Cool Nights, Warm Kitchen

Cool night, a warm kitchen with a casserole or an apple crisp baking in the oven, and a good book – that’s autumn. And you can find almost all of those things at the West Tisbury Library this… Read More

Guest Post: Helen M. DeBlase Reviews Two Mysteries

I’ve just finished reading two new mysteries, both first published books for their authors. I picked up The Man on the Washing Machine by Susan Cox, because I’m a pushover for a quirky title.  The main character, Theophania… Read More


  brian lee morris Interviews Jennifer Tseng, Author of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness Accomplished poet Jennifer Tseng has written a book. It’s a novel. It’s her first. It has lots of people swooning, especially in these parts…. Read More

Guest Post: Helen M. DeBlase Reviews Three Mysteries

When I was in Houston visiting my brother, we went to one of my favorite stores Murder By the Book – heaven! …All mysteries, all the time. I asked the proprietor to recommend some lesser-known or first-time published… Read More


Smaller and Smaller Circles (Soho Crime August 2015) by F.H. Baracan was not the easiest book to read. The murders and gruesome abuse of young boys, the abject poverty, the corruption of government officials and the cynical disregard… Read More


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: or On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King The first line of any novel should tantalize, it should make the reader want to keep reading. “I was fifteen when I first met… Read More

Guest Post: Helen M. DeBlase on EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline When I was asked to write reviews of mysteries for this blog, I thought that I would concentrate on lesser known or first-time published authors. BUT, I have just finished reading Every… Read More

Guest Post: ChrisD on STILL LIFE & Inspector Gamache Mystery Series

My recommendation this month is not just for one book, Still Life by Louise Penny, but also for the Chief Inspector Gamache series that follows it (the latest in the series is The Long Way Home). Each book in… Read More

Guest Post: Helen M. DeBlase on DEMON SUMMER

A Review of Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet A more sophisticated version of the English country village mystery, this series by G.M. Malliet features Father Max Tudor, an ex-MI5 agent now Anglican priest. Father Max arrives in nether… Read More

Guest Post: brian lee morris on THE STRANGE CASE OF RACHEL K

This is that book….if you read only one book this month, make it The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner by brian lee morris Before we get started, spoiler alert!! Many “astute” critics have noticed that the author’s… Read More