January 2022 books on my list

Two mysteries I’m hoping I like

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and I add to it as the year goes on. The following books are from that list. I’ve started only adding the books to my monthly post I really plan to try reading. (Every year there are books that sound good, but either don’t fit with my mood or have things about them I don’t like. I might start a book, but I don’t always finish it.) If I paid over $5 for that book I would feel I had wasted my money. My husband and I are on a fixed income so we try not to waste money.

I’m only listing two books this month since these are books I know I want to try. I found digital copies of the books at the library and I’ve put both books on hold. The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

January 4

The Maid

by Nita Prose

Published by Ballantine Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

January 25

The Fields

by Erin Young

Series: Riley Fisher #1

Published by Flatiron Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

352 pages

Synopsis: Some things don’t stay buried.

It starts with a body—a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big Agriculture.

When Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations for the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, arrives on the scene, an already horrific crime becomes personal when she discovers the victim was a childhood friend, connected to a dark past she thought she’d left behind.

The investigation grows complicated as more victims are found. Drawn deeper in, Riley soon discovers implications far beyond her Midwest town.

What are the January 2022 books you hope to read?