Marie’s Mind for Murder

Marie’s Mind for Murder

German detectives Marie Brand and Jürgen Simmel are indeed an odd couple. Their May-December partnership (she’s 50-ish, he’s 30-ish) makes for a lot of generational miscommunication that lends a comic and zany air to the very serious criminal investigations they handle.  But Marie soon realizes that Jürgen’s daring-do and quick-footed abilities are truly useful (and […]


Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

To prepare for a government meltdown or apocalypse, the ex-army survivalist father has moved the family of four out to the California desert, to an old house mostly in ruins. The nearest neighbors live in a free-wheeling hippie compound. The father has taught sixteen year old Nicole to hunt and given her a notebook he’s […]


Tokyo Fiancée

Tokyo Fiancée

20 year old Belgian Amelie is in love with all things Japanese so she buys a one-way ticket to Tokyo, determined to somehow become Japanese. She advertises herself as a French tutor but her only student is a young Japanese man, Rinri, who is as enamored of things French as she is of things Japanese. […]


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Addie and Louis are elderly acquaintances in small town Holt, Colorado. They strike up an unusual friendship, sharing a bed at night to talk and hold hands in order to conquer their nighttime blues. People gossip, relationships are tested and built. This lovely story is a fitting final book for the author of the quiet […]


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In pre-revolutionary Russia, the iconic Hotel Metropol, situated across the square from the Kremlin, embodied all that was elegant and luxurious. Of course, then its clientele consisted of the wealthy, titled and famous from all across Europe. In 1922, however, the Communists ruled, and the hotel, while still the epitome of elegance, became the place […]


The Extra by A. B. Yehoshua

The Extra by A. B. Yehoshua

Noga, Hebrew for Venus, is a divorced Israeli harpist, who plays in a Dutch orchestra. After her father in Jerusalem dies, her brother calls her back to help their mother decide whether to stay in their childhood apartment in a neighborhood that is becoming daily more full of ultra-religious Jews or move to assisted living in […]


Allegedly: A novel by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly: A novel by Tiffany D. Jackson

“I’m innocent,” said every inmate in a correctional facility ever but Mary B. Addison is innocent well according to Mary she is innocent. The infamous Mary B. Addison was only 12 when she was convicted of murder. After spending time in a juvenile detention center, she is transferred to a group home where she endures […]


The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock is a diary of sorts, but not one that follows standard chronology. It jumps around in time much as memory does but with so much wit and insight that it makes no difference. It’s more like peering into the mind of a funny, insightful, honest friend who shares her thoughts about life, […]


Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

This is NOT your typical mystery novel and there’s no way you would call it cozy! If you’re looking for a darkly comic mystery set in a foreign country (Thailand) and don’t mind some violence, this may just be the book for you. It’s the first in a series featuring detective Sonchai Jitplecheep, the son […]


A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

This gripping memoir tells the tale of a young Canadian woman, a budding journalist, who was kidnapped and held for ransom by Muslim insurgents in Somalia in 2008. It’s a harrowing story of survival that had me biting my fingernails as she and her photographer friend escaped but were recaptured; as they strove to survive […]