"A woman must uncover the secrets of the past before she can face her future.
"Sweeping through time and set compellingly against the backdrop of real events—among them some that took place during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and in China during World War II—Margit Liesche's third novel is at once mystery, family drama, tangled romance and sweeping historical saga. Its main female character, a teacher and librarian named Ildiko, is both accomplished and haunted. Her efforts to discover the secrets of the past lead her to a greater understanding of her particular place in the world and how she got there.
"TRIPTYCH is a family saga with believable characters who care for each other interwoven into the rebellions in Hungary blending the past with the present in this wonderful page turner. The writing is hypnotic with the reader being in Ilkido's shoes for every step. Combining the past events into an organized and relevant story is as masterful as the woven TRIPTYCH being unwound and again stitched mixing the past with who we are today."
"This meticulously researched novel brought the Budapest Revolution to vivid life as I followed the engaging heroine, Ildiko Palmay, from the dangerous beginnings of the Cold War to its equally fraught ending. . . Liesche . . . creates insightful and haunting characters who had me wondering about their fates long after I reluctantly read the final page. Highly recommended!"
"Part history, part mystery, part thriller, part romance, part saga, this is a novel with something for everyone! Above all else it brings back a time and a place we should never have forgotten. Moving through countries and generations, this is a big story, which, in Liesche's hands, nevertheless remains tender and human-sized."
"TRIPTYCH is a beautifully penned, lyrical blend of past and present that focuses on a chapter of history that deserves attention. The Hungarian uprising of 1956 lays bare the longing for freedom of a culture that preceded ours by centuries. You need to read Margit Liesche's poignant tribute. You won't regret it."
"In her wonderful novel, TRIPTYCH, Margit Liesche revisits the 1956 Hungarian Revolution . . .(and) folds in the l986 story of her protagonist, Ildiko, a 37-year-old Hungarian American who is trying to understand her family's recent history. . .Illuminated by her richly descriptive prose, Liesche keeps us mesmerized by the folding and unfolding of Ildiko's brave quest for answers. A splendid read!"
"Liesche packs her wide-eyed adventure with tidbits about aeronautics, vintage Hollywood and the war, honoring the underappreciated women who made such a difference."
"Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined."
"Details of the WASP program and Hollywood's contributions to the war effort add to the story of a patriotic young woman in an unconventional job."
"Paying homage to the WASP warriors, Liesche writes an engaging WWII military mystery that provides a deep look at the female pilot corps and...hooks the audience."
Genre Go Round
"Women in fast planes, Nazi spies (or are they?), Hollywood stars, Amelia Earhart's saddle shoes and Bela Lugosi's assistancewow. Hollywood Buzz is a perfect blend of fantasy (hey, it's Hollywood!) and closely researched realism, and I look forward to more of Pucci's aerial adventures."
Laurie King, author of the Mary Russell mystery books
"Fascinating reading and a perfect WASP profile. The story is true to the WASP spirit and love of adventure. I loved every line."
F.G. Shutsy Reynolds, WASP Class 44-W-5
"Hollywood Buzz delivers the goods with the air of a snappy salute as it parachutes us into a fascinating time in Hollywood history when movies and the military teamed up to win a war. Well-researched, inventive and featuring a plucky leading lady who gets to wear khaki and hang out with Clark Gable."
Gregory Orr, producer of "Hollywood Commandos: the story of the First Motion Picture Unit in World War II"
"Pucci Lewis is backand that's good news for readers and for the U. S. during WWII. This time, the clever Women Airforce Service Pilot is in Hollywood, where things have gone horribly wrong while a propaganda film was being made. A sister-pilot is in critical condition, a director is murdered, there are ominous signs of Nazi sabotageand Bela Lugosi himself is part of the mix. Fast-moving and suspenseful, Hollywood Buzz shows us that Pucci's got style, smarts and tricky moves on the ground as well as in the air."
Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series
"A most enjoyable read...a splendid job of re-creating the world of Fort Roach, where I served from Oct. 1942 to Sept. 1945."
Mal Wald, screenwriter/creator of 'Naked City'
"Hollywod Buzz... a memorable character and fascinating storyline... sure to create a buzz in the literary world... Hollywod Buzz... an adrenaline rush... will appeal to history buffs, WWII enthusiasts, military lovers, and those still captivated by the golden age of Hollywood."
Military Writers Society of America (read the full review)
LIPSTICK AND LIES
"A sharply written adventure/mystery debut with a fine feeling for the period."
Kirkus Reviews (read the full review)
"Lipstick and Lies is a 1940's WWII mystery full of murder, espionage and quirky characters. This fast paced mystery novel will be enjoyed by those who love mystery and period pieces."
Reader Views (read the full review)
"...debut WWII-era spy novel introduces Pucci Lewis, a charming, savvy Women Airforce Service Pilot...and...teases out interesting parallels between the 1940s and the present day."
"Undercover action in WWII histories usually takes place behind enemy lines in overseas warzones. But Margit Liesche has combined the actual operations of a Nazi spy ring in Detroit with Pucci Lewis, a fictional agent whose OSS training unmasks a plot that could have put America at risk. This is an exciting, beautifully written documented adventure story that combines fact and fiction into an engrossing drama of spy work and the actual infiltration of Nazi agents into mid-west America."
Elizabeth McIntosh, former OSS agent and author of Sisterhood of Spies
"Lipstick and Lies is a fabulous WWII espionage action adventure that gives the audience a taste of the era from a rarely seen focus; that of a WASP. Besides a fabulous spy thriller and a vivid look at Detroit in 1943, the tale also provides a fascinating undercurrent as the two federal agencies compete rather than cooperate as it is heresy to collaborate; apparently based on the 9/11 Commission that rivalry had not changed as of September 2001 except the OSS morphed into the CIA. Margit Liesche provides a soaring historical thriller that takes off at the onset and never lands until the final quite interesting especially because of who's who confrontation."
Harriet Klausner (read the full review)
"A gripping WWII spy thriller with a delicious twist: a pro-Nazi spy ring working within an upscale US ladies' club, and the agent sent to infiltrate it a perky WASP pilot called Pucci Lewis. Liesche evokes great period feel and gives us the added bonus of featuring a real female spy of the era."
Rhys Bowen, author of the Evan Evans and Molly Murphy Mystery Novels
"A terrific debut! Lipstick and Lies is entertaining, suspenseful and surprising, but as a terrific bonus, it opens a window on the battles fought on the WWII homefront and the smart, gutsy women who fought them. Pucci Lewis and Margit Liesche are off to a flying start!"
Judy Greber, aka Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper mysteries
"Everything historical mystery fans wanta gripping story and fascinating details of the role of women in WWII espionage."
Priscilla Royal, author of medieval mystery series based at Tyndal Priory