The day I borrowed "Breaking Dawn" from a friend at the library I had checked out two other books. Of course, I set those books aside and spent a day reading the YA vampire romance. The other two books were "An Ice Cold Grave" by Charlaine Harris and "The Observations" by Jane Harris. I was looking for the first title when I stumbled across the second.
Miss Charlaine is one of my favorite writers. I love the Sookie books and have the debut date for the HBO series based on these books circled on my calendar. I also enjoy her more recent series about the very talented Harper Connelly. Harper finds dead people due to being struck by lightning as a child. These are solid mysteries with a neat paranormal twist. Miss Charlaine is a master at developing characters. This time Harper is smack dab in the middle of a small town looking for a missing teenager when she stumbles across a serial killer. Major thumbs up for "An Ice Cold Grave."
The second book, "The Observations" is a historical set in the lowlands of Scotland during the late 1800s. Told from the point of view of an Irish domestic, the story is an engaging look into a very structured world from the perspective of a very endearing heroine, Bessy Buckley. I just loved Bessy's voice and the wonderful pace of the story. Again, thumbs up for this historical tale.