Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
Surprisingly little of the story takes place in Shakespeare, actually. Lily goes home for the holidays to attend her little sister’s wedding. Since it takes place in the middle of the series, her boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, and it turns out he’s on a case. And then a friend gets murdered . . . Recommended. Like most mystery series’, you can read the Shakespeare series in any order, but it’s best to start at the beginning.
Duma Key by Stephen King
After Edgar Freemantle survives a horrible accident, he loses an arm, gains some terrible rage problems, and loses his wife (she can’t handle his anger). He takes up art for therapeutic purposes, but turns out to be pretty good at it. He also moves to Duma Key in Florida, where he rents a house in the middle of nowhere, practices art, recovers his strength, and contemplates suicide. Of course, this being King, there’s something terrible lurking at Duma Key, and Edgar is about to get its attention.
This is obviously influenced by King’s own horrible accident, but it’s still an excellent book, Highly recommended.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Locke Lamora is the greatest con artist in the city of Camorr, which is itself interesting enough to merit calling it one of the characters in the book. But the story is about Locke and his brothers in art, the Gentlemen Bastards. Though living under the guise of moderately successful theives, they are currently planning their biggest job ever. And, of course, as in every good “big con” story, things are about to go horribly, horribly wrong. Don’t get too attached to any particular character. Highly recommended.
The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: a new look at betrayer and betrayed by Bart D. Ehrman
Of course, Judas didn’t write the gospel bearing his name, any more than any of the other gospels were written by the person whose name was assigned to them. Ehrman analyses the new text, as well as looking at the character of Judas in the gospels we got. It’s an interesting read.