Rushing about for various tasks, so my account of Thursday’s coffeehouse at the Grand Midway is late getting posted. Today (in an hour or so) I’ll be back down there for the attempt to get another World Record (Most People Dressed As Wizards). Last year, we had the redcord for most people dressed as ghosts […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: June 14, 2018"
Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Short Story Collection, October 2017). One of the great British crime novelists of the current era, Jeffrey Archer also writes outstanding short stories. This is his first new collection in about a decade and features a wide-ranging variety of stories, including several truly outstanding efforts. Locales and subject matters covered in […]Read more "REVIEWED: Tell Tale"
The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett (Cozy Murder Mystery, 2017). A newly successful, yet ego-driven, creepy and womanizing author, Burton St. Clair gives a reading and talk in the library of Fethering, a small English coastal town. Then he promptly gets himself murdered in the parking lot after hours. In the process, he inadvertently […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Liar in the Library"
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Histotical Mystery Novel, 2018). There seems an almost endless number of crime-solving novel series. This, I’m informed, is the 14th book about psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs—yet it’s also my first exposure to her, the people around her and the various cases she takes on. Some basics: The series is set […]Read more "REVIEWED: To Die But Once"
La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (Novel, 2008). This stand alone novel is a gentle, slightly rambling but entertaining, quietly moving and affectionate book set mostly in a small town in rural England in the middle years of the 20th century. Lavender likes the flower but not her name, so she has everybody […]Read more "REVIEWED: La’s Orchestra Saves the World"
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller, 2017). On the surface, Meghan has a pretty wonderful life. She’s married to a handsome and successful sportscaster. She has two lovely kids and is pregnant with a third. Plus she’s beautiful, elegant and well-educated, and she writes one of the most popular ‘Mummy’ blogs in all […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Secrets She Keeps"
Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Penhale Wood"