February 19, 2014

Books of the Week: Up from the Grave, Jeaniene Frost Dead Harvest, Chris F. Holm The Nero Wolfe books, Rex Stout The Girl with all the Gifts, M.R. Carey Jeaniene Frost ended her hugely popular Cat and Bones series with a great bang. Up from the Grave contains revelation after …

January 31, 2014

Books of the Week:   Jane and Prudence, A Few Green Leaves, An Academic Question, An Unsuitable Attachment, Barbara Pym The Cat and Bones books by Jeaniene Frost Indexing, Seanan McGuire As you can see, I continued my Barbara Pym binge. There are minor characters who pop up in many …

January 14, 2014

Books of the Week:   The Last Minute, Jeff Abbott Fiend, Peter Stenson Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell I went on a Barbara Pym reading binge right around New Year’s Day. I’ve talked about her books here before, so I won’t now at any length: but I read “No Fond Return …

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 …