• Becky Bechhold

Double Issue


The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock

This story of a Danish Jeffery Epstein may be too much for some readers but I found the plot to be engaging and I enjoy a good revenge.

B+















Fight Night by Miriam Toewes


Toewes books are infused with her Mennonite heritage and culture. This story, told by a young girl, centers on her ferociously spirited, determined, and loving grandmother. A somewhat slow start gives way to a rapidly moving and satisfying finish.

A-













A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson


This title made me leary that the book would be a Hallmark movie book, but it was listed for the Booker Prize so I gave it a go. Quietly impressive, Lawson is never treacly, always honest. A lovely read.

A













These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Cooper lives in a remote cabin with his 8 year old daughter, Finch. Why they are there is slowly revealed as events threaten their isolation. Great for a Book Club discussion.

A















Skinship: Stories by Yoon Choi


Good not great, only because no one is happy in this collection of stories of Korean immigrants. The last story was the most satisfying for me. Are there really no positive immigrant experiences?

B














True Crime Story by Joseph Knox


So angry that I wasted my time on this over-hyped book. Slow, uninteresting characters and the perpetrator was only on the margins of the whole book.

F
















The Listening House by Mabel Seeley


This is a reissue of a 1938 mystery about a young woman living in a rooming house and several murders which occur in quick succession. Delightful, and a deft description of life in the Depression. Particularly enjoyable heroine who is confident, savvy and tenacious.

A