This is a mystery starring a bunch of Irish people with a taste of the possibly-supernatural thrown in. It reads like Tana French wrote it when she was in eighth grade, before she learned to actually be good. Nora’s sister Triona was murdered five years ago. She suspects her sister’s husband Peter, but the rich golden boy was never charged, and the murder is still unsolved. Nora fled home to Ireland to recover, but returns to her family’s relocated home in the States when she learns that Peter is getting remarried in five days. She wants to solve her sister’s […]
In our house, we tend to purchase hard copies of most of the books we read, as opposed to, say, going to the library or downloading digital versions. So I wish I could say I bought Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore in a quaint neighborhood bookstore, nestled between an independent coffee house and and an artisanal cheese shop. The truth is, though, that I bought it online during a “half price on used hardcovers” promotion. Then again, since this tale merges a world steeped in tradition with the high-tech sector, perhaps my path to acquisition was perfectly appropriate. In Mr. Penumbra […]
Blah blah Cozy Mystery blah blah comfort reading blah blah here we are again.
Half Cannonball, and a third of the way through the Inspector Gamache books! Like all the other Inspector Gamache books, this one is great. If you’re not familiar, these books take place in Quebec (mostly in a small town called Three Pines, but this one takes place at a remote hotel not too far away), and star Inspector Armand Gamache, a homicide detective and one of the best people in literature. By “best” I don’t mean best written (although he is pretty well written), but I mean like literally one of the best people ever. He’s kind, forgiving, smart, gentle, […]
The Drowning Pool is a place where many women have lost their lives, whether that be through suicide, accident, or through being too troublesome for the men around them. Nel Abbott has been fascinated with the Drowning Pool for most of her life, which has now ended in the same place. But her sister, come to take care of the daughter that Nel has left behind, doesn’t believe that Nel would have jumped. And so starts our mystery, delving into the secrets and lies of the locals, all of whom have a connection to Nel as well as to those […]
When I was updating my Goodreads lists, I noticed something someone said about The Ghost Bride, to the effect of “this story is not about the characters; it’s about the world of the story.” Having just finished the book myself, I have to agree most thoroughly. The world of the dead and the spaces where it connects with the world of the living is fascinating, and told with a lot of interesting detail, which is good, if like me, you don’t know a lot about Chinese folklore. How the dead can live off of offerings that are burnt for them […]
It’s clear that the target reader for Liane Moriarty’s books is primarily female and, most likely, a parent and married woman. So I’m not sure why I gravitate to her books so much—I am female, but I am neither a parent nor married—but damn if I do love her stuff. When I start one of her books I am pulled in immediately and swept along the entire story. She does a fairly brilliant job of drawing up fun, interesting and complex characters, and keeping the general mystery that drives the plot humming along straight through until the very end (I […]
I really enjoyed this book. I also forgot I read it almost the moment that I finished it. I track my reading in both a spreadsheet and Goodreads and I forgot to list this book in either place until several weeks later when I heard it mentioned on a podcast and I suddenly remembered that I had read it. That probably sounds harsh, but I genuinely did enjoy the book and would recommend it to people. The book takes place in the late 19th century when Abigail Rook runs away from her life in Europe to come to America. Things […]