What I Read in March

March was a solid month of reading, made up of almost 100% thrillers. Just the way I like it. 

March 2022 Reads

I read eight books this month. Six books were by authors I already know and love and two books were by new-to-me authors. Seven of the eight books I read were by women. Every single book was a library book, although three were e-books. I didn’t listen to a single audiobook this month! 

📚Books I Read in March 📚

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor: I need to write a full review of this one because it is one of my top two books of the year (so far). Reverend Jack Brooks, teenager daughter Flo in tow, moves to a remote corner of the English countryside to replace the vicar after his sudden death. But the town – haunted by its dark history – is full of disturbing secrets, hidden violence, and malevolent ghosts.  

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain: Part mystery, part historical fiction, this novel jumps back in forth between points of view: Kayla Carter in 2010 Round Hill, North Carolina and Ellie Hockley in the 1965. Kayla has just moved into a new house, a house in which her husband just died. Ellie, Kayla’s new neighbor, has just returned to Round Hill after fleeing the tragic events of her summer volunteering for the SCOPE Project. Are the secrets of Ellie’s past haunting Kayla’s new home? And who is the red-haired woman trying to scare her into moving?  

Nemesis (Miss Marple #11) by Agatha Christie: Nothing is better vacation reading than Agatha Christie. In this novel, Miss Marple gets a letter from a dead man’s attorneys. The dead man – whom she knew only briefly – wants her to solve a mystery. If she succeeds, she’ll get twenty thousand pounds. But there are no further details – what the mystery is or how to proceed. 

Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #12) by Agatha ChristieI think this ranks as one my favorite Christie novels. A young couple move to England. The wife, Gwenda, sets out to find a house while her husband is still working in Australia. She finds the perfect home… but almost the instant she moves in, strange things start to happen. Is she imagining things, or has she been here before? And why do certain spots in the house strike her with such terror? 

The Paris Apartment by Lucy FoleyJess moves to Paris to stay with her half-brother Ben… but when she reaches his beautiful luxury apartment, she finds that Ben has disappeared. The other residents of the apartment building all seem to know Ben – and all seem to have something to hide. Full review here.

Nine Lives by Peter SwansonA very satisfying riff on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, this book presents us with a list of nine strangers who start to die, one by one. What do these nine people have in common? Why have they been marked for death? And who is stalking them?

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth WareThis book started slow for me, but ended up being quite a satisfying read. Hal Westaway, still recovering from her mother’s sudden death, and struggling to fend off a vicious loan shark, receives a letter saying she has a substantial inheritance awaiting her. Hal quickly realizes that she’s been mistaken for someone else… but is so desperate for money that she decides to try her hand at pretending she’s the rightful heir.  

Sometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneyThis book is all about secrets – the secrets we keep from one another, the secrets we keep from ourselves. Amber Reynolds is in a coma, trying to piece together what happened to her from flashes of memory and snippets of conversation she overhears. Alternating between the days before her accident, her paralyzed present, and a series of childhood diaries, Amber – and the reader – must figure out what is true and what is a lie. 

📚Books I Started in March but Haven’t Finish📚

I started The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman and haven’t made much headway. 

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