelli book! The next book (when it comes) should be interesting.

Have you read anything by Sharon McCrumb? She has two series ... the Ballad novels, which are set in Appalachia, and a series about a forensic anthropologist named Elizabeth MacPherson (more humorous in tone). She's a wonderful writer.

Posted by: Ruth at May 17, 2006 09:07 AM

I love Sharon McCrumb's books. Started with her Bimbo's of the Death Star book. And Mrs. Pollifax! I haven't read those in years.

Hardscrabble Road looks good. Cool. I need a new series.

Posted by: Carrie K at May 17, 2006 01:07 PM

Thanks for the reviews for Carrie Bebris' books...they are on my list, but haven't read either yet...just finished Hardscrabble Road...I agree that this series just gets better! Also just finished Laurie R. King's Locked Rooms...can't wait for her combo-series book!

Posted by: Nancie at May 17, 2006 05:44 PM
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