In Shelved Under Murder, the second installment of Victoria Gilbert‘s Blue Ridge Library Mystery, Amy Webber returns to using her library research skills to help solve a murder. This time, it’s her education in Art History that comes in handy. Continue reading
Joanne Fluke first published the Hannah Swenson Mysteries in 2000, so it’s taken me 18 years to start the long-running series. One of the fun things about reading a mystery written almost two decades ago is watching the technology change over the years. In just that short time, we’ve come a long way.
Shelter of the Most High, by Connilyn Cossette, is a captivating tale set in 1388 BC. Sofea is a young woman taken from her home on the Island of Sicily. She is eventually brought to Kedesh, a City of Refuge among the Hebrews. Eitan is a young man who wishes to leave Kedesh, but cannot under the risk of death. Together, these two must unravel betrayal before those closest to them pay the price.
This week is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps a record of books that have been banned, burned, or otherwise discriminated against. Most of the time, it seems these books challenge the current culture, have strong religious undertones, or are explicit sexually, violently, or in language, especially racially. Continue reading
One of the reasons I enjoy writing book reviews is the chance to read authors I might not have otherwise discovered. Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan is one such case. The first book in the Shakespeare in the Castskills mystery series, it is written in the gentle pace of an Agatha Christie novel, which slowly draws the reader in while keeping them guessing until the end. Continue reading
I’m not usually fond of e-books. I have a lot of screen time for work, so reading a paper book is much easier. However, unexpectedly finding myself with a bit of free time one weekend, I scanned through the free Nook books and discovered Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I loved it! Continue reading