At the prestigious Ellingham Academy, teenaged detective Stevie Bell solves the case of the historic murder and kidnapping of the founder’s family, as well as present-day crimes involving the school. This was a fun conclusion to the series, and the good news for late comers is that the entire series is out now so no waiting.
8. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
A young doctor, along with his brother’s lover and young son, leaves Spain after the Civil War and goes into exile in Chile, where they later experience echoes of Francoism during Pinochet’s reign. Some reviewers said this felt impersonal to them, but to me it felt like her most personal and moving novel to date.
9. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
A scoreboard proposal goes horribly wrong but leads to something better for L.A. writer Nikole Paterson. This was a cute and steamy romance with a slightly confusing timeline but interesting and diverse characters.
10. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Poiroit moves into a new home and soon is drawn into investigating the murder of one of his neighbors who was also being blackmailed. Interesting twist in this story; I figured out whodunit but not why.
11. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
A newly promoted Scotland Yard detective takes a much needed vacation in Yorkshire, but his rest is short lived when the assistant manager turns up dead in the pool on his first night in the house. There’s nothing ground breaking here, but I liked the main character enough to stick with the series, and I also enjoyed the audiobook narrator’s performance.
12. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora escapes from a brutal Georgia cotton plantation by a physical underground railroad, and she encounters many setbacks along her path to freedom. Well written, tough story.