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A Death in Summer: A Novel (Quirke)
Black's atmospheric Quirke novels, set in 1950s Dublin, explore the unseemly underbelly of repressed city life. Post-war Dublin is a place where power, money and the Catholic Church are inextricably connected …
reviewed Oil on Water: A Novel. October 14, 2011
Oil on Water: A Novel
Prize-winning, Nigerian-born writer Habila opens his latest novel with a brief meditation on the tragic turning point in his narrator's life. "An explosion in the barn with the oil drums. The fire blew …
reviewed On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolutio.... October 14, 2011
On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas
Framing his big story of cultural evolution as a travel jaunt across the American plains and mountains and northward into Canada, British award-winning science writer and documentary maker Hughes explores …
reviewed The End of Everything: A Novel. October 14, 2011
The End of Everything: A Novel
Evie and Lizzie are 13. Inseparable best friends, they live next door and tell each other absolutely everything.    Or do they? One day Evie disappears on the way home from school. …
reviewed Long Gone: A Novel. October 14, 2011
Long Gone: A Novel
Protagonist of this atmospheric New York City thriller, Alice Humphrey is a bit of a poor little rich girl. Refusing help from her famous and philandering film-director father, she has been unemployed …
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly)
O'Shaughnessy's latest Nina Reilly novel finds the South Lake Tahoe lawyer plunged back into a nightmare she had hoped was behind her.    Two years earlier she had defended a man, …
reviewed Ready Player One. October 14, 2011
Ready Player One
In Cline's dystopian 2044, economic and environmental collapse has left a great divide between the haves and have-nots. Most of the world is a crumbling, junk-strewn place overrun with predators. Many …
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Like "1491," his book about the state of the world -- old and new -- before Columbus' voyage, journalist Mann's "1493" takes a long, complex, and provocative view of the earth-shaking results of that …
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum
Shalev's story of his irascible, difficult, beloved Russian Grandma Tonia and her great big shiny American vacuum cleaner is the framework for this warm and witty family history of Israel, from the first …
reviewed Scorch City. October 07, 2011
Scorch City
New Hampshire author Ball's second novel takes place in 1950, 15 years after his first, "The Vaults." While the two share a setting -- Ball's unnamed dystopian City and a protagonist, newspaper columnist …
reviewed The Vaults. October 07, 2011
The Vaults
Ball's first novel, set in 1935, grabs the reader with its opening image: the Vaults, a quiet, cavernous dim repository of files. Rows of shelves stretch into the gloom, each holding meticulously organized …
Temporary Perfections (Guido Guerrieri Novels)
A discriminating defense lawyer who doesn't expect an innocent client -- just not too degenerate -- Guido Guerrieri has a satisfying practice in the Italian coastal town of Bari -- where the author was …
reviewed Black Diamond. October 07, 2011
Black Diamond
In Walker's third book, Bruno Courreges, chief of police of the sleepy French village St. Denis, displays his usual assured, can-do approach, whether he's diving into a pool of liquefied manure to save …
reviewed The Darkling Spy. August 04, 2011
The Darkling Spy
Wilson's Cold War sequel to The Envoy opens in 1956 at Bertolt Brecht's funeral in the Soviet sector of Berlin. William Catesby attends as a diplomat from Bonn's British embassy, but he's not fooling …
reviewed Potsdam Station. August 04, 2011
Potsdam Station
In the fourth novel featuring British American journalist Paul Russell, it's April 1945 (three years after the action of Stettin Station). The Russians are advancing across Germany towards Berlin, the …
Misterioso: A Crime Novel
Stockholm detective Paul Hjelm lands on a new elite national police unit in 1999 after successfully defusing a hostage situation by deliberately shooting the hostage taker in order to save his life.   &nbs …
reviewed The Hypnotist: A Novel. August 04, 2011
The Hypnotist: A Novel
A fan of Scandinavian crime fiction since the days of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's detective Martin Beck, I have not been disappointed since Stieg Larsson's series opened the floodgates for Swedish authors.  &n …
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's
Whether classified as horrible, painful, destructive, deadly or merely disgusting, Stewart's nasty bugs are without exception marvels of nature. Her A to Z compendium is breezy, humorous and witty as …
Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants
As witty and lively as it is comprehensive, British nature writer Mabey's history and celebration of weeds leads us through the botanical marvels, folklore, literary allusions, medicinal uses and human …
Deadly Cove: A Lewis Cole Mystery (Lewis Cole
