Biden and Obama traipse across the Delaware countryside bickering like an old married couple and in the process solving the murder of an Amtrak conductor. Fun romp, a little silly, not terribly preachy.
18. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Gamache and Beauvoir travel to a remote monastery to investigate the murder of the prior there, and then Gamache’s boss arrives and ruins everything. I enjoyed the setting and the musical information but hated the strong injection of office politics and inter-personal drama.
19. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
A young widow rents her apartment to a friend of a friend, a "washed up" ballplayer, and realistic romance ensues eventually. Charming and amusing story with some bittersweet moments.
20. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Wyoming sheriff solves the mystery of who’s killing a group of young men who received light sentences for raping a developmentally disabled Native American young woman. Interesting characters and setting, but I probably won’t continue with the rest of the series.
21. The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths
The “magic men” prevent an act of domestic terrorism set to occur during Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, and there’s also some domestic unrest in both of their love lives. Pleasant continuation of the series, though I could have done without the romantic triangles.
22. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Two young men, one black and one white, are forced together and apart by unsolved crimes and unrepentant attitudes in rural Mississippi. Very interesting and atmospheric story.