Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy (Historical Mystery Novel, February 2018). An award-winning journalist, D.M. Quincy turned to fictional crime successfully with Murder in Mayfair, a historical mystery set in early 19th century England. That introduced readers to Atlas Catesby, an aristocratic world traveler turned amateur detective. Here, Catesby and those around him return to get involved […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Bloomsbury"
John Woman by Walter Mosley (Contemporary Novel, September 2018). Mosley is one of our most varied and interesting contemporary authors, not to mention frequently honored, prolific and best-selling. This time out he’s offered us a striking book that combines psychological character study, musings about the philosophy of and practice of history, the internal backbiting and politics […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: John Woman"
A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo. (Mystery/Crime Novel, 2018). About two weeks ago I took a welcome break from some of the harsher and more violent books I’ve been reading for a gentler, even heartwarming older novel. That one presented a highly idealized, not to say whitewashed, vision of life among the Amish. Now, in […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Gathering of Secrets"
The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin (Historical Novel, 2018). Kyung-Sook Shin is one of South Korea’s most prominent and awarded novelists. She also hit the New York Times bestseller list with Please Look After Mom. Her newest book is a historical novel, evoking the last years of the 19th century. The previously isolationist Kingdom of Korea is slowly opening […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Court Dancer"
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (SF novel, 2018). This author’s third SF novel mostly takes place during the final events of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. In this universe, humans long ago fled an environmentally destroyed Earth in a fleet of enormous generational ships. This is by no means a new idea, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Record of a Spaceborn Few"
Head On by John Scalzi (SF/Mystery Novel, April 2018). This novel takes place in Scalzi’s near-future universe introduced in his book Lock In. A strange plague called Haden’s Syndrome (after one of earliest, most famous victims) has left one percent of the world’s population physically and completely paralyzed, though they’re still mentally aware. Thus, Hadens are said […]Read more "REVIEWED: Head On"
The Bags of Tricks Affair by Bill Pronzini (Historical Crime/Mystery Novel, March 2018). Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are partners in a private detective agency based in San Francisco in the 1890s. They work well, together or apart, and their friendly banter masks the fact (that they’re only beginning to realize) that they love each other. […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Bags of Tricks Affair"