Greetings from Portland, Oregon –
Not my standard fare but I LOVED these books. Lynne brought a bag home from the Community Library’s Book Sale full of great reads. Four novels far a field from the crime thrillers I devour like candy, and one that’s a non-fiction hybrid from a favorite author. Enjoy!
THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield
This extraordinary book spans six decades as a young biographer is summoned to hear the tale of a famous, reclusive authoress that, in her final days, reveals her private and unknown life always hidden from her legions of fans … and for good reason.
Beautifully written, and I kid you not, it gets better and better and better and better …
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford
Events in 1986 trigger the story of lost, improbable, and forbidden love, based in Seattle against the backdrop of Japanese and Chinese Americans during World War II.
I loved this book for its history and passion.
THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew
The debut novel of a seventy-one year-old authoress is an impressive and inspiring trip back in time to the South of the early 50’s. This wonderful story touches the heart and makes you think for all the right reasons.
This is simply beautifully written with moving insight into issues of race and love.
SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See
This one is a journey back in time to the years leading up to WWII. From Shanghai to Los Angeles, a brilliant historical novel exploring family, sisterhood and the horrors of immigration during a time when society wasn’t ready or willing.
You’ll enjoy this compelling, fascinating and hard to put down.
THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
Douglas Preston (often writing with Lincoln Child) is the best-selling author of many thrillers, most notably the Special Agent Alousius Pendergast Series that are favorites of mine. This time, the story isn’t fiction, rather the tale of a serial killer in Florence, Italy that has baffled authorities and terrified the population for decades.
Teaming with Mario Spezi, the Italian journalist that became the de facto authority, the first half of the book is Mario’s story, the second half is Preston’s. The two meet when Preston moves his family to Florence. Extraordinary non-fiction that is hard to put down … especially as Preston and Spezi become suspects in a decades old web of deceit and corruption.
Thanks for reading, and all the best to all of you and all of yours – but before I go, one more thing –
If you enjoy the blog, you’ll love my books.
My newest novel, The Do-Over, is a hoot. Different by design from my thrillers, I hope you enjoy it.
If you’re a crime thriller aficionado, Rush to Dawn is the first in the Cups Drayton Series and Part I of The Mirano Trilogy. Like the other books in the series The Old Dog’s New Trick and Imperfect Resolution, available in paperback and Kindle eBooks.
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