In recent weeks, I’ve finished a couple of good books that I want to pass along to my reader friends.
The House of Unexpected Sisters, No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith. I always buy this series, and in hardback. That shows how much I know I will like it. These books are for savoring. Since being introduced to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books years ago by two writer friends, I have looked forward to each one in turn. Now they crowd my shelf of favorite books.
In this new story, we are once more with dear Precious Ramotswe, our lady detective, and all the old friends, who are dealing with various perplexities and conflicts of life. Precious somehow sorts it all out. The characters are so human and adorable.
Mr. Smith has a subtle and deft talent that draws in the reader. We don’t have a murder here, but we do have a number of mysteries. After some chapters, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was wondering where the mysteries were, when, bang! I was right in the midst of a number and had to keep reading to find out the answers. I found this installment of our detective ladies one of the better in the series for the past few years. If you enjoy high-quality writing, warm humor and insightful novels, you want to give this one a try.
The Twelfth Child, by Bette Lee Crosby.
This story spans the lifetime of Abigail Anne Lannigan, born of a loving mother and cruel father, and how she survived hardship and mistakes, and even thrived to pass on a legacy to a young woman friend. It really is several stories within one story, as we see what happens upon her death. There is no lagging in this book, as in so many sagas. Crosby keeps everything moving. The story takes place in Virginia, from the hill country to the coastal plain, and I hear in memory my own people. The characters reminded me of where I came from, the same tone of voice, and I can see them all. This was the first novel I have read by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby, but it will not be the last.
I would appreciate recommendations of good books you all out there are reading. It would be great if you would share with me and with others who read this post in the comments below.
Blessings for enjoyable reading,