They Said It: Stacey Abrams

American is a contradictory and precocious country, sir. We have, in a very short period of time, managed to commit venal sins against our own people and offer the world repeat examples of exceptionalism. Americans are greedy, brilliant, ambitious, and compassionate. We like to remind everyone about our genius, and yet our leaders make funContinue reading “They Said It: Stacey Abrams”

Complicated family dynamics drive the action in ‘Bonecrack’

Neil Griffon gets more than he bargained for when he temporarily assumes management of his estranged father’s stable. Along with the horses, he has to deal with a villain whose inexperienced son wants to be an apprentice jockey — whatever the cost.

Literary links: June 18, 2021

Here’s a look at some fun stuff I’ve been reading outside of books lately. If you’ve got some articles or websites to recommend, please drop them in the comments below. There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing! 2021 Pulitzer Prizes: A Guide to the Winning Books and Finalists Here’s a niceContinue reading “Literary links: June 18, 2021”

They Said It: Jane Harper

Could this be enough? Kieran wondered. If this was all that was possible? If Brian didn’t remember what he thought Kieran had done, didn’t remember those black days when they lost Finn? If what had happened was gone forever, was that the same as forgiveness? Kieran wasn’t sure, but he thought about it, as theyContinue reading “They Said It: Jane Harper”

Tragedy haunts a small Tasmanian town

Kieran and Mia have brought baby daughter Audrey back to their small Tasmanian hometown for the first time after years of living in Sydney, but it’s hardly a joyous homecoming. Kieran’s father Brian is suffering from dementia and the couple is back to help Verity, Kieran’s mom, pack up the house and find a nursingContinue reading “Tragedy haunts a small Tasmanian town”

A mystery within a mystery in ‘The Postscript Murders’

I didn’t know, back in 2019 when I read The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, that it was meant to be the first book in a new series. I was already a big fan of Griffiths’ series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, but I didn’t jibe with her other series featuring Max Mephisto, a magicianContinue reading “A mystery within a mystery in ‘The Postscript Murders’”

‘Poison in the Pen’ leads to murder in the village

Regular readers of the Miss Silver mystery series by Patricia Wentworth know that she finds the cases she ultimately solves in a variety of ways. Occasionally they just pop up wherever she happens to be and she is drawn in. Sometimes a stranger in a train carriage turns into a client in need of herContinue reading “‘Poison in the Pen’ leads to murder in the village”