I found Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith through last weekend's Saturday Review. The review was posted by Laura at Lines...In Pleasant places. Apparently Comforts of a Muddy Saturday is the fifth book in the series following "Edinburgh philosophical sleuth Isabel Dalhousie." Laura's review peaked my curiosity and I may add this series to my list of books to read in 2009. (Also, I noticed that the author, Mr. Smith, also wrote the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series. I read the first book in that series a few years back with my book club and if I recall correctly, I liked his writing style.
A year or so ago I bought a copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The copy I have was illustrated by P. J. Lynch. Apparently Mr. Lynch has illustrated a number of books, including The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski. I don't know anything about the story, but a fellow-book lover and friend said she loved it, so I plan to check it out.
Yesterday while doing some last minute Christmas shopping I stumbled upon Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. This is a new book, published in September 2008. I loved the cat's name, Dewey (as in the Dewey Decimal System) and think it is very clever. On that fact alone I can't wait to take a closer look at this book. **Note: I did a little checking online and noticed there were several one star reviews on Amazon. Turns out the reviews aren't about the book, but are from buyers who never received their copy and got very upset with the seller. Most of the reviews seem to be four and five stars.