Margaret Millar’s An Air that Kills (1957; 2016)

2017-02-24T17:02:31+00:00

Because so many of Margaret Millar's novels consider married couples - often at the point in which the relationship is strained, if not fractured - one wonders about her relationship with Ken Millar (better known as Ross MacDonald, who also wrote mysteries). Did they squabble like Esther and Ron do

Margaret Millar’s An Air that Kills (1957; 2016) 2017-02-24T17:02:31+00:00

Susan Philpott’s Blown Red (2015)

2016-07-08T10:47:42+00:00

It begins with a body. And with short chapters, told from a variety of perspectives, guaranteed to create strong pacing. Blown Red is the first in the Signy Shepherd mysteries ,and it introduces readers to the series' star, as well as some of the other key personnel working on the Line. One stop on

Susan Philpott’s Blown Red (2015) 2016-07-08T10:47:42+00:00

September 2014: In My Reading Log

2014-10-23T09:41:17+00:00

Among other books enjoyed in September were some standout novels that will be featured later this month, including Michael Crummey's Sweetland and Magie Dominic's Street Angel. There was also Diversiverse and the launch of RIP IX, and much musing on future Read-a-Thon choices. Award longlists began appearing (including the Toronto Book

September 2014: In My Reading Log 2014-10-23T09:41:17+00:00

Nadia Bozak’s Borders

2017-07-24T15:12:50+00:00

Excerpt from reading journal: Nadia Bozak is the reason that I have copies of the three books in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy on my shelves. Books that I never planned to read, but I came across the idea that the works were somehow connected with her novels Orphan Love and

Nadia Bozak’s Borders 2017-07-24T15:12:50+00:00

Page-turners: sometimes mysterious

2017-07-24T15:36:17+00:00

Nothing like a good mystery. Some serial fun, with Giles Blunt, Ian Hamilton, Louise Penny, or my most recent discovery, the Nina Borg series by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis. But one can find a good page-turner in the standalone novels on the fiction shelves too. Take Claire Cameron's freshly published The Bear, longlisted

Page-turners: sometimes mysterious 2017-07-24T15:36:17+00:00