Book review: The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black,
by Cornell Woolrich
First published in 1940.
Read in this edition:
January 5, 2021
American Mystery Classics,
Penzler Publishers
Crime fiction / Noir fiction
288 pages

My tastes in literature are evolving, and right now I am really enjoying discovering old timers in mystery.
The Bride Wore Black had been on my Classics list for a while, and it turned out to be the latest Classic Spin.
I was planning to read it in July, but then I walked to the library, and the book called me from the shelf. I devoured it in a couple of days. It’s probably the very first time I tackle my classic spin so quickly!
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Book review: Vanda


by Marion Brunet.
was first published in 2020.
Translated from the French by
Katherine Gregor
Bitter Lemon Press
US release date 4/19/2022
Psychological thriller
Noir fiction
208 pages

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According to my experience with Marion Brunet’s previous novel, Summer of Reckoning, I was not expecting a rosy novel.
Here again in Vanda, we find the portrait of life and misery in France, but this time in Marseille, and focused on a mother and her son, struggling to survive among many difficulties. Click to continue reading

Book review: Summer of Reckoning

Summer of Reckoning

Summer of Reckoning,
by Marion Brunet.
L’Eté circulaire
was first published in 2018.
Translated from the French by
Katherine Gregor
Bitter Lemon Press
US release date 4/15/2020
224 pages

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It is said that Marion Brunet is famous for her YA novels. For the first time, she launched into mystery with Summer of Reckoning and received a prestigious award for it in France.
Two teenagers are actually at the center of this novel, and through the dramatic events of a particular summer, they quickly grow up.
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