The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow was a funny yet heartbreaking book. Molly is telling her story from the afterlife, and while she’s not really sure how she got there, she is able to observe her family and friends as they cope with her mysterious death. She shares bits of wisdom that spring from the “I wish I had…” place in our heads that we all visit countless times a day.
The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman is perfect for interesting but not deeply intense reading. The mysteries are in far-flung locations all around the world and the locales and their residents are vividly described. Mrs. Pollifax’s actions and observations are by turns no-nonsense and funny.
A Dog’s Purpose by Bruce Cameron was a book that made me laugh out loud and then later wipe away a tear. The story is told by a dog, who has returned for many different lives, and each time he or she works hard to be the best dog possible in whatever situation occurs. His big question each time is “what’s my purpose?” Perhaps a question we all ask ourselves!
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley is the latest installment in the adventures of chemistry-loving girl sleuth Flavia de Luce. These delightful stories are set in the English countryside in the 1950’s. I like Flavia – I’d love to be as inquisitive and outspoken as this gutsy little heroine.