What Carol has read lately and loved
Maisie Dobbs fans have waited two long years to find out what happened to Maisie after she sailed for India and whether or not she accepted a marriage proposal from a long-time beau. Finally, in Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place, those questions are answered, and more, as the damaged but still strong Maisie turns a new page in her life at the same time that Spain is shattered by civil war and the rest of Europe is heading inexorably towards its own cataclysm.
Oh boy. I just got the advance copy of Tony's new novel. A few pages in and I'm hooked. I don't read a lot of novels but I make an exception for Anthony Doerr. BookPeople will see if he can visit Moscow for an author event when his book is published in 2014.
In Badluck Way, Bryce Andrews has given us an insider look at the real life of that mythical Western creature, the cowboy. Even better, his story, inextricably intertwined with the story of the Yellowstone wolves, is emotionally taut, and completely honest. The bared soul of a cowboy - even one who originally hails from the city - makes for a gripping, satisfying read.
The entire Maisie Dobbs series is wonderful. An engaging, intelligent, slightly damaged but strong heroine; intriguing plots; post WWI and pre WWII English setting... these cozy yet literary mysteries are sure to please.
The Upstairs, Downstairs of Mediterranean yachting, told from the chef's point of view.