Tag Archives: Penguin

The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

The Woman in the Purple Skirt, recently translated from Japanese, is one of the more memorable psychological novels I have read in a while. In it, the narrator, the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan, is always watching the titular Woman in the Purple Skirt. At first, I didn’t see anything unseemingly about this since the […]

Letters of Note: War compiled by Shaun Usher

I actually dreaded reading this volume because of its subject matter, but it turned out to be a brilliant read! As one would expect, there are some heartbreaking letters included in this collection, but they are few and far between compared to the heartwarming ones. ūüôā It was also a curious read for me because […]

Letters of Note: Cats compiled by Shaun Usher

Cats is one of the first few books Penguin Books have published as a part of their new Letters of Note literary collection. I like the concept of this series. Shaun Usher has selected some fascinating letters and compiled them under different themes, which is special, considering snail mail letters have become a thing of […]

Maigret and the Nahour Case by Georges Simenon

Inspector Maigret is experiencing chilly weather, and so am I! ūüėÄ In Maigret and the Nahour Case, our good detective is asleep when the sound of the phone ringing disrupts his dreams in the middle of the night. The phone call is from Pardon, with whom Maigret and his wife had enjoyed a scrumptious meal […]

Maigret’s Patience by Georges Simenon

While all Inspector Maigret novels are standalones, I feel the readers can benefit tremendously by reading Maigret Defends Himself, the previous installment in the series, before getting into Maigret’s Patience. Maigret’s Patience is set ten days after the events in Maigret Defends Himself, where Maigret had to clear his name against a bogus sexual harassment […]

Maigret Defends Himself by Georges Simenon

‘In the whole of your career have you ever encountered a truly wicked criminal… A conscious criminal, one who’s responsible for his own actions, and acts out of pure spite?’ This question Pardon, Maigret’s longtime friend and family physician, posed during a dinner conversation sets the stage to the 63rd installment in the Inspector Maigret […]

Maigret and the Ghost by Georges Simenon

It is winter in Paris, and Maigret has just arrived at home in the dead of the night to catch up on sleep after wrapping up rather a difficult case. However, Maigret’s plans are shattered when Inspector Lapointe visits him at daybreak to inform him of a shooting that has happened on Avenue Junot. Inspector […]

Maigret’s Anger by Georges Simenon

Finally, the weather is cooling down here in Ann Arbor, and I’m ever so glad to see the back end of the hot summer months! But unfortunately for Maigret, the dog days of summer have just begun in Paris. Anticipating the annual influx of tourists, most Parisians have begun their exodus for more serene getaways […]

Maigret and the Tramp by Georges Simenon

This summer, my blog didn’t see much action. I’ve been busy making summer plans, and then away – but now I’m finally back from a wonderful vacation in Mexico City, I’m so ready to get back into the groove. While I have a ton of books waiting to be read, I wanted to go with […]

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

I think I’m going to have to take a break from contemporary domestic thrillers as soon as I finish reading the ones that are already in my TBR stacks. Lately, they all read the same to me. With familiar plots and twists, they don’t wow me anymore like they once did, and I had been […]

Maigret and the Saturday Caller by Georges Simenon

Lately, I have been having marvelous luck with my Crime Classic picks! I loved Michael Gilbert‚Äôs Death in Captivity, which I read a couple of weeks back. Set in a POW camp during WWII, it is one of the most unusual whodunits I’ve read. And now with¬†Maigret and the Saturday Caller, I have a new […]

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

This time around, the Women’s Prize for Fiction judges surprised readers by advancing both Circe and The Silence of the Girls into the shortlist. This decision disappointed many Women’s Prize for Fiction enthusiasts who didn’t expect to see two Greek mythology retellings among the final six novels. However, while I’m at peace with both their […]

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

Before I begin my review, let me take a moment to say how much I love this cover! While I agree with the age old saying that one mustn’t judge a book by its cover, nothing can explain the excitement I feel when I see aesthetically pleasing designs. I suppose we have the advent of […]

Maigret and the Lazy Burglar by Georges Simenon

Usually, I’m a stickler for reading books in order, but I think blogging has influenced the way I read. After learning that one doesn’t have to follow the books in the Inspector Maigret series in the chronological order they were written, I decided to go with the flow and read them on a whim! The […]

The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: The First Person

I think the title story is my favorite among the pronoun-themed stories in this collection. In it, the narrator is a woman possibly in her fifties in a new relationship with “you” who is a bit younger than herself. Because of her age, the narrator is not sure if she wants to pursue this relationship. […]