Gently Rambling Mystery.

Book Review for “A Dangerous Business” by Jane Smiley. Summary: "Monterey, 1851. Ever since her husband was killed in a bar fight, Eliza Ripple has been working in a brothel. It seems like a better life, at least at first. The madam, Mrs. Parks, is kind, the men are (relatively) well behaved, and Eliza has … Continue reading Gently Rambling Mystery.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for December 3, 2022.

From “The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey to “The Summer Country” by Lauren Willig. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for December 3, 2022.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #13 – Killer Angst.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Murder in the City of Liberty” by Rachel McMillan. Summary: "Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one could demand a price they’re not willing to pay. Determined to make a life for herself, Reggie Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #13 – Killer Angst.

Naked Death.

Book Review for “The Spanish Cape Mystery” by Ellery Queen (#9). Summary: "The Godfrey family is vacationing among the picturesque rocky cliffs of the North Atlantic seaboard, expecting peace, quiet, and, perhaps, a bit of golf or tennis. But one dusky evening in an isolated spot on the grounds of Spanish Cape, Rosa and her … Continue reading Naked Death.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #12 – The Con with No Pros.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “The Patron Saint of Second Chances” by Christine Simon. Summary: Vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor of Prometto, Italy (population 212) Signor Speranza has a problem. He needs 70,000 euros to fix the village pipes, or the water commission will shut off the water, and residents will disperse. … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #12 – The Con with No Pros.

Charming, Mysterious Romance.

Book Review for “To Capture His Heart” by Nancy Campbell Allen. Summary: "Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective, Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats … Continue reading Charming, Mysterious Romance.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Hotel Portofino” by J.P. O'Connell. Summary: "Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for October 1, 2022.

From “Notes on a Scandal” by Zoë Heller to... “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for October 1, 2022.

Locked and Keyed.

Book Review for “The Click of the Gate” by Alice Campbell. Summary: "Clare - her Clare - was gone. Mystery in Paris! A disappearance as surprising and baffling as if it had been done by magic. A young girl, barely fifteen, beautiful yet shy and under constant protection, disappears in the one moment that is … Continue reading Locked and Keyed.

In Tangles.

Book Review for “Water Weed” by Alice Campbell. Summary: "Young Virginia Carew is making a trip to England when she encounters old friend Glenn Hillier-strangely altered from the last time they met. Glenn is besotted with a glamorous middle-aged lady, with whom he's been staying in the blissful English countryside. It isn't long before Virginia … Continue reading In Tangles.