What We Are Reading!

This month, as always, the Wenches have been indulging in an eclectic mix of books—many of them perfect for light-hearted holiday reads.

WhispersJoanna: I think I’ve mentioned Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series before. The first, Midnight Riot, introduces us to London cop Peter Grant. Grant is not just a canny policeman with an encyclopedic knowledge of the odd corners of the city, but a man who can sense the weird creatures who live in its shadows. Ghosts and monsters. Magical creatures.

This month I read Whispers Underground, Book Three in the series. Grant continues his training under Master Wizard Nightingale. The signature humor continues. The cynicism is firmly in place. The cast of quirky characters still delights.

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Cozy Criminal Ladies

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

by Mary Jo

I'm not a major mystery reader. I'm not especially interested in puzzle solving, I want interesting, likable characters, and wit is always good. I absolutely do NOT want gory stories and high body counts. In short, I tend to like cozy mysteries if they're well written and have good characters.

So every now and then I go on a cozy mystery binge with some of my favorite authors, so I thought I'd chat a bit about what I've been reading.

Mrs. Pollifax

The oldest series is Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax books, which started in the '70s and went up to 2000, I think.  (Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled)  Emily Pollifax is a sweet white-haired widow who raises prize geraniums and was really bored with her life. So naturally she went to the CIA and volunteered to work for them. <G>

 

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Guests Carla Kelly and Carola Dunn

CarlaKelly We are delighted to announce that Carla Kelly, popular writer of wonderful,CarlaKellyBk heartwarming historical romances, will be joining us on Monday, December 7 to talk about her books, her writing, and in particular her story in the new anthology, A Regency Christmas. Anne Gracie will be the host.
 
Then on Friday, December 11, Mary Jo welcomes guest Carola Dunn.  Carola is an established author of Regency romances who has branched out into cozy mysteries with her Daisy Dalrymple series set in England in the 1920s.CarolaDunn
 
Mark your calendars and join us this coming week!