Mrs Wilson's Been Reading...

Our cool librarian - Mrs. Wilson
1. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters *****

I love this story, so much so that this was a re-reading for me. The story is the first in a series and sees the first appearance of the formidable Amelia Peabody. Set in the Victorian era this first book follows Amelia on her first trip to Egypt. There she discovers not only a passion for archaeological wonders but a mummy risen from the grave. Perfect escapism.

2. No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith ****

This was my second attempt to read this book. The first time I found the pace too slow but this time I really liked the slower storytelling. Set in Botswana it follows the story of Precious Ramotswe who has set up the countries only female detective agency. It reads like a collection of short stories but they all weave together into a very enjoyable story. It was one of those stories that transports you to a different country - well worth a read if Scotland is feeling too cold and dark.

4. Horrible Histories Big Fat Book of Christmas by Terry Deary ***

This was a fun book to read post-Christmas as it provided facts and comedy related to the 12 days of Christmas. I read it a day at a time finally finishing it on Twelfth Night. My only complaint was that quite a few of the facts were ones covered in other books in the series (though there was enough original content that this wasn't a big issue). It was worth a read for Martin Brown's rat illustrations alone.

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