Imagine, if you will, Hyacinth Bucket as a World War II spy.
In the past few years, several writers of mysteries have adopted the practice of using famous authors of yore as their sleuths. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and even Arthur Conan Doyle have all appeared on the scene, so it was just a matter of time before someone selected the Bronte sisters…
Sheila Connolly’s talents as a writer of captivating mysteries remind me of the circus performer who keeps dozens of china plates whirling at the same time.
The Christmas season brings many things: church plays and cantatas, the long-awaited Christmas break from school, Black Friday shopping sprees, special Christmas dishes, parades, Nativity scenes, and books.
Christmas is fast approaching in London, and while the shopping frenzy shifts into high gear, travel plans are made, and the goose is getting fat, Mrs. Jeffries and her buddies are a little unsettled.
In recent years, several well-researched works concerning resistance movements and espionage during World War II have been published.
Occasionally I’m drawn to a book simply by its title, and such was the case when I ran across The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs recently at the bookstore.
I’ve often thought that once I retire, I might return to school and audit some classes, but I’ll think twice after reading The Pawful Truth and learning what happened to Charlie Harris when he did that.
Susan Wittig Albert earned her place among the world’s best mystery writers several years ago. As the author who pens the Darling Dahlia series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and, with her husband, Bill Albert, a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the pseudonym Robin Paige,…
With the publication of The Body in the Wake, the Faith Fairchild mystery series reached a milestone. The Body in the Wake is the twenty-fifth installment featuring amateur sleuth and professional chef/caterer Faith Faithchild.
For some time now, Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy novels have followed a structure featuring two distinct stories, one set in 18th century Virginia at the time of the American Revolution and the other in modern times. Brown’s newest work, Whiskers in the Dark continues the same pattern.
One of the most charming mystery series of today’s generation is that featuring Aunt Dimity. Penned by Nancy Atherton, they feature American-born Lori Shepherd, now a resident of Finch, a village in the beautiful Cotswolds section of England.
We first met Kate Shackleton, the indomitable sleuth featured in the Frances Brody mystery series, several years ago and have watched her grow into a successful private detective with a highly admirable record of bringing killers to justice.
Charles Finch introduced readers to London detective Charles Lenox several years ago in the series’ debut novel A Beautiful Blue Death. At the time, Lenox was already established in his work and was considered, by many, an oddity.
Laura Childs has once again turned out a riveting mystery set in Charleston, South Carolina, one of my favorite cities, adding to her Tea Shop Mystery series her newest work Broken Bone China.
We first met Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid Eva Huntford several years ago. Leading characters in a series penned by Alyssa Maxwell, Lady Phoebe and Eva are an odd pair, whose friendship between the “upstairs and downstairs” worlds of aritistocratic England is increasingly enhanced …
Elizabeth Miles learned early that, contrary to the popular adage, honesty is not always the best policy, at least when it comes to finding justice.
Mystery lovers have Shelley Noble, bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach, The Beach at Painter’s Cove, and Whisper Beach, to thank for introducing us to Lady Philomena Dunbridge, Countess of Dunbridge, leading character in Ask Me No Questions, first in a new series.
Carola Dunn’s mystery series introduced readers to Lady Daisy Dalrymple several years ago. The Honourable Miss Dalrymple has never been obedient to her aristocratic background, and her marriage a few years ago to Alec Fletcher, a policeman and a widower with a daughter of his own, sealed the…
A current popular mystery series penned by Carlene O’Connor features Siobhan O’Sullivan, one of several children orphaned when their parents were killed in a car crash by a drunk driver. Since then, Siobhan, the eldest daughter has tried her hardest to mother the brood, run the family’s bist…
In a New York Times book review, the writer said, “History comes alive when a character you think of as a friend is in the thick of the action. That’s how Jacqueline Winspear keeps her Maisie Dobbs series so fresh.”
We’ve all uttered the words “when the best laid plans” to summarize a situation when all our carefully made arrangements for a special occasion go awry and instead of enjoying a stress free vacation or a delightful family reunion we find ourselves dealing with total chaos.
It seems as though each passing day brings news of war horrors somewhere in the world. We are overwhelmed with news broadcasts filled with on-the-scene reporting, complete with film footage of the suffering men, women, and children caught in the tragedies.
Gardeners lead the numbers of readers devoted to Susan Wittig Albert’s character China Bayles, whose quiet life as owner of Thyme and Seasons, an herb shop in the small Texas town of Pecan Springs, is periodically interrupted by murder and mayhem.
Established author Sheila Connolly recently introduced a new series with the publication of Murder at the Mansion featuring Katherine Hamilton, a recently fired supervisor of a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore.
Death by suicide is horrible: for the victim, the deceased’s family, and for those friends and acquaintances left behind. I know. One of my dearest aunts chose to end her life in 1976 after a period of troubles stemming from, I believe, an undiagnosed bipolar condition. But, whatever the cau…
In the late 1890s, society functions often included a tableau vivant, an elaborate staging by live models wearing elaborate costumes posed to represent a living picture. For example participants might recreate the paintings The Last Supper or Washington Crossing the Delaware. While the model…
America’s keen interest in the mysterious disappearance of the Lost Colonists of Roanoke continues to intrigue us today.
It seems almost bizarre today to think that a marriage between a young man and woman might be “arranged” by their parents and that prior to the wedding, they might never have met one another.
M.C. Beaton, whose true name is Marion (McChesney) Gibbons, has delighted readers for nearly 40 years with her mystery novels featuring Scottish policeman Hamish MacBeth and Cotswolds detective Agatha Raisin. She’s also penned a couple of dozen romance novels under various names and several …