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"
Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne Du Maurier by Tatiana De Rosnay (Biography, 2017). The title here is, of course, a reference to the fictional mansion in Du Maurier’s best known novel, Rebecca. As the author makes clear, real life homes fascinated and repeatedly inspired Du Maurier. In particular, ones she lived in (as well as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Manderley Forever"
Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd (English History, 2017). Of late, noted author Peter Ackroyd has been producing books on the history of England. This volume centers on the hectic and unstable seventeenth century, a time of constant political maneuverings, double-dealing and turmoil (both domestic and in foreign relations). There was one outright Civil War, the execution of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Rebellion"