A Demon Summer by G. M. Malliet

Good points – I like Max. He’s a good guy with a true calling who doesn’t judge others. For a not necessarily “Christian” mystery, I think it’s better at presenting religious lessons than some of the preachier ones. He makes sense as a detective, too, since he’s former MI5. It’s …

Thursday’s Tale: The Flying Witch by Jane Yolen

The Flying Witch is not a traditional Baba Yaga story, but it’s still entertaining. The witch is after a tasty, plump child to eat, but the girl she finds is brave and clever. She has “two good feet, a fine sense of direction, two strong arms, and a clever mind.” …

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I wasn’t going to read The Cuckoo’s Calling, something about Rowling writing it under a secret pseudonym that just happens to leak out when the book doesn’t sell well rubbed me wrong. But the library had the audio available when I needed a book to quickly add to my player, …

Real Elves: A Christmas Story by Helen Smith

Real Elves is my first Christmas read of the year and it was a cute little mystery, a little silly maybe, but it has a light-heartedness that fits Christmas. And I would love to visit the Magic Forest, pick a golden apple,  and see Santa. It’s a short story, only 35 …

Thursday’s Tale: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

In his introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was first published in 1900, Baum wrote that the story “aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out.” It has been considered the first American …