Book Review: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay.

The Secret of Lost Things is a captivating literary who-done-it. After her mother dies, an eighteen-year-old from Tasmania makes a transformative journey to New York. Rosemary takes a job at the Arcade, a bookstore that sells everything from paperbacks to valuable rare books. At the Arcade she begins her unique education. The Arcade's employees are each eccentric … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay.

Book Review: American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

Readers who like stories about odd characters who find themselves in strange situations, will love this new collection by Rivka Galchen.  As strange as the characters are, though, it's easy to relate to them.Who hasn't felt what this character in "The Lost Order" feels so keenly? "But one day I woke up and heard myself … Continue reading Book Review: American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Imagine a ruined house, an inheritance, a mysterious set of feral twins, a topiary garden, a murder, a ghost--these are just some of the Gothic elements that permeate The Thirteenth Tale. Vida Winter, a successful novelist, contacts the bookish narrator, Margaret Lea, because she has one more tale to tell--the titular 13th tale. For years she has created falsehoods … Continue reading Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Book Review: Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

 When a couple chooses an ancient mansion, Pencraw Hall (aka Black Rabbit Hall) as their wedding venue, strange things come to light. Neither knows the history of the house--the Altons' story--yet Lorna remembers going to the house once while they were on holiday. For an unexplained reason, Lorna is drawn back to this house.  In … Continue reading Book Review: Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Book Review: The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.

The Disappearing Earth is a mystery set in the Kamchatka peninsula, an area with active volcanoes The story centers around the disappearance of two local girls, Alyona and Sophia Golosovskaya. Other characters react to the girls' disappearance while also telling their own stories.  The bird's eye point-of- view gives readers a 360 degree perspective of the region … Continue reading Book Review: The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.

Book Review: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Though she wants to hide her supernatural gifts, Nicola finds that increasingly difficult to do. When a woman tries to sell a Russian relic in the art and antiquities gallery where she works, Nicola feels motivated to use her psychometric abilities. Holding the relic in her hands, Nicola knows the woman's story is true; the relic … Continue reading Book Review: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley