Sharon’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Sharon from Readers Advisory

Title: Her Royal Spyness

Author: Rhys Bowen

Call #: M BOW

Lady Georgiana, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 34th in line to the English throne is left penniless when her brother Binky cuts off her allowance. She moves from the family estate in Scotland to London in search of a job and to avoid a marriage to the Prince of Romania, who she calls Fish-Face. When arriving in London, she is summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son and a Frenchman, who claims to have proof that Georgie and Binky’s father gambled the family home away, is found dead in her bathtub. This charming historical mystery is the first in the Royal Spyness mysteries series.

The Monogram Murder by Sophie Hannah

This mystery marks the return of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s legendary Belgian detective. Poirot is taking a break from detective work living in a London boardinghouse, where he befriends young Inspector Edward Catchpool, the narrator of the book. Catchpool is assigned a triple murder case in an upscale hotel, where the victims were each poisoned with cyanide and found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouth. Poirot steps in to help and using his “little grey cells” unravels the many clues and solves the case. Poirot is very true to character, flamboyant and arrogant, and the mystery is good with a lot of twists, almost as good as Agatha.

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