Updated: Because I totally forgot to include one of the books I read last month!
I read 8 9 books in March: 3 Non-fiction and 5 6 Fiction (heavy on the mystery).
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
This was a new mystery series for me, focusing on Daisy Dalrymple, an upper-class British young lady, trying to make it on her own as a magazine reporter. When a guest at the Estate she has come to profile turns up dead, Daisy helps the Scotland Yard detective with his investigation. This was light and entertaining and fun – definitely a cozy mystery.
Let me just say that Frances Perkins was awesome – and if you don’t know any thing more about her than Baby in Dirty Dancing was named after her, you should read this book. It’s especially relevant in light of the recent passage of health care reform, which was one of the social programs Perkins pushed for (and the only major one she didn’t get).
The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
The next in the Daisy Dalrymple series – this follows the same premise. Daisy heads off to profile a Country House for her magazine and finds a dead body. I think I liked this one even better than the first.
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
My aunt recommended this mystery, and I’m glad she did, I really thought this book was great. Set in the early 1900s in New York (the city and surrounding area) it focuses on the violent murder of a brilliant female Mathematics scholar. This is Pintoff’s first book and it makes me excited for what she might right next.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
This novel follows the goings-on of the inhabitants of an Edinburgh apartment building (at 44 Scotland Street). McCall Smith got the idea for the story after a conversation with Armistead Maupin about stories serialized in the newspaper. (Maupin’s Tales of the City was serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle). The conversation inspired McCall Smith to approach The Scotsman with the idea of a serialized story and that’s where this book was originally published. The two books do remind me of each (probably because with serialized stories it’s important to have really good character development) and if you liked Tales of the City, I think you’ll enjoy 44 Scotland Street.
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet
This book was one my neighbor and I settled on for our book club of two (our theme: mysteries and junk food), but it was just meh for me. Luckily we read Shadow of Gotham as well.
And that was my March! What did you read?