Heard of Female Thieves?

Book Review for “The Forty Elephants” by Erin Bledsoe. Summary: "Inspired by the true story of Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants, the first all-female gang of London. London in the 1920s is no place for a woman with a mind of her own. Gang wars, violence, and an unforgiving world have left pickpocket Alice … Continue reading Heard of Female Thieves?

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.

Plumes and Doom!

Book Review for “Birds of a Feather” by Jacqueline Winspear. Summary: "An eventful year has passed for Maisie Dobbs. Since starting a one-woman private investigation agency in 1929 London, she now has a professional office in Fitzroy Square and an assistant, the happy-go-lucky Billy Beale. She has proven herself as a psychologist and investigator, and … Continue reading Plumes and Doom!

On the Prowl.

Book Review for “The Ghosts of Paris” by Tara Moss. Summary: "It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant Sam to track down her missing husband, … Continue reading On the Prowl.

A Vine Intrigue.

Book Review for “A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons” by Kate Khavari. Summary: "London, 1923. Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh attends a dinner party for the University College of London. While she expects to engage in conversations about the university's large expedition to the Amazon, she doesn’t expect Mrs. Henry, one of the … Continue reading A Vine Intrigue.

Which was Deeper?

Book Review for “The Second Cut” by Louise Welsh. Summary: "Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The … Continue reading Which was Deeper?

TCL’s #CCSpin 28 Review – Doubled and Troubled.

Book Review for “The Lady in the Lake” by Raymond Chandler. Summary: "A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about … Continue reading TCL’s #CCSpin 28 Review – Doubled and Troubled.

… and then there were…

Book Review for “The Invisible Host” by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Summary: "New Orleans, 1930. Eight guests are invited to a party at a luxurious penthouse apartment, yet on arrival it turns out that no one knows who their mysterious host actually is. The latter does not openly appear, but instead communicates with the … Continue reading … and then there were…

She Who Schooled St. Oswald’s.

Book Review for “A Narrow Door” by Joanne Harris. Summary: "It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of … Continue reading She Who Schooled St. Oswald’s.