Twilight of Avalon is the first in a set of 3 that is a retelling of the Tristan and Isolde story. An interesting blending of Arthurian legend and the Tristan and Isolde legend. If you are looking for the love story, it's not really here (possibly it develops in books 2 and 3, but I haven't read those yet). Instead, it's more about the politics of the day with the multiple petty chieftans jostling each other for power, and Isolde's place in that world where she is a healer/herbalist, and is suspected of being a witch as well. The story begins with the death of her husband, and the meeting of the tribal leaders to choose the next king. Filled with a lot of grit and violence (which is a lot closer to the reality than folks drifting around in lovely clean-smelling tunics and declaring unending passion for each other, I'd suspect). Isolde is really not much more than a pawn in this story, although a woman with backbone and inner strength who is willing to sacrifice a great many things for the good of the kingdom as she sees it.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the story of a murder and the subsequent trial of the new-money Savannahian antiques dealer that was made into a movie with Kevin Spacey and John Cusack a number of years ago. (I haven't seen the movie, FWIW.) The story line is mostly about a drawn-out murder trial, but the interesting and engaging part of the book is how the local personalities and characters are brought to life. I enjoyed it.... might even pick up another of the author's books at some point when I'm in the mood for this sort of thing.
Next up, I think I'll start My Name Is Mary Sutter. That'll leave me with 9 books to finish for the year!
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