Jody is on the beach in Naples reading mysteries, nonfiction, and just about everything else.

The Authenticity Project: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984878632
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

Julian Jessop lived a fascinating but self-centered life as a famous artist, but he's in his eighties now, lonely and virtually forgotten. Seeking connection and hoping to inspire others, he wrote the unvarnished truth about his own life and left in a wine bar owned by the rather rigid Monica. She read it, pondered her own truths, added a journal entry of her own, and left it to be discovered by (you'll have to read the book to find out)...

The Authenticity Project reminds us of the importance of connection through its charming, troubled, imperfect characters, and how the least likely of friends find commonality when they're willing to face their hard truths. 


Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

I, like the rest of the world, have enthusiastically embraced the brilliance of Hamilton.Those who had seen the show were running into the bookstore for this, and I certainly know why.

This gorgeous book contains the lyrics - and some are sung/rapped so quickly that the lyrics are helpful - and articles about the production and talent. The photos are plenty and beautiful - in fact, the book is very much like the best kind of scrapbook. 

My favorite parts, though, are the numerous Lin Manuel-Miranda-written side notes. He gives historic and musical references, notes on rewritten or deleted scenes, and his thoughts, both poignant and funny. I will wear this book out.


Christmas Card Murder Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781496728227
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Published: Kensington - October 27th, 2020

I inherited my Granny's little set of Christmas mysteries, and I've enjoyed treating myself to a little holiday murder and mayhem ever since. For several years, mystery author Leslie Meier, along with a couple of other cozy writers, have produced a book of three novels with a central theme - Christmas cookies, candy canes, yule logs - you get the idea.
 
This year we have three stories about Christmas cards - one contains a nasty greeting and is found during a home renovation, one sent to three wives by the town flirt and threatening to run off with one of their husbands, and one death of the town's annual Christmas card designer. These stories are as fun and fluffy as a Hallmark Christmas movie (only with murder, so way better) and a charming break from holiday busy-ness.


Moonflower Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062955456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

Susan Ryeland, our hero from Magpie Murders, gave up her life as a busy editor to run a hotel in Greece, so she was surprised when Lawrence and Pauline Treherne  - owners of a popular inn near London - showed up with a plea to find their missing daughter Cecily, who managed the inn. A former employee was in prison for murder and Cecily thought he was innocent - and the whole mess linked to Alan Conway, a murder victim himself and Susan's former author. 
 
Are you a little confused? So was I. This was certainly convoluted. Like his previous book, Horowitz gives us an Alan Conway mystery in the middle of this story, and it's just as good as the original book; in fact, read it carefully because there are clues everywhere. 
 
I've read a lot of clever mysteries this year. This was my favorite.


Troubles in Paradise Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316435581
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 6th, 2020

Elin Hilderbrand certainly left our friends the Steele family in a pickle or several when What Happens in Paradise ended - the FBI has confiscated both of their homes, Russ Steele's death is still a mystery, and no one's love life is smooth. A Jeep with tinted windows and a strange driver keeps following them. And two category 5 hurricanes are headed straight for the Virgin Islands. It all seems impossible, but I promise that Hilderbrand's final book in the Winter in Paradisetrilogy answers all the questions and wraps up this trilogy in a very satisfactory fashion.


Every Now and Then: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643853543
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Published: Alcove Press - October 6th, 2020

It's the summer of 1960, and eleven-year-old best friends Biz, Viv, and Frankie are busy enjoying all that their small Wisconsin town has to offer - butting into Aunt Jane May's romance, sleepovers in their special treehouse - and digging into the secrets of the Broadhurst Mental Institution after three patients escape.
 
Lesley Kagen writes the girl's voices perfectly, and you'll feel immersed in their world. Her novel Whistling in the Darkis a perennial favorite and her latest book also has everything a good story should - engaging characters, humor, a relatable setting, and a page-turning puzzle. You'll be left contemplating this one...