A review of This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman

Though western romances were for a long time a no-go for me, I'm a fan of Jo Goodman and have followed her switch from English set historicals to her western ones. A decision I haven't regretted once. And her newest featuring bounty hunter Katherine "Calico" Nash and former cavalryman Quill McKenna is going right up the list as a favorite. Calico and Quill meet in a bordello where she's more

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April 13, 2015 | 0 comments
Recent Reads I've been reading across the genres lately and have found some great reads for spring. First up is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (best known for their fashion, pop culture, and royal watch blogging as the Fuggirls). Their re-imagining of the Kate and William romance is "part fairy tale, part cautionary tale" ( more

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March 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber

I just finished reading the first three books in Anna Lee Huber's mystery series featuring Lady Darby and each book got better then the last. The series is set in 1830s Scotland and The Anatomist's Wife introduces the widowed Lady Darby. Lady Darby has been hiding out at the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Scotland since the death of her husband. Her husband was a physician and an anatomist, but he did not have the talent to draw the bodies he dissected. After his death more

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March 16, 2015 | 0 comments
Domestic Thrillers Gone Girl was a huge success, both as a book and a movie, and that success means one thing. It means that publishers have become determined to find that next breakout hit. And that push has spawned a sub-genre. Let's call them Domestic Thrillers. The underlying theme to the genre is the knowledge that everyone has secrets (big and small) and that sometimes what you don't know about the person who is closest to you might get you killed. A book that's been getting a lot of buzz more

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March 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Flanders' debut mystery does everything just right. Her protagonist, Samantha Clair, is a forty-something editor for a publishing house in London. Sam is smart and funny and more then a little cynical, a combination that warms this cynic's heart. When Kit Lowell, one of her top authors, goes missing, she's concerned. But when she finds out his disappearance may be tied to the death of a bicycle messenger killed in a hit and run, Sam becomes frightened. Kit had just finished a manuscript about a more

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February 16, 2015 | 0 comments
My Top Ten For the first ten days of the month librarians around the country counted down their top ten books read for 2014 and listed them on Twitter using the hashtag #libfaves14. The top title was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I loved and reviewed. Though I really enjoyed Fikry, it didn't more

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December 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Jazz Age Hollywood and murder, it doesn't get more fun then this.  Jessie Beckett, aka Leah Randall (read my review of The Impersonator to find out about this), has come to Hollywood in the mid 1920's after a career as a child actor in Vaudeville. She's working as an assistant script girl more

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December 9, 2014 | 0 comments
Librarian Picks If you've got readers in the family and are looking for gift ideas, fear not, librarians to the rescue. For ten days librarians will be naming their favorite reads of the year using the hashtag #libfaves14. They started yesterday and will add titles until Dec. 10th. I've already posted a couple, Empire of Sin by Gary Krist (which I reviewed here) and Meredith Duran's Fool Me Twice more

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December 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Purple and Black by K. J. Parker

I was looking through my recent reads to find a book I just loved. A lot of things lately have been solid, but not great. Except for this one. Purple and Black is brilliantly done. Tightly woven. Thought-provoking. And all of that in a slender 113 pages. This is a fantasy novel, but don't let that prevent you reading it. It's only a fantasy in that it has a made up country. Everything else about it reads like historical fiction.  The story is told through a series of letters more

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November 20, 2014 | 0 comments
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Best Books Lists It's the most wonderful time of the not Christmas (though I did see my first Christmas commercial, just when the political ones will be winding down!). It's Best Books season and Library Journal has kicked things off with some good lists. They've got a top ten, but also best in a diverse group of genres. You can take a look at their picks here. Not to be outdone the more

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November 4, 2014 | 0 comments