What Are You Reading?
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by Lesa Holstine
1d ago
Snow? Rain? 80 degrees? How is your weather affecting your life this week? I actually switched a dentist appointment because I thought we were going to be under a snow warning today, and I don’t do well emotionally when I have to drive in snow. Ha! We had our combination snow/rain yesterday, and it proved to be nothing. That’s okay. I’d rather it was nothing. Road trip! I love road trip novels. Kristen Mei Chase’s A Thousand Miles to Graceland is a debut novel. Grace’s mother, Loralynn, is about to turn seventy and asks her to drive her from Texas to Graceland for her birthday. Grace doesn’t ..read more
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Constant Hearses and Other Revolutionary Mysteries by Edward D. Hoch
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by Lesa Holstine
3d ago
I wasn’t wrong in thinking that Edward D. Hoch was known for his short stories. In fact, he wrote over 950 of them, some with series characters. Constant Hearses and Other Revolutionary Mysteries contains stories featuring two of those characters. Most of the stories are about Alexander Swift, an investigator and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War and even after. Five stories are about Sir Gideon Parrot, and those are Hoch’s homage to Hercule Poirot and John Dickson Carr’s Dr. Gideon Fell. The Alexander Swift stories actually follow one on the other. I’m glad I read them a ..read more
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Frozen Detective by Amanda Flower
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by Lesa Holstine
4d ago
I wonder where Amanda Flower would have taken the characters of the Piper and Porter cozy mystery series if Hallmark Publishing hadn’t closed down. Frozen Detective follows Dead-End Detective, the mystery that introduced private detective Darby Piper and her partner in the business, Tate Porter. I suggest reading Dead-End Detective first. It helps to understand the relationship between the two sleuths. Cecily Madd has all kinds of money to throw at her case when she shows up at the small firm in Herrington, New York. She went to high school there with Tate Porter. Now, she’s married to Dr. Ga ..read more
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Haunted by the Past by Simon R. Green
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by Lesa Holstine
5d ago
As much as I enjoy Ishmael Jones, I think Simon R. Green’s Haunted by the Past will be the last book I read in the series. The last couple books both felt as if Green was reaching for ideas that just didn’t come. In 1963, a spaceship crashed in England, killing everyone on board except one. Before the ship itself lost power, it transformed the survivor, Ishmael Jones, into a human. He does have acute senses, but he hasn’t aged since 1963. He works for a secret group called the Organization where his identity is protected, and he and his girlfriend, Penny Belcourt, take on assignments that see ..read more
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Sandie’s Corner – The Devil You Know by P.J. Tracy
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by Lesa Holstine
6d ago
I’ll admit I turned down the opportunity to review P.J. Tracy’s latest book, The Devil You Know. Fortunately, Sandie Herron read and reviewed it, so I can still share a review here. Thank you, Sandie. The Devil You Know Written by P. J. Tracy Detective Margaret Nolan mystery, Book 3 Kindle version Minotaur Books (January 17, 2023) 294 Pages ASIN: B09Y46NXKL This tale of death is all about the characters, lushly told and styled to fit the rich culture in Los Angeles.  Each is defined by their past and current relationships.  There is action to the story, but it definitely is sideline ..read more
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Winners and a Cozy Giveaway
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
Congratulations to the winners of the last contest. Glen D. from Yuba City, CA won It Dies with You. What Lies Beneath goes to Penny T. from Klamath Falls, OR. The books will go out in the mail tomorrow. I’m giving away cozy mysteries this week, beginning with Laurien Berenson’s Killer Cupid so it gets to the winner by Valentine’s Day. Melanie is delighted at the prospect of three uninterrupted days alone with her husband Sam (and, of course, her prize-winning Standard Poodle, Faith). They’re booked at the White Birch Inn, a picturesque New England resort nestled at the foot of a snow-covered ..read more
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What Are You Reading?
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
Neither rain nor storms nor snow nor 78 degrees in Florida can prevent us from gathering here on a Thursday to talk about books. I hope you’re all doing okay this week. Let us know! I can tell you what I just finished, but it won’t be released until May 30. I read and reviewed The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies for a journal, and I’ll review it here at the end of May. Alison Goodman, the author, is Australian. She’s also a fan of Georgette Heyer, so she set this mystery in Regency England, and wrote about the social ills of that time period. The narrator is Lady Augusta Colebrook ..read more
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Carolyn Korsmeyer, Guest Author
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
Today, I’d like to welcome Carolyn Korsmeyer as guest author. Carolyn Korsmeyer is both a novelist and a philosopher. She is especially interested in how the senses and emotions are engaged by works of art, themes prominent in three of her philosophy books: Things: In Touch with the Past, Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics, and Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy. She is keen to explore the ways that fiction can revive lives from long ago by engaging the reader in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the past. Her first novel, Charlotte’s Sto ..read more
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Glen Davis’ Favorites of 2022
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
I’m going to let Glen Davis’ choices of Favorite Books of 2022 speak for themselves. I do look forward to his weekly reviews on Thursday. Glen always has some interesting comments. And, I’m going to say that I agree with his summary of the books from last year. I didn’t see as many interesting books as I had in previous years. A couple of us commented that the books that came out in 2022 were authors’ COVID books, not quite up to their previous standards, and written at a time when we all felt down. Despite his opening comments, Glen did find some books for his list. Thank you, Glen. This year ..read more
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Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
It’s sometimes fun to read a romance trilogy, but not always necessary. Scandal Takes the Stage is the second in Eva Leigh’s trilogy, The Wicked Quills of London. I just happened to pick it up. I might go back and read the first in the historical romance series, but I doubt if I’ll read the third. The overall arc is interesting featuring women writers in Regency England. But, this one was definitely in my area of interest. It features a female playwright in 1816 London. Cameron Chalton, Viscount of Marwood, admits he’s a rogue, and the heir to the Marquess of Allam. But, when he’s at the thea ..read more
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