Review of “A Vow of Silence” by Veronica Black, also known as Maureen Peters

Well, I read this a while back and then the store was busy with the Bushwhacker Tour and two basements of books coming in. But I can take some time out now to review this book.

This is the first book in the Sister Joan mystery series and is the first to touch on psychological things that can go wrong in convents. The Daughters of Compassion is a made up semi-cloistered order that follows the usual pattern of prayers and work each day. The nuns take vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and compassion and are encouraged to use whatever talents they have to the glory of G*d. Each house should have no more than 15 nuns and laypersons and a nun has passed away the House in Cornwall. She had written a cryptic letter to the Reverend Mother that influences her to send Sister Joan who entered the religious life late (early 30’s), so has experience with the outside world and has a teaching diploma, which the Cornwall house has requested.

And so, Sister Joan leaves the house she as been living for 5 years with little outside contact and where she will probably never return. At the train station, she meets up with a new novice, Veronica Stirling. Once at the convent, novices live separate from the nuns as they settle into the religious life. Sister Joan meets Reverend Mother Ann right away. She also entered the religious life late in life after working with her famous archaeologist father until his death. He worked in the middle east and has helped translate the Dead Sea Scrolls. His daughter is working on a last publication of his unpublished work. The Prioress asks an odd question about whether the new novice is a virgin, has pink polish on her nails and wears lavender scent.

The house also deviates from some of the regular convent routines. A place is set for Our Lady the Blessed Virgin should she ever visit. Reverend Mother Ann feels that the Mother Goddess and the Virgin Mary are the same and should be worshipped along with Her Spouse. Very close to heresy.

And one novice has died by hanging in an “accident” and another has left the order without turning up anywhere and is being searched for by an old boyfriend with Sister Joan’s help.

This book is very sinister with strange things piling up as the story plays out to a satisfying climax. I enjoyed it and will read the rest of the series if they come into the store!

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Review of “Bad Faith” by Aimee and David Thurlo

Aimee and David Thurlo live in New Mexico, where this series of books is placed and Aimee was a boarder at Ursuline Academy in Arcadia, Missouri for many years. Her memories of the religious life at the academy and the written descriptions of daily schedules for the religious orders help the authors write a believable story of cloistered, financially struggling Our Lady of Hope monastery, of the Sisters of the Blessed Adoration order.

Our main character is Sister Agatha, a former investigative reporter and teacher, now extern nun, who deals with the outside world for the monastery. Sister Bernarda is the only other extern nun, Sister Mary Lazarus the only novice, Sister Celia the only postulant, Father Anselm the priest, Reverend Mother Margaret Mary and a handful of nuns completes the character list.

The mystery starts when Father Anselm dies during Mass, just before communion and the police determine some kind of poison killed him. Sheriff Tom Green is a former friend of Sister Agatha who still does not understand why she became a nun, even after 12 years. Because of her background in investigative reporting, the Reverend Mother asks Sister Agatha to investigate as well as the police. A problem here is the unreliable car, names the Antichrysler. The repairman solves this problem by giving the monastery a motorcycle with a sidecar, to keep even when the car is back in running order. Although the habit (dress) is shorter than before Vatican II, it is still long sleeved and they wear a head veil. Add a bike helmet over the veil and you have a nun on a motorcycle!

Add a sleep walking novice, a postulant with a disturbed past, a dog who finds a way into a secure at night monastery and still a murder to solve, I found this story entertaining. The dog rides in the sidecar as companion/security when Sister Agatha goes out, especially at night, which is a very amusing image. Sister Agatha visits various people in town, always on the motorcycle, finding clues as she goes.

The money making enterprises include herbal teas, a special cookie called the Heavenly Cloister Clusters, jams, beautiful hand-made quilts for auction at fundraisers, and transferring various documents into digital form, including old manuscripts and such. The extern nuns do most of this work, since it involves contact with the outside world and has a level of security to keep the documents safe. An on-going problem is keeping the computers cool in a New Mexico summer heat so a computer specialist donates his time as much as he can to keep them going. This is a modern twist on the copying of manuscripts in the scriptorium of medieval days and is a big money raiser. When problems keep arising with the computers, and as word spreads that a nun is under suspicion of murder, this source of income is threatened with loss of insurance and loss of customers.

