Death By Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves (Cozy Mystery Novel, February 2018). This fun cozy features the amateur detective team from the Home Repair Homicide Series. Set in the same island fishing village up in Maine, “Jake” Tiptree and her best pal Ellie have now opened a chocolate-focused bake shop and they face a make-or-break […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death By Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake"
This installment of the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse featured mostly familiar faces, plus one actual newcomer, a couple quirky films on DVDs (both comedies, though otherwise quite unlike one another), one regular’s persistent smartphone frustrations, another visit by two psychic researchers, and yours truly conveying good writing news (polite way of saying bragging) even […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 12, 2018"
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (Contemporary Novel, 2018). In the last months of the 20th century, Andrea Morales is a 20-something artist who has left behind her very conventional Midwestern Catholic upbringing for life as part of the thriving and politically active lesbian community of Portland, Oregon. Most of her associates, friends and lovers are (like […]Read more "REVIEWED: Stray City"
Decarcerating America edited by Ernest Drucker (Nonfiction, Criminal Justice Reform Anthology, 2018). It’s a sad truth that we’re much more familiar with the word incarceration than its polar opposite (as per the title of this book). While the United States has only about 5% of the planet’s population, it also has 25% of all the people held in the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Decarcerating America"
Last night’s coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel featured another open mic night, with live music by The Birddogs (a local duo), a brief stand-up comedy routine from young Ed the Comic that fell a bit flat, topped off by a pleasant little jam session as Ed brought out his guitar to noodle around with […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 5, 2018"
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope (Paranormal Fantasy Novel, May 2018). An award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance, L. Penelope kicks off a new series, The Earthsinger Chronicles, with this sweeping imaginary world novel. Two nations, ancient and bitter enemies, take centerstage here and face each other across an ancient magical wall. Caught […]Read more "REVIEWED: Song of Blood & Stone"
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan (Contemporary Novel, 2018). Ren Ishida heard of his sister’s violent and mysterious death just after finishing his graduate degree at one of the top universities in Japan. Keiko was long-estranged from the rest of the family, though she spoke to Ren through weekly phone calls. She’d been living in a smallish town […]Read more "REVIEWED: RAINBIRDS"