March Recommendations

For the month of March, Janet recommends drama, mystery, and romance!

A Thousand DaysA Thousand Days in Venice – Marlena de Blaisi

A memoir suffused with the beauty and mystery of Venice. A love story for grownups!

Did you know? Marlena de Blasi conducts private Italian tours twice per year. It’s hard to get a spot on one of these tours. Due to the popularity of de Blasi’s four memoirs — Venice, plus A Thousand Days in Tuscany, The Lady in the Palazzo, and That Summer in Cicily — she was inundated with requests from people who weren’t truly passionate about Italy and its culture. She took down her website and takes guests only by word of mouth.

Read more about de Blasi’s works on her Random House profile.

Cane RiverCane River – Lalita Tademy

Four generations of women draw strength and determination from their love of family. Our book club loved it!

Did you know? In June 2001, Oprah chose Cane River as her 44th book club selection. Tademy’s novel combines fact and fiction. She researched four generations of her slave-born ancestry to form the plot of the book. Learn more about Tademy and her historical novels at her website: The Book Cellar book club read Cane River in May 2010.

Say It With PoisonSay it with Poison – Ann Granger

Let’s face it: Sometimes, flowers just don’t say what’s on your mind! First in the charming “Mitchell and Markby” series.

Did you know? The Mitchell and Markby series started with Say it with Poison in 1991. Granger wrote fifteen Mitchell and Markby mysteries, concluding the series in 2004 with That Way Murder Lies. She currently writes the Lizzie Martin and Campbell & Carter series. The latest Campbell & Carter mystery, Rack, Ruin, and Murder, will hit the UK in June. This series has yet to make it across the pond.

The IntrudersThe Intruders – Michael Marshall

While not at the level of his memorable debut, The Straw Man, this book has ominous atmosphere and creepy twists in abundance. A page turner!

Did you know? Marshall also publishes novels using his full name, Michael Marshall Smith. Some of his stories have even been adapted for the stage in his native U.K. He is the only person to have won the British Fantasy Society’s short story award four times. Learn more about Michael Marshall (sometimes Smith) at his website:

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