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On Our Bookshelves – Carols and Chaos
3 December 2020 by Laura LaVelle

For fans of Downton Abbey…Carols and Chaos is set in the same rose-tinted alternative time frame (albeit a hundred or so years earlier).

*** BOOK: This Organic Life–Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader AUTHOR: Joan Dye Gussow YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2001 REVIEW: *** This book was given to me by a dear friend recently.  She praised it highly, and as she is rather smart and has good taste, I had high expectations.  I wasn’t disappointed.   *** It’s not really … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: This Organic Life — Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader

On Our Bookshelves: The Truth About Unicorns
20 October 2020 by Laura LaVelle

*** NOVEL: The Truth About Unicorns AUTHOR: Bonnie Jones Reynolds YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1972  REVIEW: *** In these crazy times, I’ve been reading formulaic mystery novels for comfort.  There aren’t too many surprises to be found here: the attractive young people aren’t the guilty parties, and they will find love once all misunderstandings (personal and … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Truth About Unicorns

On Our Bookshelves – Rose Cottage
21 September 2020 by Laura LaVelle

*** NOVEL: Rose Cottage AUTHOR: Mary Stewart YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1997  REVIEW: *** There are a great many books that depict English villages as full of sinister activity and populated by murderers, blackmailers, and nasty writers of poison pen letters.  Miss Marple’s home of St. Mary Mead (described in various Agatha Christie novels) as William … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Rose Cottage

On Our Bookshelves – In the Last Analysis
10 September 2020 by Laura LaVelle

What’s particularly interesting about this mystery novel is the fact that it was written by an English professor at Columbia University, Carolyn Heilbrun.