The Alpine Christmas (Mary Daheim). Third in the mystery series featuring newspaper owner Emma Lord in small-town Washington. Quirky, well-developed characters and a great sense of place.
A Cold Day for Murder (Dana Stabenow). First in the mystery series set in remote Alaska. Former park ranger Kate Shugak is drawn into an investigation of missing rangers. Gripping.
Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons). Delightfully wacky, enduring tale of Flora Poste’s efforts to bring sense and order to the gloomy residents of Starkadder farm.
Five on a Treasure Island (Enid Blyton)
Five Go Adventuring Again (Enid Blyton) I like to revisit my childhood favorites from time to time. Three siblings, their cousin, and her dog have unlikely adventures, both of these set in Cornwall. There’s an island. What can I say – they’re not very well-written, but I love islands, and kids having fun-filled adventures on islands.
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (Jeanne Birdsall). Third in the charmingly old-fashioned books about the Penderwick sisters, this time creating fun and a little havoc on a Maine vacation.
Requiem for a Mezzo (Carola Dunn). A murdered opera star keeps 1920s heroine Daisy Dalrymple busy.
The Winter Garden Mystery (Carola Dunn). More Daisy Dalrymple, solving crimes with aplomb among the well-heeled in 1920s Britain.
Sketch Me If You Can (Sharon Pape). Police sketch artist solves crime with help from a 100+-year-old ghost. Definitely different. Enjoyable, though not strong enough make me continue with the series.
North with the Spring (Edwin Way Teale). Naturalist Teale and his wife Nellie travel 17,000 miles by car from Florida to Maine following the season in this companionable adventure with nature.
Wandering Through Winter (Edwin Way Teale). The winter trip across country with Teale and his wife, who always find something intriguing to tell us about in the landscape, the animals, and the people who love nature.