What I love about vacations is the amount of time I can dedicate to reading. Do a little cleaning, then read, run and errand, then read. A few of my favorites from this past week already include a few murder mysteries, wait, take that back, all of my favorites this week have somehow dealt with a murder mystery. Hmmm, should someone be concerned? No, they’re just plain good! There’s Rotters by Kraus that is old-fashioned creepy, which leads right in to the nonfiction, The Poisoner’s Handbook by Blum about real cases of murder by poison through the early 1900s. You can take it back to the 1500s in License to Quill by Quercia that offers an alternative reality in which William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were part of English espionage. Speaking of alternative perspectives, how about the housegirl that lived with the Borden’s before the infamous murders in Sweet Madness by Leaver and Currie? In A Madness So Discreet by McGinnis and A Curious Tale of the In-Between by DeStefano, there are two well-written authors trying to solve a mystery with special powers or a special circumstance surrounding their lives. And I’ve saved the best for last, The Life We Bury by Eskens that combines storytelling, a murder, and a war story that will make you hurt.