Happy New Year! Here’s wishing everyone a joyful, healthy, happy, book-filled 2021 I’m so looking forward to sharing the journey of the coming year with all of you– and piles of books, of course.
Over the past couple of weeks, while I’ve been largely off-line with my family, I’ve discovered a new to me 1970s British mystery author, Catherine Aird, with an understated sense of snark that I love (the books remind me a little of Elizabeth Peters’s earlier Jacqueline Kirby books in terms of the time period and some of the internal monologue).
And, of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without one of Donna Andrews’s Christmas-themed excursions in her long-running Meg Langslow mystery. This year it was Lark! The Herald Angels Sing featuring a Christmas pageant with an unexpected visitor and villains routed with Christmas carols.
I devoured Matthew Haig’s The Midnight Library, about a woman who thinks she has nothing left to live for, and, in that twilight space between life and death, explores all the lives she might have lived.
I bounced hard off a novel that will remain nameless, which got amazing reviews, but I found grim, clichéd, and thoroughly unpleasant– but made up for it by bouncing happily through Charlotte MacLeod’s elderly Christmas anthology, Christmas Stalkings, and making a list of new to me mystery authors whose books I now need to read.
And I have both Addie LaRue and a new Jenny Colgan novel still waiting for me, so 2021 is off to a happy start indeed.
What are you reading as the old year passes into the new?