Sunday, April 25, 2010

Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver? by Sharon Kahn



Tee hee. This series makes me giggle. It's so cozy! It doesn't always make the most sense why the police officer character would hold back and let the amateur sleuth do all the real investigating, but I suppose that's an issue to be resolved in all books in this genre. Still, I love it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Death of a Scriptwriter, by M.C. Beaton



This one was interesting because it deals with the frustrations of an elderly female mystery writere whose books are being turned into a BBC television series (she kills the scriptwriter and lead actress). I wonder if M.C. Beaton felt those frustrations first hand with the Hamish Macbeth series!

It's also interesting that Hamish's motivations seem a little different in the earlier books. On the one hand, I'd say the character has evolved; on the other hand, I'd venture that the author may have also gotten a tad lazy.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, by Nick Bantock



Wow! This is the first in Nick Bantock's amazing series. I absolutely MUST read them all in sequence now! The book was short, clearly the beginning of a larger work, but so psychically satisfying. The characters wrote letters to each other that the reader could actually take out of envelopes attached to the pages and read! I felt like I was holding artifacts of these people's lives! So exciting!

Friday, April 16, 2010

I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes, by Jaclyn Moriarty



What a wonderful, fantastical book! Although there were parts I found troubling (why did everyone seem to have affairs?) the writing was so delightful I couldn't get enough. Well-crafted and brilliantly edited, it was like an interlocking puzzle of whimsy and delight. I can't wait to find out if the author has written more novels!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows



I almost gave up on this book, so curious was I to ascertain the meaning of the title, and so irritated was I that it wasn't revealed until page 51--I actually looked it up online to find out the answer! But what a rare experience I would have missed out on had I followed my impatient impulses. This book is truly a gem. It has inspired me to write more (and better) and to maybe even attempt a book. It has certainly made me want to join a book club.

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Hit the jump if you've already read the book or don't mind having the ending ruined...
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Death of a Macho Man, by M.C. Beaton



I loved it! I thought the older books in the series would be a little rough, but in fact it was much better than many of the later ones, which I realize have gotten formulaic, repetitive and a bit lazy. I definitely should go back and read the older books! It was odd to see Hamish without any pets in this one. Towser had died but he hadn't gotten Lugs yet. And the love-lorn relationship with Priscilla seemed more believable than the later books. Well done!