I am linking up with Jana and her monthly post of “Show Us Your Books”, where fellow loving #booknerds all tell everyone what we read for the month What is great about this monthly post, is that you get to see what other people are reading and find some book titles that you may want to pick up for yourself!
So without further adieu, here is what I read in the month of April:
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
L-O-V-E-D this book! I also read another book in this series by the same author (see below) and I cannot wait to read the whole series! This book revolves around a woman named Maggie Hope who works for MI-5 which is British Intelligence during World War II. Her mission in this book is to go to Buckingham Palace as Princess Elizabeth’s maths tutor, but really she is there to protect the princess against the threat of kidnapping and murder from Germany, who wants to dethrone her father and send Britain into chaos. This was a great read and I couldn’t put it down.
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal
This is another book in the Maggie Hope series. This time around, Maggie is accompanying Prime Minister Churchill to the U.S. where he is consulting with President Roosevelt following the attack on Pearl Harbor. While in Washington, a plot is uncovered to undermine the President while targeting his wife Eleanor, pushing her into a scandal that would jeopardize British/American relations. Maggie assumes the role of Eleanor’s secretary while trying to uncover what is going on and encounters a murder along the way. Another good read
4:50 From Paddington
If you read my list from last month, then you know I am a big Agatha Christie fan How Ms. Christie came up with these plot ideas, I do not know, but this one is a doozy. A woman named Mrs. McGillicuddy, sitting in a first-class carriage of a train, sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. Absolutely no one believes her story, so she goes to see her friend Miss Marple who does believe her and makes it her mission to find out what happened.
Blood Orange and The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert
Two different books, two different time periods, same author. Blood Orange takes place in today’s time and revolves around a woman named Chyna Bayles who owns a plant/herbalist shop and solves mysteries. Blood Orange is the 24th book in the Chyna Bayles series but if you have never read one of these books, Wittig catches you up enough in the beginning that you are well on your way by chapter two. This particular book revolves around a hospice nurse named Kelly who has some important information for Chyna and wants her advice on what she thinks is a murder that happened at the hospice she works at. Unfortunately, she gets in a car accident on her way to see Chyna, so now Chyna has to pick up the trail that Kelly left and find out if there really was a murder. I have read all of the Chyna Bayles series and this one was…predictable. If you are looking for a beach read or something to read on a plane ride, then check it out. But other than that…
The other book I read by Wittig was The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush. This is part of Wittig’s “Darling Dahlias” series which takes place in Alabama in the early 1930’s and revolves around a garden club whose members sometimes stumble across a murder. This book deals with the tumult of The Depression and its effects on the small town there and what measures (legal and illegal) townspeople took to ride the wave when banks were closing down every day and what people felt they had to do to survive.
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
An old woman has been killed but the superintendent on the case doesn’t believe that their suspect really did it so he calls in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective, to help him solve the case. Enthralling read. Make a pot of tea and dive into this one!
There you have it, what I read for the month of April. Any good books you guys can recommend?