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Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

This campus novel is a book that will take you to plot school. We read this last fall in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. This is Sayers' tenth Lord Peter novel, her third featuring Harriet Vane, and undoubtedly one of her finest. (It's my favorite, and luckily, they needn’t be read in order.) Sayers makes this much more than a crime novel, though it's a good one—through her character Harriet, she grapples with questions of love and friendship, life and work, gender and class, and the writing life. If you love this, go back and read all the Lord Peter mysteries, beginning with Whose Body? Click here to view all the Lord Peter Wimsey books. More info →
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A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery

A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery

An easy, enjoyable read that's spooky (but not too scary). Raybourn writes historical fiction with a twist; she's best known for her Lady Julia Grey mysteries. This is her first novel in a new Victorian series featuring the badass but well-bred Veronica Speedwell: her heroine travels the world hunting beautiful butterfly specimens and the occasional romantic dalliance. When her guardian dies, the orphaned Veronica expects to embark on a grand scientific adventure. But Veronica quickly realizes that with her guardian's death, she is no longer safe—and she begins to unravel the mystery of why she poses a threat to dangerous men. The second in the series is also on sale. More info →
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A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

This is the story of two women, a century apart, who are linked by a beautiful scarf and by their unlikely survival in two devastating tragedies in New York City. Meissner's tone makes this an easy, enjoyable read despite the tough subject matter—I read this in a day. Meissner's style is similar to Kate Morton's, with a lighter touch and more hopeful tone. More info →
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The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

I adored this sweeping historical novel when I first read it (in high school!) This epic tale revolves around the joint quest to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. I had no idea how fascinating religious architecture and masonry could be. An Oprah Book Club selection and an extra-long book! More info →
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Song Yet Sung

Song Yet Sung

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. From the publisher: "In the days before the Civil War, a runaway slave named Liz Spocott breaks free from her captors and escapes into the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland's eastern shore, setting loose a drama of violence and hope among slave catchers, plantation owners, watermen, runaway slaves, and free blacks. Liz is near death, wracked by disturbing visions of the future, and armed with 'the Code,' a fiercely guarded cryptic means of communication for slaves on the run. Filled with rich, true details—much of the story is drawn from historical events—and told in McBride's signature lyrical style, Song Yet Sung is a story of tragic triumph, violent decisions, and unexpected kindness." More info →
Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church

Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church

Soul Survivor reads like thirteen mini-biographies of remarkable individuals, from journalist G. K. Chesterton to novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, to Martin Luther King, Jr., Annie Dillard, Shusaku Endo, and Dr. Paul Brand. Yancey says. "I have met many people who have gone through a process of mining truth from their religious past: Roman Catholics who flinch whenever they see a nun or priest, former Seventh Day Adventists who cannot drink a cup of coffee without a stab of guilt, Mennonites who worry whether wedding rings give evidence of worldliness. These are the people who ushered me into the Kingdom. In many ways they are why I remain a Christian today, and I want to introduce them to other spiritual seekers." More info →
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I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

If you're staring at gift season right around the corner, it's a pretty little copy (if I do say so myself) with a watercolor of my own library and gold foil (!) on the cover and spine. Meaning: it looks nice sitting on a table or bookshelf if that matters to you like it does to me. This essay collection is written BY a book lover (me) for book lovers (YOU). For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time—it's a lifestyle. Joshilyn Jackson says, "Anne Bogel’s beguiling latest is a love letter to the reading life, infused with all the warmth, charm, and brilliance her fans have come to expect." More info →
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The Beginner’s Goodbye: A Novel

The Beginner’s Goodbye: A Novel

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. USA Today calls Tyler "a modern Jane Austen, Tyler creates small worlds where she depicts in minutest detail the intimate bonds of friendship and family." Anissa Davis raved about Anne Tyler on episode 38 of WSIRN, having read everything Tyler has written, saying that her books are entertaining, but also with a layer of depth. More info →
The Second Chance Supper Club

The Second Chance Supper Club

I just talked about this one this week in our Fall Book Preview for our MMD Book Club and WSIRN Patreon communities. I’ve heard great things from some friends. From the publisher: "Broadcast journalist Julia Frank has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a ruinous decision destroys her reputation, puts her job at risk, and sends her reeling toward the only soul left to turn to: her estranged sister, Ginny. The owner of a clandestine supper club hidden in the Arizona desert, Ginny Frank has a lot on her plate. The last thing she wants is more drama - or the burden of nursing her younger sister's wounded ego. But family is family. Besides, Ginny can use the help in more ways than one, and she's going to make sure Julia pulls her weight." More info →
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An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League)

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League)

In her author's note, Alyssa Cole shares that while she always wanted to write historical romance, she’d "never want to write about THAT. The Civil War, that is." But after reading Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog on the Civil War in The Atlantic, Cole was deeply influenced to bring that time period and its remarkable Black historical figures to life. The heroine, Elle Burns, is based on Mary Bowser, a former slave with an eidetic memory, who spied for the Union. Elle joins forces with another undercover agent—Pinkerton detective Malcolm McCall. Sparks fly as they take on the Confederate Army and risk their lives, and love, for justice. (Note: this one includes open-door romance). More info →
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The Anatomist’s Wife (A Lady Darby Mystery)

The Anatomist’s Wife (A Lady Darby Mystery)

This is one from the list of historical mysteries featuring feisty female protagonists post. 1830’s Scotland lends a deliciously moody setting for this mystery. After a scandal involving her anatomist husband comes to light, Lady Keira Darby seeks refuge at her sister’s country estate. With her artistic talents and knowledge of human anatomy, Keira becomes both detective and suspect when a fellow houseguest is murdered. Despite rumors and threats, Keira presses on in order to protect her family and find the murderer. More info →
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A Front Page Affair (Kitty Weeks Mystery)

A Front Page Affair (Kitty Weeks Mystery)

This is one from the list of historical mysteries featuring feisty female protagonists. Capability "Kitty" Weeks dreams of reporting on 1915 global politics but resigns herself to write fluff pieces for the Ladies' Page. Her luck changes when a man is murdered at a high society party, and she’s there to get the scoop. Kitty follows her journalistic instincts to find the killer and winds up uncovering a much bigger conspiracy. Radha Vatsal based Kitty Weeks on early 1910s action film heroines, and Vatsal’s knowledge of the time period will impress even the most avid historical fiction readers. More info →
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Ghosted: A Novel

Ghosted: A Novel

Everyone from Liane Moriarty to Jane Green to NPR to instagram was raving about this one. Book of the Month Club said, "You'll be glued to this heartwarming romance with the pacing of a thriller until its last satisfying page." More info →
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