BOOKS for April

  Spring is coming slowly this year. It is creeping back from the brink of a brutal, snowy winter. But it is coming. And with it are several interesting titles to read as you sit defiantly on your porch, no matter how chilly it still is.   WILDERNESS OF RUIN by Roseanne Montillo   A…

BOOKS for August

I can’t believe August is already here! I feel like I just watched the fireworks for the new year. Down here in the South, the days are long and humid. High noon is spent hiding inside from the worst of the heat and waiting for the cool of the evening. A mint julep, a book,…

REVIEW: MIDNIGHT IN PEKING by Paul French

I noted when I first read this, and I still find it true:  This is the best true crime book I have read since The Devil in the White City.  Paul French painstakingly recreates not only the last days of Pamela Werner, but a crumbling China.  Like the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, Peking…

REVIEW: CHARLIE CHAN by Yunte Huang

The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History Part academia, part history, part theory, part commentary and part mystery itself, this ambitious book tackles numerous subjects at once.  Not because the author lost his focus, but because the stories, and the people in them, were so intertwined. Author Biggers  The…

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