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November 30, 2010

Books Read in November

A lot of mysteries, a biography written for younger women, two wonderful foodie books, and a little bit of serious fiction.

The Shadows in the Street, by Susan Hill
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Barron (the newest in her series with Jane Austen as her sleuth; a little too improbable, but a good read for old times' sake)
The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny (the fourth .... or fifth? ... book in her Three Pines series, and wonderful; I'm reading the first book in the series now and have the others stacked up and waiting)
The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton, by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor
An Impartial Witness, by Charles Todd (his second mystery about World War I nurse Bess Crawford; his Inspector Rutledge series is more moody and imaginative, but this is a good period piece too)
As Always, Julia:  the letters of Julia Child & Avis DeVoto, edited by Joan Reardon
The Dark Vineyard, by Martin Walker (the second book in his series about the police chief in Saint-Denis, a village in the Dordogne; a good read in a busy week)
Fannie's Last Supper, by Chris Kimball
The Viognier Vendetta, by Ellen Crosby (a mystery from a series set in Virginia wine country; good company while I was cooking and driving but not especially appealing)

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