Books for June

Somehow, June is already nearly half over. Summer is well and truly underway. Time to find the shade of a tree or a lazy hammock and do some reading. And in the spirit of relaxation, here is some lighter fare to enjoy on a quiet summer day.   JAMES THE CONNOISSEUR CAT by Harriet Hahn…

Armchair BEA 2015: Character Chatter

It’s time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite.  I suppose this is obvious but I have to begin with Elizabeth Bennet…

REVIEW: THE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS MYSTERIES

EDITED by OTTO PENZLER   Never was there a more apt title for a book than this.  It is huge. Penzler, pulp and crime editor extraordinaire, has complied dozens of Yuletide stories into 650 pages of deliciously dastardly holiday cheer.  He has categorized them into bunches like Traditional, Funny, Sherlockian, Pulpy, Uncanny, Modern, Scary and…

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