The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Challenges / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

This was a really interesting novel about a real-life serial killer in Scotland in the 1950’s.  I say interesting because it wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read.  It’s not a mystery or a thriller, or a true crime novel.  It’s a little closer to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, although I hesitate to compare … Continue reading

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

If you’re interested in detailed historical fiction about Scotland, this is a great book. The Spider and the Stone tells the story of the years between 1296 and 1330, known as the Scottish Wars for Independence. You’ve heard of William Wallace if you’ve seen the movie Braveheart, although there were a number of historical inaccuracies … Continue reading

Getting all gushy about Diana Gabaldon and the latest Outlander book…
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / Part of a Series

Getting all gushy about Diana Gabaldon and the latest Outlander book…

This is not a review exactly, since I don’t like to write reviews mid-series. Instead I’m just going to gush. Diana Gabaldon’s books are amazing. They are so long and involved, you feel like you know these characters intimately.  She writes with a level of detail that makes you feel you’re right there. It’s the … Continue reading

Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Part of a Series / Review Requests and ARCs

And now for a steamy romance novel… Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Every once in a while, I get a craving for a romance novel (this is me trying not to be defensive about what I read).  If I’m going to read a romance novel, what better than a good Scottish Highlander romance?  That seems to be the big thing right now – blame Diana Gabaldon, maybe, … Continue reading

Historical Fiction / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Review Requests and ARCs

A Review of Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

I received this as a review request from the author, Genevieve Graham.  I was going to pass on it, in part because of the cheesy cover, but Graham’s email insisted this is not a romance novel.  She also compared it to one of my favorite books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, so I decided to give … Continue reading