Dubois dives deep into what he knows - The NH Seacoast and its nuke plant - in his seventh Lewis Cole mystery. A Dover native, former reporter and former PR writer for the Seabrook nuclear plant, Dubois …
The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
After a prologue introducing two key Chinese characters, we find Boston pathologist Maura Isles making new enemies at the police department demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that a cop used unreasonable …
Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex Mcknight
April in Michigan's Upper Peninsula looks a lot like deep winter in other fairly inhospitable places. Heavy snowfalls, 20 degrees and colder, howling gales and leaden skies. A perfect tonic for a summer's …
The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a
Food writer Mather lost her job and her marriage in one week in 2009. Broke and bereft, she took refuge in her lakeside cottage in rural Michigan with her standard poodle and chatty African Gray parrot …
The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B
Sumptuous color pictures accompany the courses (they don't all have to be breakfast) in this cookbook from former Mount Desert Island innkeeper Moos.    She starts with a Fruit Course, …
The Maine Summers Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious,
For the Greenlaws, like most everyone in New England, summer is for getting outside. And entertaining all those guests who've been scarcer than hen's teeth since last summer.    Mother …
The Glass Demon: A Novel
Dr. Oliver Fox, a professor seeking fame and fortune, provides the catalyst for the eerie and violent events of Linden's second (after The Vanishing of Katharina Linden) novel, although it's the narrator, …
reviewed The Winter Ghosts. July 17, 2011
The Winter Ghosts
Mosse (Labyrinth) gives her beguiling novel an old fashioned gothic framework that suits this eerie story of ghostly love in an insular mountain village of France a decade after WWI.    The …
reviewed State of Wonder. June 25, 2011
State of Wonder
Patchett's latest revolves around protagonist Marina Singh's reluctant journey to the heart of the Amazon jungle in search of the truth about a close colleague's death.    Marina, …
The Inspector and Silence: An Inspector Van
Swedish author Nesser's latest Van Veeteren novel again finds the tired inspector considering retirement and contemplating a vacation he doesn't really want to take. Until - he overhears a woman he remembers …
reviewed The Snowman. June 25, 2011
The Snowman
Although I'm so sick of American serial killer thrillers that I can't read them anymore, Scandinavian ones still seem to work. Maybe it's the winter atmosphere, the fallible detective, the crisp, vulnerable, …
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an
Larson, acclaimed author of The Devil in the White City, has another well-deserved bestseller in this exploration of 1933 Berlin from a new American ambassador's point of view. It's a year that reaches …
reviewed An Evil Eye: A Novel. June 02, 2011
An Evil Eye: A Novel
Edgar-winner Goodwin's Istanbul investigator, the sultan's eunuch Yashim, navigates the backrooms and intrigues of the sultan's harem as adroitly as he does the docks and alleyways of 1839 Istanbul in …
Vienna Twilight: A Max Liebermann Mystery
Freudian mentee Dr. Max Lieberman again teams up with his friend Detective Oskar Reinhardt to solve a series of murders in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. This time it's a serial killer targeting …
22 Britannia Road: A Novel
In Hodgkinson's first novel a young Polish couple and their 7-year-old son Aurek, separated for six years during WWII, reunite in England at war's end in 1946.    If only it were that …
reviewed Caleb's Crossing: A Novel. May 11, 2011
Caleb's Crossing: A Novel
In 1665 Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, which was not the august institution it is now, but still the best America had to offer. Choosing Caleb (about whom …
These Dark Things: Introducting the Captain
From its first macabre scene of the old bone cleaner pushing her cart along in a Neapolitan dawn on her way to discover a murder in a church crypt, to its last line, as Captain Natalia Monte smells a …
Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti
As he has been praying for the end of the world to release him from an interminable dinner with his superior, Vice Questore Patta, and his nemesis Lt. Scarpa, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venetian …
Caleb's Crossing: A Novel
In 1665 Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, which was not the august institution it is now, but still the best America had to offer. Choosing Caleb (about whom …
These Dark Things: Introducting the Captain
From its first macabre scene of the old bone cleaner pushing her cart along in a Neapolitan dawn on her way to discover a murder in a church crypt, to its last line, as Captain Natalia Monte smells a …
Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti
As he has been praying for the end of the world to release him from an interminable dinner with his superior, