Here's my haul for this week--I keep adding (or having my husband add since he's my library workhorse at the moment) to my piles of recovery reading:
A Piece of Justice by Jill Paton Walsh: Second in the Imogen Quy series. Imogen Quy (rhymes with why) is the nurse at Cambridge's St. Agatha's College. In this outing another student may be in danger, and this time the student is one of Imogen's boarders--and friend, Fran Bullion. Fran innocently undertakes to complete the biography of a mathematician, a seemingly simple task that was begun by three other biographers but never finished. Curiosity drives Imogen to discover that the three previous scholars met with untimely ends. What is it about the obscure genius of Gideon Summerfield--now dead himself--that could drive someone to murder?
What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen: An invalid for most of her life, Alice James is quite used to people underestimating her. And she generally doesn't mind. But this time she is not about to let things alone. Yes, her brother Henry may be a famous author, and her other brother William a rising star in the new field of psychology, but when they all find themselves quite unusually involved in the chase for a most vile new murderer--one who goes by the chilling name of Jack the Ripper--Alice is certain of two things that now one could be more suited to gather evidence about the nature of the killer than her brothers. But if anyone is going to correctly examine the evidence and solve the case, it will have to be up to her.
Past Tense by Catherine Aird: Josephine Short was a woman with a secret or two, some that she tried to carry to her grave. When her great-nephew's wife, Janet Wakefield gets a call that Josephine has passed away, she gets two shocks. First, that the great-aunt was living so close by without a word and then a handsome young man appears claiming to be Josephine's grandson. She is stunned because there had been no word in the family of a son, much less a grandson. Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Sloan finds himself assigned to two puzzling cases. First, a young woman's body has been discovered in the river Alm. Second there's a mysterious break-in at the Berebury Nursing Home. To be precise, it's Josephine Short's room that's been entered--although nothing seems to be missing. Sloan soon comes to believe that the break-in and the murder are connected.
Plus two books I picked up in the Library Used Bookstore:
The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
Angel with Two Faces by Nicola Upson
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner [In the home-stretch. Will probably finish tomorrow.]
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun