Welcome to Three Pines, a community in rural Quebec that could really be any town anywhere, with its dynamic and interesting characters. This first book in a series introduces Three Pines and the main character, Chief Detective Armand Gamache, who is an interesting and deep character. Mystery readers will connect with him immediately. With good plot turns, well developed characters, and crime, Louise Penny’s first novel is deserving of its awards.
The first in a new series by Janet Evanovich, Wicked Appetite is a fun, easy read. Main character Elizabeth Tucker or Lizzy is a strong interesting character whom readers will enjoy getting to know.
Lizzy, a pastry chef by trade, finds out she has an unmentionable ability to identify enchanted objects. The objects she is supposed to identify are the seven stones of power, each said to represent one of the seven deadly sins. She is joined by Diesel, another unmentionable there to protect her, Gerwulf Grimoire, there to use her ability to enhance his power, a one eyed ninja cat, a monkey and others who help her to locate the first of the stones — the gluttony stone. Recommended.
Set in bohemian New York City, this book shows what it was like to be a woman and an artist at the turn of the twentieth century. Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of the first to recognize women’s artistic abilities and have women working in his studio. Clara Driscoll is head of his women’s division and at times his muse. A colorful cast of characters share Clara’s triumphs and challenges. Based on truth, this is a moving glimpse into an important time in our history. Recommended.