Tag: mystery

New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Posted September 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) The second entry in Amy Stewart’s historical mystery series based on the real-life Kopp sisters is as compulsively readable and effortlessly enjoyable as the first. Constance Kopp has become the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey — or thinks she has. But politics and a devious criminal […]

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Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

Posted July 5, 2016 by Lory in lists / 32 Comments
Top Ten Funniest Books by Women

When I was writing my review of Lucky Jim, one of the most acclaimed comic novels of all time, I looked around to see what else was included on lists of the funniest books. I found that they were heavily dominated by male writers; this one from AbeBooks, for example, was chosen by British readers […]

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New Release Review: A Man of Genius

Posted June 3, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: A Man of Genius

Janet Todd, A Man of Genius (2016) What happens when an eminent scholar and biographer turns her hand to fiction? In the case of Janet Todd’s A Man of Genius, we get a highly distinctive, engrossing tale of mystery and madness, centering on a woman writer of one of those “horrid books” that were so […]

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New Release Review: The Lie Tree

Posted April 29, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2016) I think that Frances Hardinge is destined to become one of my new favorite authors. I loved The Lie Tree (as well as her previous novel, Cuckoo Song) for the interesting things she does with ideas and relationships and history and myth. Hardinge’s prose is vivid and distinctive without […]

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New Release Review: Journey to Munich

Posted April 20, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 3 Comments
New Release Review: Journey to Munich

Jacqueline Winspear, Journey to Munich (Harper, 2016) Journey to Munich is the twelfth entry in the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which follows a former London parlourmaid through her career as a private investigator and beyond. If you’ve been reading the series all along, you will probably know already that you want to read this one. […]

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Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Posted March 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place (2015) Welcome to the Maisie Dobbs readalong! TLC Book Tours is hosting a month-long celebration of the first eleven books in this popular historical mystery series, on the occasion of the release of number twelve, Journey to Munich, on March 29. I’ll be posting about that title next month, but […]

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The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Posted October 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Joan Aiken, The Stolen Lake (1981) Joan Aiken, Dangerous Games (1998) For my next installment of a series of posts considering Joan Aiken’s “Wolves Chronicles” (for lack of a better name, the series begun with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and mostly featuring Dido Twite as the protagonist), I’m departing slightly from my general intention […]

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New Release Review: Girl Waits with Gun

Posted September 18, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Girl Waits with Gun

Amy Stewart, Girl Waits with Gun (2015) Bestselling nonfiction writer Stewart (The Drunken Botanist) hits all the high notes in her fiction debut, Girl Waits with Gun. She gives us a meticulously researched historical setting (the factory district of New Jersey in 1914), a trio of gloriously unconventional and independent female protagonists, a tone that […]

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