Title: Death in an Ivory Tower by Maria Hudgins (A Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery #5) Checked out from public library. Why I chose this book: I have loved this series and always catch the newest one when it comes out. About the book: Dotsy Lamb, an ancient and medieval history teacher from VA, is attending a conference at Oxford UK, with her professor Larry Roberts, on "The Lingering Effects of the King Arthur Tales on Life in Elizabethan England". Her contribution to the conference would be "Shakespeare's Historical Sources and References to Arthurian Legend in his Plays" which comes from her dissertation she is currently writing. After getting settled in at the dorm rooms at one of the colleges the first night, one of the presenters dies mysteriously after dinner. Dotsy thinks right off the bat that something simply does not add up right. Along with her best friend, Lettie, who is staying in the same dorm but not attending the conference but assisting her doctor daughter who is participating in a doctor trade program, she sifts through the animosity between all the speakers to determine if there was foul play. She gets really confused when Lettie's daughter gets shot right outside her rental house. Where do the two incidents related? When the killer tries to do her in also, Dotsy waits up to see who shows up and catches them in a trap of sorts. Tidbit of info from the book: Learned lots of little tidbits on theories of topics of this conference. My rating: Good read Check out the author's website for other books: http://mariahudgins.com/
Title: Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (A Cat in the Stacks Mystery #6) Checked out from public library. Why I chose this book: I have loved this series and always catch the newest one when it comes out. About the book: Charlie Harris is an archivist for a library in Athena MS, along with his trusted companion Diesel, a Maine Coon cat, who goes everywhere with him. So when the local mayor finds some hidden diaries, in her attic, of her husband's great-great grandmother, Rachel Afton Long, and wants them preserved for everyone to read, Charlie is the man to see. But what the mayor does not anticipate is so many people wanting to read them right off the bat. Wanting to read them so bad, they would steal and murder for them. The diaries prove to be enlightening of the trials and tribulations about the time of the Civil War but could one volume damage a family legacy? When one of the most eager readers dies from a hit and run, Charlie wants to know what's up. Lots of library research for him to figure out what is going on and who the killer is. Tidbit of info from the book: "The standard ink used at the time was iron gall, or oak gall, ink made from a combination of iron salts, tannic acids and vegetable matter. The latter tended to be the galls, formed by wasps that infested oak trees and caused the plant tissue to swell, The resulting ink is acidic and sometimes caused so-called ghost writing on the obverse side of the writing surface, usually vellum or paper." My rating: Must read Check out the author's website for other books: http://www.catinthestacks.com/
Title: Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery)
Checked out from public library.
Why I chose this book: The setting of a book store inside a restaurant.
About the book: Read 'Em and Eat Café and Book Corner is run by Mary "Sassy" Cabot and Bridget Mayfield, in Fort Myers Beach, FLA. A cozy café that has tables honoring authors, a menu that has literary specials and that is host to many book clubs meetings. Older cousins Augusta and Delia like to attend one of those book club and when Delia was found dead the next morning after one meeting, Augusta declares Sassy must find out who killed her. When not staring into the blue eyes of the new Police Lieutenant, Sassy is crossing off suspects on her list of possible murders. This was quite a entertaining read and I will look forward to many more in this series.
Great laugh from the book: "If we weren't in Southern Florida, I would have thought we were mid-snowstorm in Brooklyn, that's how white the kitchen was - the floor, both work counters, the stove, even a swath of wall. My first thought was food fight. But no. A food fight would require cooked food, This mess looked like someone took bags of flour, slit the sides, held then at arm's length and shook."
Tidbit of info: "Ten Thousand Islands... no one's ever counted them, of course. The are so many types of landmasses down there....right here on the south bank of the Chatham River, Possum Key is a large island, while on the north bank is a smaller body, originally a shell mount, which provided fertile farmland for the likes of Edgar Watson and other settlers arriving either side of 1900."
My rating: Should read
Check out the author's website for other books: http://terriefarleymoran.com/
I have the greatest job in the world. I buy books for a library. Good for me because I love books. I average reading about 4 books a week. But I seem to get them faster than I read them. And I check out books from the library very regularly. I am swamped with books I haven't read yet but I know I will catch up. Eventually. This blog is for giving my opinion on the books I have read and enjoyed or not enjoyed. I either check books out from the library, buy them and then donate them to the library or win them. I have never received any kind of compensation for my opinions. But if you like my thoughts or agree with them, I would love to hear from you.