Reading & Books

Books I Read in November 2022

November was an extremely murder mystery month, apparently.

I enjoyed the two Enola Holmes movies on Netflix, mainly because I liked the actors and less so because the movies were spectacularly good, then discovered that they were based on books. So I went ahead and read the books, which are YA, but still fun and frequently fairly dark. Also, Enola Holmes is a much more entertaining character in the books than the movies.

I recently signed up at, which emails you every day with bargains on books from categories you select, which is where I found The Searcher and the ACF Bookens “cozy mysteries.”

The Searcher was excellent – retired American cop moves to Ireland and stumbles into a dark mystery in the quaint, country village where he settles. Easily the best read this month. I’ve really enjoyed Tana French’s other books, too, so I’m looking forward to anything else she writes.

The ACF Bookens mysteries started strong – Crossed by Death was quite good – but rapidly got more outlandish and tedious as the series went on. I assume these things come out on a yearly schedule, so they probably suffered from being read back to back to back. A lot of series are more enjoyable when you’ve had a year away to miss the characters, and these books are apparently mostly about the characters and the slice of life feel than the mysteries.

  1. The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  2. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  3. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  4. The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  5. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  6. The Case of the Disappearing Duchess: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer
  7. Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, Nancy Springer
  8. Enola Holmes and the Boy in Buttons, Nancy Springer
  9. Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade, Nancy Springer
  10. The Searcher, Tana French
  11. Crossed By Death (Stitches In Crime Book 1), ACF Bookens
  12. Bobbins and Bodies (Stitches In Crime Book 2), ACF Bookens
  13. Hanged by a Thread (Stitches In Crime Book 3), ACF Bookens
  14. Counted Corpse (Stitches In Crime Book 4), ACF Bookens
  15. Stitch X For Murder (Stitches In Crime Book 5), ACF Bookens
  16. Sewn at the Crime (Stitches In Crime Book 6), ACF Bookens
  17. Blood and Back Stitches (Stitches In Crime Book 7), ACF Bookens
  18. Fatal Floss (Stitches In Crime Book 8), ACF Bookens
  19. Strangled Skein (Stitches In Crime Book 9), ACF Bookens
  20. Publishable By Death (St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series Book 1), ACF Bookens