The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the result of the successful marriage of insightful and engaging thriller with cozy mystery. Ware fills all of her novels with vibrant, relatable characters — even if they aren’t always likable. Orphaned Henrietta – Hal – Westaway is both relatable and heartbreakingly likable as she struggles to cope with her mother’s death. We … More The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Morality of a Wall

“But! Obama shut down the government for seventeen days!” “YAS bitch! For HEALTHCARE!” This quote from record breaking rapper Cardi B really resonated with me this morning: what happened to the moral integrity of American Republicans, for Christ’s sake? (Literally, in most cases, for Christ’s sake.) Republicans have – in my lifetime – branded themselves … More The Morality of a Wall

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven (and a Half) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is written as part cautionary tale and part whodunit. Upon reflection, I think the book was organized purposefully: confusing and a bit dense at the beginning, it’s hard for the reader to get a grasp on the story, much like it is hard for the first … More The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

  Mist like a sea moves through the city: tall medieval spires pierce through the undulating grey cloud. Suspended by some unseen force, they float above the streets. In the whole world, there’s nothing quite like the medieval skyscrapers that rise along Princes Street Gardens, majestically welcoming visitors into Old Town. Upon entering Edinburgh’s Old … More A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom’s historical fiction White Houses follows Lorena “Hick” Hickock through her romantic relationship with then-first-lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Based very much on fact, Bloom writes an imagined narrative from the perspective of Hickcock, the prize-winning war correspondent and close friend of both Eleanor and Franklin. It is a romance at times heartbreaking, nearly always frustrating, and continuously … More White Houses by Amy Bloom