Blood and Circuses

I first became acquainted with Phryne Fisher via the TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries" that stars Australian actors Essie Davis and Nathan Page. I loved the original series. Eventually, I got around to the books that inspired the series, and they have been quite fun to read. The most recent one I picked up:... Continue Reading →

Talk Bookish to Me

This was a surprisingly entertaining read. I picked up Kate Bromley's book: Talk Bookish to Me from the NEW books section at my local library. I liked the idea that it was about a romance writer who is stalled, but who uses the rekindling of a past romance to inspire her writing. From the first... Continue Reading →

History for Kids – California Gold Rush

Not long ago we were in San Francisco listening to a presentation on local history. Even though I am a native Californian, I must have slept through the history lessons in class. The discussion prompted me to check out a few books from the library, all of them children's books. I confess I don't usually... Continue Reading →

The Whispered Word – Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams. You can read my review of the first book in the series here. Here's the book blurb from Amazon: Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and... Continue Reading →

Bronte’s Mistress – Book Review

There are few books that I think about for days after I finish them. I am a voracious reader. I will open up a book, get into the story, and then when I am done with the book, I move on to the next. Not so for Bronte's Mistress by Finola Austin. As nearly anyone... Continue Reading →

Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

I picked this book up after reading another book by Manda Collins, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem. I found the plot of that book entertaining, and who doesn't enjoy a well off widow doing basically whatever she likes, but especially bucking tradition? Ready Set Rogue is one of those romance novels I don't... Continue Reading →

The Secret, Book and Scone Society

The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams is a well-written book. Here's an extract from the Amazon blurb: Strangers flock to Miracle Springs hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a... Continue Reading →

A House Divided by Sulari Gentill

I really wanted to like this book and the main character. A House Divided by Sulari Gentill caught my eye for the local and timeline. It is set around the same time as Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books, which I enjoyed, especially after being introduced to Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries TV series. And actually, there... Continue Reading →

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