Happy birthday, Eddie

A couple of years ago, I had the great luck to be able to visit Poe’s Baltimore home and his gravesite. The house museum is run by a group of fun, dedicated folks and the churchyard evokes everything that a northeastern historical city burial ground should. I’ve been to Sullivan’s Island and visited Fort Moultrie…

The Friday 56: The Gentle Axe

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. Readers are invited to: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 (or 56% in your eReader), find any sentence and post it. I just picked up The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris from the library. It’s a creepy Russian mystery. Porfiry lifted his head, looked the pawnbroker in…

REVIEW: THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

Vasilisa is growing up in a small house in a tiny village on the edge of the dense Russian forest. The large family has a wise matriarch in her nurse who tells fairy tales and legends to get the children to sleep at night. Her stories about a winter prince and house spirits form their youthful…

REVIEW: ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK

Rather than a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a history of all of the people surrounding the world’s greatest consulting detective. Instead of trying to encompass a whole (very accomplished) life, Sims chooses to take a magnifying glass to Conan Doyle’s early professional life as a student, doctor and writer, up until the…

REVIEW: BITTEN BY WITCH FEVER

How interesting can a book about wallpaper be? Extremely.  Lucinda Hawksley has written a brief, approachable history of the use of wallpaper and arsenic in the Victorian era. While Regency decoration favored more muted color palettes, the Victorians embraced bright, gaudy and electric hues. This included the rich fabrics used to make women’s ball gowns…

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