Tag Archives: Reading USA Fiction

Review: PLANTATION SHUDDERS by Ellen Byron

PLANTATION SHUDDERS is a pretty stringent adherent to the current formula for cosy mysteries. However Ellen Byron has put enough of a unique spin on the familiar to make the book interesting but not so much of one that the … Continue reading

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Review: A COLD DAY FOR MURDER by Dana Stabenow

My ninth stop on a languid virtual journey around the US via its fiction took me to a place about as physically different from my own home as it’s possible to get. Given that my prior knowledge of Alaska is … Continue reading

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Not my #1941book: MILDRED PIERCE by James M Cain

This month’s classics challenge was to read a crime novel set in 1941. Alas the closest I’ll come is last month’s reading of Agatha Christie’s N or M because the one book I had to hand that I thought would be perfect – … Continue reading

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Catching Up (the reviews that will never be #2)

For the second time this year I’ve been reading more than reviewing and have decided not to attempt to turn my rambling half-remembrances into fully fledged reviews. The recommendations that come my way via Clothes in Books are generally good … Continue reading

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Review: WINTER’S BONE by Daniel Woodrell

I’ve seen Daniel Woodrell’s writing variously categorised as country noir, hillbilly noir and – my personal favourite – hick lit but I’m not sure any of these labels give an accurate picture of the sensibility a new reader might expect … Continue reading

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Review: THE BISHOP’S WIFE by Mette Ivie Harrison

In the acknowledgements at the back of THE BISHOP’S WIFE the author recounts that she was surprised that Soho, an imprint most closely identified with international crime, chose to publish this novel but that the editor explained “It’s like Mormons … Continue reading

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Review: THE SILENT GIRLS by Eric Rickstad

My meandering trip around the US via its fiction takes me to Vermont in winter thanks to a recommendation from Sarah Ward. In the very small (population less than 2000) town of Canaan in northern Vermont Frank Rath is an ex-cop turned … Continue reading

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Review: SAVE YOURSELF by Kelly Braffet

Based on the number of times I’ve seen it done badly, I assume it’s very difficult to achieve the right tone when populating your novel with life’s more downtrodden people. But with her pitch-perfect tale of people trying desperately to … Continue reading

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Review: VISITATION STREET by Ivy Pochoda

The only thing better than finding a new great crime novel is finding a new great crime novel that I can recommend to people who profess not to like the genre. VISITATION STREET is the latest addition to my list … Continue reading

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Review: ICED CHIFFON by Duffy Brown

I’ve signed up to participate in the Reading USA Fiction challenge which requires reading a book from each state. I’ve set no time frame to complete it but have decided all the books will be from new (to me) authors. … Continue reading

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