Mysteries and Zombies: What Are You Reading in May?

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When I think of May, I think of sitting outside, basking in the long-awaited sunshine and reading books while surrounded by the scent of lilacs and apple blossoms. Spring has been slow to arrive here. The weather was nice enough the final weekend in April for us to venture outside and start cleaning up our outside world. I've got my outdoor reading corner set up and I'm ready to dive into some great books.

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maggie hope his majesty's hope susan elia macnealI'm so very excited that Susan Elia MacNeal's next Maggie Hope mystery comes out in May. I've you haven't read a Maggie Hope mystery before this is what you need to know -- it's set in London during WWII, there are plots afoot, and Maggie is one heck of a smart woman. Intrigue! Spies! Mysteries! Maybe even a teeny bit of romance, too. Basically it has all the things that make me one very happy reader. In His Majesty's Hope, Maggie will be sent to Berlin to help a resistance group and rather some intelligence for the British. There's a whole lot more waiting for her in Berlin than even Maggie knows...

jonathan strange and mr norrellWe're doing a little road trip in May so it's an excellent time to load up on e-books. Maybe it's finally time for me to read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Everyone has told me it is excellent and I've had a paperback copy of it for years. The problem is was that it is a big thick book -- what we book bloggers like to call a chunkster. I like chunksters but my wrists do not. I snagged a copy of the e-book when it was on sale recently and I think I actually have enough time in my schedule to read it. If I'm being completely honest, the knowledge that BBC is adapting the novel as a mini-series means I want to read it sooner rather than later.

There are a number of other books competing for my attention. A friend is determined that I read Max Brooks' World War Z because zombies are always awesome. I want to finish Robin Benway's Also Known As. I picked up Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities on a whim at the library. I just added the first book in Anna Dean's Dido Kent series, Bellfield Hall, to my library request list. The idea of a Regency mystery series with a female detective intrigues me!

What are you reading? Share your list in the comments or use Mr. Linky to share your May lists and book reviews!

Books Section Editor Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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