• American,  Crime fiction,  Random,  Southern

    The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

    When you are in a Southern crime fiction mood you just have to roll with it! After compiling some nice looking Southern mysteries last month I had no other option but to read Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies. The novel came to my attention after a good friend swore it was the perfect reading when you are in a Gillian Flynn hangover – yes, that’s a thing – and I have to say, she was 100% right. The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter is a fast-paced mystery that tells the story of Meg Ashley, daughter to Frances Ashley, a best-selling author idolised by her 1970’s cult horror novel Kitten. Frances’ success…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

    Some years ago I decided my thing was Southern literature. I had never read anything by a Southern author, but the setting and the history were interesting enough to me to take for granted I would love Southern literature. After some research, I decided Eudora Welty (whose work as a photographer produced the image on the banner) was the perfect author to start reading about the South, from a Southern perspective. My choice was The Optimist’s Daughter. I structure this review because I did not want to leave anything important behind. Buy at Book Depository: The people of Mount Salus, Mississippi always felt good about Judge McKelva. He was a…