Uppity Women, Unite!


Feeling stunted by your job? Underpaid and overworked? Ever want to tell your boss what you really think? These books are for you. While women tend to be the protagonists (pink-collar jobs, anyone?), these are good reads, especially if you think you have too much education and experience to put up with what you put up […]

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Magic, and Snarky With It: British Urban Fantasy


Urban fantasy is a huge subgenre that can be hard to whittle down. However, there does seem to be a sub-subgenre, that of English writers writing English characters with a distinctly humorous touch. Most of the time, these writers focus on London as the center of the universe (and it was, for a few hundred years), but […]

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Indian Mysteries: What to Read After Her Nightly Embrace


Adi Tantimedh creates a memorable character in Ravi Singh, a Hindu religious studies dropout and disgraced teacher in London when he is recruited to Golden Sentinels, a top-of-the-line detective agency. They handle stuff so secret for such prominent clients, it never makes the news. Her Nightly Embrace is a fast read, with several short mysteries instead of one […]

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Yet More Lady Detectives


Want a little escapism with your whodunit? These are three recent historical mysteries full of wit and humor. All three star women in the fist half of the 20th century, so be prepared for gender-expectation-busting hijinks. Lola Woodby, star of Come Hell or Highball, is back for another adventure in Maia Chance's Teetotaled. Though Lola and […]

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Pint-Sized, Plucky, and Preternatural


As anyone who follows this blog knows, I am a big fan of Alan Bradley and his Flavia de Luce mysteries. In addition to singing the praises of his latest in the series, I also would like to mention two other authors that may appeal if you like spunky, pint-sized heroines. First, Bradley's Thrice the Brinded […]

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The Passion! The Drama! The Death! Opera Mysteries


Like history? Like mysteries? Like opera? These books have plenty of all three. If you're not so sure about opera, read for the other stuff and you might come around. None of these books require expertise in opera or history, so if you just like figuring out whodunnit, there's that, too. Lorenzo Da Ponte is Court Poet […]

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Save The Books!


It is said that those who burn books have no problem burning people, and that has certainly been true over the past century. Whether Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or Pol Pot, tyrants have tried to control people by controlling culture and the past. Fortunately, there are people like those documented in The Monuments Men (read my blog post on that here) […]

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A Woman in Charge of Her Life: 3 Recent Feminist Memoirs


Going with the idea that the personal is political, those involved with women's liberation often write first-person narratives of their lives and work. These are three of the most recent and entertaining. Author and journalist Jessica Valenti writes of the psychological effects of sexism in her memoir Sex Object. From her family history of abuse to […]

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We Come In Peace: Benevolent Aliens


While aliens have often been a good excuse for books and movies in which to blow stuff up, occasionally they are actually friendly and trying to look out for us. The results are often amusing. These are three books about extraterrestrials and the hilarity that ensues with first contact. Ralph loves Andy Warhol and American pop culture. […]

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