The leaves are crunching beneath our boot heels, the sweaters are coming out of the corners of our closets, and cozying up with a book goes along with this season like a warm fire and fuzzy socks! Fall into the season with these reads celebrating all the various festivities the season has to offer!
The Progress of a Crime: a Fireworks Night Mystery by Julian Symons
After witnessing a murder of a local tavern owner on Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5), Hugh Bennet has trouble remembering what took place as he attempts to write the story for the paper. It doesn’t help that the witnesses aren’t very reliable as none can actually recall seeing the stabbing itself. Combining classic sleuthing with a concerned inquiry into troubled society, this 1960 crime classic by the grandmaster Julian Symonds is an excellent commentary of the Autumn of the year, and of the 20th Century.
Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj
It’s Halloween night and the party atmosphere is abuzz as our main character Leda makes her way to a campus party. Hours later when she wakes, she can only remember bits and pieces of the night. What happened with her and her crush, Ian? She remembers talking to a swan…named Charlotte? Charlotte, who is now missing? And as the weeks go on, she uncovers more about what happened on Halloween night, to her growing alarm.
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
Niki Randhawa has always treaded through life carefully and practically, but that doesn’t pay off when she finds herself laid off. Seeking solace in her best friend Diya, she flies to Mumbai for Diya’s wedding and gets derailed by Sameer. Sam is everything she’s not, and as the days go on that turns out to be exactly what she needed. But when a job offer back home comes knocking, she’ll need to decide to head down the same predictable path or throw caution to the wind? (This year, Diwali is on Nov. 4, with festivities all that week.)
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Sure, you’ve seen all those classic horror movies like Halloween and Scream, but did you ever wonder what happens after? Five final girls – lone survivors – Heather, Marilyn, Julia, Adrienne, Dani, and Lynnette, meet up for group therapy and attempt to move on with their lives after enduring brutal violence. However, their survival is at risk again when something starts hunting them down. And this time it’s Lynnette who is ready to face the monster head on.
Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
Isabel meets her father-in-law Omar for the first time on her wedding day. The trouble is, he’s dead. He continues to visit her every year on her wedding anniversary, which is also the Day of the Dead. Only she can see him and he needs her help to reconcile with his wife and son. Weaving from past to present, it’s tells the story of a Mexican-American family – their struggles, their love, and their path to finding deeper understanding of one another. This year’s Day of the Dead is on Nov. 1st and 2nd.
~ posted by Kara P.