The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
This first novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Tartt provides a rich tale of youth corrupted by arrogance. It focuses on the lives of six students at Hampden College in Vermont and is said to be based upon Bennington College where Tartt was a student between 1982-1986. It is an unusual murder mystery, since the primary murder and its perpetrators are identified on the first page. Described as “concerned with both the beautiful and the terrible. It is a book that examines man’s relationship with the divine, as well-as man’s relationship with one another.”
Detransition, Baby: A Novel
by Torrey Peters
This is the story of three, complex, flawed characters with universal elements that most can relate to. It portrays the three as trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making. It speaks many truths about gender roles, discovering identity, and the pressure to conform. Peters dedicates the book to divorced women with parallels drawn to the predicament of the trans woman and the divorcee; both have had to rethink their pasts and work towards their futures.
A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery (13 book series)
by Sally Spencer
This entertaining, ongoing series features its namesake, DCI Monika Paniatowski as the protagonist in this series of police procedural/mystery novels. The themes include the following: law enforcement, historical mystery, suspense, and small town, women sleuths, with each tale having a twist ending. Book #1 is titled The Dead Hand of History.
Included this month under Book Recommendations is a TV series available from the library through both Hoopla and on CDs.
TV series 2005-2015
The Foyle’s War series opens in 1940, when Britain was up against the might of Nazi Germany, but crime does not stop in war time. Named for Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, along with his official driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, the three fight their own war on the home front, investigating crimes on the south coast of England. Each show provides intrigue, a history lesson, and majestic scenery