The House of Kane: A fine read.
In this novel, Barbara Casey takes us inside the world of book publishing and who knew it could be such a cut-throat industry? This book combines intrigue, mystery and relationships, and features some of the most interesting characters that you’re likely to meet.
Few of us can imagine that intrigue plays a part in the book publishing industry but this novel shows just how fragile the system can be when Aislinn, an editor and writer, is hired by a large publishing house to solve a curious mystery.
Aislinn has her own secure life in South Florida which includes her dog (Hemingway, of course), her doctor ex-husband, the creative writing course she teaches, her somewhat eccentric neighbour and her work as an editor and writer.
But she is captivated by the mystery that is ongoing at the House of Kane publishing company — and also by its charming owner, Caldwell – an attractive and interesting widower. There are also elements in this story that you might not expect such as:
- The Hispanic ‘voodoo’, Santeria
- The mysterious homeless man who lives outside Kane’s greatest rival
- The writer who has been struck several times by lightening
- The strange history of her neighbour, Miss Howard
- The ambitious and ruthless Tracy
- The two sons of Caldwell Kane who also work at the publishing house
I highly recommend this novel, especially if you’re looking for a quick, light read. And I do hope that Barbara Casey will write a sequel – I would love to know what happens to Aislinn, to Robert, and what about Lottie and ‘the Professor’? Where did Tracy go and what is in her future? Sequel please, Ms Casey!
Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.
Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.
Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russell terrier of sorts.
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I rarely read a book without having something to criticise – that’s just my nature. And I have one recommendation for Ms Casey – whether we like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover. I apologise if it was designed by a relative or friend but please let us have the cover that this book deserves 🙂
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