Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Some authors manage to pack more atmosphere and tension and characters into less than 200 pages than others ever manage to, even in books twice as long. Lindsay has done just that in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Girls at a boarding school go out for a picnic, as the title …

The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

Wow! The Wolf and the Watchman is the most engrossing novel I’ve read in a while. I want to tell you that you should read it and you should, but only if you like historical mysteries and don’t mind some gruesomeness and brutality. It is not for everyone; it’s dark …

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Listening to The Scarlet Pimpernel and the narrator says the name "Armand" and it dawns on me that the narrator is the late Ralph Cosham who narrated the Louise Penny series until he passed away. Love him! — Carol (@carolsnotebook) May 4, 2018 I don’t usually notice who narrates the …

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

There are so many secrets in The Italian Party, personal and professional. Scottie and her new husband, Michael, move to post-war Italy for Michael’s job. He’s opening a new Ford Tractor store in Siena. Except we learn quickly that it’s just a cover, he’s actually in the CIA, a fact …