Thursday, March 26, 2020

“The Operator” by Gretchen Berg – Fractured by a Rumour

The Operator by Gretchen Berg (Book cover)
Gretchen Berg has announced her arrival on the literary scene in style with the publication of her first novel, The Operator. In it, we follow the story of Vivian Dalton, a switchboard operator in a small Ohio town.

One day, she overhears a rumour from a mysterious voice which might send her word to splinters. With time working against her, she begins digging her way to the truth behind the rumour, regardless of how much pain it could cause.

Monday, March 23, 2020

“A Picture of Murder” by T E Kinsey – Legacy of the Dead Actors

A Picture of Murder by T E Kinsey (Book cover)

T E Kinsey has been doing a remarkable job at creating a new household name among sleuths with Lady Hardcastle.

In A Picture of Murder, the fourth book in the series, we follow the Lady and her trusty maid Flo as they investigate a string of murdered actors during a grand Halloween celebration in the small village of Littleton Cotterell.

Friday, March 13, 2020

“The Lost Colony” by A.G. Riddle – A New Home Among the Stars

The Lost Colony by A.G. Riddle (Book cover)
A.G. Riddle's Long Winter Trilogy Series is one many of us will remember for the amazing story it brings of humanity's last stand against an overwhelming enemy in times of hopelessness.

In The Lost Colony, the third book in the series, we follow James and Emma on their own respective struggles as humanity tries to settle itself on a new planet with an unseen danger none could have foreseen.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“Follow Me to Ground” by Sue Rainsford – Roots of the Essential Miracle

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford (Book cover)

Sue Rainsford got quite a bit of attention to herself with the publication of her very first novel, titled Follow Me to Ground.

It follows the unusual story of a daughter-father duo who work miracles and heal the sick in a small village. The arrival of a man they cannot cure changes everything.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

“The Paragon Hotel” by Lyndsay Faye – The Flood of White Demons

Locking her sights on the historical fiction genre, Lyndsay Faye has already birthed a few bestsellers, with The Paragon Hotel now joining their ranks as well.

Taking place in 1921, it introduces us to Alice James, a fresh arrival in Oregon with a bullet wound and five thousand dollars in cash.

Soon she finds her way to the titular hotel, but at the same time tensions start rising in the city with a flood Ku Klux Klan members making a home for themselves.

Friday, February 07, 2020

“The Solar War” by A.G. Riddle – Resurrecting Electricity

The Solar War by A.G. Riddle (Book cover)
A.G. Riddle has brought many of our truest fears to life with his Long Winter Trilogy series, depicting the darkest hour of humanity as alien invaders shut down the planet.

In The Solar War, the second book in the series, we follow Emma Matthews and James Sinclair after they have survived the winter, and are now trying to give some semblance of normalcy to their lives... however, a troubling bit of news heralds the return of the invaders.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

“When We Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O'Neal – Fifteen Years of Loss

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal (Book cover)

Barbara O'Neal has left her big mark in the realm of books some time ago already, but it's not stopping her from writing more and more bestsellers, with her most recent, and perhaps most grandiose effort being When We Believed in Mermaids.

The story follows Kit Bianci, a woman who believes her sister died in a terrorist attack fifteen years ago... until today, when she sees her face on the TV news. With little debate, she embarks on a journey in hopes of redemption and finding what was once lost, unaware she might be on the verge of losing just about everything.

Friday, January 31, 2020

“Death Around the Bend” by T E Kinsey – The Imperfect Murder

T E Kinsey has given murder mystery fans a whole lot of material to go through in his Lady Hardcastle Mystery Series, with the third book, Death Around the Bend, carrying on the adventures of our beloved protagonist in the same vein.

Having been invited to a country estate alongside her trusty maid Florence, Lady Hardcastle witnesses the seemingly accidental death of a race car driver... only to learn soon after he was victim of foul play.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

“The Wife and the Widow” by Christian White – A Song of Betrayal

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White (Book cover)
Christian White has turned many heads with his debut novel which instantly became an international bestseller, and he returns to the fore with his second novel, The Wife and the Widow.

Taking place on a small island town in the dead winter, the story follows two women on a collision course of discovery, both trying to unravel the secret lives of their husbands and the darkness they concealed.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

“In the Market for Murder” by T E Kinsey – A Complicated Family

In the Market for Murder by T E Kinsey (Book cover)
T E Kinsey has certainly brought back the charm of older murder mysteries with the Lady Hardcastle series, taking us back to a time with a simpler appeal.

In the Market for Murder is the second book in the ongoing series, and it follows Lady Hardcastle who, as is tradition, is trying to enjoy a little vacation only to stumble headfirst into a murder.

A local farmer turns up dead in the pub, and as Lady Hardcastle delves deeper into it with her trusty maid Florence, a world of utter strangeness opens up to them.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

“Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami – The Circle of Mysterious Circumstances

Haruki Murakami is a name needing little introduction, widely regarded as one of the more prominent authors in the realms of magical realism.

His recent novel, Killing Commendatore, follows in the same tradition, following a young portrait painter from Tokyo who ends up in the mountain home of a famous artist.

The discovery of an unseen painting in his attic unleashes forth a set of mysterious and inexplicable events, one which can only be closed through perhaps the strangest journey the young painter will ever have in his life.

Friday, December 27, 2019

“A Quiet Life in the Country” by T E Kinsey – The Enlightened Widow

A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey (Book cover)
Few authors have had the success T E Kinsey did with his first novel, A Quiet Life in the Country, the first entry in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series.

Presenting us with the Lady herself, an eccentric widow accompanied by her maid and confidante in 1908 England, the story follows a murder investigation in the countryside, one the police are very close to bungling up. Thankfully, Lady Hardcastle is on the case, and few things, if any, escape her vigilant eye.