Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

The novel of 2019 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Olga Tokarczuk describes the life of eccentric recluse, Janina (a name that she hates), in a small remote village in Poland, which is home to only a few residents.  The novel starts with the untimely death of Janina’s neighbor, whom she refers to as Bigfoot. Janina…

The Sentence is Death

Happy New Year! The last book I read in 2019 and the first book I finished in 2020 is Anthony Horowitz’s new mystery series, The Sentence is Death.  Yes, for those in the know, this is the second book of a series of novels (currently only two), starring former police detective Daniel Hawthorne and Anthony…

The House of Silk

I needed a break after reading two Thomas Hardy novels in a row so I decided to read something less serious and depressing: Anthony Horowitz‘s  Sherlock Holmes novel (Arthur Conan Doyle Estate-approved and authorized), The House of Silk. Written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The House of Silk chronicles two connected cases…

Dear Mr. M

I first heard about Herman Koch back in 2014 when I read his bestselling novel The Dinner, which I quite enjoyed. Last year I learned that he had published a (relatively) new novel, Dear Mr. M, which, I knew I just had to read. I guess Dear Mr. M can be classified as metafiction, as…

Portrait of a Murderer

Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. Thus begins Anne Meredith’s murder mystery, Portrait of a Murderer:  A Christmas Crime Story.  The novel, which is divided into 7 parts, begins on Christmas day with the Gray children coming…

The Riders

Every once in a while, I come across a book I find interesting enough to read even though it’s not on my general “to read” pile/list.  This is true about my recent read, Tim Winton‘s The Riders.  I’ve never heard of this book before – it’s not even mine.  I discovered it on a bookshelf…

A Midsummer’s Equation

Ever hear of Japanese writer Keigo Higashino?  Me neither, not until very recently.  I stumbled upon his books while browsing through my local bookstore, and to be honest, it was the beautiful covers that drew my eye.  The books in particular were Malice, The Devotion of Suspect X, and Salvation of a Saint.  From the…

Dissolution

Dissolution is the first book in C.J. Sansom‘s Shardlake Series. Set in Tudor England, the series stars Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked lawyer who, through commissions from his master Thomas Cromwell, ends up doing more crime/mystery-solving jobs than legal work. Anne Boleyn has just been executed for infidelity and Queen Jane Seymour has just died of…

Revelation (Shardlake Series #4)

London, 1543.  King Henry VIII is about to marry his sixth wife, Thomas Cromwell’s head has been rotting for some time on a stake atop a wall, and the papists and reformers are still battling it out to be the dominant religious group in England.  This is the setting of Revelation, which is the fourth…

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

When an elderly heiress, sleeping alone in her room, is poisoned, it is up to private detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot to solve the mysterious case and bring the criminal to justice! The small village of Styles St. Mary is shaken up when one of its most prominent, if not wealthiest, residents, namely, Mrs. Inglethorp, suddenly…