First of all, I’ve got to give credit to my dearest Angry Dimples. We live on opposite sides of the planet and she has been the most constant human presence in my life these past 5 or 6 years. When she asked if I would be interested in reading Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders, I remembered my training and said yes. Magpie Murders is a mystery novel within a mystery novel. Susan Ryeland is an editor at a small publishing house in London. She is the editor for […]
In 1948, the city of Atlanta hired its first 8 black police officers. They were not allowed to wear their uniforms to or from work, they could not arrest white people, they could not drive a squad car or operate out of the police headquarters. If they uncovered a crime, they reported that to white police officers, who would investigate it when, and if, they chose. Many in the black community viewed them with suspicion. Darktown is Thomas Mullen’s fictional interpretation of this endeavor. Historically, Henry Hooks, […]
Opening salvo, hot take: everything Tom Stoppard has ever written is incredible; this isn’t his best work. The Real Inspector Hound is the first live production of a Stoppard play I ever saw, followed about a year and a half later by Arcadia. So, I will always be grateful to Hound for preparing me, because otherwise Arcadia might have melted my brain, and working directly with Tom (humblebrag) on The Coast of Utopia would have been the actual death of me. Hound is a delight. […]
Somewhere on my Stephanie Plum journey, I missed number 22. And I have to be honest, I don’t quite remember what happened. Wacky shenanigans, Bob pooping everywhere, Lula, Grandma, Mrs. Plum ironing, Morelli being a cop, Ranger hotly being hot… it’s all the same, just with a different bad guy. There’s something about a fraternity (is there a college in Trenton?), a murder of a guy nobody liked, and I kind of remember some sort of radioactive bug or some other kind of weird bioterrorism […]
Thank you so much to Bunnybean for these books. I’m very excited to read both of them! One I’ve been eyeing for months (I squealed when I saw The Whole Art of Detection–I’m really on a Sherlock Holmes kick right now, which is a bit of an understatement, actually), and one was a happy surprise. Who can say no to Pride & Prejudice plus dragons? Not me. This book exchange is the best tradition.
I liked this book a lot. At the beginning. And in the middle. I liked it less by the end. It was a quick read, which I always like. I have a hard time putting books down and going to sleep sometimes (I usually read the most right before bed). This was one of those books. I’ll turn the “show time left in book” counter on my Kindle when I feel like I’m near the end of a book. If it’s under 45 minutes, I’ll […]
This was another disappointing read for me. I am sliding into double cannonball range with a string of books that are just not doing it for me! This was a random grab at the library, and unfortunately it’s book #15 (!!) in the Sarah Booth Delaney series – not a good idea to jump into something so far along into its run. As per the Amazon blurb: Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their […]
I started Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 a few weeks ago, and before I got terribly far into it I realized I might need to put it down sometimes and read something less scary that doesn’t deal with murdering children. I imagine I will eventually finish Hill’s novel (maybe not in time for CBR9 though), but for now, I’ll be talking about Janet Evanovich’s Two for the Dough, the second in her long-running series on bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. In Two, Stephanie is still working out the […]