It’s intriguing, though some of the writing is problematic. Quite the mystery, steeped in the real-life history of Communist and modern-day Bulgaria. There is a lot of travel in circles and to me, anyway, unnecessary descriptions. Not finished yet, but I’m giving it a 3-star rating unless the ending is amazing.
This creepy, oppressive novel tells the story of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her father and step-mother. Set around the time of the murders (and once jumping forward), a picture of a dysfunctional and insular family emerges. It’s a compelling read, uncomfortable in places, but that works to the story’s advantage. This is a book that stays with you after you’ve finished reading. And while the novel doesn’t come right out and say who committed the unsolved crimes, the culprit’s identity is very heavily implied.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Those of us who grew up with Saturday morning cartoons will enjoy this scary, sci-fi throwback. It’s a bit slow to start, and the style takes getting used to, but once the action starts it gets a lot better!
Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre De Dios by Holly Conklin FitzGerald
If this hadn’t been shelved in the nonfiction, I wouldn’t have guessed this was a true story! This is an incredible, astounding tale of being lost in the Amazon. The author is speaking at the library this month, too!
My “Marple Project”: My husband, Scott, and I watch many of the BBC mysteries, including the Miss Marple series. Having seen all of them, I started wondering which of the Marples–Joan Hickson or Geraldine McEwan–was more true to Christie’s vision of her elderly sleuth (sorry, Helen Hayes and Julia McKenzie, you’re just not in the running). So I read all the Miss Marple novels (there are short stories, too, but my compulsiveness has limits). I loved them all! Great fun, good mysteries, sly humor. And the winner: McEwan. While Hickson’s Marple flutters more (a signature Marple trait), only McEwan’s Marple twinkles, something Christie mentions repeatedly.
I loved her first book ,”Simple Abundance”, and this next book is insightful
and necessary for the woman who seeks to lift herself out of an old life and
find her authentic self alive and well.
I have read a couple of Bryson’s books of the past year and have to say this is by far one of the best books he has written. It deviates from his normal travelogue exploits and takes on all the sciences, from the Big Bang to quantum mechanics. In layman’s terms with some humorous anecdotes about some of the scientists and their discoveries, Bryson engages the reader in the ultimate travel adventure through science. It was the most interesting science book I have ever read.