Book: Eureka

Otis Halstead has been a respectable, responsible citizen for 59 1/2 years. He’s served on community boards, raised a daughter, faithfully accompanied his wife to Sunday services, and guided the ...

Book: Buried in the Sky

When we think of mountain climbing, we usually think of Everest, the world’s highest peak. But many of the most serious climbers now consider Everest more of a tourist excursion than a real challenge ...

Book: The Pyramid

You may think you know all about Kurt Wallander, the brooding ace detective from the Ystad police in Southern Sweden. But even if you’ve read Henning Mankell’s entire series about the middle-aged ...

Book: White Elephant Dead

Annie Darling takes a break from her murder mystery bookstore, “Death on Demand,” to investigate an actual murder in “White Elephant Dead.”  The novel is part of author Carolyn ...

Book: A Few of the Girls

In July 2012, I mourned the loss of one of my favorite writers, Irish journalist-turned-novelist Maeve Binchy. I’d read most of her books by then — including the one best known in the U.S., ...

Book: And Justice There is None

In “And Justice There is None,” author Deborah Crombie takes readers back to the 1960s, when the Notting Hill area of London was undergoing social change and young people were experimenting ...

Book: Out of the Deep I Cry

Readers will need to wrap themselves in blankets for “Out of the Deep I Cry,” part of author Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mystery series about Episcopal priest Claire Ferguson.  Spencer-Fleming ...

Book: An Incomplete Revenge

British author Jacqueline Winspear examines the aftermath of World War I in “An Incomplete Revenge.” It’s part of a series of novels featuring heroine Maisie Dobbs, who served as an Army ...

Book: A Spool of Blue Thread

Baltimore author Anne Tyler continues her collection of humorous and pleasing novels with “A Spool of Blue Thread.” As in all of Tyler’s works, this book is character-driven, and, as ...

Book: A Fatal Grace

I lost sleep over “A Fatal Grace,” the second murder mystery by Louise Penny. That’s how good it is: I found it very difficult to put down. In English sprinkled with French, Penny takes ...

Book: And the Mountains Echoed

One of the best qualities of novels is that they take us to places and times we might otherwise never experience. Another is that they cause us to think differently, and often to re-examine our stereotypes ...

Book: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

In this edition of Joanne Fluke’s charming mystery series, amateur sleuth Hannah Swenson is trying to solve two mysteries: Who murdered eccentric Rhonda Scarf? and Why don’t those pants, bought ...

Book: Dead Wake

On the day RMS Lusitania was to set sail from New York to London, the German government published notices in American newspapers, warning that merchant ships — even behemoth passenger liners — ...

Book: The Glass Kitchen

Texas native Portia Cuthcart dreams images of food. And when she cooks and bakes her fantasies, the foods fulfill deep-seated needs, heal emotional wounds or set events in motion — sometimes leading ...

Book: Summer Reading

“Summer Reading,” by Hilma Wolitzer, Ballantine Books, 2007. After I read the synopsis for “Summer Reading,” I quickly took it to the check-out desk at the library. But a few days ...

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