Book: Smoke and Mirrors

Two children go missing on a late-November afternoon in 1951 in Brighton, England. Annie and Mark were last seen about 5 p.m., their friends say — they know because the Number 12 bus passed by close ...

Book: The Daughter of Time

How much of a classic is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a modern-day (1951) police investigation of a 15th century murder case? It’s such a classic that the next book ...

Book: Underground in Berlin

Although she was constantly in mortal danger, Marie Jalowicz removed or covered the yellow star marking her as a Jew and walked freely through the streets of Berlin during World War II. Well, not exactly ...

Book: The Wangs vs. The World

Charles Wang (pronounce that with a soft “a,” more like “wong”) emigrated from Taiwan and made his fortune manufacturing and selling cosmetics in the U.S. But his heart has always ...

Book: Two Good Dogs

“Two Good Dogs,” by Susan Wilson, 2017, St. Martin’s Press. Chance, a battered pit bull, intuits when humans need comfort and calming. He provides the service for his best human friend, ...

Book: Next Year for Sure

I’m not sure I liked what happened in “Next Year for Sure” — it wasn’t how I would do things — but I did like reading Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel. She captures ...

Singing Sands / Josephine Tey

Vanity rears its extraordinarily ugly head — the one it so admires in every mirror — in “The Singing Sands,” a character driven mystery by Josephine Tey (one of the pseudonyms used ...

Book: Do I Make Myself Clear?

How eagerly I awaited a copy of “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters”! I ordered it through interlibrary loan right after hearing an interview with author Harold Evans on National ...

Book: The Purple Swamp Hen

The title character is the narrator of the first story in Patricia Lively’s collection of whimsical and real-life stories. Readers quickly recognize the time and place of which the swamp hen speaks ...

Book: The Outside World

Tova Mirvis follows two Orthodox Jewish families in “The Outside World,” a funny and touching novel set in Brooklyn, Israel and, though it may seem odd, Memphis, Tennessee. Shayna and Naomi ...

Review: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

One relationship is getting underway and another is beginning to disintegrate in “The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything,” D.A. Mishani’s third novel about Israeli police investigator ...

Book: How the Hell Did This Happen?

Venerable humorist P.J. O’Rourke continues his funny and insightful tirades in “How the Hell Did This Happen?”, a collection of essays about the lengthy campaign leading up to the Nov. ...

Books by Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone just released her second book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,” and I hadn’t yet gotten around to reading her first one, “There’s ...

Book: Totality

If you’re not excited about the coming solar eclipse, you will be after reading “Totality: A Complete Guide to the Most Amazing of Celestial Sights.” Authors Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak ...

Book: The Cat Who Moved a Mountain

Koko repeatedly tilts the frame of a mountain scene and sniffs the sherry bottle in “The Cat Who Moved a Mountain,” one of Lillian Jackson Braun’s “The Cat Who ....” books. Here, ...

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