Again, this story works in the daily order of prayers and work that make up a cloistered nun’s life. In this book, the greeting of nun to reverend mother is “Praised be Jesus Christ” with the response, “Now and Forever”. Other books in this series have similar greetings. This book balances the serenity of the cloistered life with the daily chores and problems of a shrinking and aging community that still has to support itself.

I look forward to reading more books in this particular series!!

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Review of “The Novice’s Tale” by Margaret Frazer

I was fortunate to have the first book in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery. These books revolve around the sisters of St. Frideswide in Oxfordshire, near Oxford and London starting in 1431. The novice in question is Thomasine, who at the age of 17, after waiting 9 years, is soon to take her final vows. She is deeply religious and looking forward to this date.

Enter Lady Ermentrude, Thomasine’s great-aunt by marriage, and her huge entourage including a monkey. Lady Ermentrude has decided, for unknown reasons, Thomasine will marry but not as a nun. Then as abruptly as she arrived, she leaves to see Thomasine’s sister and brother-in-law, leaving some of her people and the monkey behind, only to come hurrying back with the sister and brother-in-law close behind. Lady Ermentrude soon dies and Sister Frevisse must find the answers.

I enjoyed this book. I am always fascinated with how people lived in historical times. Here we have a convent of Benedictine nuns living a life of silence and prayer, each day divided into time of prayer and the work needed to support the religious community. Sister Frevisse is the hosteler, the person who takes in visitors to the priory, as part of the mission of these large religious communities is to offer lodging to anyone who needs it. So Sister Frevisse is a sister who has to interact with the public; although the nuns are cloistered, they are not completely cut off from the outside world. The priory employs locals to work in the kitchen, the farm, the stables, etc.

The nuns pray 8 times a day starting with Matins at midnight, then Lauds at 3 am, Prime at 6 am, Terce and High Mass at 9 am, Sext at noon, then lunch, None at 3 pm, Vespers at 6 pm and finally Compline at 9 pm. Allowances are made for missing prayer for work around the priory, such as Sister Frevisse does with visitors. Between prayer the nuns eat, have private time for private contemplation, sleep, work and relax.

This life is not for everyone but Thomasine is determined to be a nun and having her great-aunt saying she wants to take her out of the convent and marry her off is very disturbing. And when Lady Ermentrude dies under mysterious circumstances, it looks bad for Thomasine.

I also liked the references to politics and such at the time. Joan of Arc is referred as the witch-girl by these good English folks. Henry VI became the heir about a year after his birth and has just recently become King on reaching his majority. His mother Catherine is mentioned in the story as well. I find interesting the things that seem so important to people at the time, things that are not so important now, such as arranged marriages for various advantageous reasons, either money or power.

I could go on about the cycle of each day, each month, each year, following the seasons of nature, the festivals of the church, the divisions of the day even among the non-religious that set the pattern of life in the middle ages. But I can recommend this book.

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Today’s Review of “Grave Misgivings” by Kate Gallison

IMG_0869Continuing my nuns in mysteries series of reviews, the main character’s name is Mother Lavinia “Vinny” Grey, but it turns out she is an Episcopal priest, not a Mother Superior. I went to Episcopal church when I was in high school and we referred to the priest as Father, so it makes sense that women priests would be referred to as Mother.

This is not the first book in the series, but stood alone quite well. Several mysteries happen – where is the grave of a man who died 40 years before during the big flood and how did he die, who is stealing statuary and gravestones from the cemeteries in town and who is buried under the old Acme Supermarket?

Mother Vinny is a widow who has lived in Fishersville in New Jersey for several years at St. Bede’s Episcopal church. The church does not play a big role in this book, apparently other books have involved church life and such. Mother Vinny has one man interested in dating but is still recovering from a former friend who went back to his ex-wife. She does feel a strong calling to help the poor and lost, which leads to the beginning to the book.

The story starts with Mother Vinny taking in two very wet and cold people – Mark Smith and his daughter Shannon – who had been at the cemetery looking for the grave of James, father and grandfather of the Smiths. They would like to bury the ashes of their mother/grandmother over her ex-husband James. Mark was very young when the flood came, his father died and they left town to move Arizona. As the story progresses, he starts remembering what happened just before and during the flood. Turns out, someone would rather he did not remember what happened.

I enjoyed Kate Gallison’s writing style. The plot was fairly complicated and all the separate storylines come together in the end for a nerve-wracking climax. I will read other books in this series when they come in.

