Monthly Archives: January 2018

A lepidopterist and a taxidermist walk into a mystery. “A Treacherous Curse” by Deanna Raybourn (CBR#10, 9)

Another Victorian murder mystery rife with witty banter, palpable sexual tension, and painfully tender interludes. This is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series by Deanna Raybourn. If you have read the other two books, you need no … Continue reading

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Did she say yes to the dress? “My Real Children” -by Jo Walton (CBR#10, 8)

This is the first Jo Walton book that I have read and only heard about her through  reading Cannonball Read reviews (thanks, guys!).  Although this isn’t the Walton title that I was looking for at the library (Among Others),   it … Continue reading

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Do you disapprove of minstrels, too? “A Strange Scottish Shore” by Juliana Gray (CBR10, #7)

I often geek out when visiting historical sites. The whole “OMG, so and so ACTUALLY walked here, lived here, died here…” gets me every time.  No surprise then that Juliana Gray’s  dedication in  “A Strange Scottish Shore” definitely spoke to … Continue reading

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No matter what, tea is ALWAYS served. “Silent in The Moor” and “Dark Road to Darjeeling” by Deanna Raybourn (CBR10, #5-6)

Raybourn’s “Lady Julia Gray” novels are fun little mysteries with quirky characters who find themselves in situations that are often fairly dark. The juxtaposition of  entitled Victorian British gentry and crimes of  depravity creates a nice balance of grit and … Continue reading

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Before and After the Fire. “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – A Novel” by Gail Honeyman (CBR10, #4)

This book has a lot to unpack.  While reading,  I noted several quotes that I thought might be useful for writing the review. Looking at them now, I made note of them because each was an amazing little bundle of … Continue reading

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Forensic science of the whole person. “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear (CBR10 #3)

I had a revelation after reading this book. In mystery novels, the problem that needs to be solved is never as interesting to me as the problem solvers. Winspear’s first in her “Maisie Dobbs” series splits problem and problem solver … Continue reading

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Keep the Window Open, Wendy. “City of Jasmine” by Deanna Raybourn (CBR10, #2)

I’ll be writing many reviews of this fine lady’s work. Her Veronica Speedwell books  (new one this month, superfans!!!) were my gateway and I devoured the first two of the Lady Julia Grey books (3rd one ready to go in … Continue reading

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