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.
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.
Book Review for “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams. Summary: In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed … Continue reading Perseverance and Survival.
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?
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?
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.
Book Review for “The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen” by Karen Harper. This biographical, historical fiction novel is about the woman most of us knew as the “Queen Mother,” the woman who is the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, and who stood by her husband, King George VI after he … Continue reading That should be plural …
Book Review for “The Man Without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates Imagine having such sudden memory loss that anything that happens to you after that incident can only be retained by your brain for just over one minute, and then it is forgotten? When Elihu Hoopes gets encephalitis at the age of 37, it … Continue reading Ghosting Science.
Book Review for “The First Emma” by Camille Di Maio. When Otto Koehler brought his brand-new wife Emma to San Antonio to run the beer brewery there, he was both very much in love and very ambitious. Thirty years later, Otto has been dead for many years – killed by one of his mistresses – … Continue reading Lady Bastion of Beer.
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.