Jody

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Jody reads an eclectic mix of non-fiction, cozy mysteries and southern fiction...and, well, just about anything else.  Come pick her brain...

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The Maze at Windermere Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735221925
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Published: Viking - January 9th, 2018

A drunken wager - an antique motorcycle against a diamond necklace - begins this complex, even epic novel. Spanning three centuries, the characters are as diverse as their time periods, and range from a slave-owning orphaned Quaker girl to an over-the-hill tennis pro. Their only commonality is the setting of Newport, Rhode Island. This beautiful novel is one to be savored.

 


Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780307719775
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Published: Potter Style - November 23rd, 2010

I'm kind of enamored of this little volume. I've read several times that journaling is important for emotional health, but it takes a lot of time and effort. This I can manage. It contains a question a day for a year...but there is room for five years of answers - which translates into just a few lines. The questions range from the thoughtful - like 'What is your mission?' to the easy - like 'List three foods you ate today.' It's all kinds of fun, and very manageable.


The Murder Room Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400076093
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Published: Vintage - November 9th, 2004

I've always loved the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, but I hadn't picked one up in a long time. The Dupayne Museum was the obsession of its founder, but its lease is up and its continuation is dependent on all three of the sibling surviving heirs. Two are willing, but the third is a holdout - and the decision must be unanimous. Unfortunately, it becomes so when he is found in the garage - very dead. Was it a copycat murder, or did someone really, really want to keep the museum open? This was a delightful cozy mystery, and P.D. James never disappoints.
 


The Resurrection of Joan Ashby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081438
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 29th, 2017

I've always loved the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, but I hadn't picked one up in a long time. The Dupayne Museum was the obsession of its founder, but its lease is up and its continuation is dependent on all three of the sibling surviving heirs. Two are willing, but the third is a holdout - and the decision must be unanimous. Unfortunately, it becomes so when he is found in the garage - very dead. Was it a copycat murder, or did someone really, really want to keep the museum open? This was a delightful cozy mystery, and P.D. James never disappoints.


A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312614164
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 15th, 2011

I'm kind of obsessed with this series, even though it's been around for a long time. To me it's the perfect combination of great setting - the idyllic little village of Three Pines in Canada - intriguing mystery - the impossible death of a society matron - and perfect detective - Armand Gamache actually has a vivid personal life and a  personality that isn't a caricature. This series is smart and well-written, and I can't wait to pick up the next one.


Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

Elena Richardson and her family live a perfectly ordered life in a perfectly ordered community - that is, until Elena rents a little house to an unconventional artist and her teenage daughter Pearl. Elena's four children are soon drawn to the pair, and the newly-formed friendships begin to threaten Elena's perfect bubble and reveal its secrets. This was one of my favorite books of the year, and I was delighted that it's featured in our holiday catalog (with a coupon for 20% off!).


I, Eliza Hamilton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496712523
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

It's probably not surprising that the popularity of Alexander Hamilton would lead to his wife Eliza getting her own book. And as a key historical figure, this smart and strong-willed woman certainly deserves her own story. While this is a work of fiction, author Scott clearly did her research, and Eliza's story begins with her first meeting with the ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and Eliza becomes not only a much sought-after member of society but a political help to Alexander, tested by personal heartbreak, scandal, and (spoiler alert) young widowhood. This was a fascinating story of a less well-known figure of the American Revolution.


The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973806
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2017

Although she was best known as a novelist, the Queen of Crime P.D. James was often commissioned to write short Christmas stories by newspapers and magazines. This little book contains four of her best, and it was a fun way to start holiday reading. The stories are quite different from one another, although two of them feature her famous sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, and while a couple of the them are classic Christie-like cozies, none are sweet - and all had a surprising and satisfying ending. This was a delightful way to spend a snowy afternoon....


America: The Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780714873961
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 9th, 2017

We tend to carry more cookbooks at this time of year than at any other, and this one just might be my new favorite. It contains hundreds of regional favorite recipes from the homespun - macaroni and cheese and classic roast turkey - to the sophisticated, like Smoked Trout Morels. Each state also has its own guest essay with topics at his discretion, including food memories, cultural trends, and state specialties. My only quibble is that there are no pictures, but since this lovely book is already 767 pages, there is hardly room for more.  This would make a fantastic holiday gift!


Give Me the Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780008259082
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Published: HQ - October 24th, 2017

Child psychologist Dr. Caitlin Lupo longs for another child, despite the psychosis that institutionalized her during her first pregnancy. So when ten-year-old Ruby Winter shows up on the doorstep in the middle of the night, Cat is certainly willing to take her in. But as details of Ruby's mother's 'accidental' death, evidence of bullying, and her husband's unwillingness to seek help for Ruby emerge, Cat finds herself going to unimaginable lengths to save her own daughter. In the tradition of "Gaslight," this psychological thriller was a 'can't put it down' read....


Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250068736
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 30th, 2015

Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series has long been on my 'Someday' reading list. And I'm sorry that it took so long to get to it, because I'm finding this series absolutely charming. The lovely little village of Three Pines has been Jane Neal's home for her whole life, and the community adores her - except, perhaps, for the person that put an arrow through her chest and left her for dead in the woods behind her house. Perhaps the answer is in the living room that even Jane's closest friends have never seen? Chief Inspector Gamache's first case is a tough one, and I can't wait to read more. Not only is the mystery itself a page-turner, but Penny's characters are wonderfully developed and a lot of fun. 


Not Dead Yet: The Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101907481
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 12th, 2017

I love Phil Collins. Always have. But he's also a star who has kept a relatively low personal profile, so it was a lot of fun to hear about his life and career in his own unvarnished words. He's been a talented drummer since his first go at it at about age three, but I was fascinated to learn that he is mostly self-taught and never learned to read music. He was NOT a founding member of Genesis - in fact, he was their fourth drummer. He's regretful about being married and divorced three times. And the meaning of "Sussudio"? Well, I'm not going to give everything away here! I found this autobiography fascinating and fun.