Add a little mystery, romance and adventure to your life with this week’s best new releases!
Silent Murders by Mary Miley
A dazzling whodunnit that takes place during the Roaring Twenties and stars vaudeville actress Leah Randall, who we find living in Hollywood and working in silent films while pretending to be missing heiress Jessie Carr.
“We should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality.” So said Oscar Wilde when asked about his play’s theme.
It is a thought many authors might consider. Not just about their writing, but about their career. Bear with me and you’ll see the connection to Wilde’s play.
This fall, five more authors are donning their tiaras at The Debutante Ball, a blog where debut novelists have been chronicling their journey to publication each year since 2007. To introduce this year’s debs, they each have chosen (after much hemming and hawing) their most influential book…
Our motto is back to school, back to books! But it’s even better knowing that we’re reading for fun. Here are the new titles we’ll be checking out this week.
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
Virtue Falls is the small town in Washington where four-year-old Elizabeth Banner witnessed the murder of her mother. After her father is convicted of the crime, Elizabeth is raised by relatives and eventually grows into a smart, beautiful young woman.
One night while flipping through the network newscasts on television, I was dismayed to find that nearly every story was about a senseless murder, natural disaster, tragic accident, people perpetrating large-scale fraud, or the dark side of the American Dream. I looked through newspapers and magazines and found the same thing: fiery crashes, Ponzi schemes, shooting sprees in schools, and dead bodies found in dumpsters. As I delved further, I realized the obsession with stories about gruesome crimes, strange deaths and mysterious disappearances wasn’t just confined to news reports. It had also taken over our entertainment in prime-time television, movies, and on our bookshelves.
In the 26 years since the first book in the Outlander series was first published, author Diana Gabaldon has been famously protective of the story she refers to as “Big, Fat, Historical Fiction.” Gabaldon claimed sole ownership of her brainchild and, despite being willing to share it with the literary world, railed against fan fiction and, until recently, never even considered allowing her story to be adapted to television.
Several writers had attempted to bring her sprawling story to the small screen, but it wasn’t until Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore‘s version that Gabaldon felt any of them did her work justice.