Book review If We Had Known

At what point do we label other people’s behavior as disturbing, or potentially harmful to society? Where does the right to privacy end and the need for public safety begin? Who is responsible ...

Book: Crime & Punctuation

Michelle "Mikki" Lincoln hadn't seen her hometown or her high school classmates for decades. Then the retired English teacher learned that her childhood home was on the market. A recent widow, she bought ...

Book: Sisters Like Us

Sisters Harper and Stacey are almost polar opposites — Harper can bake, decorate and celebrate with ease every holiday from Christmas to National Recliner Day; Stacey is a brilliant medical researcher ...

Book: Until Proven Guilty

J.A. Jance finds a way to make a nearly implausible situation plausible in “Until Proven Guilty,” the first in her J.P. Beaumont series of suspense novels. The books are set in Seattle and ...

Book: The Third Victim

We read suspense and mystery novels to exercise our minds as we solve clues and to raise our blood pressure as we wonder whodunit and why. So it was a good thing, wasn’t it, when I misplaced my ...

Book: Every Other Weekend

Set in 1988, Zulema Renee Summerfield’s “Every Other Weekend” focuses on a third-grader, Nenny, who has serious fears, both reasonable and comic. For example, she worries about burglars ...

Book: A Certain Justice

In “A Certain Justice,” P.D. James gives readers richly drawn characters and a look at the internal workings (and complications) of the British legal system. She’s a master of the murder ...

Book: Job of the Wasp

Did I like “The Job of the Wasp,” Colin Winnette’s ghost story of a novel about a remote school for orphaned boys? Did I dislike it? More than a week after finishing the short book (191 ...

Book: The Leisure Seeker

With varying degrees of force, everyone tries to stop Ella and John Robina from taking one final cross-country vacation in their Leisure Seeker camper, the title character in Michael Zadoorian’s ...

Book: The Edge

What a pleasure it was to reread “The Edge,” one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors, the late Dick Francis. Francis generally sets his novels in the world of English horse ...

Book: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

What’s the most frightening thing that can happen to a traveler, aside from a medical catastrophe or natural disaster? Likely, it’s losing your passport, identification and money, especially ...

Book: An Aegean April

Powerful entrepreneurs — you could call them “criminals” — have figured out a way to make loads of money off the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries via the Mediterranean ...

The Gunners / Rebecca Kauffman

I liked Rebecca Kauffman’s “The Gunners,” a story about lifelong friends who get together after several years to attend the funeral of one of their group. I really did. Not as much, ...

Book: Educated

In one of her first college classes, Tara Westover came upon a word she didn’t recognize in the description of a painting being projected onto a screen by her humanities professor. She raised her ...

Book: The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

When she and her husband were having their house built, Ingrid told the contractor to omit the shower stall listed on the bathroom plans. A tub would suffice, she figured, and there would be plenty of ...

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