Shelf Control #11: Escapade by Walter Satterthwait (1995)

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here. In the summer of 1921, thirteen distinguished guests gather for a weekend party and seance at a stately Devon manor house. Their host, the … Continue reading Shelf Control #11: Escapade by Walter Satterthwait (1995)

Hands-Off: Girl on the Run by Hillary Waugh (1965)

A small town community is shocked when an elderly woman is killed by her niece who flees taking the little money that was there in the house after stabbing her aunt. The niece had always been considered strange by the people in the town but nobody thought that she would stoop to murdering her aunt … Continue reading Hands-Off: Girl on the Run by Hillary Waugh (1965)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher (1972)

Elaine (Vaguely, dreamily, moving to the window): The question is... the question is....What really happened that awful morning.Helga: Why, you saw that shade go up! You saw that dead man, yah.Elaine (Brooding, staring at the window): I thought I did, But did I? Did I, Helga? Did that shade go up - or was it … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher (1972)

Shelf Control #10: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch (2014)

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here. Love the cover The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming PoolOnce a celebrated writer, M's … Continue reading Shelf Control #10: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch (2014)

Hot Off the Press: The Affliction of Praha by Simon Gillard (2020)

As they walked down the lonely naked streets, the sounds of horses trotting in the distance trickled through the empty roads, reverberating around the buildings surrounding them. Apartment blocks, small shops selling boutique clothing, groceries, and a newsstand here and there, were all closed and quiet for the night. The city of Praha (Prague) is … Continue reading Hot Off the Press: The Affliction of Praha by Simon Gillard (2020)

Three Novels by Jean Potts

American author, Jean Potts (1910-1999), won an Edgar award for her first novel, Go, Lovely Rose (1954), but still fell into obscurity. Then sometime in 2018, John F. Norris reviewed a few of her books at his blog, Pretty Sinister Books. John’s admiration for the books so impressed a publishing house that they brought back … Continue reading Three Novels by Jean Potts

Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Thirsty Evil by P.M. Hubbard (1974)

Author Ian Mackellar falls in love with Julia Mellors, very much at first-sight when they travel together on train. He then runs across her at a party and finds herself further fascinated by her. Though she is elusive, Mackellar somehow manages to track her down and finds her running a farm and looking after her … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: A Thirsty Evil by P.M. Hubbard (1974)

Shelf Control #9: Giant by Edna Ferber (1952)

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here. The basis for the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, Giant is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's sweeping generational tale of power, … Continue reading Shelf Control #9: Giant by Edna Ferber (1952)

Short Notes: Death of a Sardine by Joan Fleming (1963)

Having taken his final exams at Oxford, Tom Warrington leaves for Portugal where his father, Brigadier Warrington, has set-up an opulent villa. Accompanying him is Oxford-mate, Meeth, a rather shabby and down-at-heels young man who arouses Tom's pity. Tom and his father share an uncomfortable relationship which is further accentuated when Tom reaches Portugal and … Continue reading Short Notes: Death of a Sardine by Joan Fleming (1963)