Monday, August 3, 2015
Bookish Nostalgia - August 2015
Can you believe that it's August? This year seems to be going by so very fast. And, since I posted my July Bookish Nostalgia mid-month, this one is close on it's heels. Here's the books that I remember best or enjoyed most in August of 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010:
August 1995 - Ill Wind by Nevada Barr - If you've never read any of Nevada Barr's books about Park Ranger Anna Pigeon, you really should. This book is the 3rd in the series and it's set at a favorite place of mine - Mesa Verde. I loved the early books in this series and, of course, it's one that I fell behind on as time passed. The author started writing this series when she was a park ranger herself and so the settings are quite accurate and usually play a big part in the stories.
August 2000 - Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterthwait - I found this book to be a most unique one and I think that's why I remember it so well. The year is 1921 and Amanda Burton's family has a new neighbor. She's an older lady who was once acquitted of murder. Amanda befriends the lady, even though her stepmother tells her to stay away. And then Amanda's stepmother is killed and the police suspect Amanda's new friend, Lizzie Borden. I can still recall how interested I was to read a story with the infamous Lizzie Borden in her later years. I need to reread this one.
August 2005 - Death At Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn - This is the first book in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series, set in the 1920's. I love this series and when I discovered it in 2005, I read pretty much all the books that were available at that time over the course of a month or so. I think that might have been 12 books or something like that. Daisy is a titled young lady, but her family has lost their money and rather than live off her more wealthy relatives, as her mother wishes her to do, she becomes a magazine writer to earn her living. And she keep stumbling over bodies. And also stumbling over a very nice Scotland Yard detective. If you haven't read this series, you should.
August 2010 - A Trace Of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell - I read this book with my mystery group. It's the first book that features Hannah Vogel, crime reporter, and it's set in 1930's Berlin, before the war. It is quite, quite interesting and was well liked by our group. I had meant to read further in the series, but have not as yet. I loved the behind-the-scenes look at what was happening in Germany, plus a mystery included. This series has 4 books. And as luck would have it, Cathy at Kittling:Books posted a review of this book just last week. Click over and read what she has to say here. (Her blog is great - mostly mysteries - wonderful reviews.)
So, my August books seem to include 3 historical mysteries and 3 mystery series. Have you read any of these series or books? If you have, what did you think?