December Editorial

Curling up with a good book is an essential for me, as is a favourite blanket and mug of cocoa, now that winter is fast approaching. So what titles does the team here recommend for your December Holiday reading? Some of their own personal favourites, that’s what.

First up on our recommendation list is, of course, the British author, Sarah Waters. Lisa, our resident bookworm and editorial guru, loves the historical aspect of Sarah’s literary novels. And where best to start you might ask? Ah, that one is easy she tells me. Lisa recommended: Fingersmith, a rollicking good ride into the depths of depraved Victorian society. She also says she thoroughly enjoyed, Tipping The Velvet. Which screenwriter Andrew Davis is quoted as saying:

“It’s Pride and Prejudice with dirty bits.”

Well, one can’t argue with either Davis or Lisa. So don’t miss out on these two excellent lesbian-themed stories with a decidedly Victorian flare.

If the depths of Victorian London are not what you’re looking for, and you’d prefer something in a decidedly lighter vein. Then maybe you’d be happier curling up with Morgan Hunt’s humorous super-slueth, Tess Camillo, in Sticky Fingers. Both Morgan and her alter-ego Tess always somehow manage to make me smile, maybe they will you too. Give this one a try, you won’t be sorry.

Still not sure? Maybe I can persuade you to grab a copy of Grave Silence, the first in Rose Beecham’s trilogy of mystery/thrillers that also include, Sleep of Reason and Places Of Exile. These three are in my own list of personal favourites, and show not only great story-telling, but a really well fleshed-out and flawed lead character. Throw in some romance and what more could you want?

Of course, you just might decide you want to take yourself off on an adventure, and what better way to do that (without leaving the confines of the couch) is through the pages of Helen Macpherson’s riveting down-under romance, Colder Than Ice. Pit yourself against the weather and the odds, and enjoy the romance of more than just the scenery of the Antarctic and the great outback, Australia.

Again, if Australia and humour are what you’re looking for, then Susan’s suggestion to me was Aussie-based author, Lindy Cameron, someone she discovered just recently. Not one to miss a good recommendation, I went out bought Bleeding Hearts, which I started this weekend. So expect a review to come soon.

Whatever your choices, I hope we’ve given you some ideas for the up-coming Holidays, and those long gloomy winter nights, when all anyone really wants to do is curl up with a good book!



Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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