It is the time of year for retrospectives. And rather than recap celebrity deaths (Prince, Bowie, Mariah Carey’s career), I thought I’d pick a handful of materials I’ve checked out from the library that gave me hours of enjoyment this past year of 2016. They were not all published in 2016, but 2016 was the … Continue reading Rollicking Reads from 2016
When I'm not reading history or biography I tend to read mysteries, suspense novels, and / or thrillers. I have written in this blog before about some of my favorite mystery authors. Here goes with some more! I love British police procedurals, series that have a strong woman as the main character, mysteries with a … Continue reading My Favorite Mystery Writers 2
If you get a reputation as a “reader,” it won’t be long before folks you know start asking you about books. “Read any good books lately?” “What are you reading now?” “I need a good book recommendation – what do you suggest?” You’ll hear that even more often if you happen to be a … Continue reading You’ll like this one!
Many folks have heard of or seen True Blood, an HBO series that ran seven seasons and garnered both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Not me, never saw an episode. But the creator of the books behind the series, Charlaine Harris, spoke at a conference I went to last year, so I decided to read some of her titles. Although she's written SIX series including the one "True Blood" was based on, I picked her most recent series on which to cut my teeth (no vampire pun intended).
This, I believe, is the 50th blog in this series, so I thought I would review, to the best of my memory, some of books I have read over my lifetime. I have always had books at home. Being I was a history major in undergraduate and graduate school (not counting MSLS degree) and history … Continue reading BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS
Before the advent of automobile and air travel, railroads were the way travel long distances. As early as the mid-1860s, both coasts in the United States were joined by rail. By the 1930s, railway travel brought cities closer together both in America and Europe and had a certain romance to it. At the same time … Continue reading Murder Mysteries Set on Trains
Most of my blogs in this series have been about non-fiction books, but occasionally I write about fiction, most often mysteries. I have lately discovered a mystery sub-genre that is set in 1920s or 1930s Great Britain and features lone female detectives. Two different examples of this genre are Rhys Bowen's series of "Royal Spyness" novels … Continue reading Georgiana, Maisie, and Amory: Detectives All
By Stephen A while ago, I read a mystery, The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black, featuring Philip Marlowe Raymond Chandler's favorite private eye. Black is not the first contemporary author to use Chandler's character. Before his death, Robert B. Parker, wrote a sequel to The Big Sleep. Parker also finished Chandler's "Poodle Springs." Private detectives, who wander … Continue reading CRIME NOIR
Some events capture the imagination and become legends, with fanciful (and often incorrect) anecdotes. Unsolved mysteries, disappearances, murders…society loves a good story, and there’s something about an unsolved case that seems to keep us hooked. Mysteries are so beloved that some events considered “unsolved” are actually…solved. Or maybe sort of solved. such as the case … Continue reading An Enigma Inside a Question Inside a Book
By Stephen Besides history, some of my favorite reading materials are mysteries. I just read the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel by Anne Perry. Perry is noted for her mysteries set in Victorian London. That city in the late nineteenth century was the largest metropolis in world. The gap between the richest and poorest … Continue reading Anne Perry