Second Reading list and comments about each book

1. The Hobbit, or, There and back again / J.R.R. Tolkien ; illustrated by Michael Hague.

  This is the first copy of The Hobbit that I ever read that included beautifully rendered full color illustrations of scenes in the first novel about Professor Tolkien’s Middle-Eartth.

2. The Justice Riders : a novel by Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Tim Grayem and Ken Abraham.

Set during and just after the Civil War, including the April 20, 1865 assassination of President Lincoln, this novel follows an ELITE Union Army squadron (led by Captain Ezra Justice…clearly modeled on Chuck Norris who is one of the four authors) as they do sabotage work among the Confederates, and participate in a prisoner exchange; incuding the now-infamous Andersonville prison…and the explosion of the steamboat “The Sultana” not that far from Memphis.

3. STAR WARS : Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matt Stover

Set during the extremely turbulent first year after the Imperial defeat at Endor, General Skywalker contacts NRI agent Lorz Geptun (first introduced by Matt Stover in STAR WARS: Shatterpoint) about pursuing an investigation of war crimes…againt Luke himself.

4. Nancy Drew #2: The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

This second outing in the Nancy Drew series finds the teen  investigating a supposedly haunted mansion for her friend Helen Corning, Helen’s aunt Rosemary and her aunt’s mother.

5. Chocolate chip cookie murder : a Hannah Swensen mystery by Joanne Fluke

Fluke’s first novel about Hannah Swensen, a Minnesota cookie baker with a talent for finding and investigating murders.  The confection mentioned in this title (and all the other ones in the series as well) are a clue to the deceased’s last meal or snack.

6. Druids by Morgan Llewellyn

This novel tells the story of Caesar’s conquest of Gaul through the eyes of one man who witnessed the whole thing: Ainvar, a Druid of the Carnutes in central Gaul.  The great grove of the Carnutes is now the site of the great cathedral of Chartres.

7. The purrfect murder: a Mrs. Murphy mystery / Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrations by Michael Gellatly.

A popular OB/GYN is murdered in the quiet town of Crozet, Virginia and it’s up to Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen and her animals (two cats and a Cardigan Pembroke Corgi named Pewter, Mrs. Murphy and Tee Tucker) to solve it and what may be the related (or not) murder of a wealthy “come here.”  The suspect in the “come here’s” murder is Tazio Chappars, a beautiful architect of mixed Italian and African-American heritage.  Tazio and Harry work on the vestry board of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

8. Wizard For Hire by Jim Butcher

An omnibus edition of “Storm Front,” “Fool Moon,” and “Grave Peril”: the first three novels of the Dresden Files series.

9. Trixie Belden and the red trailer mystery by Julie Campbell

This book sees 13 year olds Honey Wheeler and Trixie Belden, along with Honey’s governess Miss Trask and two dogs (Trixie’s Irish Setter Reddy and Honey’s Cocker Spaniel puppy Buddy) on the road to track down their friend, 15-year-old James Winthrop Frayne II after he left Sleepyside-on-the-Hudson, New York  at the conclusion of the previous book.  These books, set during the late 1940’s through the early to mid 1950’s or ’60’s, are fun mysteries for young adults or older adults like me who still like good mysteries but at the moment don’t want to tackle the urban fantasy mysteries solved by Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden OR Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective, Sherlock Holmes.



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