Living Cluedo!

Book Review for “In the Crypt with a Candlestick” by Daisy Waugh. Summary: "Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age—much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at age ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil. Lady Emma Tode, thoroughly fed up with being … Continue reading Living Cluedo!

Atypical 1930s Woman.

Book Review for “A Bright Young Thing” by Brianne Moore. Thanks for the free book @PRHGlobal @prhinternational! Summary: "In early 1930s England, a young firebrand finds herself on a fraught and dangerous road to independence. ... Astra Davies defies all the conventions. Clever, witty, and determined, Astra smokes, drinks, plays a mean piano, and gallivants … Continue reading Atypical 1930s Woman.

… the little marks that use their influence…

Book Review for “Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynn Truss. Summary: "Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens. We all had the … Continue reading … the little marks that use their influence…

Women Helping with Wartime Hardships.

Book Review for “Yours Cheerfully” by AJ Pearce. Summary: "London, November 1941. Following the departure of the formidable Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles (now stationed back in the UK) … Continue reading Women Helping with Wartime Hardships.

A Doubtful Family.

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.

Tessa Takes a Second Stab.

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.

A Scottish Summer Celebration.

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.

Gently Sweet Chaos.

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.

Tessa Tries Intrigue.

Book Review for “Death in the Grand Manor: A Tessa Crichton Mystery” by Anne Morice. Summary: “The narrator of this classic mystery is fashionable young actress, Tessa Crichton-obliged to turn private detective when murder strikes in the rural stronghold of Roakes Common. Leading hate-figures in the community are Mr. and Mrs. Cornford - the nouveaux … Continue reading Tessa Tries Intrigue.

Tasty Toppings.

Book Review for “Gentleman's Relish: Stories” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "A son wreaks revenge through the power of cookery, a lonely wife finds short-lived solace in angling lessons from a prisoner, and an obedience lesson with a puppy leads to the discovery of a murder... From the delightfully chilling to the humorous and heart-warming, this … Continue reading Tasty Toppings.