Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quick Review : Mr. Churchill's Secretary

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. Bantam Books, 2011.

[Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers]

Mr. Churchill's Secretary introduces the reader to Maggie Hope, an intelligent, self-sufficient woman living in WWII London. Maggie is a strong woman whom I found interesting and refreshing. In addition to great characters, MacNeal's book combines two of my favorite genres -- mystery and historical fiction. This is definitely a series I will follow. I can't wait to see what Maggie's next adventure is!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Indie Lit Awards : winners posted!



The winners of the 2011 Indie Lit Awards have been posted! It was fun working with my team to select the winner and runner-up for the Mystery category. Congratulations to all the winners. Head here to see the list!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekly wrap-up : number forty-seven

The weekly wrap-up is my way of keeping my loyal readers informed of my bookish activities and holding myself to my bookish obligations. The questions may change slightly depending on the week.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr. and Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices


Q: Why are you reading it? Business? Pleasure? For review?
A: I'm reading the Gone with the Wind book because one of the authors sent me a copy to review. Hotel Angeline just sounded intriguing. One novel written by 36 authors in one week? Come on. Plus, one of the authors is a fave of mine, Erik Larson.

Q: What have you read since the last weekly wrap-up?
A: The Two Death of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey, which is on the Indie Lit Awards Mystery Short List.


Q: What do you plan to read next?
A: Shatter by Michael Robotham


Q: Why do you want to read it?
A: I received a copy for review through NetGalley and enjoyed the first of his books published by Mulholland Books, The Wreckage.

Q: What books did you acquire?
A: I am heading the Mystery Panel for the Indie Lit Awards and received a copy of another of our short list titles, A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny.


Q: What bookish events did you attend?
A: As this posts, I am on my way to the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX. There will be lots of books and bookish people surrounding me at all times!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review : The Uninnocent

The Uninnocent: Stories by Bradford Morrow. Pegasus Books/Open Road, 2011.

[Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers]

There is certainly nothing innocent about the characters in Morrow's stories. I'm not opposed to dark stories. I'm a huge mystery and crime fiction fan after all. However, the majority of Morrow's stories were too dark and depressing even for me. Many of his characters are beyond uninnocent and enter the realm of amoral and disturbed.

Although this was my overall impression of The Uninnocent, there were stories that I found less objectionable and even enjoyed. "Amazing Grace" was an interesting story about the truth that is revealed when a blind man regains his sight. "The Enigma of Grover's Mill" cleverly integrates Orson Welles' War of the Worlds into the story and the psyche of his main character. Finally, "Ellie's Idea" is a humorous look at one selfish woman's efforts to make amends and tell the truth.

If you decide to read The Uninnocent, be prepared for dark stories with sometimes disturbing themes. Morrow is actually a good writer...if you can stand to have his characters inhabiting your head.

Buy The Uninnocent: Stories at Powell's or Amazon.com.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly wrap-up : number forty-six

The weekly wrap-up is my way of keeping my loyal readers informed of my bookish activities and holding myself to my bookish obligations. The questions may change slightly depending on the week.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: The Spy Who Jumped from the Screen by Thomas Caplan


Q: Why are you reading it? Business? Pleasure? For review?
A: I received a copy for review.

Q: What have you read since the last weekly wrap-up?
A: Oh wow, it's been quite a while since I posted a weekly wrap-up. How about what I've read so far this year? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre and The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi


Q: What do you plan to read next?
A: The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey


Q: Why do you want to read it?
A: I've had a copy in my TBR pile, but the main reason is that it made the mystery short list for the Indie Lit Awards. I have to read it as part of my judging duties.

Q: What books did you acquire?
A: I bought a few books off my Christmas wishlist that I didn't get including Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill and The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. I also bought The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly, which I've wanted to read for about a year now.