Monday, January 16, 2017

My Winter 2017 Reading List

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It's a cold, winter evening. You're curled up in your favorite chair, wrapped in a warm, knit blanket, a cup of cocoa steaming by your side. The logs crackle in your fireplace as snow gently taps against the frosty window pane. The world is quiet after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. What better time is there to settle in with a good book and unwind? And when it's chilly outside, nothing warms me up faster than a heart-pounding thriller. Here are the five mystery novels on my to-be-read pile this winter!

• The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
In the quiet British village of St. Mary's Mead, you'll find no man hated more than Colonel Protheroe. Everyone has a reason to want Colonel Protheroe dead, even the pious church vicar. So when Colonel Protheroe is found dead (in the vicar's study, no less), a whole town becomes suspect. With so many motives for murder, the local police have a tangled web of a case on their hands. Yet the only person truly capable of getting to the bottom of things, with her eye for detail and a mind adept at solving the trickiest of puzzles, is notorious village spinster, Miss Jane Marple. Who killed the Colonel? And is anyone in St. Mary's Mead truly innocent?

For fans of: The Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie, the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Conan Arthur Doyle

• The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
A dead body is found in the library of Gossington Hall, residence of Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry. Despite being found in their home, the Bantrys have never seen the beautiful, well-dressed woman before. While the Colonel calls for the police to solve the case, Mrs. Bantry contacts her old friend, Miss Marple, everyone's favorite spinster amateur detective, to gain her input on this new, mind-boggling murder. How did the mysterious woman die? Who would want her dead? And why did her body end up in the Bantrys' library?

For fans of: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene, the Ellery Queen series by Ellery Queen

• In the Woods by Tana French
It's the summer of 1984. Three boys go missing, and only one returns home, afraid and covered in blood. Twenty years later that boy is now a part of the Dublin Murder Squad, investigating a mystery eerily similar to the one he lived through as a child. Facing the past may be the only way to solve the present, even if there are psychological costs involved. Has the same person been stalking the children of Knocknaree for decades? And what really happened twenty years ago?

For fans of: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, Still Life by Louise Penny, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

• Her by Harriet Lane
Two women from different lives are drawn together, seemingly by chance. But all is not as it seems. Despite the fact that one of the two doesn't recognize the other, the pair have met before in a long ago time and place. Hurt and history both run deep, and now one of them is out to make the other pay for her misdeeds. Written from both characters' point of view, Her is a cautionary tale of motherhood and revenge.

For fans of: You by Caroline Kepnes, Second Life by S.J. Watson, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

• The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Down-on-his-luck detective, Cormoran Strike, is running low on wins. But everything turns around when a new client hires him to investigate the death of supermodel, Lula Landry. The police have deemed it a suicide, but her brother suspects there is more than meets the eye. Soon, Strike is pulled deep into the seedy underbelly of fame and fortune proving that all that glitters is not gold, and sometimes the bright lights of Tinseltown hide darker truths.

For fans of: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What better way to spend the long, dark, winter nights than to dive headfirst into a good book? The temps may be below freezing, but a heart-pumping page turner will heat things up in no time. That's my weekends sorted!

Have you read any of these books? What's on your to-be-read pile this winter?

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