Life is more mystery than misery

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Five books I’d love for Christmas

1. Death Comes to Pemberley Hardcover, P.D. James . I  almost broke into tears of joy when I discovered this new book from one of my favorite mystery British authors.  James presents a rare meeting of literary genius: she has taken the characters of  Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem, since Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Don’t miss this cool brief presentation of the book!

2.  The red house: a novel, by Mark Haddon. Great news! New book by another of my favorite authors, which has taken long since The curious incident of the dog in the Night-time and A spot of bother, which I loved.  Although it doesn’t come out until June 12, 2012 you can pre-order it by Amazon. Maybe I’ll just wait until the release, and consider the great news as a gift to look forward into 2012.

3. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (Jul 17, 1989). I am a great fan of Hammett, and have read most of his novels and short stories except this one.  A Hammett’s classic tale of murder in Manhattan, which became a popular movie series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. Both the movies and the novel continue to captivate new generations of fans. A perfect setting and plot for this time of year!

4. V is for vengeance, by  Sue Grafton ( signed if possible). I have only read three or four novels by the author, all of them Kinsey Milhone’s adventures. I found them entertaining, funny and I got charmed by Milhone’s character, so this new release seems a pretty good choice for a winter afternoon by the fireplace. I know that Grafton offered signed copies a month ago or so, when they released the book, but I am not sure that it’s still possible. Anyways, I think it could be interesting, signed or not.

5. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. I discovered Goldberg in a Third Street Promenade Library almost six years ago, when I was living in Los Angeles and studying Creative Writing at UCLA.  I did read Writing down the bones with amusement and delight, and felt that a new world opened for me. It has always been a companion since then: a book I could open at any time to get inspired and to get on the right track as well again. I read that Goldberg had written Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life as a way to expand and extend the info, advise and exercises that were not on Writing down the bones at the time, so it seems a pretty inspiring choice to me!

What about you? Which books would you love to get for Christmas?


3 comments on “Five books I’d love for Christmas

  1. Acid Free Pulp
    December 17, 2011

    Can’t wait for the new P.D. James. It looks fantastic. I’m also a fan of Hammett. May you get all of your bookish wishes 🙂

    • lilysmystery
      December 19, 2011

      Thank you! Merry Bookish Christmas and May you get all of your bookish wishes too!

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