November wasn't another banner month for reading but everything I read was worth the time.
The Lantern Men
I started out with another Elly Griffiths, "The Lantern Men." This time, Ruth Galloway, who has left Norfolk and is now teaching at Cambridge, is called back to serve as forensic archeologist when a convicted murderer reveals the site of several bodies. Again working with DS Nelson, she is drawn into a mystery that involves an artists colony, one in which Ruth, herself, has been a part. When others die in ways similar to that of the imprisoned murderer, the race is on to solve two cold cases -- and two new ones.
James Herriott's Yorkshire
James Herriott and Derry Brabbs collaborated on this narrative photo tour through Yorkshire, the countryside the author/veterinarian described beautifully in his books and which is seen in each episode of the television series "All Creatures Great and Small." Herriott focuses on numerous towns and dales and favorite walks in this lavishly illustrated book with lots of references to "All Creatures" characters, including his wife, Helen.
The Becket Factor
Michael David Anthony's first novel finds retired colonel John Harrison working for the Canterbury Cathedral in their financial office. When a coffin is unearthed prior to a renovation on the famed cathedral, word gets out that they may be the bones of Thomas Becket, martyred in the cathedral centuries before. A series of murders occur, drawing Harrison's attention to both the crimes and the reasons behind them. Could they be connected to the past history of the most viable candidate for the next Archbishop of Canterbury?
Watercolor for Beginners
Someone said "Why are you reading that book," which is by artist Emma Witte. The fact is, I never learned the basics of water color or color theory. I just jumped in. Witte's book should be required reading for anyone else who has ever just "jumped in" and started to paint.
She goes through color theory better than I've ever seen it explained before. Illustrated with charts and paintings, she also includes several painting projects with loads of tips. I will refer to this often.
I probably would have finished this one if I hadn't lost it 125 pages in. I just found it a few days ago, after I got about 50 pages into "Pancakes in Paris," so look for reviews of both of these in December's reads!
Who knows? Maybe I'll get through a few more... though I doubt it! December is a busy month!