Stacy Tomaszewski

Reading Interests: 
Mysteries, YA literature, Poetry
What I'm Reading Now: 
I'm re-reading the Nero Wolfe Mysteries!

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Janeite noun Jane·ite \ˈjā-ˌnīt\ : an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen's writings Jane Austen is arguably more popular now than she has ever been, and her life and work have inspired countless fictional sequels, adaptations, and spin-offs. It is difficult to browse a bookstore these days without seeing a reworking of one of her novels by some distinguished author. Crime novelist Val McDermid recently published her retelling of Northanger Abbey and the popular mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith has an adaptation of Emma forthcoming. Even more interesting than the plethora of Janeite fiction available, are the extremely varied nonfiction offerings...Read more...
The Vanishing Thief
In honor of Valentine's Day, here are a few mysteries--both series and stand-alone--that will appeal to romance readers. Happy Reading! Why Didn't They Ask Evens? Agatha Christie A bad slice on the golf course leads Bobby Jones to the discovery of a dying man on the beach. His last words, "Why didn't they ask Evans?", intrigue Bobby, and he confides in his adventurous friend Lady Frances (Frankie) Derwent. Soon the intrepid pair is in hot pursuit of a clever killer. Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries start with: Death at Wentwater Court ​Carola Dunn In the Roaring 20's, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple shocks...Read more...
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Dip into one of these books about books! 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff Through a series of letters, American Hanff recounts her quest to understand literature, and her long-distance relationship with a British bookstore and its staff. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie ​Also available as an electronic audiobook Sijie tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with...Read more...
Is Once Upon a Time your favorite tv show? Did you enjoy Snow White and the Huntsman or Into the Woods ? If so, you may like one of these magical novels. Folk and fairy tales have a powerful draw--even for grown-ups. Indeed, many of the tales told to children the world-over have darker, more adult versions. There are countless books for all ages that take the well-know stories of childhood and spin them into something familiar but brand-new. Below are a few examples of stand-out folk/fairy tale adaptations for teens and adults. American Gods Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman...Read more...
Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry
Homemade gifts are always a great idea for the holidays. Here are five beading books that will help you to produce beautiful jewelry--not matter what your skill level might be! Happy Beading!! Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers This book provides guidance for anyone who wants to know the techniques and equipment of beading. Bohemian-inspired Jewelry : 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel The designs in this gorgeous book are classy, classic, and surprisingly easy! The Art of Forgotten Things: Creating Jewelry From Objects From the Past by Melanie Doerman ​This book combines classic...Read more...
Celebrate the holiday season with one of these seasonal mysteries! And Four to Go: a Nero Wolfe Foursome by Rex Stout This collection of four stories features three holiday pieces covering Easter, the Fourth of July, and Christmas. In "Christmas Party", Archie Goodwin--tired of Nero Wolfe micro-managing his life--tells a little fib that leads to a big problem for the rotund detective and his faithful legman. Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier also available as an eBook Lucy Stone is looking forward to her acting debut in "A Christmas Carol", but many of the people in her town of Tinker's...Read more...
The Weird
Are you looking for something spooky or mysterious to read, but don't have time for a whole book? Dip into one of these short story anthologies. San Francisco Noir edited by Peter Maravelis The stories in this anthology are all set in or concern San Francisco. If you're interested in stories from another city, check out Akashic's other City Noir anthologies. A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger This recent anthology features stories by popular mystery writers such as S.J. Rozan, Charles Todd, Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, and...Read more...
Mistress of the Art of Murder
Historical fiction can be a fun way to get a feel for a particular time period or place in history. Here are thirteen historical mystery series for you to try! Ancient Egypt (Reign of King Tutankhamen ) Lynda S. Robinson Lord Meren series Start with: Murder in the Place of Anubis The teenage Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, calls on his trusted investigator, Lord Meren when a killer desecrates the sacred Place of Anubis. Unfortunately, the victim was universally hated and there is no shortage of suspects. Lord Meren must use his cunning to uncover the killer before the king's authority is undermined--or...Read more...
Beautiful & Pointless by David Orr
Poetry--and especially modern poetry--can be daunting, particularly since it sometimes reminds us of school where we were challenged to suss out some definitive "meaning". In truth, poetry can be rewarding to read, particularly because it sometimes can express things to us that prose cannot touch. The real trick is to find poets who speak to you. One person's favorite can leave another person cold. Here we offer a few poets--all with quite different styles--for you to sample. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou By Maya Angelou American poet and memoirist Angelou's simple, often confessional poems frequently use the experience...Read more...