REVIEW: DUEL WITH THE DEVIL by Paul Collins
No, it’s not about that duel. It turns out the two worked as lawyers defending a young man accused of murder in 1800 New York City. It’s a bizarre and expertly-told story that sheds light on life when our country was still in its childhood.
On a cold, crackling winter night at the end of 1799 a young woman named Elma Sands leaves her boarding house, wearing a fur muff to stave off the winter’s…
Undershaw Lives! Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the Greatest Number of People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes in aid of the restoration of Undershaw.
Tomorrow morning, Saturday 19th July, hundreds of Sherlock fans will gather at University College London (UCL) to try and set a Guinness World’s Record for the most amount of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes in one place. There are still some places available [click here]. The event will be filmed live by several TV channels and there will be lots of national press. Why has it got so much coverage?
REVIEW: SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS by Edgar Cantero
This is an updated, modern take on the supernatural gothic tale. Set in present day, a young British man (only identified as A.) inherits an estate in rural Virginia. The house is over a century old and it seems each of its prior occupants has met with a premature end. This beneficiary is a rather distant relation, but he is the last. He brings his companion Niamh (girlfriend?) with him. She…
REVIEW: THE VISITORS by Sally Beauman
“The Orient—including present-day Turkey, Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa—exerted its allure on the Western artist’s imagination centuries prior to the turn of the nineteenth century.”
Jennifer Meagher, Dept. of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The cover alone appeals to the unrepentant Orientalistin me. I’m fascinated by the archaeology and exploration of the 1880s…
BOOKS for July
As summer heats up, reading on the porch, with a tall glass of lemonade is a must. Here are some titles to dive into while you relax to the drone of a faraway lawnmower and the flash of lazy lighting bugs.
ASYLUM FOR FAIRY TALE CREATURES by Sebastian Gregory
This is a wonderfully imaginative short novel. Familiar fairy tale characters are reintroduced in a more realistic light, with the…
The first installment of A SUMMER OF CHRISTIE
SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: And Then There Were None
It’s the first book in our Summer of Christie! We are counting down until Sophie Hannah releases Agatha Christie’s Monogram Murders.
I watched Hitchcock and read Poe, Christie and Sherlock at a young age. Weird, I know. It’s just that I was bored by books written for my “age” and I loved mysteries. I desperately tried to solve it before Poirot or Watson. I don’t recall that I ever did but I kept…
ACCENT: BLISS HOUSE by Laura Benedict
As summer heats up, reading on the porch, with a tall glass of lemonade is a must. This is a title to dive into while you relax to the drone of a faraway lawnmower and the flash of lazy lighting bugs.
Laura Benedict refreshes the typical Gothic story with this novel. Set in present day Virginia, a recently widowed mother and disfigured daughter move in to the ancestral home. The house is nestled…