Clara Maynard's blog

White Blood-Soaked Flowers

Red ChrysanthemumLaura Joh Rowland writes a fun series featuring Sano Ichiró, a samurai in ancient Japan. Rowland lives in New Orleans so she’s somewhat a local author. The first book is Shinjú and the most recent, the eleventh, is Red Chrysanthemum. (The title comes from white flowers soaked in blood.)As the books progress, Ichiró advances from a career as a lowly policeman to that of a high government official, and there’s always a crime to solve. Details about life and customs during this period of history add to the enjoyment. 

Become buff and healthy!

Austin firefighter, and former professional tri athlete, Rip Esselstyn, offers a diet for those looking to lower their cholesterol. In The Engine 2 Diet he advocates switching to a vegan diet low in fat and sugar. It’s definitely not a diet for everyone, but I enjoyed it because I was interested in lowering my cholesterol. He provides a lot of medical information, tips on what to buy at the store, and lots of recipes that look good. I may still have some fat and sugar once in a while, but his enthusiasm for eating healthy won me over. There's lot of information on http://www.theengine2diet.com/.

Peter and the Wolf

Ipeter and the wolff you remember this from your childhood,

Lions, Tigers and Murder!

Next Kill-This mystery is somewhat predictable, but fun. The behind the scenes look at zoo operation is interesting. The story relates the dedication of zoo staff, and the amount of work involved. All in all, it’s a fun read.

Melusine, City of Magic

Melusine is the first entry in Sarah Monette's inventive, and unique series about Felix, a powerful but tortured magician, and Mildmay, a cat burglar and assassin.

Hamlet in America

My neighborhood book club just read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. It's a retelling of Hamlet, set in America, and the hero, Edgar, is a mute teenager, whose family raises and trains a unique breed of dog. Edgar's father dies, and then Edgar is visited by his ghost who reveals that Edgar's uncle murdered him.

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

The OverlookIn The Overlook, Harry Bosch investigates the death of a doctor killed on the Mulholland Drive overlook.

Taboo breaking author passes away

As I was driving in, NPR announced that E. Lynn Harris, prominent African American author, had passed away. He was known for his ground breaking novels depicting black gay men, and he'll be missed by many. You may want to read his memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Just Too Good to Be True Just As I Am

Sweetness and Poison

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sweetness at the bottom of the piehas won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, and it is a delicious read. Flavia de Luce, a brilliant eleven year old, lives in a faded mansion belonged to her declining aristocratic family.

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