Thursday, September 21, 2017


In 2016 Harbor Springs hosted the first Festival of the Book. The three day event was supported by the entire community with a goal of every student and resident having an opportunity to interact with an author. What began as a local celebration immediately became 'one of the largest literary festivals in the Midwest.'

My friend Joy and I went last year and pledged to go again this year. Last year we heard presentations from Craig Johnson, author of the western mystery Longmire series, and Elizabeth Letts, author of "The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis".

So far we have reservations to hear Denise Kiernan, author of "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home". Beyond that we plan to explore some of the vast number of authors who will attend.

I checked a couple of books out of the library that I hope to read before then. One is "The Dark Net" by Benjamin Percy and "All the Missing Girls" by Megan Miranda.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My Current Kindle Reading List

Coming out of my reading slump, I have a long list of titles I have promised to read. These are Net Galley picks that reside on my Kindle.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Edmund Crispin (3/21/17) Originally published in 1948.
THE SHADOW LAND by Elizabeth Kostova (4/11/17)
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Stout (4/25/17)
GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin (6/6/17)
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown (7/11/17)
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny (8/29/17)
THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain (10/3/17)

I pledge to start at the beginning of this list and finally catch up. Did I mention there are other books waiting to be read? Real physical copies I have amassed, but I am taking small, hopefully manageable chunks. 

Short Takes 7/27/2017

Louise Penny has a new book coming out. GLASS HOUSES will be available August 29, 2017 from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio.

Here's a great article 20 MUST-READ NOVELS BY FEMALE MYSTERY AUTHORS. I've read seven of these authors but not necessarily the specific book mentioned: S.J Rozan; Minette Walters; Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell; Ngaio Marsh, P.D. James; and Patricia Highsmith.

14 Summer Reading Challenges for Adults Here's an interesting variety of reading challenges to inspire your summer reading.

Leslie Odom Jr has signed a book deal with Macmillan with a release date set for March 2018.

John Green has his first new novel, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, in 6 years coming out this October. His last book was THE FAULT IN OUR STARS in 2012.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Introduction Armchair Book Expo 2017

 Celebrating 10 years of random blogging!

According to my Twitter description I am an actor, director, singer, reader, reviewer, and genealogist not necessarily in that order.


Currently I have been on dialysis for almost a year while waiting for a kidney transplant. It has made it difficult to concentrate and enjoy reading. A huge truck delivers my medical supplies once a month.

I love literate mysteries and getting my picture taken with my favorite authors. Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series is a must read. Start at the beginning with STILL LIFE.

My favorite thing to do is attend and review productions at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. It was started twenty-five years ago by actor Jeff Daniels and the quality of the productions is amazing.

My current read is Becky Masterman's A TWIST OF THE KNIFE. It's her third book in the Brigid Quinn series.

My summer plans are to spend time at the lake while reading although I am also committed to directing a show about women's views of their bodies. It's a comedy.

These are some of the lovely women in my book group called IN GOOD COMPANY. We're about eating, drinking, and passionately discussing what we read.

I started my blog, Book Keeping back in 2007 when I was retiring from a career in the library world. I spend time on Face Book, Twitter, and Instagram although my thoughts range beyond books and reading. Lots of my reviews come courtesy of NetGalley.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Short Takes 4/25/17

15 Ways to Be a Literary Advocate
Book Riot put together some wonderful suggestions for how to support books, reading, and libraries.

Dennis Palumbo on Between the Lines Barry Kibrick of NPS talks with Dennis Palumbo, renowned psychologist and Oscar nominated screen writer, about his new book Phantom Limb, fourth in his mystery series set in Pittsburgh featuring Daniel Rinaldi. I have read, loved, and reviewed all four.

Wednesday, May 31-Sunday, June 4, 2017
"Armchair Book Expo is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo in New York City. There are a large number of people around the world that are not able to join in the literary celebrations of Book Expo, so Armchair Book Expo brings the celebration to you by allowing networking among other book bloggers, authors, and publishers as well as special coverage of the event, all from the comfort of your very own armchair."

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Eveningland: StoriesEveningland: Stories by Michael Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For ten years, since retirement, we've traveled to the Gulf in February to escape the worst of Michigan's winter at first staying in various motels and eventually renting condos in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

My love of reading had fallen by the wayside as I struggled with my kidney failure and the burden of dialysis four times a day. Even on vacation, I found it difficult to concentrate.

As a member, not necessarily in good standing, of Net Galley I am able to read and review books before publication. I'm not high enough in the hierarchy for publishers to want to share their treasures although I have loved the books I've been granted.

Right before we left Orange Beach to come home, I got an e-mail that offered a book of short stories by Michael Knight called Eveningland. The setting was Mobile and the Gulf. I was able to get a copy and started reading.

THE FIRST LINE: "None of this is true. All of this is true."

THE STORY: There are six stories and a novella that may or may not include a satisfactory ending for some readers. The reader is often left to ponder what might happen in the future. One with a real twist is "Smash and Grab". By the time I got to "Landfall", I was so invested in the characters that I was truly concerned on their behalf.

WHAT I THOUGHT: Short stories are not something I tend to choose to read; however, I am almost always won over and that was the case here.

The writing is beautiful and the description of areas around Mobile evocative. I actually prefer untidy endings. They stay with you longer.

Title: Eveningland
Author: Michael Knight
Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
No. of Pages: 304
Copyright: March 7, 2017
ISBN-10: 0802125972

Disclaimer: An advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book was provided to me by Atlantic Monthly Press and Net Galley for an honest review.

Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod, the short story collections Goodnight, Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories, and the book of novellas The Holiday Season. Knight teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family. Learn more at (from Amazon)

Short Takes 4/6/17

Today's mail brought me a review copy of The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari, an author with whom I am not familiar. "The complexity and durability of friendship stand at the heart of . . . an extraordinary novel that earned high advance praise from Kirkus Reviews."

Blogger/Librarian Marlyn Beebe posted a link to Facebook that I just had to share. Check out 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists. I've actually read 20 of these titles and they are all as advertised!

Excerpts from SinC Links:

The mystery world mourns the death of Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse and the inspiration behind “Lewis” and “Endeavour.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING

The Play That Goes Wrong” upends the mystery whodunit. This knockabout mystery farce from London trades on the perverse comfort of watching things go smash in a safe, contained environment. ONE OF THE PRODUCERS IS A COLLEGE CLASSMATE.

NY Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris is launching a new fantasy series set in a fractured America. The first book in the trilogy, TEXOMA, will debut in 2018. JUST READ MY FIRST (AND LAST) AURORA TEAGARDEN.

Early in March, SinC released the 2016 Monitoring Report, the annual report which highlights media coverage of books by female crime novelists. It has been at the cornerstone of the Sisters in Crime mission for 30 years. I MONITOR DEADLY PLEASURES FOR THIS PROJECT.