Tag Archives: Great Characters

A Deadly Paradise by Grace Brophy

Title: A Deadly Paradise

Author: Grace Brophy

Call #:  M – BRO

In  the serene Italian village of Paradiso, the murder of an elderly bisexual swinger with a lesbian African love raises some eyebrows. Inspector Alessandro Cenni is called onto the case which soon leads to Venice. Blackmail and a scandalous murder fifty years earlier thicken the plot which becomes as intricate as Venice itself. This is by far the most entertaining of the Commissario Cenni mysteries.

Recommended by: John


The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

Camel Bookmobile by Masha HamiltonTitle:  The Camel Bookmobile

Author:  Masha Hamilton

Call #:  HAM

A New York librarian who needs to do something meaningful with her life travels to Kenya to start a traveling library that will bring literacy and knowledge to the tribes living in the African bush.  Deeply moving and thoughtful, with brave, wise characters with moral integrity.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling by Louise PennyTitle: Brutal Telling

Author: Louise Penny

Call #: M PEN

I sink into the life (and death) of the village of Three Pines like a soft, enfolding pillow every time I pick up one of this series. I’ve gotten to know the people and their foibles; some are perceptive, some are artistic and one is definitely crazy – like some people I really do know.

Recommended by: Betty

See Betty’s review of the first book in this series.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson Title: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Author: Helen Simonson

Call #: SIM

Major Ernest Pettigrew is one of the most endearing characters in contemporary fiction; wry, courtly and opinionated. I wanted only good things to happen to him, but then where would the story be? This is a first novel that is very readable and, at the same time, complex and satisfying.

Recommended by: Betty

Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life by Louise PennyTitle: Still Life

Author: Louise Penny

Call #: M PEN

Wise and compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is the star of this mystery set in an out-of-the-way town in Quebec. The characters and setting are so simply and beautifully depicted that I started wishing that Three Pines was a place where I could really live. I also would like to get to know Inspector Gamache a lot better and probably will since this is the first book in a series.

Recommended by: Betty

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin HallTitle: The Case of the Missing Servant

Author: Tarquin Hall

Call #: M HAL

I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this novel up and was introduced to Vish Puri, an accomplished private detective and owner of Delhi’s Most Private Investigators Ltd. This is a fast paced mystery with interesting and eccentric characters that combines the storytelling of an Agatha Christie novel with current technology. It also explores the contradictions of modern India without sacrificing the playfulness of the story.

Recommended by: Becky

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean GreerTitle: The Story of a Marriage

Author: Andrew Sean Greer

Call #: GRE

Holland and Pearlie Cook and their young son live in San Francisco during the 1950’s when WW II still colored daily life.  Although not perfect, they have a happy life until a stranger tells Pearlie a buried secret that threatens to change their lives forever.  The writing style is gorgeous; Pearlie’s voice is pitch perfect.  And although not a traditional mystery there is an element of suspense which moves the plot along nicely.  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Recommended by: Kathy