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Book Review of “The Good Friday Murder” by Lee Harris

I was lucky to have the first book in this series about ex-nun Christine Bennett. She has been out of the convent 3 weeks when the book starts and still wakes up at 5 am. She spent 15 years of her life in the convent and throughout the story, she sometimes has trouble with every modern life. She lives in the house her aunt lived in until she died and left it to Christine.

The mystery starts when Christine (Kix to her good friends) finds out that the group home her mentally disabled cousin stays at is having trouble getting permission to buy a home near where she lives now because one patient was committed because he was accused of murdering his mother, with his twin brother’s help (he is in another institution) 40 years ago. Some in the neighborhood are afraid to have a mentally disturbed murderer in their midst. 

Now, this is a book from the early ’90’s and it uses the word “retarded” to refer to the mentally disabled. That is a word that I have always used to refer to the severely mentally disabled and was not offended, unless a character spoke dispraisingly.

Anyway, Christine offers to investigate whether these two brothers stabbed their mother on a Good Friday. The brothers were savants who could recite everything they saw and heard, from radio shows to what people were wearing on any given day. They were studied by researchers but after the murder, both of them lost this ability and never spoke to anyone about what happened that day.

I enjoyed this book. The plot is well thought out with each step taken to find witnesses and information in the time before the internet. It is believable. Christine also gets used to living in the world, adapting to a new schedule, new clothes, meeting her neighbors, and preparing to teach English at a college but not as a nun.

I would definitely recommend this book and especially reading it first in the series. It explains so much about Christine’s early life and set up her new life for the future books.

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Nuns in Mysteries Marathon

Book Review of “Let Us Prey” by Monica Quill

When I first found this book on the shelves, I thought it was an older book, from the ’50’s perhaps, because of the dust jacket. The design made me think of The Flying Nun or Father Brown. Instead, it was written about the ’80’s and post-Vatican II and the changes that came to convents and nuns.

Sisters Kim and Joyce are the younger women and Sister Mary Teresa (Emtee) Dempsey is the oldest, still wearing the habit of the Order of Martha and Mary and though short, is very heavy and walks with a cane. The three nuns live in a house, the last of the M and M’s after the college the nuns had run was sold and most of the money distributed to the poor of the south-side ghetto in Chicago. The rest of the money went to the house located in the inner city. But nuns continued leaving the order until now only these three are left. Emtee is working on a magnum opus on the Middle Ages, Joyce keeps house and Kim is getting a doctorate and being Emtee’s research assistant.

The story starts with Joyce babysitting a neighbor’s 4 year old son. When the mother finally comes by, she asks if Joyce will babysit that evening as well. Kim takes the job to give Joyce a break and goes to the boy’s home. The mother never returns. Turns out, she was hit by a car coming out of a bar and killed. Her husband is arrested.

Mary Teresa arranges for the police to question Kim back at the nun’s house, although it is more like Emtee questioning the policemen about what they know. Soon, a friend of the deceased is killed in a way similar to other murders of women, tying those deaths to a serial killer. Finally, Mary Teresa, with Kim’s help, figures out the common connection between all the murders and who the killer really is.

A subplot revolves around the family of the mother who are very anti-Catholic, as the woman married a Catholic and the boy was baptized Catholic. The nuns find letters condemning the church as the Whore of Babylon and the family would rather see her dead then being Catholic.

I was entertained, but not dragged into this book. I enjoy reading about the religious life of nuns and monks and such and this book did not have that much to offer in that respect. The characters of Mary Theresa and Kim are very similar to Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. Wolfe rarely leaves his home and is overweight. Archie runs errands and follows up Wolfe’s leads. Emtee sends Kim to search for clues and question people. When she does leave the house, it is something of an ordeal as she is old, overweight and walks with a can wearing a large habit. The image of her squeezing into a small car still makes me smile.

I suppose I would give this a 5 out of 10 points, not a great book but entertaining.

My next book is by Lee Harris and is the first book in her series about ex-nun Christine Bennett, “The Good Friday Murder”.

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Nuns in Mysteries Marathon

Ok, I found a book from the ’80’s that is a nun-solves-mystery book in the hardbacks. I have enjoyed reading about nuns and the religious life in general so I have a challenge to myself to read 9 different authors who have written mysteries with nuns at the protagonist.

