Resistance in Red Lipstick.

Book Review for “Code Name Hélène” by Ariel Lawhon Nancy Wake was an ex-pat Australian, working as a freelance journalist in France sending stories to the Hearst papers in the US, when she fell in love with the wealthy businessman, Henri Fiocca. That was in 1936, and Nancy had already witnessed the beginnings of the … Continue reading Resistance in Red Lipstick.

A 20th Century “Jane Austen” Novel?

Book Review for “Begin Again” by Ursula Orange. Jane, Florence, Leslie, and Sylvia are four friends from their days at Oxford. Since going down, their lives have taken different paths. Jane and Florence live together in a tiny flat in London; Sylvia and Leslie are back at their family homes. None of them are poor, … Continue reading A 20th Century “Jane Austen” Novel?

Dialing into Trouble.

Book Review for “The Operator” by Gretchen Berg. Vivian Dalton was born and raised in Wooster (Ohio), and she knows what living in a small town is like – everyone knows everyone else’s business. But as Vivian says, she gets feelings about people, its her intuition. Her daughter Charlotte would say, that it’s more her … Continue reading Dialing into Trouble.

A Sheepishly Pseudo Autobiography.

Book Review for “The Lost Diary of M” by Paul Wolfe. This book is written as if it is the diary of Mary Pinchot, an American painter who was murdered October 12, 1964, shot twice at close range, and whose death remains an unsolved mystery to this day. What makes her murder so significant is … Continue reading A Sheepishly Pseudo Autobiography.

The Ironic Wit of William.

Book Review for “The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth” by William Boyd. This is actually a collection of seven short stories plus two that are novella length – the first of those is the titular story, and the other one is “The Vanishing Game: An Adventure…” The short stories included here are: The Man Who Liked … Continue reading The Ironic Wit of William.

Tempo of Progression.

Book Review for “Take Nothing with You” by Patrick Gale. According to the back of this book, “Eustace, an only child, is leading a strange existence in a houseful of elderly adults. His life changes dramatically with the arrival of Carla Gold, his cello teacher, who casts a heady spell over everyone, including his mother. … Continue reading Tempo of Progression.

Finding Gin’s Fizz

Book Review for “The Wicked Redhead” by Beatriz Williams. There are two main characters in this book. Geneva (aka Ginger, aka Gin) Kelly, and Ella Gilbert. According to Goodreads, Ginger is “a smart-mouthed flapper from Appalachia, barely survived a run-in with her notorious bootlegger stepfather. She and Oliver Anson, a Prohibition agent she has inconveniently … Continue reading Finding Gin’s Fizz

Marriages of the Mines

Book Review for “Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor” by Rebecca Rosenberg. The Colorado Gold and Silver Rush of the late 19th century both made and broke many people. Among them was Horace Tabor, whose arduous efforts were eventually rewarded with his several successful silver mines, especially the “Matchless” mine, which was the richest … Continue reading Marriages of the Mines