Category Archives: Southern Fiction

Red clay, bad blood

Valerie Nieman is a seasoned journalist, a novelist and a poet. She uses all those experiences and talents to good effect in this, her third novel. Originally from western New York State, Valerie Nieman teaches writing at N.C. A&T State … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary literary fiction, Southern Fiction | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Watch out: Here comes Miss Julia

Ann B. Ross of Hendersonville, N.C., is a delightful lady whom I’ve had the privilege of interviewing twice – once for the Winston-Salem Journal back in the 1980s when she published The Pilgrimage, a novel about two orphaned sisters traveling … Continue reading

Posted in Mysteries, Southern Fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Michael Malone’s latest (I think), and editors or their lack

Michael Malone, a North Carolina writer, is one of my favorite contemporary authors. He’s also one of the most frustrating. At times, he goes long stretches without publishing a novel. Somehow, when he does come out with a new novel, … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Contemporary literary fiction, Southern Fiction | Leave a comment

I Still Dream About You

Here’s a review of a new audio book. I love listening to books when I’m driving by myself.  As much as I love to read the old-fashioned way, I think some books are even better when heard. By Linda Brinson … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Southern Fiction | Leave a comment

A Nose for Justice

I count Rita Mae Brown as a Southern author because she lives in the Virginia hill country, and many of her books are set there. In the book I review here, however, Brown has gone to a very different part … Continue reading

Posted in Mysteries, Southern Fiction | 1 Comment

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

By Linda Brinson Here’s my first review for Briar Patch Books. It’s a fitting topic for the debut post. While my fellow reviewers and I will tackle a variety of books, I have a special interest in Southern fiction. Tom … Continue reading

Posted in Mysteries, Southern Fiction | 10 Comments