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"
Yesterday was still humid, although air temps eased back to only slightly above ‘normal.’ I attended the latest meeting of Friends of the Windber Library at 5 PM, the most interesting part of which was all the rest of us trying to convince our dedicated Library Director that, visibly ill as she was, she really […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, August 30, 2018"
The Taster by V.S. Alexander (Historical/War Novel, February 2018). In early 1943, World War Two is raging and Berlin is beginning to feel the full wrath of Allied air power. Till now, the German capital city has largely been spared direct attack and Magda, a mostly aimless young woman still living with her parents, is blissfully […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Taster"
Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery Novel, April 2018). Already a best-selling author for her series of Victorian-era books featuring master-spy agency guy Thomas Pitt and his mystery-solving wife Charlotte, Anne Perry jumps forward to 1910 to begin a new series built around their son, Daniel. He’s a 25-year-old London barrister who, to start the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Twenty-One Days"
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"
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert. (Cozy Mystery Novel, April 2018). In this, the latest in a long-running series of cozy mysteries centered around former lawyer turned professional herbialist and amateur mystery-solver China Bayles, the author deftly blends generations-spanning family secrets, an unthreatening yet persistent and ultimately helpful ghost, the lore concerning the title plant […]Read more "REVIEWED: Queen Anne’s Lace"