Week 3: What we’re reading

What’s on my mind this week: murder, mystery and movies! This week I’m reading the newest book in one of my favorite series, Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke. I know, you’re thinking not Christmas already, but it’s more about the mystery than the holiday. This is a “cozy” mystery series and has recipes included with the plot. Set in Lake Eden, Minnesota, the winters are quite possibly worse than Central New York. The main character is Hannah Swenson, a local cookie store owner and amateur sleuth.  I’ve tried some of the included recipes and they really are quite good. There is a companion cookbook too. What’s even better is the Hallmark channel has started making movie versions of the series.

The next murder mystery is the number series by Janet Evanovich. This is a grittier series set in New Jersey. The main character, Stephanie Plum, takes a job as a skip agent in order to pay her bills. She quickly discovers it’s more work than she thought but even though she’s clumsy and has no training , she certainly has a head for mystery solving. The series starts out with One for the Money and continues through the numbers till the latest Tricky Twenty-two. In 2012 they released a movie version of One for the Money starring Katherine Heigl.

No post on mystery would be complete without a nod to the queen of murder, Agatha Christie. Her books are classics in the genre and hold up to multiple readings. Most modern authors have studied her style. Whether you like her Miss Marple series or her Poirot series there are enough books and movies to keep you going for at least a year!

I love to read a book and watch the movie adaptations. Renee put together a list at the New Woodstock Free Library to get you started on your own journey of discovery no matter what your favorite genre.

What are you reading this week?

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