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A Harvest of Ripe Figs

(Mangoverse #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach's Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn't expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery.

But Queen Shulamit--lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the six month old crown princess--loves to play detective. Wit
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 21st 2015)
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May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trans people who are in a bad place in life, people who feel lonely or hopeless
Shelves: favorites
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Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
This is definitely the best book of the series! First of all, Shulamit and Aviva are adorable wives and mothers together, and I love how this series talks about healthy, happy relationships and women supporting each other.

Second of all, I'm living for how domestic of a fantasy book this is. The queen of an entire kingdom puts lots of time toward solving the mysteries of a stolen violin and a plagiarized clasp design and it's great. It's not a really twisty mystery and I called the culprit very q

Seriously, these books are so cute. Every book introduces new characters I fall in love with, and in this one, we meet a talented violinist named Esther whose prized instrument is stolen during her stay at an inn in Perach. She's just so damn sweet and cute and she's friends with fellow musician Liora, even though people want to pit them against each other because they're wom
Bogi Takács
From my 2015 Hugo award recommendations:

Another series where the latest book so far has also been the best! This fun, fluffy secondary-world fantasy novel is just over novella length - this year I am again very low on novella recommendations, so I wish it could fit in there. But it's still worth a read regardless of any award nominations; as the third part of the Mangoverse series, it has a standalone mystery plot, but it does spoil some of the events in the first two books. (The print edition h
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another beautiful happy queer story about Queen Shulamit continuing to build her family while still doing all of her queenly duties - including solving the mystery of a stolen violin! This book brings even more diversity to the series - including a trans boy and an aroace character (even though he's a little bit of a bad guy, I'm very excited for the other aroace character in one of the short stories coming soon). There's also heaps of feminism - I especially loved this part: "I don't li ...more
Claudie Arseneault
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt, disability
I swear, the Mangoverse just keeps getting better and better. I don't know if it's Shira Glassman's writing, my love for the characters, or my need for something like these books, but every time I pick one up, I come out more enchanted than before.

FIGS in particular hit all of my mystery-lover strings (you could say it played me like a fiddle? Shh moving on). I used to read so much Hercule Poirot, and FIGS featured several of my favourite mystery tropes, such as (view spoiler)
Diane Murray
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I adore the Mangoverse. This is actually the first book I read from it, and it definitely got me wanting to read more.

Say it with me: LGBTQIA domestic fluff. That's what's happening in this book, and it's the best. I don't mean fluff in that it has no content, of course; I mean fluff because it just warms my durned heart. Honestly, I'd call it a healing read.

Be sure to check it out!
Jennifer Linsky
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, Queen Schulamit and her court of loving individuals are a welcome respite from the real world!
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I got into the groove of this book, I was utterly charmed by Mangoverse and the characters who live there. Queen Shulamit of Perach takes a very hands-on King Solomon approach to keeping harmony in her kingdom, all the while caring for a newborn with the help of her wife and her friends. While the stakes are fairly low on a macro level (for the individuals not so small)—this is not a kingdom in peril—what made A Harvest of Ripe Figs stand out to me is that the book has this very genuine goa ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glassman's Mangoverse series is a totally sweet, utterly charming fantasy/adventure series with a diverse range of protagonists. Glassman draws much of her inspiration from Jewish culture, and Ashkenazi (the "northern" characters, Rivka and Isaac) and Sephardim/Mizrahim (Shulamit and Aviva) are represented in equal measure. Representation matters, and it's so cool to read a series with characters that are traditionally vastly underrepresented in fantasy and adventure novels. Glassman also draws ...more
Robin M.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
All of these books are wonderful.

I love the entire cast. I love that these stories have happy endings where people find themselves and their hearts.

I love that the story is centered on all these people who are different and the same and beautiful and needing.

These stories are so well written and wonderfully made. I have been trying to write reviews for the others but can't do them justice without gushing over them.

All of these characters are characters and all of them are unique and represent pe
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book filled me with such positive, warm feelings. It was exactly what I needed. It is joyous, and light, but it is not without substance.

