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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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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Cafe Reads: THE WOLVES OF MIRR, by Paul Piper

The Wolves of Mirr, an eco-thriller/mystery/magical realism novel that defies easy classification, hits several of my sweet spots: Poetically-rendered wilderness settings, complex characters, intertwining physical and psychological dangers, and a strong thread of ancient Greek mythology. … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: A HINKY TASTE OF YOU, by Jennifer Stevenson

I really enjoyed this book by Stevenson, but I’ll be firm here—the cute cover designed to match the other Hinky books?  Not quite right for me. This is not a romance, and not a comedy, although there is love, sexy … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: The Sea is Coming: A Collection from the Left Hand World, by Jill Zeller

I seldom read short stories anymore, yet when I do, I wonder why not. They offer such an array of experiences. Jill Zeller’s The Sea is Coming is no exception. The book is a diverse collection of unusual and fascinating … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: FIRES OF NUALA, by CAT KIMBRIEL

This space opera/mystery, the first in the Chronicles of Nuala series, is just as much fun to read as it was when it first came out. Kimbriel has created a fascinatingly complex culture in the Nualans, who have adapted to a … Continue reading

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