So here is the list, I’m starting in this order:

“Let Us Prey” by Monica Quill
“The Good Friday Murder” by Lee Harris
“Death of an Angel” by Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
“Bad Faith” by Aimee and David Thurlo
“Absolution by Murder” by Peter Tremayne
“A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Cafe” by Winona Sullivan
“The Novice’s Tale” by Margaret Frazer
“Grave Misgivings” by Kate Gallison
“A Vow of Chastity” by Veronica Black

So I will write about each of these books as I finish them!

And here is a picture of “Let Us Prey”.

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Downtown Oak Grove Christmas Open House

Saturday, November 22, we will have refreshments and sales to help you get ready for Christmas!

We will also have a book signing with Linda Holt Carrell, the weekly contributor to Focus on Oak Grove history column, Echoes. She has written a mystery novel,
“Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief”, a charming little mystery set in eastern Jackson County. Members of a, shall we say “mature”, women’s Sunday school class are drawn into finding a missing classmate and discovering if the good looking man who’s moved into her house claiming to be her grand-nephew, is who he says he is.

Along the way, Kate McCullough, reluctantly selected as the class sleuth, uncovers an even older mystery, one that goes deeper than the missing Sarah Caldwell.

Who can you trust: a doctor, a lawyer, or an Indian chief?

Linda Holt Carrell has lived in Blue Springs, Missouri for many years. She has two grown children, one of whom teaches at Oak Grove Primary.

If you need a Christmas present for someone or maybe need ideas on decorating or cooking for Christmas, we have the books for you! We also have gift cards!!

Linda Holt Carrell looks forward to meeting you and signing her new book "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", Saturday, November 22 at Read It Again Books!

Linda Holt Carrell looks forward to meeting you and signing her new book “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief”, Saturday, November 22 at Read It Again Books!

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So, after much sorting of books, trying to get books on the shelf, trying to list books on the internet, I’m finally ready to write about MYSTERY!

I am rather fond of historical mysteries and this covers a huge time frame. I have been reading about ancient Egypt during the reign of Queen Hatusu (a shorter name for Queen/Pharaoh Hatshepsut), “The Anubis Slayings” by Paul Doherty. Interesting speculation on the religious beliefs of the average Egyptian as well has the life of the Pharaoh who is a God/Goddess. And murders, grave robbing, etc. Lauren Haney has also written about murder and the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. Then Lynda S. Robinson writes about murder and intrigue in the reign of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun and Lord Meren, the Pharaoh’s confidential inquiry agent.

Next we jump to Roman times during the Republic and the Empire. I have read two authors, Steven Saylor and his detective Gordianus the Finder and Lindsey Davis and her detective Marcus Didius Falco, known as Falco. Gordianus lives in and near Rome in the last years of the Republic. The first book in the series, “Roman Blood” introduces Gordianus to the orator Cicero, who becomes his patron. I love the details of the lives of the lower classes in Rome and Italy. Politics mix with murder and intrigue.

Falco lives later during the first century of the Roman empire during the reign of Vespasian Augustus. Falco is a more smart aleck, hard boiled detective of the Humphrey Bogart/Sam Spade type. He is of the lower class of Roman society and associates with thieves, whores, merchants and slaves, as well has law enforcers, and a lady of the patrician class. He also is head of his extended family and often has issues with them. I think these books are funny and thoughtful, with another interesting take on life in the Roman empire.

Lastly, we have the SPQR mystery series by John Maddox Roberts, about Decius Caecilius Metellus, born of the upper class. His stories overlap with Gordianus, the last days of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire. He served in the army, was a praetor pereginus (a sort of traveling judge) and ally to Cicero. In the later books, the Emperor Augustus has him solving mysteries.

Now we jump to the middle ages and renaissance. Ellis Peters wrote a very popular series about Brother Cadfael, former crusader, now a monk of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury. The stories occur during the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud in the mid-1100’s. Cadfael is an expert with medicinal herbs and is often called upon as a sort of doctor/medical examiner outside the abbey. Besides the murder mysteries, the conflict of leading a monastic life and working in the secular world and the politics of the civil war are an ongoing part of the plots. The BBC has a series starring Derek Jacobi. These are wonderful books with lots of historical references and details of life at this time in England.

