m219026900 I write for a website that specializes in books, especially chick lit and romances, though I also include a lot of mysteries — girlie, cozy types rather than anything cerebral, at least.

Each month I write a newsletter with a bunch of holiday-themed book reviews, so I am of course currently reading Valentine’s Day novels.

Or trying to.

There are lots of good Christmas mysteries, a fair number of good Thanksgiving ones, and even some New Year’s ones. Valentine’s Day? Not much.

What’s more, there don’t seem to be many decent Valentine’s Day romance novels. Why not? There should be plenty of poisoned chocolates, girls in nighties flouncing around seeking a date for Valentine’s Day, or maybe alien beings falling in love.

Not so far.

I will keep trying.