Books dragged home from the library: December 17


Thornhill, by Pam Smy: My minor Gothic Binge continues! Two stories set in and around the same building, one set in 1982 and one in 2017: the '80s thread follows one of the last children to live at Thornhill Institute For Children as she works to find a way to deal with a bully, while the 2017 thread follows a girl who moves into the house next to the now-abandoned Thornhill... and spots a girl wandering the overgrown, surrounded-by-barbed-wire grounds. 

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason and Not a Girl Detective, by Susan Kandel: The pub copy describes this series as "Sex and the City collides with Murder, She Wrote", which... okaaay? Anyway, I checked them out because the second one in the series is Nancy Drew-themed. My guess is that the series order doesn't matter—in my experience, that's never been an issue with cozies—but given my Completist Nature, I couldn't just take one.

Jasmine Toguchi: Super Sleuth, by Debbi Michiko Florence: Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen is a Bloomer nominee this year, and I loved it. I mean, what's not to love: in addition to the thread about Jasmine pushing back against long-held traditions tied to gender, it's very much about the frustrations of a younger sibling AND about the bonds between siblings, even when they clash. So, you know: SWOON. Obviously, now I want to read the rest of the series. And obviously, I'll need to buy them for the library ASAP.

The Turning, by Francine Prose: ANOTHER GOTHIC! Another retelling of Turn of the Screw! I wonder if there's a third out there for the teen market...? If not, I have an old-ish film adaptation to watch this weekend, yesssss.