Bizenghast is a beautifully illustrated gothic fantasy that has just the right blend of surreal fantasy and horror. Dahlia is a young woman haunted by ghosts and memories. Her visions disturb and confuse her. Her main comfort is her friend Vincent. Together they discover a strange graveyard where restless spirits dwell. Each night they are forced to return and do what is necessary to bring the souls peace - a dangerous task that means risking both life and sanity.
But to ignore the nightly summons means certain death. They travel through the dreams of the various spirits, and through them come to understand themselves.
Like a reader's nightly dreams, the puzzles faced by Dahlia and Vincent linger, at once troubling and somehow compelling. Le Grow's artistry is gorgeous, particularly the plates at the beginning of each chapter. If...
Crooked Street was a mystery far different than I expected, but I liked it. When a young husband disappears it quickly becomes clear that his perfect life is a lie. Instead of working as an executive accountant, Jadon runs a payday lending firm. It is the kind of business that destroys lives. Desperate people borrow money, and the exorbitant interest rates make it impossible to repay. But so many people having a motive doesn't help when the body is nowhere to be found. The second death is practically a gift to the reader and to Piercy and her team - otherwise they never would have found the killer.
The part of the novel that doesn't fit are the chapters about an elderly woman moving from her remote cottage into a care facility. She has no connection to any of the characters or events apart from her cottage b...
Cold cases are intriguing - how do you investigate a murder when a number of the parties involved are dead? Old Bones is well done, both as a cold case procedural and a police drama. DCI Bill Slider is on the outs with higher-ups because he uncovered corruption in the ranks. A cold case is perfect, because it offends no one and solving it makes the police look good. Thus, when human remains are found in the yard of the house where a teen when missing decades ago, it is assigned to Slider and his team.
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles doesn't take the easy route. Instead she offers readers a complex mystery. Even if you guess before the end where the story is going, you won't be disappointed with this character driven mystery.
I received a copy of Old Bones from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest revi...
The Corners of the Globe is a fast paced spy thriller that easily sits beside such classics as The 39 Steps. The followup to Goddard's The Ways of the World kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. James Maxted is ostensibly working for the treacherous master spy Lemmer, but in reality is working for Appleby of the British Secret Service to bring Lemmer to justice. Being a double agent is a dangerous game. Meanwhile Sam has his own problems. Kuroda has been sent back to Japan, and Sam is targeted by Tomura a deadly and powerful member of the Japanese delegation.
There is a lot going on throughout The Corners of the Globe but all of the pieces fit well together. The only thing that disappointed me was that the novel ended on a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next and am eager to see what the next Goddard thriller has in store for Maxted and his...
Octavia Butler is a natural storyteller well known for writing science fiction that is poignant and has an important message. Kindred is a sharply drawn graphic adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic novel of time travel and slavery - still considered one of the best novels accurately depicting the horrors of slavery and the degradation involved. It also depicts the continuing struggles of mixed racial couples for acceptance both by family and the public - still an issue today.
The stark but beautiful artistry and the limited color palette fit the seriousness of the story well. The facial expressions are particularly vivid, emphasizing the emotional content. One good thing about a graphic rerelease of Kindred, is that it makes the novel available to a new audience, while reminding readers of the power of Olivia Butler's work...
A New World of Israeli Baking--Flatbreads, Stuffed Breads, Challahs, Cookies, and the Legendary Chocolate Babka
by Uri Scheft
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 18 Oct 2016
Variety is the spice of life and is an essential ingredient for a good cookbook, particularly one that focuses on baking. Breaking Breads definitely offers a large variety of recipes from sweet to savory. I particularly liked the sesame tahini cookies and the cheese shortbread. If you get this cookbook be prepared to spend a lot of time. The recipes require a decent amount of baking experience and are fairly complex. I bake a lot of bread, and a good number of the recipes were a bit too involved for my liking. If your only baking experience comes from making the occasional cake or batch of cookies, Breaking Breads isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are a dedicated, experienced baker looking to try new ethnic delights, you will greatly enjoy this book. There is a gorgeou...
After being impressed by Spencer's new novel The Shivering Turn, I decided to try Stalker. It definitely isn't a novel for everyone. It reads like an American 80s cop drama ala Miami Vice - very stereotyped. Beth Baker is a criminal lawyer trying to make ends meet and care for her children after her husband's suicide. Brody and his partner are assigned to investigate her when a number of cases unexpectedly go her way. There are a few things which got under my skin. Brody is described as a good cop, but he and his partner plant drugs on a suspect and use threats to get him to talk. Once given the case, they automatically assume Beth's guilt looking only for evidence to arrest her. It is only after Brody becomes attracted to her that he believes she could be innocent - jeesh.
You have lots of cop drama stereotypes, an African Ame...
Sally Spencer's new series featuring private investigator Jennie Redhead is off to an auspicious start. The Shivering a Turn is a compelling mystery set against the rapidly changing culture of 1970s Oxford. I like Spencer's other novels, but I think The Shivering Turn is her best thus far. It does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of the time.
Jennie's investigation into the disappearance of a young woman leads her into the murky world of Oxford's privileged classes. Before her disappearance, Linda was spending time with members of an exclusive Oxford student club - The Shivering Turn. Money and connections make the young men practically unassailable, but Jennie is convinced they were involved and is determined to prove it.
Jennie is far from perfect, but she is principled and determined - part of the reason she i...
It took me a while to get into The Babe Ruth Deception. The novel starts slowly, so at one point I put it down to read something else. I was glad, however, that I went back to Stewart's novel because once the action picked up it was riveting. Like Stewart's other novels, The Babe Ruth Deception is well researched and intricately plotted. The corruption of the time, as well as the era's fascination with Babe Ruth shines vividly through. Once again Dr Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook have to join forces. Speed Cook is employed by Babe Ruth to resolve a difficult situation. The Babe is in hock to some unsavory figures and the legitimacy of the Red Sox 1918 World Series win is in question. Meanwhile Speed's son Joshua has taken to the risky business of bootlegging and is seeing Dr Fraser's daughter.
In The Babe Ruth Deception, readers get a taste of life d...
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Mystery & Thrillers, History
Pub Date 16 Jan 2017
The 1920s were a hot time for developers in the Sunshine State. The real estate business was booming. Living in Florida, and being familiar with some of the history led me to jump at the chance to read Murder on the Mullet Express. I am glad I did. Not only were the characters delightfully original, with intriguing and well plotted backstories, Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn do a fantastic job capturing the feeling of Post WWI prohibition era Florida. It is such an unusual setting for a historical mystery - very refreshing.
Chauffeuring Uncle Percy is always an adventure, but Cornelia and her friend Teddy don't expect him to look at land not become a suspect in a murder inquiry. Film camera in tow, the trio have driven to Florida to see the new development at Homosassa Spri...