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Written by a Shakespeare expert, The Shakespeare Conspiracy is a treatise on the importance of proper timing in a novel. Written by Jeffrey McQuain, the novel is not inaccessible or pretentious. In fact, it successfully manages to educate the reader on Shakespeare’s mastery of storytelling within the integration of a true thriller.
The protagonist here is Christopher Klewe, who has the unfortunate catalyst of his friend being murdered that allows him to discover what has been lurking around him for over 400 years. Klewe decides to help investigate his friends murder, taking the reader on a journey that ultimately results in the resolution of a truly strange mystery.
What’s fascinating is that it is Shakepeare’s own words that act as anagrams that help Klewe find the truth about his friend murder. It’s a history lesson and a literary lesson all in one. The story itself is well paced and clearly well researched, and will be gobbled right up by the flair for elegant prose and exquisite plotting. Cinematic in its presentation, The Shakespeare Conspiracy will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who adore The Da Vinci Code.
This one’s a keeper.
In “Sideways: The Sideways Series Book 1”, author Annie Carisle manages to create a mash-up of sorts of all the elements that make fiction so great. She incorporates intrigue and intensity, throws in some humour before things get too intense, and then comes back and throws in some gut-wrenching plot points.
In “Sideways”, our protagonist has a picture-perfect existence, which any seasoned reader will instantly knows is a catalyst for pending unraveling. Olive Prescott, said heroine, is viciously attached one night, forcing her to reevaluate her stance on life.
There are some roadblocks to Olivia’s road to happiness, primarily one man who is described as having “dark, soulful eyes” who keeps trying to integrate himself in Olivia’s life. This throws another wrench in Olivia’s current attack-induced state of second guessing herself and her romantic choices.
But wait! This book is also told from the POV of said man with the eyes. Gabriel Hughes, a savant when it comes to security and investigations, is enamored with Olivia but is unsure, as Olivia is, if romance is something that should go from in-the-cards to something more real.
The novel gracefully moves from a contemplation of human emotions to the more visceral needs of human life. It’s an interesting exploration of the choices we make, as well as with the coping mechanisms we have adopted with the choices that have already been made.
Fitting into my ever-increasing arsenal of books read that are literally genre mash-ups, Seeking Wanda by Ken Grissom is a quick-paced, entertaining thriller. Set in 1997 (with khaki pants and peasant shirts abound, I bet), the story finds Robert, a private investigator, embarking on a rather uninteresting car insurance case. However, it quickly comes to light that a murder case is truly what’s happened, immersing Robert in situations he never thought he would find himself within.
I’m not exactly sure as to why Ken Grissom decided to set his novel in 1997, but its a moot point. Seeking Wanda isn’t written in a way that criticizes modern technology or current methods of investigation. Instead, it adds deeper levels to the character portrait of Robert and his intentions.
There’s an overarching theme in Seeking Wanda about the importance of love and its importance in the human condition. The wide variety of settings and situations makes the novel an interesting play between genre conventions and subversions, making Seeking Wanda not only a thriller, but a conversation between the reader and the author.
Isn’t that a not-quite-completed Bethesda Terrace and the Central Park Lake on the far left?
Landscape painter George Loring Brown depicts a very rustic Central Park in 1862, after the park had officially opened but with much more work to still be done. The city looms to the south.
- Shearling Wool Coat – Gieves & Hawkes
- Henley Contras tee – Alexander McQueen
- Denim – Saint Laurent
- Brogue Boots – Thom Browne
- Belt – Louis Vuitton
Gieves & Hawkes
- Navy wool
- Detachable shearling collar, two front flap pockets, two internal pockets, fully lined
- Double-breasted button fastenings
- Fabric1: 100% wool; fabric2: 100% shearling (sheep); fabric3: 50% cotton, 50% cupro; lining: 100% cupro
- Dry clean
- Grey cotton-jersey T-shirt
- Black front panel
- Button fastenings along front
- 100% cotton; trim: 100% cotton
- Machine wash
- Black, stretch-cotton denim
- Mid rise, skinny leg
- Classic five pockets, belt loops
- Centre-front top-button and concealed zip fastening
- 98% cotton, 2% elastane.
- Dry clean
- Black suede and leather
- Striped grosgrain pull tabs, tasselled laces, wingtip detail, Dainite rubber soles
- Made in Italy
- Come with dust bags