The Queen of Crime

Guess who owns the title of best-selling novelist in history, having written more than 100 novels as well as short story collections and plays, and selling over a billion copies of her books in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages? Yup, Agatha...

Book Review: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Last time I wrote about Helen Simonson’s novel, The Summer Before the War, in glowing terms. Now I also highly recommend her debut work, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.  The story of the unlikely relationship between a retired British officer and an Indian...

Book Review: The Summer Before the War

Hugh Grange, Beatrice Nash, Aunt Agatha. Bettina Fothergill, Mrs. Turber, Mr. Tillingham and Mr. Dimbly. Snout. How can names like these not intrigue us? They do, and the marvelous news is there are not only plenty more, but each one of these names is a totally...

Book Review: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Last month I reviewed Mary McAuliffe’s When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker and Their Friends. Hemingway was working on The Sun Also Rises during that period, traveling to Spain and attending bullfights,...

Book Review: John Gilstrap’s Friendly Fire

Last October, New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap was keynote speaker at the Florida Writers Association’s Annual Conference. I purchased his latest Jonathan Grave thriller, asked for an autograph, and took my treasure home to Portugal. There was...

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