Books, books, and more books…

on August 30, 2016

Final series recommendation for August, and I’ve saved something special for last, my dears–Sarah Caudwell’s Hilary Tamar series. If you haven’t read these books, I hardly know how to describe them; they are unlike anything else I’ve ever found. Witty, engaging, occasionally malicious in a delectable way, the series follows the amateur detective exploits of…

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A lamentation

on August 25, 2016

Some writers are just taken too soon, and that is a heartbreaking fact. Kate Ross, author of the Julian Kestrel series, died in 1998 at the age of 41. Because of her tragically young death, there are only four books in the Kestrel series, but WHAT BOOKS THEY ARE. Julian Kestrel is a Regency-era dandy…

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Beach Party a go-go…and another series to rec!

on August 23, 2016

One of my favorite cozy mystery series is the Southern Sisters set by Anne George. Set in Birmingham in the 1990s, the books feature retired teacher, Patricia Hollowell, and her unforgettable sister, Mary Alice. They are warm and funny, and hugely nostalgic for me since Patricia is an almost perfect rendering of my grandmother–also a…

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From tiny acorns, grow mighty oaks…

on August 18, 2016

Time to catch up, chickens! First, if you haven’t dropped by the Contest page on the site lately, DO. Every month we’re giving away entire book club sets of signed paperbacks. (And you can find the reading guides for each book on the book’s page here on the site.) Prizes change on the first of…

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Tonight!

on August 16, 2016

I’m back–and with a FUN announcement: I have a Twitter chat with the incomparable Lyndsay Faye! (Y’all may remember that JANE STEELE was one of my favorite reads of 2016.) We’ll be talking books and badass heroines, so join us from 8-9pm eastern TONIGHT! And I’ll see you back here on Thursday when we’re back…

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