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.
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.
Gloria Larsen knows that her birth mother was over 40, that she lived in a small town called Rosewoodin Nebraska, and that she was accused of murder in 1974. That’s it. When she’s offered a job as a newspaper editor in Rosewood, how can she say no? She has to take it, and she has to find out who her birth mother is.
This series by G. M. Barlean consists of three books, and asks the question, “How much damage can one evil/crazy person do?” Gloria finds four old ladies at a assisted-living facility who might be able to tell her what she wants to know.
When I binge-read an entire series and find myself impatiently waiting for the next installment, that’s when I need to tell others about the books. Now, we may or may not have the same taste in reading material, but good writing is still something to talk about. This series is well-written and has characters I’ve come to care about. The main mystery-solver is Felicity, who wanted to be an investigative journalist but finds herself planning parties instead. Actually, she likes it so much and is so good at it that she’s a great success.
And yet… that investigator part of her can’t be denied, so when the police arrest her friend for a murder, she doesn’t buy it, and she feels compelled to solve the case herself.