A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

Howler Alert! I discovered Wilde’s series by accident when I was doing some checking on Austen Fan Fiction for the JASNA Bibliography.  What a fabulous pseudonym!  I mostly enjoyed this entry in the Cozy Mystery genre and found it delightful, except for one ENORMOUS Howler.   If you are a fan of historical mysteries, femaleContinue reading “A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde”

Review of Lucy Foley’s  The Paris Apartment

Full disclosure, I received an eGalley of this book prior to publication in exchange for a review. Lucy Foley has a talent for a certain kind of Thriller.  She collects a group of entitled, mostly unlikeable characters in an isolated location, makes sure there are plenty of secrets nobody wants revealed, empowers an unreliable narratorContinue reading “Review of Lucy Foley’s  The Paris Apartment”

Reflection on the Chawton House Reading Group, women in history and Mary Eleanor Bowes…

When Covid started and my in-person book clubs and groups started canceling, I went looking for something inspiring.  What I found was the Chawton House Reading Group.  For the uninitiated, Chawton House is the home of not only Jane Austen’s brother and in the same village as Jane Austen’s House Museum, but it is alsoContinue reading “Reflection on the Chawton House Reading Group, women in history and Mary Eleanor Bowes…”

Books about Writing that I enjoyed in 2021…

Are you looking for something to inspire you to write?  Here is a list of favorite books and web pages about writing that I read in 2021.  I am also including one about women’s history, since there were a bunch of inspiring women in it.  Not least, Eleanor Roosevelt. Alberts, Laurie. Showing & Telling: LearnContinue reading “Books about Writing that I enjoyed in 2021…”

Throwback Thursday AND Austenalia…First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

This review was originally written in 2014 Jane Austen fans are in for a treat in this literary mystery cum romance modeled on the beloved novels of Jane Austen. One nice twist is the addition of the parallel storyline about Jane Austen’s fictitious relationship with an older clergyman who helps encourage her writing aspirations.  ManyContinue reading “Throwback Thursday AND Austenalia…First Impressions by Charlie Lovett”

Throwback Thursday: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

In honor of the Netflix series, which by the way is just as dreadful as the book, I pulled out this old chestnut from 2017. Roasted… This was billed as psychological suspense, so I got sucked in.  Though it has moments of brilliance, in the end, it falls flat, partially because the main character isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough”