Archive | June, 2013

Classic English Mystery: The Clock Strikes Twelve

30 Jun

Open Road is a on mission to re-publish, digitally, some great back catalog works. This Miss Silver mystery is written by Patricia Wentworth, who began writing in the early part of the 20th Century. For Americans who have only read Agatha Christie and her Miss Marple, the Miss Silver stories make a nice counterpart. Very much in the vein of the “cozy mystery,” Miss Silver understands human nature, and the way she picks up on and shares that information creates the attraction of this book.

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Wine, Locale and a Bit of Mystery: Treachery in Bordeaux

30 Jun

A translation of a popular French series, this book should appeal to the oenophile reader.  Very specific to a place, the main character in this series knows his wine, his history and his art. While it has a different feel, similar a bit to the Dick Francis horse racing mystery series, where you get both a specific world and industry wrapped around a crime drama.

Really?

30 Jun

Ahhh. So, like others, I jumped into that particular cul de sac of fiction epitomized by Fifty Shades, and have since tried a few others. And for the most part, I gotta say, meh. If you can’t make the characters interesting, then how they have sex gets tedious. And The Dominant falls into that latter category. Sorry!

Tropical Island Light Hearted Mystery: Three to Get Lei’d

30 Jun

This was a light hearted read set on a Hawaiian Island, where people are mysteriously being killed, in the middle of a reality show, aged and cougar minded hula dancers and some native Hawaiian culture. Lots of time was spent servicing this cast of characters, while the murders themselves don’t really take center stage. In the genre of a lot of “cookbook” mysteries, this one serves up some creative drinks recipes.

Great new series!

30 Jun

The Problem with Seduction, the second in a series by Emma Locke, was a gem. When you read a bunch of books in a specific genre, it takes a lot for something to stand out. And Emma has it – interesting characters that we haven’t seen before, believable and human circumstances -truly a fun and satisfying read!  So yummy that while I got a chance to read this 2nd book in the series for free, I paid to get the first book, The Trouble With Being Wicked, and will happily gobble up all the next 4 in the series. Yay!

Regency meets Fight Club

16 Jun

Darcy Burke’s latest – a somewhat traditional Regency romance with the twist of having the hero be in a fight club…just because. Other than that, the book runs along familiar lines with no real issues other than those of the characters learning to trust each other. Good enough – but not memorable. I’ve liked other books she’s written so will continue to read her novels.

Pulitzer Prize winning “Foreign Affairs”

16 Jun

I was captivated by the delicacy and nuance of Alison Lurie’s prize winning novel – filled with wit and humor and beautifully realized details in this story of two American professors in London. The charm of this is in every word – quietly but vividly told, calm and unhurried. The plot itself is simply the characters’ experience, but the joy here is in the writing. I tend to be a gluttonous reader, moving quickly through books, but this one had me lingering over every description and thought, like savoring a cup of hot tea and the perfect butter cookie nibble by nibble. Discovering Alison Lurie as a writer is a treat – I will have to find and slowly savor her many other novels.