A Slice of Glasgow’s Darker Corners

Book Review of "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh. This story has nothing to do with motion picture film editing; this is about crime, pornography, erotica, sex, and money with a mystery thrown in for good measure. Rilke is an auctioneer for a small and struggling Glasgow auction house, commissioned to empty out the home … Continue reading A Slice of Glasgow’s Darker Corners

A Mother and a Mystery

Book Review of "The Perfect Mother" by Nina Darnton. When Jennifer Lewis gets a call from her daughter in the middle of the night, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. Now she has to go to Spain to free her daughter of murder charges, and it could take everything in Jennifer's power to save … Continue reading A Mother and a Mystery

Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

Book Review for The Author and Me by Eric Chevillard. This is more of a dialog between the author and his protagonist than a straightforward story. In the story part, we have a man speaking to a woman, telling his tale of woe because someone brought him a cauliflower gratin instead of the trout amandine … Continue reading Cauliflower Gratin vs. Trout Amandine

No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

Book Review of "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. When George Harvey raped and murdered Suzie Salmon, she was only 14 years old. He did this in a room he dug out underneath the frozen cornfields. The story here, told from Suzie's point of view after she is dead, are her observations of life on … Continue reading No bones about it; this is a lovely book!

Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Book Review of "Invisible City" by Julia Dahl. The police just found a naked woman's body in a Brooklyn scrap yard, and that's news. So the paper sends their newest stringer, Rebekah Roberts, to get the story. When she gets there, she finds herself in the midst of the exact same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community her … Continue reading Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

The "Da Vinci Code" for Dracula!

Book Review of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. What if the infamous Dracula really existed and wasn't just the fruit of the overactive imagination of one Bram Stoker? What if he's been recruiting people all these years since his 'death' to help him in his vile work? What if some people figured out that he … Continue reading The "Da Vinci Code" for Dracula!

Finding Buoyancy

Book Review for "My So-Called Ruined Life" by Melanie Bishop. Tate McCoy is sweet 16, and her life is just beginning. Unfortunately, she's got far too much to deal with, even for the child of divorced parents. That's because her estranged mother - who was an alcoholic - was murdered and her father is on … Continue reading Finding Buoyancy

On Passion and Disappointment

Book Review for "Tatiana's Wedding" by Cynthia A. Robinson. Laura was killed by her husband Cezar, leaving their two young children, Delfina and Stephan, in the care of Cezar's parents. But that was long ago. Now Nani, Delfina's grandmother is dying, and all the Aunts are there to see her through the end. Throughout her … Continue reading On Passion and Disappointment

A Glimmer to Find What Was Lost

Book Review for "Light Shining in the Forest" by Paul Torday. Norman Stokoe is the new "Children's Czar" of England's Northumberland, and he has fallen between bureaucratic cracks with the newly formed government. He has a brand new position but no green-light to do anything. Still, with a good salary, his secretary Pippa and an … Continue reading A Glimmer to Find What Was Lost

Death Among the Dreidel Set

Book Review of "Chanukah Guilt" by Ilene Schneider. According to the book cover synopsis, "Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a rather uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting … Continue reading Death Among the Dreidel Set