New York City

Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy: Mary Handley Takes on NYC Politics

Events
Brooklyn on Fire

Brooklyn on Fire is Book #2 in the historical Mary Handley mystery series by Lawrence H. Levy. When Book #1 was published, I really wanted to read it but I had so many books in my TBR pile that I knew I’d never get to it. I’m so glad I got a chance to read […]

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: A Mother & Daughter Tale

Authors
My Name Is Lucy Barton

When I decided to read My Name is Lucy Barton by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, I had no idea it would become an instant bestseller. I just liked the publisher’s description and I had previously reviewed one of her novels, The Burgess Boys (link at end of this review), which I loved. So, […]

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House of Thieves by Charles Balfoure: What’s a Respectable Man To Do?

Authors
House of Thieves

You know I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers and there was something about the one for House of Thieves by bestselling author Charles Balfoure that drew me in. When I read the publisher’s description, I was even more intrigued. Historical fiction buffs, have I got a book for you! Set in 19th century New […]

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The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares by Jason Blum: The Haunted City

Fantasy & Supernatural
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City

In past years of reviewing books, I’ve read all of the books I planned to feature during the Halloween season in one huge scarifying batch. I decided to space them out this year because, quite frankly I’m a complete wuss when it comes to even quasi-horror and doing that was giving me nightmares. My over-active […]

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All That Glitters by Michael Murphy: Fun Historical Hollywood Mystery

Fiction
All That Glitters

I love historical mysteries set in Los Angeles, and mysteries involving the entertainment industry are often even more fun. That means it was a no brainer when I saw the book cover for All That Glitters by Michael Murphy. The only two possible problems were that I had never heard of Mr. Murphy so I […]

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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman: Book Review & Giveaway

Fiction
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists, was a huge bestseller. I read it but didn’t review it for several reasons. I couldn’t get into it even though I recognized that it was incredibly well written. I just couldn’t detach enough to read a novel about the death of the newspaper industry for some reason. When […]

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