I’m so glad modern libraries lend out e-books, because if I want to read something by a best-selling author, it’s not always available in Kindle Unlimited. Sometimes I go onto the library website and just look for available mysteries or whatever, and try a new-to-me author. That’s how I found this wonderful book and read it (I hardly ever read print books any more….).
The Life We Bury is Allen Eskens‘ first novel, and it was nominated for several awards. It won for the Best Debut Novel of 2014 at the Left Coast Crime Conference, winning the Rosebud Award. It was also named a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Thriller Award, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original novel, and the Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Fiction. That means it has to be good, right? It is.
This is an entertaining cozy mystery series with, as the blurb says, a mild PG rating – “because hey, there’s a dead guy in it.” Amanda Graham is the heroine of this series, and she’s pretty much a murder magnet. She inherits a B&B that’s in dire need of renovation, and of course there’s a dead body in the garden.
The first of eight books in the series is Bed, Breakfast, & Bones. Sounds disgusting, but I still recommend it, especially if you’re a cozy fan like me. Plus I love pink, so…. there’s that.
Other than scripture or a check with my name on it, this book may be the best thing I’ve ever read. It is a masterpiece, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Aside from the great story, the amount of research this work must have required is staggering. The plot centers around the Jewishefforts to return to their homelandafter World War II. In spite of resolutions and legalities, most nations were unwilling to help, and actively worked against the Jews. Sadly, the Britishand the Americanswere among the worst perpetrators, putting their economic interests before the lives of an entire people. The tragedies and costs of war are highlighted, along with the indomitable spirits of the Israelis. In spite of having almost the whole world arrayed against them, they have survived and thrived.
This series, Navajo Nation Mysteries, by R. Allen Chappell, is a favorite of mine. I love these stories that combine Navajoculture with how the modern world intrudes – sometimes making things better, sometimes not. Charlie Yazzie symbolizes the modern world, as he’s a college graduate and a lawyer, who is skeptical of the ancient superstitions but suspects there’s some truth to them. Charlie has two friends, Thomas Begay and Harley Ponyboy, who are either in trouble or helping him solve mysteries (or both) in the books.
I started reading this series by Agatha Frost some time ago, and have been reading each installment as they’ve become available. I read a lot of books, and I especially like cozies. This cozy mystery series is a favorite of mine, and I keep hoping it will never end. The first book of the series is Pancakes and Corpses. The heroine is Julia South, who owns the Peridale Café, finds the dead bodies, and solves the crimes.