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Decoding the World by Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World is a collection of essays going back and forth between authors Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta. Each essay is introduced from a real news headline though how directly or tangentially those headlines relate to the subject varies widely.... Continue Reading →

The Boy from the Woods by Harlen Coben

The Boy from the Woods may be the start of a new detective series for Harlan Coben. I certainly hope so. Wilde was found as a young child living on his own in the woods. He doesn't know his name... Continue Reading →

The Octopus by Tess Little

The Octopus is a strange mystery. Elspeth goes to her ex-husband's fiftieth birthday party at the request of their daughter, though their daughter does not show up. Instead of the big event she was expecting, there were only eight party... Continue Reading →

Blood by Allison Moorer

Blood is a heartbreaking memoir by Allison Moorer, the country musician. I love music and have a few of her albums, but I had no idea about her history. I didn't know she was Shelby Lynne's sister, or that she... Continue Reading →

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

When Levi King, the young son of an Aryan Brotherhood leader, goes missing, Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is sent to the shores of Caddo Lake in East Texas, along the Texas-Louisiana border, not so much to look for the boy,... Continue Reading →

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January opens with such magic that I was entranced after the first three paragraphs. "When I was seven I found a door," January begins, then speculates she really should capitalize that 'd' so readers could... Continue Reading →

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky is Kate Atkinson's fifth novel featuring Jackson Brodie, former cop turned private investigator. In this story, Brodie has moved to a quiet village along the coast and is doing rather pedestrian detective work, tracing debtors and trailing cheaters.... Continue Reading →

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

Lie With Me is one of those psychological thrillers that people compare to "Gone Girl" and certainly it has a few twists and surprises that make the comparison more apt than usual. It all begins when Paul Morris runs into a... Continue Reading →

Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

All of us know have come across the person who says impossibly rude things whose defense is always, "I'm just being honest." Honesty becomes the hall pass for racism, sexism, bigotry, meanness, and spite. I think honesty would like to... Continue Reading →

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

There is so much promise in Brendan Mathews' The World of Tomorrow. There is a madcap caper driven by Francis who knows how to jump at a chance, fleeing prison during his father's funeral and taking advantage of an accidental explosion to... Continue Reading →

The Party by Elizabeth Day

With The Party, Elizabeth Day seems to tell the usual tale of the troubled hanger-on and the privileged and entitled (and titled) wealthy class, but she complicates it in the end in ways that I found quite thrilling. Martin Gilmour... Continue Reading →

Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

It was the cover of Joanna Scott's Careers for Women that drew me to this book. The retro advertising art suggested a light bit of humor and sophistication that I expected to enjoy immensely. It began exactly as I expected, with a... Continue Reading →

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Vanessa, Amanda, Caitlin, and Janey. They are some of the daughters in Jennie Melamed's stunning debut novel Gather the Daughters. Classified as science fiction, Gather the Daughters transcends genre classification with its universal themes and its ambiguity. Ostensibly, it takes place after... Continue Reading →

The Reminders by Val Emmich

In The Reminders, Val Emmich's debut novel, we meet Gavin Winters, a police detective on a TV series, and a man mourning the loss of his partner Syd. In an excess of grief, he tries to burn all the things that remind him... Continue Reading →

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

The Long Drop takes us back to Denise Mina's much-loved and lamented Glasgow, but to the Glasgow of sixty years ago when a serial killer brought fear into Glaswegian homes. In the Watt family home, three women were murdered while the father... Continue Reading →

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