Four and a half minutes.

Book Review for “At the Stroke of Nine O'clock” by Jane Davis. Summary: On the 12th of August 1949, Big Ben was prevented from chiming at 9pm by four and a half minutes because a flock of starlings perched on the minute hand. This event initially panicked the British public, who didn’t know that it … Continue reading Four and a half minutes.

Women who Raced.

Book Review for “Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team” by Elise Hooper. Summary: This biographical, historical fiction novel portrays the story of three women athletes who "join with others to defy society’s expectations of what women can achieve. As tensions bring the United States and Europe closer and closer to the … Continue reading Women who Raced.

What Bugs Margery?

Book Review for "Miss Benson's Beetle" by Rachel Joyce. Goodreads Blurb: "It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that … Continue reading What Bugs Margery?

A Revealingly Obscure Story.

Book Review for "The Mystery of Henri Pick" by David Foenkinos (Translated by Sam Taylor) "In the small town of Crozon in Brittany (France), a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful … Continue reading A Revealingly Obscure Story.

Or… a Questionable Closure?

Book Review for “A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery” by Deanna Raybourn At the age of only five and twenty, Veronica Speedwell is now not only orphaned, but also without any guardians, as now both her spinster aunts have died. With an aim to start a new life where she can hunt butterflies across … Continue reading Or… a Questionable Closure?

Billie Walker Begins.

Book Review for “The War Widow” by Tara Moss. Billie Walker (that's Ms. Walker, if you please) is just starting out in her Sydney Australia private inquiry business, which she inherited from her father, who died near the end of WWII. But the war is over now, and women are expected to leave their jobs, … Continue reading Billie Walker Begins.

TCL Joins the 2020 Big Book Summer Challenge!

To find out about this reading challenge, please visit this post on the blog Book By Book. You can find the books on my list for this challenge this summer on Goodreads here: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce - 400 pages. Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams - 400 pages. Fast Girls: A Novel … Continue reading TCL Joins the 2020 Big Book Summer Challenge!

Bly Eyes the Lobby Guy – #ShortStorySunday.

Book Review for “Clever Girl: A Nellie Bly Novella” by David Blixt “Tell a story to catch a story,” that’s what Nellie Bly does to write her investigative reports. In this case, the story she tells is that she’s woman who only wants a bill to not get passed by the New York legislature. She … Continue reading Bly Eyes the Lobby Guy – #ShortStorySunday.

#ShortStorySunday – Clearly Blurry Vision.

Book Review for “Redhead by the Side of the Road” by Anne Tyler. As a man in his forties, Micah Mortimer has everything in order. He has his own business where he’s his own boss and only employee, helping people with their computers as the “Tech Hermit”. He is also the super/handyman for the apartment … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Clearly Blurry Vision.

Net and Let.

Book Review for “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell For those who don’t know, Hamnet was the name of William Shakespeare’s only son, who died at the age of 11. In O’Farrell’s latest novel, she takes up the scholarly presumption that there was a direct connection between his son’s death and his play “Hamlet.” To do this, … Continue reading Net and Let.