One good turn

Can you be simultaneously enthralled with and utterly bewildered by the same book, the same author? If you read Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books, the answer is yes. I reviewed Case Histories, her first book starring Brodie, a… Read More

Call Down the Hawk

The mind of Maggie Stiefvater is a strange, labyrinthine forest of compelling characters, lyrical prose, and tantalizing half-formed truths not quite available to anyone but her. This much-anticipated book is the first of a new trilogy that nonetheless… Read More

B & B #2

I was delighted, upon browsing the seven-day checkouts in the Los Angeles Public Library e-book catalog, to discover that there is already a new book out from Michael Connelly. That guy is prolific! It’s another that combines the… Read More

Fresh look: old books

In the realm of science fiction writing, it mostly seems like the guys get all the love, so for this foray into older reads, I’m going to focus on some interesting and talented women writers, those who specifically address the… Read More

Buh-bye, Jack

A brand-new Jack Reacher novel came out in October and, lulled by my positive experience of reading the last one, I enthusiastically put my name on the holds list at the library and jumped right on it as… Read More

Cold cases

I was a little wary when starting to read Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson, because I read her book Life after Life and, while I admired it, didn’t enjoy it much. But I think, in Jackson Brodie, she has found… Read More

Books for Hallowe’en

I went looking for scary reads to feature here, but although I found some things I liked, I struck out when it came to true horror. My selections turned out to be more suitable for the original pagan… Read More

The Man

Twice in two weeks I was able to read the latest in a mystery series I have followed from the beginning. What a treat! Robert Crais has been writing the saga of Hawaiian shirt-wearing Private Investigator Elvis Cole… Read More

A feast

The mail brought me a delightful surprise this past week: Deborah Crombie’s latest in her Kincaid/Duncan mystery series. (I had forgotten that I had excitedly pre-ordered it a few months back.) It’s one of the British police procedural… Read More

A reach

I wish they were all like this… I started out by reading a large swathe of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, as one does when first enamored of a character, and then, after I grew bored with reading… Read More