As I admitted to my Sunday School class recently, while some people strive to read a certain number of books a year and post them on their blogs...I don't do that. Because, while reading has been my great friend and solace, it can also be my place of utter checking-out. And I read a lot. Really a lot. So I don't keep track (though maybe I should? that's a new idea.)
Anyway. Terri at Seeking Authentic Voice was asking "what are you reading these days?" and I answered at length in her comments about one of my favorite authors. Thought I'd bring that over here, too.
For some grand mysteries, check out Susan Wittig Albert. She's done several series. My favorite is the China Bayles series about a former lawyer who runs an herb shop in a small Texas town. There are 19 in the series now...and I saw on her Facebook wall that she is working on a contract for more. Yay!
She has two new series: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, (not nearly as twee as it sounds, great historical fiction), and also The Darling Dahlias.
Also love the Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian mysteries ... Robin Paige is the "author" but the books are written by Susan and her husband, Bill Albert.
AND, her non-fiction is great too. Spiritual writing, nature writing. She is a former University administrator who escaped. :) I loves her work.
In addition, she is a great champion of women finding their voices. She founded the Story Circle Network ("for women with stories to tell") in 1997 and it is now a flourishing 501(c)(3) group offering workshops, contests, blogging, conferences, and podcasts.
AND, she's a blogger.
Definitely worth a look.