This was the most hilarious hour I’ve spent with a book all year! I’ll think of it whenever I see a crow. Or any wedding decorations. And I’ll never l This was the most hilarious hour I’ve spent with a book all year! I’ll think of it whenever I see a crow. Or any wedding decorations. And I’ll never look at a senior in a track suit without wondering….
Gina Gallo just wants to get married without any hitches. Well, and stay out of the Family’s business. It’s not enough that an East Coast ice storm might strand the wedding travelers, including her mother. Her purse gets snatched, her most incompetently crooked cousins get in over their heads, and things only goes downhill from there.
Author Melodie Campbell deftly handles the chaos with her trademark wry humour and speedy character sketches of as kooky a collection of mobsters as ever tried to bootleg booze. ...more
Gripping, with a seemingly naive narrator taking me ever deeper into the ugliness of WW2 France, only to throw a curve ball in the middle that changedGripping, with a seemingly naive narrator taking me ever deeper into the ugliness of WW2 France, only to throw a curve ball in the middle that changed everything I thought I knew about her and kept me turning the page all night long to find out what happened....more
A delightful and sometimes terrifying reexamination of one woman's life after her sudden widowhood - her loves and losses and confusions and the secreA delightful and sometimes terrifying reexamination of one woman's life after her sudden widowhood - her loves and losses and confusions and the secret fear she carries for so many years. The reader sees her with more compassion than she usually sees herself. A bit reminiscent of "Pippa Lee" but with sensory and sensual beauty surrounding and sometimes, like a tropical blossom, overpowering the bare facts of her story. ...more
Very enjoyable immersion in a Maritime village very close to the Anne of Green Gables era, from a more adult perspective.
An artist’s eye for the compeVery enjoyable immersion in a Maritime village very close to the Anne of Green Gables era, from a more adult perspective.
An artist’s eye for the compelling detail shapes this novel laid down by a poet’s pen. I read slowly, pondered every word and phrase, savoured the imagery while the tendrils of intricate, human mysteries unfurled almost unnoticed until not knowing became – gently but implacably – unbearable. This historical mystery set on Canada’s Eastern Seaboard is rich in local lore and down-home charm. Shipwrecks, both historical and fictional, herald a dangerous course ahead. Time shifts gracefully and surely from the story’s present backward many decades and forward a few, through three distinct eras, each shift deepening our immersion in the world of our young narrator as well as the history she unearths.
Rianne is back with her grandparents for the summer, filling in time between jobs and clearing her head after breaking up with her longtime boyfriend in the city. Research for a local graveyard tour brings up questions, memories, and uncomfortable parallels between her own life and that of a young woman whose grave is believed to be cursed. Alyda, her coffin held down by a full stone slab and surrounded by a fence of thorny rosebushes, left behind only a few traces: a derelict house, a water-stained scrapbook, and the sad notation of a baby who survived her by only a few days. Yet the more Rianne reads and digs for source material, the more Alyda comes alive for her, and the more Rianne comes alive for us readers.
I was spellbound from very early in this novel, and enjoyed every moment I spent in its pages.
This first in the crime-solving partnership of Miss Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins was an Agatha nominee, and well deserved. It takes plaThis first in the crime-solving partnership of Miss Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins was an Agatha nominee, and well deserved. It takes place in the months following Eliza’s successful transformation from Cockney flower-seller to elegant Society lady. Eliza is trying to get a handle on her new life, living with the professor’s mother while teaching elocution to other people who wish to appear to fit in among a higher social class. There’s good scene-setting and sound period atmosphere, and then whump! A body hits the floor. With both Eliza and Henry quickly rising up the suspect list, they must put aside their animosity and learn to cooperate again. It will take all their combined ingenuity to keep each other off the gallows.
This is a fairly convincing foray into the refined world of Edwardian society, both the high and the low. It maintains a gently humorous tone through much of the book, and, if the solution seems to leap a bit rapidly to the fore toward the end, it’s easy to overlook that in the enjoyment of the journey. I’m looking forward to diving into the second book, ‘Move Your Blooming Corpse,’ which title, coincidentally, I won in a blog draw the very day I finished off the first book. ...more