Wednesday, February 1, 2017


The heavens opened up and we were deluged with rain. Monrovia’s foothills are green and we are wondering when the rain will return. In preparation it might be a good time to choose some books for a future cozy afternoon in a comfy spot. Here are some random titles, from the Monrovia Public Library, that just might warm up readers.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” So says the unnamed narrator of the English classic Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. This story of a naïve young woman who marries the rich and widowed Maxim de Winter and goes home to his Cornwall estate to discover that the memory of Rebecca, the late Mrs. de Winter, still occupies every space. Keeping that memory alive is the housekeeper, the sinister Mrs. Danvers. The book is filled with passion, mystery, and suspense. Never out-of-print since it was published in 1939, Rebecca will keep rainy day readers tuning the pages long after the clock has struck bedtime. 

Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. One Ladies Detective Agency series is a most marvelous set of books that we can call gentle reads. Precious Ramotswe is a Botswanan sleuth, whose tiny investigative company solves local mysteries, has been called the Miss Marple of Africa. Readers will be charmed by the traditionally built main character with the untraditional job. Start with the first title, that names the series, or dip into the 16 other titles as all will beguile.

And, while we are talking about Miss Marple, why not open an Agatha Christie book?  Equal appeal to all, Christie’s novels and short stories of mysterious murders, multiple suspects and many twists and turns will keep readers guessing.  These perfect escape (if escape means finding a warm and dry corner away from the rain and the real world) books include old favorites like Murder on the Orient Express or lesser known like Elephants Can Remember.

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