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"
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (Historical Young Adult Novel, 1953). This brief (159 pages) YA book is considered a classic. A tale of a young man caught between two cultures, one he was born into and one he’s grown up in, who finds that he is tragically unable to fully embrace either. It’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Light in the Forest"
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (Contemporary Novel, 2017). This novel focuses on an multi-racial family struggling to deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The disaster exaggerates and forces them to confront underlying tensions and issues none of them are eager to admit to, let alone confront. Tess, the mother, is a wealthy white […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Floating World"
A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]Read more "REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING"
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo MBue (Contemporary Novel, 2017). I pretty much agree with the front-cover blurb (a quote from The New York Times’ review of this strong first novel). The author is, like her main characters, a native of Limbe (a city on the west-African coast of Cameroon). She’s lived in the US for over a decade […]Read more "REVIEWED: Behold the Dreamers"
The Ultimatum by Karen Robards (Crime/Adventure Novel, 2017). Bianca St. Ives leads a double life, heading up a more-or-less legit security consulting firm in Savannah, Georgia as a cover for the real ‘family business’ (as a super-slick international thief). She’s learned that trade from best–a legendary figure who she’s always thought of as her father. But […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ultimatum"
Murder Wears Mittens by Sally Goldenbaum (Cozy Murder Mystery, 2017). This cozy mystery is set in Sea Harbor, a fictional New England town where four ladies of varying ages and circumstances get together to do some knitting, confirm their close mutual friendship and occasionally turn amateur detective when a new murder mystery pops up. This time, the victim is […]Read more "REVIEWED: Murder Wears Mittens"