Sharan Newman also writes about the 1100’s, with the main character, Catherine LeVendeur, a Jewish convert, in France, with her Saxon/Scottish husband Edgar, traveling about Europe and solving mysteries along the way. Catherine was once in a convent presided over by Heloise, who with Abelard, are famous tragic lovers. Books explore anti-Semitism, religious pilgrimage, and all the levels of society one can run into from Jewish merchants to ex-crusaders, ex-prostitutes, monks and nuns. There are well written, well researched books.

Candace M. Robb writes her books in the 1300’s England about Owen Archer, a one-eyed Welsh ex-archer who is hired by the Archbishop in York to solve murders. Famous historical persons appear, such as Chaucer and John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III. Again, another series that makes this time period interesting with details of life and politics in England.

Caroline Roe writes about 1300’s Spain with her character, Isaac of Girona, a blind Jewish physician. The details of life in the Jewish quarters and the balancing act between Jews and Christians is a common thread.

Margaret Frazer set her books in the 1400’s in England with the main character being Sister Frevisse of the priory of St. Frideswide located in Oxfordshire. Henry the VI is king, and Chaucer is Sister Frevisse’s great uncle. Stories involve all levels of society, from the nobility to church hierarchy and local village life.

Kate Sedley also writes about the 1400’s England in the later years under King Edward IV. The main character is Roger the Chapman, a 19 year old young man who has left the abbey before taking his last vows and becomes a chapman or traveling peddler. Some of the plots revolve around the war of the Roses and the man who will become Richard III.

Next I have two Elizabethan mystery authors. Leonard Tourney writes about Matthew Stock, a clothier and County Constable, and Joan Stock, his wife, who solve mysteries for Good Queen Bess and her main advisor, Sir Robert Cecil. Their business is set in London but they often travel about England. “Frobisher’s Savage” is based on an actual mystery involving an Eskimo brought to England by Sir Martin Frobisher.

Karen Harper writes about mysteries surrounding the young Princess Elizabeth continuing after she becomes Elizabeth I. These stories involve plots against Elizabeth, with her life and her reign in jeopardy. These are well researched books with many details from history and everyday life.

Two last authors write about medieval Japan. Ann Woodward writes about Lady Aoi during the Heian Period of the early 1000’s. Lady Aoi is lady-in-waiting to the Princess and the books really capture the customs and nuances of a very foreign Japan.

Laura Joh Rowland writes about the 1600’s after contact with Europeans. Her main character is the Samurai detective Sano Ichiro. He follows the code of bushido (the way of the samurai) and serves his Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. her historical details are very accurate and make very good books.

Now we jump to regency and Victorian age mystery writers. Stephanie Barron writes mysteries involving Jane Austen in Regency England. The Regency period is the time the Prince of Wales ruled after George III was declared unfit to rule, 1811 to 1820, when the Prince Regent became George IV. The Regency era is the time between the Georgian era and the Victorian era, 1795 to 1837. The Napoleonic wars occur during 1803-1815 but the war does not much affect the upper classes. These book capture the style of Jane Austen’s view of the society she lived in.

Then we have an American series of mysteries by Barbara Hambly, set in New Orleans in the 1820’s with former slave Benjamin January as the main character. His father was white, his mother a slave; he was freed as a child, trained as a surgeon in Paris and is a piano player. He returned to America after the death of his first wife. He is very dark complexed and this makes it hard to practice his medicine in New Orleans. The books convey the difficulties of freemen staying free, now that New Orleans has been taken over by the American government after the Louisiana Purchase. French society is being overturned by this new uncouth Americans. The hierarchy of color and the relationship with free black women with white men in a sort of common-law marriage, the practice of voo-doo and of course murder make for very interesting and entertaining books.

In the Victorian period, Anne Perry is writing two different series, the William Monk police detective series and Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Monk has memory loss that he must hide if he wants to keep his job and is a factor in many of the books. He meets a nurse, Hester Latterly, who helps him with his cases. They eventually marry. Again, Victorian London society, especially the darker, hidden side, is explored in an interesting way. The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series is more about upper crust secrets and society, so maybe are a little lighter. But Anne Perry’s details about the time and places are very accurate and make good stories.

Caleb Carr also has different books set in post-Civil War years. In one, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist or alienist, is the main character and Theodore Roosevelt is the newly appointed police Commissioner of New York City. Here we see the Gilded Age with the rich mansions and horrible tenements, all the contrasts of the time. And grisly murders to be solved. Carr also wrote a book with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigating the gruesome deaths of two young men at Holyroodhouse while Queen Victoria was in residence.

