November’s Books

I read a variety of books in November, one biography, one book of short stories, and 7 novels, four of which were crime fiction. All enjoyable reads:

  1. Silver Lies by Ann Parker (from my Kindle TBR), a murder mystery set in 1879/80 in the silver-mining town of Leadville, Colarado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
  2. A Fear of Dark Water by Craig Russell (Library Book) the sixth book featuring Jan Fabel, the head of Hamburg’s Murder Commission set in Hamburg.
  3. Even Dogs In the Wild by Ian Rankin – the latest Rebus mystery.
  4. Mrs Jordan’s Profession by Claire Tomalin (Biography, TBR),  the story of actress Dora Jordan and her relationship with the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV .
  5. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro,  the story of a widow, Etsuko living in Britain, as she reminisces about her past life in Japan shortly after the war, living at the edge of the wasteland of Nagasaki.
  6. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (Library Book), a beautiful book with, lovely lyrical descriptions, somewhat magical and mystical and underlying the text is the changing position of women in society in the 1920s.
  7. Bliss and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield, a collection of fourteen short stories originally published in 1920.
  8. The Abbess of Whitby: a Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dallaway (Review Book), historical fiction set in 7th century Britain.
  9. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas (LB), the 8th book in her series of Commissaire Adamsberg books, an intriguing mystery full of  eccentric and quirky characters.

My book of the month is a draw between, Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin and Mrs Jordan’s Profession by Claire Tomalin; impossible to choose between two excellent books in completely different genres.

Nov 15 bks

 

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