Category Archives: mystery

Book Preview: The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

In┬áThe Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen (2012) by Syrie James, an American rare-books librarian finds a manuscript written by Jane Austen that has never been published. Samantha McDonough has traveled to London with her boyfriend, and while he attends a … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Stella Bain

Stella Bain (2013) by Anita Shreve details the struggles of the title character, a World War I nurse’s aide found injured on a French battlefield and suffering from severe shell shock. She had no memory of the past four months … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Left at the Mango Tree

Left at the Mango Tree (2013), a debut novel by Stephanie Siciarz, is set on the imaginary tropical island of Oh. It is narrated by Almondine Orlean, who recounts the twin mysteries of her birth as a white infant on … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Common Core: A Story of School Terrorism

I thought a preview of Common Core: A Story of School Terrorism (2013) by Joel Spring was just the thing to get people’s attention, now that it’s almost standardized testing season once again. This is a topic near and dear … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Six Months of September

The subject of today’s post is Six Months of September (2013), the first of a planned series of mysteries featuring reporter Duncan Walsh by indie author Mark Allen. After an altercation with a popular news anchor, Duncan loses his job … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Family Pictures

Family Pictures (2013) by London-born chick lit author Jane Green, brings us Sylvie and her daughter, Eve. Sylvie’s husband Jonathan died young, and eleven years ago she married Mark. They have a comfortable life, even if Mark travels too much. … Continue reading

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