My library’s semi-annual book sale was this weekend! Naturally, I went both yesterday and today, and I got some good stuff!
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby — First of all, how excellent is that title?! This is a collection of “scary fairy tales,” and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.
Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman — I love the premise of this one: A policeman tries to investigate a murder, but no one really cares because the world is about to end. To what extent is it meaningful to bring a murderer to justice in these circumstances?
Louis Bayard, The Black Tower — To me, this book sounds a bit like Sherlock Holmes just after the French Revolution. A famous detective and his assistant try to track down the missing Dauphin, son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding — I read this book recently and really liked it, so I couldn’t resist picking it up!
Cheryl Sawyer, The Winter Prince — I read Sawyer’s The Code of Love a couple years ago and loved it, so I’m interested in reading more of her stuff. Plus, this book is set during the English Civil War — and one of the characters is Prince Rupert of Bohemia, who also made an appearance in A Midsummer Tempest!
Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance / The League of Frightened Men — I’ve been wanting to read some of Rex Stout’s mysteries for a while now, and this omnibus contains the first two Nero Wolfe books.
Amanda Foreman, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire — I’m a sucker for anything set in England in the late 18th and/or early 19th centuries. So even though I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, I really like reading biographies of famous figures from this era; I always learn a lot about the time period.
Hannah March, The Devil’s Highway and A Distinction of Blood — Mysteries set in Georgian England! I’m excited, although unfortunately these are books #2 and #3 in the series. But I was able to find book #1, The Complaint of the Dove, on Paperback Swap, so it’s all good.
Michael Innes, Death at the President’s Lodging and Hamlet, Revenge! — Again, I read and enjoyed Hamlet, Revenge! earlier this year, so I figured I’d grab both of these books by Innes.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Most Beautiful Book in the World — I kept seeing this book when it first came out years ago, and I was always interested in reading it, so I seized the opportunity to pick it up for a great price!
Bernard Cornwell & Susannah Kells, The Fallen Angels — More French Revolution goings-on…this book sounds Scarlet Pimpernel-esque, which is always going to grab my attention!
Stefanie Pintoff, A Curtain Falls — The sequel to In the Shadow of Gotham, which I quite liked.
In sum, I spent $25.50 on 14 books, all of which are in pretty good condition, so I’m happy! Of course, now I have to find a place to put them all….