Naked Death.

Book Review for “The Spanish Cape Mystery” by Ellery Queen (#9). Summary: "The Godfrey family is vacationing among the picturesque rocky cliffs of the North Atlantic seaboard, expecting peace, quiet, and, perhaps, a bit of golf or tennis. But one dusky evening in an isolated spot on the grounds of Spanish Cape, Rosa and her … Continue reading Naked Death.

Donning the Dresses.

Book Review for “Clothes-Pegs” by Susan Scarlett. Summary: "Annabel Brown has taken a job in the sewing room at Bertna's, a high-end dressmaker, to help her family's finances. When one of the "mannequins" employed downstairs quits unexpectedly, Tania Petoff, the shop's owner, decides to try lovely Annabel in her place, to the chagrin of her … Continue reading Donning the Dresses.

Dust in the Wind.

Book Review for “Now in November” by Josephine W. Johnson. Summary: "This unforgettable novel tells in shimmering language the story of a middle-class family driven into poverty by the Depression. Three daughters struggle to survive with their parents as farmers, battling against the elements and trying to come to terms with their harsh, unresponsive father. … Continue reading Dust in the Wind.

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.

The Inward Eye – Another #CCDare Love is in the Air.

Book Review for “Five Windows” by D. E. Stevenson. Summary: "“Life is like looking out of a lot of different windows.” So says Malcolm, shepherd and boyhood friend of David Kirk, and the words linger in David’s mind as he reflects on his life so far. He recalls the window of his parents’ home in … Continue reading The Inward Eye – Another #CCDare Love is in the Air.

Double Miss Trouble!

Book Review for “The Fair Miss Fortune” by D.E. Stevenson. Summary: "The village of Dingleford is all aquiver with the arrival of lovely young Miss Fortune with plans to open a tea house. Captain Charles Weatherby, just back from India, has "no use for bright little creatures no matter how long their eyelashes might be," … Continue reading Double Miss Trouble!

… 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…

#ShortStorySunday – Rough Rides.

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.

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.