Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2009: Crimes & Punishments

[CATEGORIES: Literature, Lapham's Quarterly, Reading, Book Review] [Click HERE to see my previous posts referencing Lapham's Quarterly.] [Some of LQ’s contents are available free.] [All photos or web clips are of pages in the C & P issue of L.Q.] The crimes and punishments presented, some real and some fiction, are equally abhorrent.  The nearer to … Continue reading Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2009: Crimes & Punishments

CARTE BLANCHE by Carlo Lucarelli

Europa Editions again. Translated from the Italian. Truly a novella. Just a shade over 100 pages. Thus my clipped sentences. Set in Fascist Italy at the very end of World War II as the Allies move up from the south. A murder mystery with Italian flair. Very little World War directly involved. Giancarlo Giannini with his … Continue reading CARTE BLANCHE by Carlo Lucarelli


After reading a Europa Editions book translated from French (see my previous recent blog The Most Beautiful Book....) I decided to read a book translated from Irish, Little Criminals. Actually, I suppose it didn't need much translation. I had a good sense of what most of the slang meant, some of the names were unimaginable, and … Continue reading LITTLE CRIMINALS by Gene Kerrigan

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (a book)

Are you not exactly salivating, ravenous, and craving a meandering murder mystery with graphic sexual overtones such as Dragon Tattoo? For something COMPLETELY different perhaps you'd like the subject book, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows. This is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining books I've read in some time. It's fiction, set … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (a book)