Tag Archives: Novel

August 07

Gritty Maryland: What the Dead Know, Laura Lippman

***½ Part of my Mysterious USA Challenge William Morrow, 2007 ISBN 0061128856 (ISBN13: 9780061128851) Literary awards: Barry Award for Best Novel (2008), Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (2008), Anthony Award for Best Novel (2008) Two young teenage sisters go missing in the mid- 1970s after their father drops them off at the mall on a Saturday afternoon. […]

August 03

Majestic Alaska: A Cold Day for Murder, Dana Stabenow

 *** 1/2  Part of my Mysterious USA Challenge Berkley, 1992 042513301X (ISBN13: 9780425133019) Winner, Edgar Award, 1993 A Cold Day for Murder introduces Kate Shugak, a young Aleut woman who worked in the Anchorage D.A.’s office, but has returned to her home in a fictional park in northern Alaska after a horrifying experience with a child molester. […]

August 02

Mary L. Tabor, Who by Fire

***** ISBN            0982993145 (ISBN13: 9780982993149)  I absolutely LOVED this book. In fact, it has been the best book I’ve read in a long time and wished I hadn’t finished it as quickly as I did. I feel lucky to have discovered this author and can’t wait to read her next piece of work! Mary L. […]

June 25

The Button Collector, Elizabeth Jennings

***** Page Spring Publishing, 2013 ISBN-10: 1939403081 The Button Collector is a book about little things that can come to stand for big ideas and anchor us to life and to who we are.  In a beautifully written novel, Elizabeth Jennings presents a woman’s history and life choices through a jar of buttons she inherited from […]

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

**** ½ The Art of Fielding  Author: Chad Harbach First Edition: Back Bay Books, 2011 Original language: English  Summary: Harbach’s novel deals with the life of Henry Skrimshander at Westish College.  Henry, in his senior year of high school and with no prospects for college, is spotted by Mike Schwartz, who sees Henry’s potential right […]

October 08

Writing Advice from Abelardo Castillo

  Abelardo Castillo (Buenos Aires, 1935) is an Argentinian writer, novelist, essayist, and playwright.  He is also well known for his short stories including “Ernesto’s Mother“.  An amateur boxer in his youth, Castillo worked as director of several literary magazines including El Escarabajo de Oro and El Ornitorrinco.  Following are a few tips from his book Ser Escritor (Being […]