In The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Annie McDee is a chef that has had a hard time with love. Still heartbroken by the end of her long-term relationship, she takes a lover for whom she plans an elaborate birthday dinner and buys a painting. When he stands her up, she’s left with the gift which turns out to be worth a lot and sought after by some unsavory and dangerous folks. The painting takes Annie on a path leading through European history and possibly to love. Continue reading The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Slaughtered Virgin of Zenopolis by David Blake features a throwback humor that smacks of the zany comedy of British films in the 1960s. Detective Capstan is a straight man in a world that no longer makes sense. Recently transferred to Bath, he meets young Becky Phillips when she helps some addled criminals in a bank robbery gone nonsensical. The Slaughtered Virgin of Zenopolis is the first book in the Inspector Capstan series.
In Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen, a dismembered arm leads a quirky cast of characters on a wild chase through South Florida and the Bahamian Islands. Catching a killer becomes the sole focus of Andrew Yancy, a disgraced cop searching for redemption and longing to leave his new roach patrol assignment to return to investigating.
In Clownfish Blues (A Serge Storms Book) by Tim Dorsey, Serge and Coleman are on the road in a Route 66 homage-type expedition. Their plan is to go town, taking temporary jobs at leisure, making sure they hit all of the high points including the bedding of a local that everyone knows happens during the commercial breaks. They soon notice a lottery manipulating scheme with everyone involved from small-town convenience store owners to the big guys. In keeping with their quest, it’s time to get in on the action. Clownfish Blues is the twenty-first book in the Serge Storms series.
In Dead Man Talking (A Dead Man Mystery) by T.M. Simmons, author and ghost hunter, Alice Carpenter, has been living with ten ghosts. Alice’s cousin, Katy, calls her to the family home to help with demanding and destructive resident ghost who is desperate to know who killed him. Soon after arriving Alice meets a new ghost and Katy becomes a suspect in that ghost’s murder. Can Alice hope her cousin and stop a killer? She’ll need help from another world to solve this one.
We took the opportunity to review books and movies for the 2016 Christmas season. Be sure to check out our reviews:
If you are you enjoy mysteries by the author Mary Higgins Clark, we recommend her holiday detective stories. In The Christmas Thief, the amateur sleuth, Alvirah Meehan, once again teams up with the private investigator Regan Reilly.
David Baldacci, known for his Will Robie and Amos Decker series, departs from his typical thriller books and takes a dive into the contemporary in The Christmas Train.
If you are looking for is a cute story that is a little cheeky with an off-the-wall humor, try Mythology 101 by Jody Lynn Nye.
Tim Burton’s dark Christmas movie brings in Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who is totally fed up with screaming and scaring. Instead, accompany Jack Skellington as he spreads Christmas joy. The Nightmare before Christmas has been digitally remastered and is Amazon choice.
This movie is based on John Grisham’s book, “Skipping Christmas” and it became on instant family classic. If you looking for a humorous movie, enjoy Christmas with the Kranks.
In Mythology 101 by Jody Lynn Nye, Keith Doyle discovers the existence of a class of fairy tale folk led by a teacher named “The Master” living under the library at Midwestern University just after his fellow committee members and he decide to bulldoze their home. His crush, Marcy, is a member of the class and Keith is desperate to make her happy and save her fellow classmates … with their help. Can they work together and save the building in time?
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) was written by the Italian playwright, Dario Fo, following the events that took place in Italy, in the late 1960s. Dario Fo is one of Italy’s most important and well-known literary writers who is famous for employing satire and popular elements within his work. His writings deal with Italian politics and his work is able to attract people from all walks of life.
The book was released in 1970 and the play was first performed in Milan in December of the same year. In 1984, it was staged on Broadway and became Fo’s most popular work inside and outside of Italy. For theater directors, this has been the play of choice when it comes to dealing with corruption.
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