Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler retells The Taming of the Shrew. It was an enjoyable, light read, basically a love story about 29-year-old Kate, whose scientist father engineered a romance by matchmaking her with his research assistant, Pyotr. Kate is unwilling to help her father - he needs to keep Pyotr in the country to continue his research, and Pyotr's visa is about to expire. Kate's father tries to persuade Kate to an arranged marriage so that Pyotr can legally stay in the country.
How Pyotr manages to win her over is the theme of the story, and Tyler has done a marvelous job with her retelling of Shakespeare's story.
The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi.
Set on a remote Greek island, the plot surrounds the poisoning of a local fisherman and the possible connection to the icon of Our Lady of Sorrows in the local church. There are also questions about the catacombs beneath the church and the secrets kept by some of the colorful local people of the village. The investigator is a visitor to the island, the enigmatic detective Hermes Diaktoros, whom the novel refers to only as the Fat Man. A good plot and an intriguing setting, the book looks at another side of of an otherwise beautiful tourist island.
I have downloaded two of the other books in Zouroudis' Greek Detective mystery series - The Whispers of Nemesis and The Feast of Artemis.
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I loved Vinegar Girl...Anne Tyler's writing sold me on it. Now I want to check out Dunbar. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATESReplyDelete
I liked Dunbar and hope you do too!Delete
I’ve seen a lot of great reviews of Vinegar Girl. That cover always catches my attention. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Aj @ Read All The Things!
Cover and story are both winners!Delete
Anne Tyler is wonderful. She could write about anything, even a Shakespeare remix.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed it!Delete
Vinegar Girl sounds wonderful. Have a terrific week, Harvee!ReplyDelete
Have great reading, Suko!Delete
I usually really like Anne Tyler, I should add this to my list. AND I had forgotten about those Greek mysteries. I need to get re-acquainted.ReplyDelete
I am rereading some I have already read but forgotten!Delete
That Hobart Shakespeare series sounds intriguing. I should add those books to my list but my list is so full right now. Come see my week here. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Too many books and not enough time, I agree!Delete
I love the looks of the Greek Detective mysteries, especially The Feast of Artemis (love love love that cover). I need to look into those because Greece. :)ReplyDelete
Don't be disappointed when the author also writes about the seamier side of the island culture!Delete
I read Vinegar Girl near the beginning of the year and enjoyed it. I'm getting ready for the new year. Come see what I'm looking forward to and what I'm reading now.ReplyDelete
Glad you bliked it too!Delete
Anne Tyler was one of my favourite novelists when I was in my early 20s, i have to get back to her writing soonest.ReplyDelete
Your books look pretty cool! I am such a cover junkie though :) have a great week!ReplyDelete
Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks