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The Bookman’s Tale, Charlie Lovett
After losing his wife, antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly is subsumed by grief – until he finds a Victorian watercolor that eerily resembles her. Chasing this mystery leads Peter into a web of intrigue involving book forgery, Shakespeare and murder. Wonderfully inventive, richly detailed.

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
I hadn’t read this novel since high school, but picked up a copy at Foyles in London. I loved watching Elinor – so steady and patient – steer her family through a difficult time. Not my favorite Austen, but still a pleasure.

Driving the King, Ravi Howard
This novel tells the story of Nat King Cole’s childhood friend (and later chauffeur), Nat Weary. The story is heartbreaking and the voice is pitch perfect. To review for Shelf Awareness (out Jan. 6).

A Murder of Magpies, Judith Flanders
London book editor Samantha Clair lives a fairly routine life. But when her favorite client goes missing, she begins hunting for clues alongside a handsome policeman. Whip-smart and wickedly funny, though the ending fell flat. To review for Shelf Awareness (out Feb. 24).

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Caroline convinced me to buy this book during our day out in London. It is well written, compelling and completely terrifying.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, Eva Rice
This sweet, witty story of love and rock’n’roll in 1950s England is one of my favorite books ever. Loved savoring it on this reread.

Links (not affiliate links) are to my favorite local bookstore, Brookline Booksmith. (It’s also pictured above.)

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