REVIEW: Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

I’ve decided to start participating in I’m Loving Books’ Random Reads meme! I caught myself staring at my TBR shelf, unable to pick anything to read, and that’s TERRIBLE. So I decided to play a game! I have (most of) my TBR books listed on Goodreads; I sorted them by date added (I think), used Random.org to pick a number, and then read the corresponding book. I decided I’m allowed to skip books if it’s Read More …

Unreliable flappers: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (+ giveaway!)

I love flappers and mysteries and mysteries with flappers, so when I was given the opportunity to join in a blog tour for The Other Typist, which has all those things, I jumped at it! The narrator, Rose, is unreliable like woah. I feel weird about not believing someone who is presented as a victim, but her narrative voice is very hinky. She just oozes “I am lying and/or delusional,” so I pretty much automatically Read More …

DNF: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Poirot and I have a hit-or-miss relationship– sometimes I think he’s charming, sometimes I think he’s uber annoying. My enjoyment of his books mostly depends on the phases of the moon and/or the stars in the sky lining up and/or whatever. Anyway, this time around I found him super annoying. Possibly because the narrator found him annoying, too, and so we both focused on Poirot’s worse habits as opposed to his good ones? And there Read More …

REVIEW: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

I’d loved Lyndsay Faye’s previous book, Dust and Shadow, so I was pretty sure I’d love The Gods of Gotham, too. And hey, I did! I loved reading this book SO MUCH, y’all– it felt a bit like eating a really rich chocolate bonbon, you know? There’s so much to appreciate in it, but it’s best appreciated by eating it yourself. Anyway, here’s what I loved: The details of ye olde NYC were both terrifying Read More …

REVIEW: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

I’m not a subscriber to Jenny Lawson’s blog (The Blogess), though I don’t really know WHY I’m not. Anyway, when her memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, was first released last year I thought it might be something I’d like to read. I visited her blog, read about twenty posts, put the book on my wishlist and then forgot about it (as happens all too frequently with me). However, the paperback is coming out this Read More …

REVIEW: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

There are some books that, no matter how many times I read them, I can’t make stick in my mind. I can’t remember the plot, I can’t remember the characters– heck, I’m lucky if I remember who even wrote the thing. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of those books, and it’s really weird that I can’t remember it because it’s Agatha Christie’s first book ever. So surely it’d have SOMETHING to it that’d Read More …

REVIEW: You’ve Got Murder by Donna Andrews

Continuing on my adventures into cozy mysteries with something weird in them, we’ve come to You’ve Got Murder, where the amateur detective is an A.I.! You may think that having a computer program solve mysteries is a bit of a cheat, since, uh, computer programs are basically omnipresent/omniscient/etc, but stick in a personality and that computer program becomes much more interesting and not infallible at all. Turing (the A.I.) is evolving into a full-fledged person. Read More …

REVIEW: Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

Now, y’all have probably realized by now how much I like tea. And you know I like cozies, though I’ve had some problems with them earlier this year. So! A cozy mystery where the victim is killed by a poisoned cup of tea, where the amateur detective owns a tea shop, and ever other paragraph has something related to tea in it? That cozy mystery is pretty near a perfect fit for me. I especially Read More …