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

Fresh look: old books

A friend reminded me recently of the purportedly “best opening paragraph of all time,” which, according to LitHub author Emily Temple, is the one that opens We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. “My name… Read More

Cormoran recap

This post is a bit of a cheat, because I indulged myself with a re-read this week, and so have nothing new to report. But the re-read was a really good one, standing up well to a second… Read More

Young Numair

Tamora Pierce has begun a new miniseries within her larger panoply of books about the fantasy kingdom of Tortall. The three books will be based on the life of the great sorcerer Numair Salmalín, one of the most… Read More

Fresh look: old book

Continuing this occasional feature… Barbara Kingsolver achieved her greatest fame with the book I honestly like the least of her entire list—The Poisonwood Bible, nominated for a Pulitzer and multiple other awards. But before she wrote this serious tome,… Read More

Angst and romance

That headline may be a little misleading. The angst isn’t necessarily in the romance, it’s more about the romance. TL;DR—click here to read a summary of this post. People who claim to be expert (or at least, er,… Read More

Dark deeds

I am a big fan of the books of Sharon J. Bolton. A mystery-reading friend turned me on to her and (being a little obsessive in my reading methodology) I decided to start with her debut, Sacrifice, written… Read More

Reacher

Past Tense is Jack Reacher book #23, by Lee Child. I read a bunch of the books in this series in long-running binges, and then got tired of them and went away for a while. But after reading… Read More