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Mary will read just about anything, but tends toward historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and well-researched nonfiction (especially if it reads like a novel). She's frequently reading one of each, with a little literary fiction thrown in as well. Mary recommends...
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by
The first volume in an historical mystery series, Maggie Hope begins working for the Prime Minister during the London Blitz. Her mathematics skills and curiosity lead her into mysteries of cryptography and espionage.
The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by
After the 2008 election, Sam Waxworth spins his successful political data blog into a job at a prominent national magazine and website, and ultimately pitches an idea to profile a disgraced newspaper columnist, Frank Doyle. As the novel unfolds, their lives and the lives of their families and friends become intertwined and messy, as the novel investigates the ways, some tiny, some monumental, a life can self-destruct.
No Offense by
This continuation of Meg Cabot's LIttle Bridge series includes passing reference to characters and mysteries from previous installments. Told by the new children's librarian, Molly Montgomery, and Sheriff John Hartwell, each chapter brings clues, humor, and a growing relationship.
This is a historical police procedural set in mid-century Ireland, a land independent of Great Britain, still exhibiting many class and prejudicial differences between Catholics and Protestants. The protagonist, Strafford, must navigate class, religion, and a town determined to keep secrets while the landscape, both literal and figurative, gets increasingly snowed in and obscured.
Richly told novel about the life of a young mysterious Lithuanian woman who sees words written on the skin of every human — their past and their future cryptically spelled out for only her eyes. When she encounters her own name on a young man's face, and a favorite proverb of her mother's on an older gentleman, their lives intertwine. Beautifully told in lushly descriptive text, this book takes the reader on a journey through Europe and the personalities of all involved.
The Cactus League by
This story takes readers behind the scenes of a typical baseball spring training season into the lives of elderly hitting coaches, a star player, teenage rookies, and local "cleat chasers," squatters, and agents. An enjoyable read that intertwines the stories of all those individual lives and their losses, gains, failures, and redemptions.