The Scarab Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine My rating: 5 of 5 stars S. S. Van Dine is at it again with a plot filled with more twists than a back country road. Taking place in a brownstone mansion equipped with its very own Egyptian museum, The Scarab Murder Case involves murder, love, jealousy,… Continue reading The Scarab Murder Case
The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Escape into the depths of northern Arizona’s canyons where realities change and spirits are healed. In the wake of the Great War Carley Burch finds herself dreaming of wedding bells and city life with her fiance, Glenn, in the wonderful metropolis… Continue reading The Call of the Canyon
The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wealth, romance, adventure, and one woman’s struggle with addiction. This 1909 novel is right on par with Robert W. Chambers‘ love of walking the edge of what was acceptable for society at the time and then taking one step farther with tactful… Continue reading The Danger Mark
Red-Headed Woman by Katharine Brush My rating: 3 of 5 stars My apologies to any and all red headed women out there. This book does not paint you well at all. And in 1937, when the book was published, I’m sure plenty of auburn tresses were glared at while husbands’ arms were tightly gripped. Beware… Continue reading Red-Headed Woman
The Greene Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine My rating: 5 of 5 stars Our very own American version of Sherlock Holmes, but this time with intelligence comes a charming disposition in which heiresses are taken weak in the knees and even the hardiest of frauen purr like kittens in his presence. He’s classically handsome,… Continue reading The Greene Murder Case
Smoke Bellew by Jack London My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reader beware – those who open this tale will find their days outside the novel filled with dreams of the Yukon, sled racing, and gold. I promise, you will never look at an egg the same again. Christopher “Kit” Bellew is a yuppy, lazy,… Continue reading Smoke Bellew
Rex Beach is a favorite of mine. Long since passed, his life was filled with adventure, prospecting failure, writing success, and Olympic silver! Flowing Gold was not the first book of his that I picked up, but it is the one I seem to pick up repeatedly.