This season tends to require a lot of yard work and winter preparation where we live. When we do have downtime, besides taking walks and jumping in leaf piles, we like to enjoy books, games and entertainment. Here are a few suggestions that you may like, as well as some fall drinks and cocktails from The Spruce. Cheers!  

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
There is a reason Agatha Christie was dubbed the “Queen of Crime” and any of her mysteries could be on this list. In this book, “Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?”
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Briggs is amazing at weaving spellbinding stories of shapeshifters and werewolves while adding in history and lore. Anna Latham and Charles Cornick have special abilities and are tasked with finding out why an entire community in the Northern California mountains would disappear. The Alpha & Omega series as well as the Mercy Thompson series are both worth checking out if you are into urban fantasies.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
We watched the limited series on Apple+, then bought the book. But, it was worth it. “Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants nothing to do with her new stepmother. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final heartbreaking turn.” (Barnes and Noble) 
Mrs. Sidhu Investigates 
Mrs. Sidhu isn’t your average caterer turned investigator. She’s strong, fun, and completely relatable juggling a burgeoning business while navigating relationship and menopausal challenges. The characters and backstory make for an entertaining mystery show. Check it out on Acorn TV and you could probably binge the current episodes with the 7-day free trial.   

Happy Fall!

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Kristen Gibson