Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wendy Clinch, “Double Black”

I found Wendy Clinch on a publishing-industry blog called Books on the Nightstand. The sample Kindle chapter suggested that she’s an adept writer and that I would enjoy the skiing background of these “Ski Diva” mysteries. I did — but … Continue reading

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Sarah Waters, “Tipping the Velvet”

This post feels to me like too little, too late — I finished Tipping the Velvet last week but have been traveling around California promoting my own historical novel, Leaving Van Gogh. So a wait for a delayed flight in … Continue reading

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Miranda Seymour, “Thrumpton Hall”

Voyeurism always makes me feel a little cheap. You, too? And what makes it worse in the case of Thrumpton Hall is not merely my relish of contemplating the aristocratic English lifestyle. This Gosford Park/Downton Abbey business is bad enough, … Continue reading

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Sarah Dunant, “Under My Skin”

Just a month ago I finished Sarah Dunant’s Birth Marks. I thought I had damned it with faint praise, but looking back, I find I was rather enthusiastic. Maybe Under My Skin is not quite as good or maybe the … Continue reading

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Andrew Taylor, “Caroline Minuscule”

Why can I never remember that is not actually my friend? When it recommends a title like Andrew Taylor’s Caroline Minuscule— just because I’ve bought some of Taylor’s previous books — I need to remind myself that this is … Continue reading

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Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick”

Long silence on Book Group of One — but no wonder! I’ve been on a whaling voyage! It’s not easy to know where to start or how to proceed: I honestly just this instant closed the book on Chapter 135: … Continue reading

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Louise Penny, “A Fatal Grace”

I had somewhat mixed feelings about Louise Penny’s Still Life. I liked her quirky, wise detective, Armand Gamache, who works with the murder squad in the Sûreté of Québec. But I was put off by the setting, the idyllic country … Continue reading

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