Book Review – A Dead Man in Trieste

by Michael Pearce, narrated by Clive Mantle An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin It’s the early 1900’s in Trieste. There is trouble at the British consulate when Lomax, the main man there disappears. The powers that be in the Foreign Office send Sandor Seymour, an East End immigrant policeman in London to investigate the disappearance.…

Memoir: What it is/What it isn’t

A GUEST BLOG BY ALISON WEARING of Memoir Writing, Inc. “I think it’s so much easier to define memoir by what it’s not…Memoir is not a chronological recitation of a life. It’s not therapy. It’s not an accusation. It’s not a boast. It’s not fiction. It’s not gossip. Memoir is a search to understand the…

Book Review: El Deafo

by Cece Bell A Graphic Novel Book Review by Jackie Houchin I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it was a “graphic novel” – not written in paragraphs, but in comic boxes, cartoon characters, and speech bubbles. I was disappointed at first, but decided to give it a try. I opened and read…

Book Review: Murder Backstage, A Joseph Haydn Mystery

by Nupur Tustin A Book Review by Jackie Houchin Nupur Tustin’s 4th Joseph Haydn Mystery, MURDER BACKSTAGE, is as astonishing and well written as the first three, if not better. She knows the history and blends fact and fiction together so well that you believe it all. In this mystery, Joseph Haydn is involved in…

Book Review: Bidding For Revenge

by Victoria Tait A Book Review by Jackie Houchin Author Victoria Tait has written another entertaining installment in her Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. In BIDDING FOR REVENGE, Dotty gets plenty of practice bidding for antiques as well as considering a few revenge scenarios, including what “she” would like to do to a certain arrogant…

I’m a Kid of the Creator!

a Truth Whimsie by Jackie Houchin   I’m a Kid of the Creator! A Whimsey by Jackie Houchin What traits and likenesses have you inherited from your parents? Maybe a certain shaped nose or build, your height (or lack of), your skin, hair, eye color, a musical or artistic talent, an interest in mechanics or…

July #WordPrompt – PLAY

by Jackie Houchin For July the WordPress monthly #WordPrompt is PLAY.  Bloggers are to use the prompts as starting points for whatever they want to create to publish a new post. Here’s mine. Many things come to mind when we see the word PLAY.  A person can play games, play instruments, act in a play, play the…

Short Story Review: A Craving For Carvings

by Dianne Ascroft A Short Story Review by Jackie Houchin You’ll find several things that are “craved” in Dianne Ascroft’s cozy short story mystery, such as a whole marketplace of delectable sweet baked treats on sale at the annual Fenwater Flavor Festival in town. And then there’s the craving of a whole day of just…

Book Review: Conspirators’ Club

by Elena Jagar A Book Review by Jackie Houchin I thought CONSPIRATORS’ CLUB by Elena Jagar, would be a juvenile type mystery-adventure, but it is a true mystery with evil villains who have a history of violence, jewel theft, and blackmail. And the schoolmaster at the boarding school would make Cruella Deville look like a…