saying good-bye

The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer Philomel Books (Penguin) 2010. 166 pages (hardback) As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself—and this time he really needs to catch her! He is inContinue reading “saying good-bye”

Cohagan and The Lost Children

Found this one browsing the Library shelves with the daughter. Was caught by the title and the ominous looking building. And then there were the 387 pairs of gloves. The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan Aladdin (Simon&Schuster) 2010. 313 pages (hardback). Josephine Russing owns 387 pairs of gloves. She’s given a new pair every weekContinue reading “Cohagan and The Lost Children”

the thread that holds

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (book 2) by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press, 2010. 364 pages (hardback).   I am not sure you will read a better review of Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag than Carl V.’s review over at Stainless Steel Droppings. As IContinue reading “the thread that holds”

the sweetness at the top of the pile…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press (Random House), 2009. 373 pages In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. ItContinue reading “the sweetness at the top of the pile…”

reading Dracula

Reading Dracula (notes) I admit to not being a big fan of Vampire Fiction, or even Vampire Non-Fiction for that matter. However, please do not mistake this for full-blown ignorance.  I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the RIP V challenge and at my husband’s recommendation. We have plans to watch Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992)Continue reading “reading Dracula”

frightfully enchanting…

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess,Continue reading “frightfully enchanting…”

the devil is in the details

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. 141 pages. Featuring a who’s who of authors and artists (Margaret Atwood, Avi, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lauren Myracle, James Patterson, Brian Selznick and many more), this collection of more than 70 chilling snippets is ideal for campfires and car trips. The stories — some aContinue reading “the devil is in the details”

the House that Mark built (1)

note: I am linking this review to the RIP V Challenge page so I will try valiantly to avoid spoilers. The spoilers will return tomorrow, with part 2. **** House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Pantheon Books, 2000, 2nd Edition (2-Color version) 709+ pages of text and other things. “Victoria Lucas once said, There’sContinue reading “the House that Mark built (1)”


Here is what I had written on my even-less-sensical blog “the coloring book.” The excerpt is from March 27, 2009 posting, “Frivolity.” “I was alarmed, in searching my blog, that I hadn’t mentioned the first book to which the second book that I read belonged. I hadn’t told you about R.L. LaFever’s Theodosia books. Well,Continue reading “copy/paste–past”


The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2009. Children’s 9-12 (160 pages) If you have not yet read any of Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes mysteries, that is a correction that should soon be made. The Cryptic Crinoline is the fifth in the series and Springer and EnolaContinue reading “holmes”