A body is found floating in the famous Roman baths in England, and a professional musician helps solve the case. Interesting premise and setting with universally annoying characters, and the amateur involvement strains credulity.
31. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Jackson Brody solves three seemingly unrelated cold case crimes in England in this series opener. This was interesting enough but nothing special, so I probably won’t read any further.
32. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games prequel that tells the origin story of President Snow (a little sympathetic at times, and at others not so much) and perhaps sets the stage for a new series. It was intriguing to see the threads that will be pulled through to the later series, but the book was a bit long and dragged at times.
33. The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
A timely, powerful, and thoughtful collection of essays about the experience of being Black in America today. Many opportunities to think about privilege.
34. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chen
A young woman reluctantly takes a job in her family’s noodle shop and uncovers some secrets while working to solve the murder of the restaurant’s landlord. While the story has several of the elements that annoy me about cozy mysteries, the main character is quite likable, and the food sounds pretty appealing.