December 27, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK:   Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick The Last Minute, Jeff Abbott Curtsies and Conspiracies, Gail Carriger The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith Daughter of the Empire, Lady Pamela Hicks Written in Blood, Anne Bishop Since David Sedaris was generous enough to tout Barbara Demick’s book, I was …

November 24, 2013

(no book recommendations this week) Remembrance and Gratitude The two months of recollection and reflection leading up to the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – and the subsequent assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy – have been a trip into times past …

November 11, 2013

Books of the Week: Parasite, Mira Grant Longbourn, Jo Baker The two books I read this week ended up taking me quite a while. Parasite andLongbourn are both well worth reading, and I didn’t want to skip over anything important. The books couldn’t be more different.   As anyone who’s followed this column …

October 31, 2013

Books of the Week: Inherit the Dead, edited by Jonathan Santlofer Serving Victoria, Kate Hubbard I don’t ordinarily review books in which I have any part, but Inherit the Dead was written for such a good cause (the proceeds benefit Safe Horizon, the US’s leading victim assistance organization) that I …

October 20, 2013

Books of the Week: Pagan Spring, G.M. Malliet Snowblind, Christopher Golden Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Jeff Guinn Diversity and Contrast are my middle names this week. I am a huge fan of G.M. Malliet’s Max Tudor books, so I was delighted to buy this one as …

October 8, 2013

Books of the Week: Dexter’s Final Cut, Jeff Lindsay Chimes at Midnight, Seanan McGuire The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker Never Go Back, Lee Child Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” books are as different from the television show as my books are from “True Blood.” Dexter’s Final Cut is the …

September 17, 2013

Books of the Week: The Buzzard Table, Margaret Maron Chosen, Benedict Jacka Murder of a Stacked Librarian, Denise Swanson Variety is definitely the spice of my reading life. I visited with an old friend this week. Any time I read Margaret Maron, I hear her voice. We have known each …

September 10, 2013

Books of the Week: A Skeleton in the Family, Leigh Perry Omens, Kelley Armstrong A Matter of Blood, Sarah Pinborough Codex Born, Jim Hines It took me some time to realize that aside from recommending Leigh Perry’s new book, I had neglected to review it; I’d read it so long …

September 3, 2013

Books of the Week: Undead and Unsure, MaryJanice Davidson Skinner, Charlie Huston Blood of Tyrants, Naomi Novik The Wolves of Midwinter, Anne Rice I apologize for the long lag between columns. I was finishing a book, myself. And I’ve read some good ones; it’s going to take me a couple …

August 10, 2013

Books of the Week: Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch Cold Shot to the Heart, Wallace Stroby My Friends Call Me Moon, James Morrow Walton It’s work pointing out that inspired by our trip to the UK, I’ve also been brushing up on my Agatha Christie. The godmother of mystery was not …