Review: Penance by Kanae Minato

"The next day, Emily's mother left town, leaving behind that terrible promise she had made to the four of us children. I don't know what the other girls thought, but I was desperate to think of a way to avoid her retribution." Penance opens with the murder of a young girl, whose mother turns all… Continue reading Review: Penance by Kanae Minato


Review: The name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

"They were dominated by the library, by its promises and by its prohibitions. They lived with it, for it, and perhaps against it, sinfully hoping one day to violate all its secrets." The Name of the Rose is Umberto Eco’s ambitious detective story set in a 14th century monastery, where a series of mysterious deaths… Continue reading Review: The name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Review: The Murder at the Vicarage, a Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie

"Miss Marple always sees everything. Gardening is as good as a smoke screen, and the habit of observing birds through powerful glasses can always be turned to account." The Murder at the Vicarage is the first book in the Miss Marple series, Christie's second most well-known amateur detective character of course. It was also my… Continue reading Review: The Murder at the Vicarage, a Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie

Review: American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

"They didn't realize that wolves and elk had coexisted in Yellowstone for thousands of years, that the two species had in fact evolved in tandem with each other" American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West is a combination of nature writing, chronicling of clashes between hunter and wolf advocate, and… Continue reading Review: American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

"Ishigami looked at the face of the dead man. Whatever expression he'd been wearing had already faded. He looked more like a lump of clay than a person." The set-up of "The Devotion of Suspect X" is that you witness the murder of a man, strangled by a woman and her daughter, right from the… Continue reading Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Review: The White Book by Han Kang

"I saw differently when I looked with your eyes. I walked differently when I walked with your body. I wanted to show you clean things. Before brutality, sadness, despair, filth, pain, clean things that were only for you, clean things above all." The White Book has often been described to me as ‘musings on the… Continue reading Review: The White Book by Han Kang