Some quality pun titles this month. And by "quality," I mean truly awful puns that made the whole family laugh (seriously, Caught Bread Handed) and inspired lots of giddy conversation and ideas for punny mystery titles of our own.
With a long weekend, a week of vacation and not one but two business trips, I read a lot of books in August. I'm not even sure if I have them all listed here. No recaps this month. Too many. So here's the occasionally annotated list.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling. Technically, I read this one in July but I forgot to list it. So here it is. I liked it, no shocker.
- Silence of the Lamps - Karen Rose Smith. Pun alert!
- The Mirror Thief – Martin Seay. This book really wants to be taken seriously. I should probably reread it sometime when I feel like reading a more serious book. I think I missed a lot. Or it wanted me to think I was missing a lot. On the surface, it was an enjoyable three-layer story: 1500s Venice, 1950s Venice Beach, California and modern day Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. There was definitely more going on under the surface. Or at least I think there probably was.
- Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery - Ellie Alexander. Puntastic! Plus, I actually really like this series.
- That Old Black Magic - Mary Jane Clark.
- Death of a Bacon Heiress - Lee Hollis.
- Seventh Grave and No Body - Darynda Jones. Yup, charm of thsi series has worn off for sure.
- Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard.
- 1984 - George Orwell. Lily just read 1984, and we've been having some great conversations. I thought I better reread this book since the first time I read it way back when I was a kid,it was still “fiction.” I remember needing some contextualizing around totalitarianism and the WW2 to really understand it. Amazing how it actually feels more relevant now than it did in the '80s.
- Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page - Stuart McLean. Love, comfort. No need for cheesy chicken soup books when the Vinyl Cafe is around.
- Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill. Seriously so good. Heartachingly well-written and absorbing.
- Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy - A. Gardner.
- Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella.
- Musseled Out - Barbara Ross.
- Irma Voth - Miriam Toews.
- Guidebook to Murder - Lynn Calhoun.
- The Kingmaker's Daughter - Phillipa Gregory.
- What the Fly Saw - Frankie Bailey.