Though by no means professional detectives, my new favorite sleuths, Veronica Speedwell, and her partner in crime, Stoker (that's Lord Revelstoke Templeton-Vane), are back in another mystery. An unexpectedly royal familial source asks Veronica to look into the case of a high-society gent who is about to hang for the murder of his mistress. Lots of behind-the-scenes machinations, both helpful and threatening, provide direction and impediments as the lepidopterist and taxidermist use their powers of observation, their fighting skills, and their insatiable curiosity to prove whether this man should swing from the gallows or be rescued from the hangman's noose.
Charlotte Holmes is back in a second adventure involving murder, family, and a decade-old cipher. Still employing the ruse of the "invalid brother," Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte finds herself investigating on behalf of the wife of the man she may possibly love while fielding a marriage proposal from that very man's brother. It will take all of Charlotte's sensible and analytical mind to see through her own surprising feelings as the web of Moriarty, and the involvement of a surprising member of her family, grows clearer.
How to Find Love in a BookshopHow to Find Love in a Bookshop Veronica Henry 9780735223493, Penguin Random House, Hardcover, $25, Pub. Date: August 15, 2017 Publisher Description: The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart. Nightingale Books, nestled on … Continue reading Book Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Another sumptuous tale from the best-selling author of The Little Paris Bookshop. While this tale weaves its way from Germany to France following downtrodden Marianne on her journey of self-discover, the reader will be enthralled by the luscious language of food and the vivid descriptions of the sea and the countryside, and will revel in the self-fulfillment and true love that Nina George's characters all find.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows Balli Kaur Jaswal 9780062645128, $27, William Morrow (HarperCollins), Pub. Date: June 13, 2017 Genres: adult fiction, international fiction, Indian fiction, women's fiction Short blurb: An engaging exploration of the clash between generations (parent/child), culture (Indian/British/British-born Indian), tradition vs updated ideas, expectation vs reality, and lies vs truth, told with fascinating … Continue reading Book Review: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
The Girl Who Knew Too Much Amanda Quick 9780399174476, $27, Penguin, Pub. Date: May 9, 2017 Genres: Adult fiction, mystery, romance Short blurb: The glitz and glamor of 1930s Hollywood. A secretary-turned-reporter with a new identity, hot on the trail of a murderer. An ex-magician with secrets of his own to hide. An updated feel … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Years ago, I read a book called THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann. My book review was posted in August 2010. I loved that book and it continues to exist on my 10 most recommended books list seven years later.
I declare 2017 to be The Year of Non-fiction! What non-fiction books do YOU recommend for 2017? Writers of color, female or transgender, from a country other than the US are all a bonus quality, but ultimately I'm looking for engaging non-fiction on any and every topic.
Full disclosure: I sobbed during the last three chapters and epilogue of this book. It was totally worth it.
Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter ISBN: 9780061928123 (Hardcover | Published June 12, 2012 | Harper) I'm in an informal book club with a group of lovely women my friend Jaime (a landscape architect) brought together. We came together to celebrate Jaime's birthday, and in a very natural way throughout the course of the evening, we decided … Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter