Liar Moon at Euro Crime

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Historical, Italy, review

I have been having a few days away from blogging because I have been tangling with some VAT accounts. But you can read my review of Ben Pastor’s Liar Moon at Euro Crime.

Bitter Lemon Press do a very good job in bringing us excellent books from lesser known authors, and in this case also choosing another book cover that I thought was a perfect match for the story. 

Ben is the pen name of Maria Verbena therefore as a contrast to the dark book cover, and dark story I have posted a photo of the author enjoying some sunshine.

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – Thanks for sharing this; it’s an excellent review of a series that I do not know enough about. Time to rectify that, methinks.

  2. VAT is such a tiresome disease 😉

    And I wonder which of your photos will appeal mostly to male readers. Personally I prefer the stately car even though the cover signals a darker book than most of those I read.

  3. Norman says:

    Thanks Margot.

    I definitely agree about tax Dorte. Sorry but most of the books I have read recently have been written by attractive women or elderly males eg Charles McCarry and Andrea Camilleri.

  4. kathy d. says:

    Wonder why the author is using a male pseudonym, if it’s her idea or her publisher’s. Is the publisher thinking that men wouldn’t read books set in WWII Italy if obviously written by a woman?
    It’s one thing to use initials but to use a male name?

  5. Norman says:

    Kathy it is interesting that Maria Verbena chose the Ben as her name, or perhaps it was chosen for her.

  6. Ann says:

    Maria Verbena is such a lovely name. Most authors who write for a male or male/female audience use initials – J.A. Jance, J.K. Rowling are two of them. Apparently most men won’t pick up a book written by a female author!

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