Author: Gregory Galloway
Published: 2015 by Speak (First published 2005 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Anna- who preferred to be called Anastasia- is dark, spooky, and mysterious. And from the moment he met her, he was mesmerized. And so began their happy yet unlikely romance.
But a week before Valentine’s Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind a dress on the frozen river and a string of unanswered questions. And as the narrator struggles to understand what happened, and put together the pieces of the last few months, the clues, codes, and ciphers begin to coalesce into a haunting reality that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself. Continue reading “Book Review: As Simple As Snow”
Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Published: May 19th 2015 by Tor Teen
It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts… Continue reading “Book Review: A School For Unusual Girls”
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Published: 1969 by Mayflower Books
What began as a friendly advice from Perry Mason to Frank Neely, a young lawyer, turned out to be a complex affair after Neely’s client, Evelyn Bagby, went to Mason to thank him for his help. Evelyn Bagby, was caught in a mess after she was caught by the authorities with a stolen diamond bracelet. With Mason’s help, Neely’s managed to get Evelyn acquitted. Much to her dismay, she soon finds herself tangled up in another messy affair in which she was the prime suspect to the murder of a man.
Perry Mason, with only his trust in Evelyn Bagby, must now obtain enough information and facts to free her from a crime which allegedly, she insists wasn’t of her doing.
This book was lent to me by a librarian friend of mine and I was interested to read about law and mystery rolled into one. To be honest, this is the first time I have ever heard of the fictional and exceptional lawyer, Perry Mason so I have no idea what to expect.
What I got, though, was how lawyers word their questions so precisely and so subtle that it can easily confuse the person at the witness stand. I wouldn’t know if lawyers in reality could fire off question after question successively in cross-examination but Perry Mason certainly can. Continue reading “Book Review: The Case of the Restless Redhead”