Another Sherlock Holmes series is written by Laurie R. King. In the first book, Mary Russell is 15 when she first meets Mr. Holmes and her intelligence catches his attention. She becomes his apprentice and they solve mysteries through several books. The time covered starts just as WWI starts and life and society of that time is well described.

Now, how about books about religious people as detectives? The Father Brown stories by G. K Chesterton are about a Catholic priest and are set in the early 1900’s, around WW1. Father Brown is often more interested in solving the paradox of a crime or mystery and the stories are satisfyingly complex and entertaining.

Or we have Sister Joan, written about by Veronica Black, who starts with investigating a convent in Cornwall, where she remains. I, being not Catholic, am fascinated by the monastic life and love reading books set there. Although there is the unusually high amount of crime for Sister Joan to solve, the relationships of the sisters with each other and the outside world are insightful.

How about a crime solving rabbi such as Rabbi David Small series by Harry Kemelman. I am fascinated again by the relationship with a rabbi with his congregation, Jews with non-jews, and the Talmudic logic that Rabbi Small uses to approach all things in life, including solving crime.

Father Koesler is a Catholic priest serving in Detroit who solves crimes. The first book involves the deaths of priest and nuns and I enjoyed the interaction of the priest with the police, other priests, nuns, and parishioners. One book had the nuns who mend clothes of seminary students, sewing close the button holes when buttons are missing, rather than find buttons to sew on. the scenes of various men trying to button these shirts stayed with me. All these writers show the humanity of religious people, their faults and habits.

If you love animals, you might like the mysteries with cat and/or dogs and their humans. Lillian Jackson Braun writes the Cat Who… Mysteries, Rita Mae Brown writes the Mrs. Murphy mysteries with Mrs. Murphy and Pewter as cats and Tucker as the corgi. Carole Nelson Douglas writes the Midnight Louie Mysteries with his human Temple Barr. On the dog side, we have Susan Conant’s Holly Winter series with her malamutes. Laurien Berenson writes the Melanie Travis series. Virginia Lanier writes about a Georgia bloodhound trainer and tracker which are pretty intense.

Here is just a random list of various types of mysteries we have – mystery in the suburbs, mystery solving cooks (some including recipes), caterers, bed and breakfast owners, book store owners, and archeologists. Of course, we have many police detectives, forensic investigators, judges, lawyers and private eyes from the 20’s to modern days. We have Native American police stories, South African No. 1 ladies detective series, series set in Florida, Arizona, Seattle and Kansas City, to name a few.

So this is just a section of our mystery area. Thousands of paperbacks and hardbacks to choose from.

Next week, I’ll go over contemporary romance!!

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This year is our 15th year anniversary (In August – October). To celebrate, I am spotlighting different areas in the store leading up to some kind of event to celebrate our anniversary here at the store in the fall.Today, HISTORICAL ROMANCE!We have a huge variety of authors and their different time periods.Do you like westerns? We have Madeline Baker, Joan Johnston, Catherine Creel, Linda Lael Miller, Rachelle Morgan and Leigh Greenwood, to name a few. (Bobbi Smith, Jodi Thomas…)

How about Medieval/Renaissance? We have Catherine Coulter, Margaret Moore, Sandra Hill (Viking series), and Hannah Howell (Highlander series) and many more.

Then we have a huge selection of period English romances in the 1800’s – Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Gaelan Foley, Jane Feather, Sabrina Jefferies and Adell Ashworth, again just a sample list.

We have a very large selection of Regency novels by authors such as Georgette Heyer (one of the earliest writers in the style of Jane Austen), Jane Austen, Jo Ann Ferguson, Barbara Cartland (the queen of period English romance) Joan Smith and Barbara Metzger.

Many authors write about more than one time period, western one time, Victorian the next. Some of these authors include Connie Mason, Shannon Drake, Jude Deveraux, Susan Wiggs and Janelle Taylor.

Some of these authors have published many books and we often have lots of them, maybe even all of them, or we have a complete series, or we have the early books in a series that are now out of print. You have only to ask and we will look.

Of course, we do not have every book ever written, it just feels like that some days. But we can find books to order on the internet if you can’t find it in the store. We can even ship to your address after pre-paying, if you can’t come to the store.

Next week MYSTERY!!


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