The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

As a total “java junkie”, Fabian Vas is one mellow guy. Anyone capable of consuming thirty cups of coffee in a single night and keeping it all together, though, would have to have something very serious brewing just beneath the surface. From the outset, the reader is informed of two important details concerning Vas. The... Continue Reading →

The Museum Guard by Howard Norman

Unlike Fabian Vas of The Bird Artist, DeFoe Russet doesn’t “chill” with the assistance of copious amounts of coffee. For Russet, the methodical task of ironing is how he manages to keeps it all together - gathering his thoughts and calming the nerves. Thankfully for Russet, he lives at the Hotel Nelson, which means there... Continue Reading →

Ole Agent Pendergast

Awhile ago a coworker had recommended the authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child to me, especially the books featuring Agent Pendergast.  After reading the first book in the Pendergast series, I began my journey through the entire Pendergast series, as well as all other co-authored works and all individual works (which, by the way are... Continue Reading →

Welcome To Wal-Mart

Are you a fan of Billie Letts? I am. I've enjoyed all of her books, but my favourite is "Where the heart is". Meet Novalee Nation, she's 17, seven months pregnant and has $7.77 in her pocket. She and her boyfriend were on their way from Tennessee to California, when he abandons her at the... Continue Reading →

A stroll down a dusty road.

Take time to enjoy stories that have remembrance of an earlier, harder time. Both of my parents experienced the depression of the 1930’s and the stories they told about the depression always interested me. Their enthusiasm for life was not shattered by the difficult living conditions, but it did form their values of home, family... Continue Reading →

Maisie Dobbs

I have to confess I've been naughty, we've had this blog up for months and I've yet to post.  Since day one I've known which book I most want to promote and still haven't done it.  Maisie Dobbs is the first book in a series by Jacqueline Winspear, which has become one of my go... Continue Reading →

Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas

I've been a big fan of Sandra Dallas ever since I read "The Persian Pickle Club" (thanks Cathy H. for that recommendation).  Her latest work is my kind of book. It revolves around the friendship of two women - 86 year old Hennie Comfort and 17 year old Nit Spindle. Although I'm nowhere near 17... Continue Reading →

The Sano Ichiro Mystery Series

This mystery series set in medieval Japan features Samurai detective Sano Ichiro. Together with his wife and best friend they delve into both the brutal world of the Imperial court, gangs and villages where evil have many guises. Although it is exotic in setting, the emotions and motivations are all too recognizable, whether it is the jealousy of the rivals for the Emperor's attention, the machinations of the thwarted concubine or the meglomania of the the cult leader and his single-minded followers. Addictive.

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