The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup – Review

The Chestnut ManThe Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

If you find one, he’s already found you. A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted? To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues. Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. And no one is safe. Continue reading

The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15 by Jacqueline Winspear – Review

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs, #15)The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15
by Jacqueline Winspear

Publication: March 26th, 2019 by Harper
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. Continue reading

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum – Review

A Woman Is No ManA Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum 

Publication: March 5th, 2019 by Harper
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0062699768
ISBN-13: 978-0062699763

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her fragile community. Continue reading

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman – Review

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes)Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman 

Publication: February 26th, 2019 by Harper
ISBN-10: 006286789X
ISBN-13: 978-0062867896
Genre: Autobiography – Memoir

The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told a recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an epic meal, Savage Feast explores the challenges of navigating two cultures from an unusual angle. Continue reading

Death in Provence by Serena Kent – Review

Death in ProvenceDeath in Provence by Serena Kent

Publication: February 19th, 2019 by Harper
Genre: Mystery
ISBN-10: 006286985X
ISBN-13: 978-0062869852

The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies. Continue reading

The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15 by Jacqueline Winspear – Review

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs, #15)The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15
by Jacqueline Winspear

Publication: March 26th, 2019 by Harper
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. Continue reading