Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a wickedly thrilling read! In the first chapter when Jane, the narrator says, “Reader, I murdered him” I was hooked. Set in 19th century England, Jane lives at Highgate House with her mother and unfeeling aunt. Her mother dies and Jane is sent to a dreadful boarding school for girls that’s run by a sadistic and cruel headmaster. Jane escapes and flees to London, living by her wits for a few years. (She has something in common with other literary characters who do bad things to bad people.). She spies an a
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell is one of the best novels I've read in years. A wry black comedy, it begins in 1999 and is the story of the forty-ish Alter sisters: Lady, Vee and Delph, who share an apartment on New York's Upper East Side. But it's also the story of four generations of the Alter family, beginning with their great-grandfather, a brilliant German chemist who invented chlorine gas, among other terrible things. Tragedies have occurred in each generation, leaving the Alter sisters to conclude that there is only one solution that will break the curse.
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase is a spellbinding novel that reviewers say is reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier. Black Rabbit Hall is a country estate on England's Cornish coast. Something happens in 1968 that unravels the perfect family who lives there. The story shifts to the present as a young woman decides she wants to hold her wedding at the Hall. Going back and forth in time, we learn how the two families are connected. Movingly written, this gothic story of family secrets, love and loss will captivate you! -- Recommended by Rochelle
"For fans of Kate Morton and Daphne du Maurier, Black Rabbit Hall is an obvious must-read."--Bookpage
A secret history. A long-ago summer. A house with an untold story.
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn is the first book in a new series featuring the intrepid Veronica Speedwell, an adventurous lepidopterist and world traveler. The year is 1887 and in London Veronica fends off an abductor with the help of a mysterious German baron. His friend Stoker, an ill-tempered natural historian, is asked to look after her (although Veronica does very well all by herself!). Soon Veronica and Stoker are on the run as they look for the baron’s murderer. Witty, smart dialogue, a clever sense of humor and a fast pace make this a very e
In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England...and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford won the prestigious Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery. It was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award finalist and it received several starred reviews. Milo Pine and his parents own and live in Greenglass House, a huge old rambling guest house with many rooms to rent. It had been a smuggler’s inn in the past. It’s almost Christmas, a blizzard is howling and several mysterious guests have arrived, each one with a strange story and a secret.
New York Times Bestseller
National Book Award Nominee
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell is one of the best novels that I’ve read in years. A wry black comedy, it begins in 1999 and is the story of the 40-ish Alter sisters: Lady, Vee and Delph, who share an apartment on New York’s upper East Side. But it’s also the story of four generations of the Alter family, beginning with their great-grandfather, a brilliant German chemist who invented chlorine gas, among other terrible things. Tragedies have occurred in each generation, leaving the Alter sisters to conclude that there is only one solution that will break the curse.
Helen Simonson's heartfelt novel captures life in the small English coastal town of Rye. It is the summer of 1914, short months before every's lives are changed as WWI begins. Every character is beautifully drawn and the beauty of the countryside is vividly described. This book follows her wonderful novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, and I loved both of them. Recommended by Rochelle
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."--The Washington Post
Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a stylish literary thriller that’s impossible to put down. Investigative journalist Scott McGrath (also a film buff) questions the suicide-ruled death of the daughter of a reclusive film director. You’ll enjoy winding your way through the clues and red herrings, as well as the photo inserts that add a bit of realism to the story.
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Elinor Lipman’s delightful new novel The View from Penthouse B is the witty tale of unexpectedly widowed Gwen, who moves in with her divorced sister Margot. Margot’s ex-husband is a fertility doctor (much scandal in that divorce…), and they lost money in a Ponzi scheme. There is a third tenant, cupcake-baker Timothy.
"It's all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters' foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease." - Washington Post
Fans of P.G. Wodehouse: rejoice! Sebastian Faulks has written a delightful new novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, a very funny homage to Wodehouse’s idyllic England and the escapades of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster as depicted in his many humorous novels. Faulks has masterfully captured the original nuances, humor and language. It’s just a joy to slip into this world again!
Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks.