book reviews:

A Christmas Party, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

A Christmas Party cover

I liked Hercule Poirot's Christmas, by Agatha Christie, so I figured I would probably enjoy Georgette Heyer's A Christmas Party as well, having just finished her Why Shoot a Butler. I was right.

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Why Shoot a Butler, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

Why Shoot a Butler Book Cover

A few weeks ago, in the review of Toured To Death, I made fun of the "damsel in distress" motif that I kept coming across in modern mystery stories. Now, having read Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler, I might have to eat my words. This lady gets it right.

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Two County Cork Mysteries by Sheila Connolly, a Review

Scandal in Skibereen, Cover

Buried in a Bog and Scandal in Skibereen are the first two in the County Cork Mysteries series by Sheila Connolly. I would have reviewed them one at a time but they were so good and read so quickly that I was through with the second before I could write about the first.

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Toured to Death, by Hy Conrad, a Review

Toured to Death Book Cover

Lately I've read mysteries about unattached thirty-something year old women who solve mysteries while running 1) a catering service, 2) a book store, and 3) a chocolate company. This time, in Toured to Death, the young lady, Amy Abel, age 30 or so, owns a travel agency with her mother Fanny.

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Some Observations on Jane Eyre

Edmund Garrett's illustration from Jane Eyre

I don't see the point in writing a review of a two hundred old classic that everyone but me—until last week—has already read, so I will just make a few observations to motivate you to finish it. It's a long book.

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