This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and May’s is violet. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!
If you enjoy clever mysteries:
S.J. Bennett’s The Windsor Knot (2021)
I don’t usually steal my descriptions of books from other sources, but thriller writer Ruth Ware calls this book “If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple,” and that is very on point. Essentially, the premise is that Elizabeth II, the queen of England, is drawn into a mystery after someone is found dead under sordid conditions at Windsor Castle. Complications ensue.
The book has elements of a cozy but also pushes in directions that are quite edgy for a cozy but with tongue firmly in cheek. It’s also the first in a series and should appeal to both mystery fans and royal family fans.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Anthony Horowitz and Gyles Daubeney Brandreth.
If you want a children’s books:
Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)
Harold goes for a walk, armed with only a purple crayon. Along the way, he draws all sorts of epic adventures for himself and his trusty crayon comrade. I don’t frequently highlight children’s books (perhaps an oversight on my part) or older books on the blog, but how could I pass up the opportunity to write about the most purple of books when it was time to spotlight purple covers? 🙂
Recommended for those who enjoy children’s classics.
If you love feel-good contemporary fiction with a culinary twist:
Richard C. Morais’s The Hundred-Foot Journey (2010)*
Hassan gets his start as a chef in his family’s humble Mumbai restaurant, but the talented young restaurateur eventually ascends the ladder to the height of haute cuisine in Paris. The book represents the fictional Hassan’s retrospective look at his career as he recounts his life journey and its twists and turns, with a special focus on how he balances and intertwines the beloved Indian cuisine of his youth with the classic French cuisine of his career.
This book was also the inspiration for a 2014 movie starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Gabrielle Zevin, Jamie Ford, and Helen Simonson.
*Audiobook also available on Libby.
If you like YA romance:
Katie McGarry’s Say You’ll Remember Me (2018)
Drix has been unfairly convicted of a crime that he did not commit, but he sees a way out of jail through the governor’s initiative to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. What he does not count on is falling hard for the governor’s daughter, Elle, as she assists with the program. Elle and Drix are from very different worlds–and her parents are strongly opposed to any sort of relationship between them–but their connection with each other is undeniable, all the same.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Simone Elkeles.
If you’re looking for an audiobook:
M.C. Beaton’s Hot to Trot (2020)**
I tend to not highlight later books in a series unless they are part of a theme (especially if the author/series is already popular), but I couldn’t resist writing about this one. LOOK AT HOW PURPLE THE COVER IS!
In this entry in the Agatha Raisin series, Agatha crashes the wedding of her former lover Charles because she is nosy about the bride, as one does. Things go poorly, and she awakens the next morning to news that the bride has been murdered. She’s on the case, but it takes her into the world of highly competitive equestrians.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Agatha Christie, Lilian Jackson Braun, C. Alan Bradley, and Monica Ferris.
**Audiobook and ebook also available on Libby. Physical book also available in the system.
What books with violet covers are you reading? What are you reading in May? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.