Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

Empire of Sin focuses on New Orleans, 1890-1920. It’s a compelling look at the politics, crime, and culture of the city. The mayhem starts with the killing of Police Chief Hennessy. The acquittal of the killers ignited mob violence that just astounded me. Around the same time, the vice-district Storyville was …

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Amber’s been reading Poe stories in her English class at school – it’s a shame I borrowed her book. No, I’m not that mean, they have copies to read at school. But I do have to thank Michelle at Castle Macabre for making me pull the Poe stories out. It’s …

Macbeth: The Graphic Novel adapted by John McDonald, written by William Shakespeare

When I read Light Thickens by Ngaio Marsh earlier this year, it made me want to re-read Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Amber has had this graphic novel for a while and she enjoyed it, so I though it might be an interesting format to read the play. The dialogue is all the …