Dissolution by C. J. Sansom (Historical Mystery)
I discovered the Matthew Shardlake series this past year. This is the first in the series, set in Tudor England. In Dissolution, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake gets involved with the dissolution of the monasteries. It’s a wonderful book with an interesting protagonist who reluctantly gets embroiled in court politics. I’ve been reading about Tudor England ever since my sister introduced me to the subject when I was in junior high so this one was particularly enjoyable for me.
Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager
This is one of those nonfiction books that read like fiction. A riveting tale of the horrible death in 1407 of Louis of Orleans, brother of the mentally unbalanced King Charles VI, and the investigation into his murder. The information in it is taken from documents of the time including that of the investigating officer, Guillaume de Tigonville, the chief law enforcement officer of Paris. Another book by the same author, The Last Duel, is also a compelling read.
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
As you can tell, I was really into historical crime and mysteries this last year. Lest you think I only read historicals, here are a couple other non-historicals that I enjoyed.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
There’s a lot of hype surrounding this series so I read this book because I was curious. I read the Hunger Game trilogy awhile back and thoroughly enjoyed it so I figured Divergent was up my alley. Even though I have to admit I’m a bit tired of dystopian societies, I couldn’t put this book down.
Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton
I love the Aunt Dimity books. They’re a cozy mystery series featuring the ghost of Aunt Dimity who communicates via a magic blue notebook to Lori Shepherd who is the real star of this series. Set in a small village in England, this one deals with the controversy surrounding a local archaeological dig. What I find so interesting about this series (I’ve read 5 or 6 of them) is that, so far, none have dealt with a murder. Death, yes, murder, no. There’s always a mystery to solve, though. I still find the books captivating and peaceful reads.
I could go on and on. I don’t know how many books I read in a year. For 2015, I plan on keeping track. Did you all read books you thought were particularly interesting this last year?
May your holidays be merry and bright and may you read many wonderful books in the coming year!