The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies
by Connie Spittler

River Junction Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-991-40936-5.
Reviewed by Mary Jo Doig
Posted on 09/03/2015

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Literary

"Oooo-ooo-oo," my librarian friend said, her voice slowly raising, then falling, as she gazed down at the title of my latest book: The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies.

I chuckled, "It's not quite what you think, Claire. It's a cozy little mystery with a bunch of wonderful, quirky characters about an erotica book club for nice ladies, and much more."

She looked at me with a raised eyebrow, doubt painted across her blue eyes as if to say, "right!"

Lily McFae is a librarian who had arranged a prestigious book exhibit for her library in Groverly, California. Then, suddenly and unjustly, she was released from her job before the exhibit arrived. Deeply dispirited, as Lily pondered how to begin a new life, she saw an old, parked bookmobile for sale. She knew right then what she would do: buy the bookmobile and travel around to share with others her unfathomable love of books. Shortly before she started her journey, she re-visited her library and noticed an extra book tucked in a back corner of the exhibit, a rare book of herbs and cures, centuries old, lay there.

The unfolding story is rich with charming twists and turns between the numerous fascinating characters in the new town where Lily settles and forms a book club based on the members' interests. The women, the eclectic townspeople, the rare book, the natural world, and more than a touch of the spiritual world intersect time and again in ways that keep the reader completely engrossed. The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies is a story for anyone who loves books, herbs, cozy mysteries, deeper insights into classic books, serendipitous encounters, and the remarkable synergy between circles of women with shared passions.

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Connie Spittler, the author of several nonfiction books and essays, studied Radio, TV, Communications at Creighton University and worked as a writer/producer, receiving a Clio and other national recognition. She taught writing at the University of Arizona Writing Center. She and her husband live in Omaha, NE. Visit her website.

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