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

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062792372
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Published: William Morrow - September 15th, 2020

I recently had a little 'discussion' with a gentleman on an Agatha Christie Facebook page. He was against anyone writing Agatha's characters, and thought they should stick to their own. I am usually in agreement, but I attempted to convince him to try a Sophie Hannah Poirot mystery, and he actually said he'd give it a go. I wasn't sorry I did, and I hope he won't be, either.
The KIllings at Kingfisher Hill is her latest book. Hercule Poirot and his sidekick Inspector Edward Catchpool were headed to the exclusive gated community of Kingfisher Hill to consult with Richard Devonport, whose fiancée will soon be hanged for the murder of his brother Frank. It seems open and shut, as Helen as actually confessed to the murder, but Richard isn't convinced. And neither is Poirot, when on the journey he meets a woman who is sure she'll be murdered if she sits in a particular seat, and another who confesses to murdering someone she loves - was it perhaps her brother Frank? This is satisfyingly full of twists with a wrapped-up ending - everything a good British mystery should be.

Nothing Can Hurt You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635574883
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 23rd, 2020

Nothing Can Hurt You is Nicola Maye Goldberg's debut novel, and it was inspired by a true story. In 1997, university student Sara Morgan was murdered in the nearby woods. A local housewife found her, and her boyfriend Blake confessed to the crime - except he remembers nothing and has a history of schizophrenia. He is found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, and to the community, this raises more questions than it solves. I felt the same way right up to the end.
This book has an interesting format - the community members are given their own chapters with no repeats, and so we see Sara's story unfold through many voices.

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982141462
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

Mary L. Trump holds a PhD in clinical psychology, and as the president's niece, is in the unique position an up-close-and-personal view of his extended family. Donald J. Trump's early years were difficult - his mother was always in great pain, and his father worked constantly and was in little contact with the children. He was the second son, and not the one groomed to take over the family business. And he was rewarded with attention only when he was acting like ruthless bully. 

The Trump family history is an interesting one, and Mary Trump certainly writes well, is insightful without judgement, and is in full command of her specialty. This was a very interesting read.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773210308
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Published: Annick Press - April 10th, 2018

I loved traditional fairy tales and princesses, but when I had a princess of my own, The Paper Bag Princess became my favorite book.  Elizabeth is a princess that no one needs to rescue - she can take matters into her own hands, outsmart dragons, and save Prince Ronald, whom she plans to marry. She's spunky and resourceful, and you'll cheer her on - especially (no spoilers!) on the last page...

He Started It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451491756
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Published: Berkley - July 21st, 2020

Eddie, Beth, and Portia Morgan are recreating the road trip they took with their grandfather when they were kids - but not because they want to. All but estranged for years, the siblings were directed to take the trip in their grandfather's will, and anyone not complying with his final wish won't inherit.

But time with family can be tough, especially when you're all keeping secrets and a mysterious black truck keeps following you...

He Started It keeps the twists going right until the end.

I'd Give Anything: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062844484
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Published: William Morrow - May 12th, 2020

I'm going to lead with this: I have loved everything Marisa de los Santos has written, and if you haven't read her yet, you should.
I'd Give Anything begins with eighteen year old Zinny's journal entry from 1997. She's smart, fearless, creative, and surrounded by the best friends ever. Her current life as adult Ginny isn't quite as magical - she has a lovely daughter she adores, but her husband has lost his job in a scandalous fashion, and she realizes that her marriage isn't even worth saving. And she's been keeping a terrible secret ever since senior year, when a fire at the high school led to irreparable tragedy.
I'd Give Anything  is peppered with lovely and interesting friends who weave in and out of Ginny's life, and her story's dual time narrative works seamlessly.

Someone We Know: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525557654
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 30th, 2019

The affluent neighborhood in upstate New York was rocked when the young woman down the street was found in her submerged car -  the victim of a grisly murder. But there were already secrets. A young man has been entering homes, poking into the computers, and learning their secrets. Anonymous letters show up on doorsteps. Rumors of affairs drift house to house. And as one person after another becomes a suspect, the neighborhood desperately tries to keep their personal and family secrets to themselves.
Shari Lapena's psychological thrillers are always page turners, and while I sometimes guess the 'who,' I rarely put together the 'why and how.' This was thoroughly enjoyable.

The Half Sister: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250265517
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 16th, 2020

Sisters Lauren and Kate have had a contemptuous relationship since their father died a year ago, and the weekly Sunday brunches their mother Rose holds are doing little to keep the peace. But when a young woman turns up at the door with the news that she is Lauren and Kate's half sister, the family tries to simultaneously keep their secrets and discover the truth. Sandie Jones also wrote The First Mistake and The Other Woman, and while this psychological thriller began a bit slowly, it will keep you guessing until the very last sentence.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Author Robin Diangelo had been consulting, training, and lecturing on the subject of racial tensions for over twenty years, and know how difficult it is for White people to discuss. Guilt, fear, and perhaps ignorance make the conversation hard, but Diangelo makes the case that racism isn't restricted to "bad people" and we need to talk about it in order to progress. White Fragility was hard to read, but thought provoking and insightful.

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525542445
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 7th, 2020

Missy Carmichael used to be a Classics librarian. She used to have a husband and two children who loved her. Now she's retired, widowed, bored, and estranged from her daughter while her son and grandson live far away in Australia. Too rigid and nervous to accept even the budding friendships offered to her, she doesn't realize how lonely she is - until Bob the dog wanders into her life, dragging along two strangers determined to drag her into their circle. 
This charming novel is perfect for those who liked A Man Called Ove, or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.