A Month in Books: February 2012

Not a lot volume-wise for February, but quite a bit better in quality. Only one real stinker. The rest, a mix of romance, mystery and literary fiction kept me one very happy and interested reader.

India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage #2), Carol K. Carr
4 stars
India is roped into another mystery, this time heading north to the royal estate of Balmoral with the Queen for Christmas. God love India, her sass and perspective to bring history to life!

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
4 stars
Unpredictable and compassionate, this is one of those booklist/bookclub popular books that is actually worth the time and money to read, especially if you have lived any length of time in NYC.

The Complaints, Ian Rankin
3 stars
Rankin is back (I’m late to this train) with a new mystery series featuring Malcolm Fox who worked in the Complaints and Conduct division of the police: the ones who investigate other cops. Let the drama and mystery ensue!

Unveiled (Turner #1), Courtney Milan
4 stars
Recommended by the Smart Bitches and picked for their bookclub, I finally got around to actually reading this one. It absolutely lived up to the hype. Only a few piddling author tics and repetitive words and phrases kept it from being perfect. But it’s damn close and a damn fine book.

Written on Your Skin, Meredith Duran
1 star
Not every author can write winners all the time and this one’s a real stinker. I hated both characters and still firmly believe they are in need of therapy rather than a happily ever after.

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