William Kent Krueger–The Cork O’Connor novels!!
As I mentioned last month, I’ve been in a reading ‘orgy’ of the Cork O’Connor novels by William Kent Krueger. It’s kind of like a ‘soap opera’, following the same characters on their adventures in northern Minnesota, northern Michigan, and the Chicago area.
Had to take a break to read Straight Man by Richard Russo for the library book club. We had quite a good discussion, and got a few laughs as we talked about the trials and tribulations of the middle aged professor.
Next was Mercy Falls and Copper River by Krueger. They kept me entranced as the action moved into upper Michigan.
In the text of Copper River, it was mentioned that it was the setting for a classic bestseller and movie, which, of course, I had to read and watch the movie:
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver, first released as a book in 1958. The movie followed the book quite closely, and there’s nothing like a movie starring Jimmy Stewart!
If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly recommend it, and the book is good, too!
Next was Red Knife, by Krueger. It had a very dark ending, and was probably my least favorite so far in the series.
Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith is an Isabel Dalhousie novel which my library group is discussing this week. Dalhousie is an Edinburgh philospher and amateur sleuth. A lot of truths and insights about day to day life are mentioned as we follow Isabel on the search for a missing painting. One of my favorites: “Life should be kept simple, but small treats and small self indulgences can make all the difference.
I recently completed a wonderful new book by Anne Lamott! Stitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope and Repair. It is wonderfully inspirational and comforting. Once I finished it, I wanted to start all over again. Through the years, Lamott has run the gamut from fiction, “how to write”, parenting, and inspiration. Her words and advice just make so much sense!
The newest release by Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst, Heritage of Darkness, which is the fourth in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series, is set in Decorah, Iowa near the beginning of the holiday season. It is rich in Norwegian art and traditions and is set at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. While trying to solve the murder mystery, the reader is treated to the exploits of the likable Chloe,a museum curator, and her ‘boyfriend’ Roelke, a cop from Palmyra, WI. Chloe’s mother is featured in this book, as a teacher for a rosemaling class. It’s a ‘treat’ for mystery lovers, and history lovers, as well.