CAFE READS: Marian Halcombe, by Brenda Clough

Marian Halcombe: A Most Dangerous Woman picks up where Wilkie Collins’ famous The Woman in White leaves off. So a few words about The Woman in White. It first appeared in Dickens’ magazine All the Year Round from 1859-60, and is … Continue reading

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BVC Reviews: David Liss and Barbara Monajem

Two book reviews of Englands past: David Liss’s THE PECULIARITIES, out in September from Tachyon Publications, and LADY ROSAMUND AND THE POISONED PEN, by USA Today bestselling author Barbara Monajem.

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BVC Announces Fledglings by Sherwood Smith

Fledglings The Phoenix Feather Book 1 by Sherwood Smith This started out as a sanity-saver novelette when the pandemic began. Sherwood remembers thinking, this pandemic will last a couple months, just long enough to write a novelette . . . … Continue reading

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Artist in Residence 30: The Aging of Words

so how do you count novel years? Does a novel get born and then age like fine wine, and only gets better with age…. or is it lucky if it still holds its own a year after its publication date? … Continue reading

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Three Things I Learned This Week

Is gluten-free cat litter a thing? While browsing the Chewy.com website to read cat litter reviews—not something I normally do when bored, you understand—I saw this entry in the “ask questions” section. After a few muttered words of derision and … Continue reading

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A charming new Regency mystery series

I met Barb Monajem yonks ago, in The Cherries, Jenny Crusie’s fan club. I was Jen No Cherry (*long story) and Barb was Barbaric Cherry. In due course Barb became an award-winning writer, with more than 20 books to her … Continue reading

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