Friday, January 17, 2014

Book of the Week - North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Just finished. Darkly atmospheric, grim, compelling debut thriller. Pirio Kasparov's parents were a tough Russian immigrant and and his beautiful wife who, after a career as a model, started successful  perfume company before the onset of major mental illness. Pirio, is tough and smart and never went to college, instead working at the business she will inherit. Out lobstering with Ned, a friend, one day his boat is rammed and shattered by a ship plunging them both into the frigid North Atlantic. Against all odds and rational explanations, Pirio survives but Ned is not found. Pirio's best friend from boarding school days is the mother of Ned's young son and they are the most important people in her life. Convinced that the ramming of Ned's boat was intentional, Pirio starts an investigation that leads her to find far a deadly conspiracy. Lots of interesting interpersonal relationships and even though Pirio is not much of a sympathetic character to begin with, who she is at her core, and what she discovers about herself and her own history come to endear her.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book of the Week - Little Black Book of Murder by Nancy Martin

I finished up my Listen List committee work on Friday so now I get to read with reckless abandon -- anything I want. I'm still reading (and loving) Dangerous Women, an outstanding anthology but today I felt like a mystery so I grabbed Little Black Book of Murder. It came out in August and had been lurking in my TBR pile since then.

Little Black Book of Murder
Martin, Nancy
Obsidian (Penguin Group) 978-0-451-41525-7 2013

The Blackbird sisters may be descended from a long line of Philadelphia’s elite but they have fallen on hard times. They all seem to be destined to be widowed, maybe even multiple times, and their parents, who went through their fortunes as well as the fortunes of some others, fled the country. Nora Blackbird wants to keep her lover, Mick, a crime boss alive by not marrying him but he does live with her on Blackbird Farm while under house arrest. Dressed in vintage couture she is trying to support herself and keep the farm afloat by working as a society columnist for an increasingly sleazy tabloid-like paper run by an unprincipled Aussie. When a retired fashion designer, married to a much younger supermodel, is killed with a pitchfork, Nora is assigned to solve the mystery since she refuses to dish the dirt on those close to the case. This was my first Blackbird sisters mystery even though it is the ninth in the series and it was a total delight. Fun, romantic, and fast paced complete with a pet pig.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Di's 2013 Top Ten

This list is of the books published in 2013 that I most enjoyed. I'm now using Riffle to keep track so we'll see how that goes this year. Unfortunately some of the cover images don't display properly but hopefully this will bee resolved soon.

December's Reads