Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE PERFECT GHOST by Linda Barnes

When the dynamic half of a biography-writing team dies, the mousy half takes over.  Secrets abound.  Great twist at the end. Great fun.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BEAR IS BROKEN by Lachlan Smith

Brand-new San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell begins his career by trying to find out who shot his big brother.  If you like this mystery, try the sequel:  LION PLAYS ROUGH.

A PAIR OF PUZZLES: mysteries by Eleanor Kuhns

Here are two mysteries featuring an interesting protagonist:  Will Rees is an itinerant weaver and a veteran of the American Revolution.  Good stories, great character.


HEADING OUT TO WONDERFUL by Robert Goolrick

A small American town, after World War II:  Charlie Beale arrives with a set of butcher knives and a suitcase full of cash.  When he sees the young wife of the town's richest man, things start to go very wrong.  Dark and fascinating.

GILLESPIE AND I by Jane Harris


Harriet Baxter, spinster, is the unreliable narrator of the story of her relationship with artist Ned Gillespie and his family.  She met them at the 1888 Glasgow Exhibition. ( Harris also wrote THE OBSERVATIONS, another pageturner set in Victorian Scotland.)

MARY COIN by Marisa Silver


Silver reimagines photographer Dorothea Lange and her iconic subject (“Migrant Mother”) in this harrowing tale of Depression-era America.
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Friday, December 27, 2013

THE LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan


The year is 1914:  Grace, age 22, survives three weeks in an overcrowded lifeboat and then goes on trial for murder.  Great suspense and fascinating moral questions.
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