A humorous approach to a family’s extreme grief and inability to cope when the mother drowns while sleepwalking. Quirky and touching.
#12 in the Three Pines mystery series The writing is lyrical and beautiful, as always, as Armand Gamache takes on a new challenge, but the latest in the Three Pines series also features an intricately plotted and satisfying mystery. The camaraderie of the characters of Three Pines shines through, with humor lightening the darkness as… Read More A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Precocious 9-year-old Frank Banning steals the show from Alice, the story’s narrator and Frank’s temporary caregiver, in this debut novel. Alice has been sent to Hollywood to watch Frank while his mother, a reclusive writer, attempts to produce a book that will save them from financial ruin. Mimi is prickly toward Alice but also welcomes… Read More Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
While this novel reads like literary fiction, the writing contains technical jargon and fantastical, largely-unexplained magic that readers who do not regularly enjoy science fiction or fantasy may find difficult to appreciate. If you can enjoy a story in which you don’t fully understand the fine points, All the Birds in the Sky is a… Read More All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The house on Long Island Sound is deteriorating but librarian Simon Watson can neither afford to repair it or bear to sell it. Memories of his deceased parents linger and it’s the only home to which his wayward sister Enola might someday return. Simon’s thoughts are consumed with this dilemma when he receives an old,… Read More The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay People are dying, but their souls are not being collected Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as… Read More Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) by Maryrose Wood My rating: 5 of 5 stars After the disastrous Christmas party, Lady Constance decides to take the whole family away from repairs at Ashton Place to London for awhile. Penelope is thrilled but quickly lost as the guide given to her by… Read More Review: The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)