Book Review for “The Believers” by Zoë Heller. Summary: "When Audrey makes a devastating discovery about her husband, New York radial lawyer Joel Litvinoff, she is forced to re-examine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage. Joel's children will soon have to come to terms with this unsettling secret themselves, but for the … Continue reading A Doubtful Family.
Book Review for “A Funeral for an Owl” by Jane Davis. Summary: "A schoolyard stabbing sends wingbeats echoing from the past. One shocking event. Two teachers risk their careers to help a boy who has nothing. ... The best way to avoid trouble, thinks Ayisha Emmanuelle, is to avoid confrontation. As an inner-city schoolteacher, she … Continue reading Fight or Flight?
Book Review for “Short Dog: Cab Driver Stories from the L.A. Streets” by Dan Fante. According to the blurbs about this book: “Dan Fante lived the stories he wrote. His voice has the immediacy of a stranger of the next barstool, of a friend who lives on the edge. As he writes in Short Dog … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Rough Rides.
Book Review for “Murder in Married Life” (Tessa Crichton Mysteries #2) by Anne Morice. Summary: "The soignée actress Tessa Crichton would rather be shopping and generally luxuriating in the pleasure of being newly married. However, she is soon embroiled in a plot involving an old acquaintance (murdered) and a friend (blackmailed). Being as shrewd as … Continue reading Tessa Takes a Second Stab.
Book Review for “Curtain: Poirot's Last Case” by Agathe Christie. Summary: "Arthritic and immobilized, Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings to join him at Styles to be the eyes and ears that will feed observations to Poirot's still razor sharp mind. Though aware of the criminal's identity, Poirot will not reveal it to … Continue reading X Marks the Plot…
Book Review for “Address Unknown” by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. Summary: “A rediscovered classic and international bestseller that recounts the gripping tale of a friendship destroyed at the hands of Nazi Germany. In this searing novel, Kathrine Kressmann Taylor brings vividly to life the insidious spread of Nazism through a series of letters between Max, a … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Epistolary Chills from 1938.
Book Review for “Apricot Sky” by Ruby Ferguson. Summary: "It's 1948 in the Scottish Highlands, with postwar austerity and rationing in full effect, but Mr and Mrs MacAlvey and their family and friends are too irrepressibly cheerful to let it get them down. There's Raine, newly engaged to the brother of a local farmer, and Cleo, … Continue reading A Scottish Summer Celebration.
Book Review for “Blueeyedboy” by Joanne Harris. Summary: "Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer. Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new … Continue reading Sinister Malbry Sons.
Book Review for “Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer” by Molly Clavering. Summary: "In what is surely Molly Clavering's most autobiographical novel, two middle-aged women writers, close friends and neighbours, offer one another advice and support while navigating life in a lively Border village. Lucy Lorimer, the more successful author, with her four children, in-laws, and grandchildren … Continue reading Gently Sweet Chaos.
Book Review for “Ever Rest” by Roz Morris. Summary: Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing, lost in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Irrepressible, infuriating, … Continue reading The Fire in the Ice.