Tag Archives: humorous fiction

“Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce – Book Review

Forty-six year old Margery Benson is the epitome of the word ‘spinster’. She is a dowdy, plain, tall and wide school teacher with no family or friends to speak of. When her world becomes too much, she decides to go … Continue reading

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“Girl in the Middle” a short story by Evie Gaughan – Book Review

A quirky short story about a woman who discovers that not all heroes wear capes… some of them don’t even have a pulse. But they do have a name. Gerald.I learned about this little story from Nicki over at the … Continue reading

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“Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“Words matter” The short personal essays in this collection will tug at your heartstrings. They will make you laugh and cry, and, they will make you examine your own parenting strategies. With an essay devoted to ‘poop’ and another to … Continue reading

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“Madam Tulip” by David Ahern – Book Review

Twenty-something Derry O’Donnell is an out-of-work actress.  With bills to pay, and talent to use, she is frustrated that her agent seems to have forgotten her phone number.  When Derry and her friend Bella (another out-of-work actress) put their heads … Continue reading

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“The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1⁄4 Years Old” by Hendrik Groen – Book Review

The novel opens with: “Another year, and I still don’t like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching.  Me? I am eighty-three years old.” Considering that the basis of this … Continue reading

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“A dark so deadly” by Stuart MacBride – Book Review

“Tartan noir” liberally laced with wit makes for an outstanding police procedural! A new standalone thriller from Stuart MacBride, the author of the Logan McRae mystery series. Meet Mother’s Misfit Mob – a detective unit of Police Scotland, the ‘mob’ … Continue reading

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“Britt-Marie was here” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

Britt-Marie is 63 years old and she has always felt invisible.  The only people who ever appreciated her enough to ‘see‘ her were her sister Ingrid (long since dead) and her husband Kent (for a short while after they were … Continue reading

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“My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

One of my favorite novels from last year was “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  So you can imagine my delight when I heard he has written another novel! “My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” didn’t … Continue reading

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“The storied life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin – Book Review

What a gem!  A little book with a big heart.  It grabbed me right away.  I didn’t want to put it down because that would mean it was over…. I even read the acknowledgments to prolong the inevitable when I … Continue reading

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“Three graves full” by Jamie Mason – Book Review

Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so different and so cleverly written that you just know that it will remain in your memory for years to come.  “Three graves full” by debut novelist Jamie Mason … Continue reading

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