Matrimony in Miniature

Matrimony in Miniature is a quirky novel by Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino) of a retiree and her miniature club who handle problems of scale while making models and problems of murderers around town. It was particularly well written and the characters aren’t too deep, but its a fun read.

Read March 2018

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Glass Houses

Another fun read by Louise Penny. Glass Houses tells the story of revenge served cold. A group of friends returns for their yearly reunion in Three Pines when a dark, mysterious figure shows up in the center of town. Never moving, the figure dressed all in black, stands facing the town with a sinister feel. After the figure disappears, and a body is found, its up the Chief Inspector Gamache and his colleagues to determine what happened.

Although, there is much more to the story than simple revenge and Gamache and Beauvoir uncover secret drug routes through the region. In order to effectively catch the criminals, the Surete must present a mismanaged, incompetent front to trap the criminals into revealing their plans.

Good read.

Read March 2018.

Right Behind You

Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You captivated me from the beginning. The current story of a murdered wanted for the killing of his foster parents and two random people at the convenience story, is intermingled with the story of the tragic upbringing of the shooter and his sister, now being fostered by former criminal investigators helping on this case. The relationships between all the parties can be complicated, but the desire to find the shooter alive is critical to all involved in the investigation. This novel shows the importance of how your past can always catch up with you.

Read December 2017

Death on the Riviera

John Bude’s Death on the Riviera was definitely written in a different time. Where crime didn’t seem to hurt anyone who wasn’t already breaking the rules. Usually I like a quaint crime story from another era for its simplicity, but this one was a bit too much. CID Inspector Meredith and his sidekick travel to the south of France looking for a British counterfeiter selling his bills to unsuspecting British tourists looking to skirt the law. The crimes were convoluted but not in a good way. More in a ridiculous way.

Read December 2017

You’ll Never Know, Dear

Hallie Ephron’s You’ll Never Know, Dear is a strange story about a family who’s daughter was kidnapped forty years ago with no trace. Janey was only four when she went missing along with her porcelain doll that was made to look like her by her mother. Her sister Lissie was only seven and her whole world changed after that. Her mother, whom everyone called Miss Sorrel, never gave up hope and kept the search alive for her beloved Janey.

Miss Sorrel was known for her dollmaking and fixing skills and ran a business out of her home. After offering a reward every year for 40 years, it seems like Janey’s doll made its way home. The police along with the family investigate to see if it truly is Janey’s doll and how it ended up with its current owner and whether is it related to the explosion and gas leak that injured Miss Sorrel and Lissie.

To find the truth, secrets from 40 years ago must come to light, along with current crimes and secrets.

Interesting read and a lot more information about doll making than I ever knew.

Read October 2017