I adored the characters, I loved how diverse they were, how they all got to do stuff, actually do stuff, instead of being jokes, or constant victims, or being relegated to the sidelines. I could say something about them all, but I'll limit myself to a few. Rivka is an absolute badass, and you'll want to know all about the life she's lead. Her relationship
Miss Susan
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
okay so these books have lots of fun morals like 'real partners should support each other in their personal endeavours' and 'consider taking a person's word for who they are instead of imposing societal expectations on them???' but i also learned a third one

persistance will out! if you hassle both library systems you have a card at to buy a harvest of figs eventually one will give in and you will get that sweet, sweet overdrive e-mail telling you the book is available :')

so here we are with the
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The third book in Glassman's Mangoverse series finds Queen Shulamit solving the mystery of a stolen violin (I guess her kingdom is peaceful enough that she can solve mysteries in her spare time as a hobby? OK, sure). I immediately pegged the villain and so was mildly annoyed that it took the Queen so long to figure it out, but everything else about this was pretty charming. The writing is coming along, too. I just like reading and supporting Jewish-themed
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love love love love. I don't even care that I figured out the end game villain pretty early one (view spoiler) This was so much fun because I got to see the CHARACTERS figure it out and follow their logic. Recommend.
This is everything I could want in a fluffy fantasy! Including a homeless trans boy and lots of discussion of healthy relationships. And, you know, Jewish lesbians and dragons.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review forthcoming!
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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Marthese Formosa
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, owned
Loved this book and binge read it, after I had just finished the second one. This book combines two genres which I love:fantasy and mystery. Shulamit and her family have settled with Ruth. The plot revolves around a stolen violin/fiddle and Shulamit uses her intellect and deduction skills along with some help from her family to discover what happened to it.

This will probably be a long list of all the things I liked (and things I wanted to see more of)

Shula is a good interrogator while Riv stops
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me say this: I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous Mangoverse books. That's not really any fault of the book, though. This book is first and foremost a mystery story, and I'm just not a huge fan of mysteries.

The plot focuses on the mystery of Esther's missing violin, which also leads into the related mystery of "who's using this illegal magic and where is it coming from." As far as mysteries go, it wasn't bad - like I said, I'm just not a huge fan of mysteries. And because this i
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such an enjoyable read. I loved how Queen Shulamit made it a point to bring her infant daughter everywhere with her, especially during official business, even having her nurse while on the throne. It was such a beautiful, loving image, and so unfortunately rare. The mystery was really fun as well, and it was a treat how misogyny and toxic relationships were woven in. One of my reasons for disliking mysteries is that they are often rife with messed up tropes about women, people of color, mental i ...more
Amy Aelleah
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I...really wasn't thrilled with this book. Yeah, I still love the setting and all the characters (especially Riv) but the whole plot basically revolved around a stolen violin. I mean the whole plot. (With a side/related mystery about a jeweler's trade secrets being stolen.) The whole thing was a mystery and...I'm sorry to say it wasn't even a particularly inventive mystery. (And I don't read fantasy to be forced into reading mystery, anyway.) And...everything was so happy at the end. I mean, eve ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-fiction
It's hard to say whether this or book 4 was my favorite so far. I appreciate the addition of trans characters here (Riv, the character appearing from book 1 onward, is not trans), and some of the more creative applications of magic in this story. Again, charming and relatively lighthearted romance, where queer characters get to be happy.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lady-biz, queer, fiction, candy
Maybe I would have liked this better if is read the prior books first, but the book felt disjointed and heavy-handed. I either didn't totally get what was going on or felt the point was made five or six times in a row, really pointedly. Not a bad book, just not amazing.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
These books are such queer gems in a sea of heteronormative fantasy.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ace, fiction, lgbtq
Not especially sophisticated, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed. I cried. I couldn't put it down. The representation in it was top notch. But Shira never disappoints there. The mystery was intriguing. The ending heartwarming. Pick this book up!
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
someone tell me when i can go live in Perach xxx
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this was submitted to me as a possible review copy for 2016, I was immediately intrigued by a queer fantasy cozy. Often LGBTQ books can land too much in the “issues” genre or the romance genre. This is a place where indie books excel. Traditional publishing can be a bit hesitant to offer up any other genre with queer people at the center, but indie books know that there is a demand for this. LGBTQ people read all genres, why shouldn’t our books represent that? After I read this book I wante ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the previous two books are charming and full of delightful characters, A Harvest of Ripe Figs is where Shira Glassman truly hits her stride. World built and main characters established in the previous two novels, Harvest is free to begin right off as a thrilling mystery with a cast of colorful suspects. 

The continuing interpersonal relationships between the main characters remain strong, and are enhanced by new interactions with the new characters. Shumalit is now not just a young queen, b
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Shira Glassman is a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels.

She lives in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered.

A note on my reviewing style: I read lots of books, but writing reviews is work and I only really do them to endorse books that I enjoyed enough to signal boost.

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