REVIEW: THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah

This may be the creepiest thing Hannah has written yet.  The author so deliciously gaslights her protagonist that the reader can’t help but be taken in as well.  The reader knows to be careful but it’s impossible not to slowly lose touch with sanity as the story goes on. The premise is unpretentious: Louise and…

REVIEW: THE BURNING AIR by Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly’s third novel puts a modern twist on a classic archetype:  The English country house mystery.  This is a chilling psychological tale, told from a number increasingly unreliable narrators. The MacBride family is well-to-do and respectable.  The patriarch is a lauded schoolmaster in a prim and proper English town.  When the mother of the…

REVIEW: THE LANTERN by Deborah Lawrenson

This is yet another recent book that cements my assumption that Provence is enchanting.  Of course, in my fantasy, there is significantly less murder and suspicion than in this book (or Death at Chateau Bremont). Still, I too dream of a run down but livable field stone farmhouse, with an aging orchard and lavender fields,…

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