Two ‘Vera’ stories

I love crime stories, so I enjoyed these books. They’re well–written and fast-paced, they have intriguing mysteries  and they keep you guessing about the murderer. But there’s something missing. For me, at least. Character. A crime story doesn’t need a lot of character. It’s not a literary novel, digging deep into motive and action, searching …

Ballet Shoes

This is the book Meg Ryan knows about in You’ve Got Mail… as well as all the other Shoes books. And it’s wonderful. Engaging characters doing their best to survive a series of setbacks and disappointments in the theatre and ballet. The audition passages are gripping. It’s also a window into a pre-war (1937) world …