READS for your winter break

A few days off mean more time to read. Right? Even between all the travel, parties and meals, we bibliophiles can usually find a few secret hours to read. Here are my suggestions on what to read (and what to skip) on your winter break. the big black lizard big book of locked-room mysteries Edited…

REVIEW: INVENTION OF MURDER by Judith Flanders

Despite the title, this delightful tome is nearly 500 pages of salacious details of crime and murder in Victorian England — plus almost 100 pages of notes, bibliography and index.  For someone like me, it’s a treasure trove of the ignoble and infamous.  I admit, I got a little giddy when the book arrived. It…

REVIEW: THE IMPERSONATOR by Mary Miley

Simply put, this book is just plain fun. Leah Randall, an accomplished vaudeville performer (and older than she looks) is mistaken for Jessie Carr.  Carr is the heiress to a fortune built by the lumber empire but has been missing for the past seven years.  The uncle who makes the innocent mistake then hatches a…

Halloween Reads

You probably know by now that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I celebrate it for weeks.  Even when it’s not October, I read ghost stories and gothic novels. But now that the nights are coming on sooner, leaves are crackling underfoot and the air is just a bit cooler, here are some creepy reads…

REVIEW: THE TOWER By Nigel Jones

Jones’ overview of the Tower of London’s thousand year history was no doubt a massive undertaking. Imagine it: ten centuries worth of sieges, celebrations, world-altering decisions, wrongful deaths and sovereign decrees all held within these walls, on just a few acres of land. Jones visits the (in)famous as well as the less well-known.  Henry VIII’s…