Clara Maynard's blog

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel

Walls is well known for The Glass Castle which tells the story of her upbringing and her parent's lives. Here she goes further back in the family history.

The Devil You Know

Felix Castor is a London exorcist. Usually the dead leave quietly, but

what The dead Know

I love Laura Lippman's mystery series starring Tess Monaghan, but she has written several stand alone novels.

The Fire Kimono

In The Fire Kimono, Laura Joh Rowland continues her Sano Ichiro series. A long lost cousin of the shogun's is found dead, and Sano is called in to investigate. It turns out his mother was involved with the disappearance of this cousin, during the great fire which consumed the city at that time. Of course, if he can't prove his mother's innocence, Sano and all of his family will be put to death! Another fun entry with details on daily life and customs in ancient Japan.The Fire Kimono

Insanity and Witches

At the very beginning of The Lace Reader, our narrator, Towner Whitney, lets us know that she is "a crazy woman."

Baltimore Blues

Tess Monaghan, a former Baltimore Star reporter, is unemployed now that the newspaper has closed. When her rowing buddy, Rock, becomes the primary suspect in the murder of a local attorney, she agrees to investigate. Baltimore very much comes alive and the character of Tess Monaghan is likable and interesting. Baltimore Blues is the first novel in the Tess Monaghan series and well worth reading. Laura Lippman has won numerous awards for her work, such as the Edgar, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe awards. baltimore blues

Volunteers Needed!

Help someone gain a skill they can use for almost anything. Aldine Branch
Library is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults improve basic reading and
writing.

A training session will take place at the library on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Afterwards, tutors will schedule once or twice weekly meetings
with a student to work on phonics and word patterns using materials provided
by the library, meet daily life needs such as reading for work or to read to
children, or reading for pleasure or inspiration.

The training workshop is free and there are no requirements to volunteer,
other than an interest in reading and three hours per week to help someone
learn to read.

Dinner and a Show!

I love to have dinner parties, and have always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner party.

Snow and Murder

I had written earlier about Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series, set in ancient Japan, featuring a samurai detective. The Snow Empress is next in the series, and in it Sano travels to the Ezogashima area in search of his missing son. It’s great to read about the native tribes that live in the area, and to enjoy the mystical touches Rowland puts in this novel.

Is Your Family Weird Too?

In The Spellman Files, Izzy Spellman’s crazy family owns a San Francisco PI firm . Her teenage niece tails people for fun, her uncle disappears on lost weekend benders, and her mom and dad give her no privacy at all. She’s had enough and vows to quit the family business. But before she leaves, her parents ask her to solve one more case.

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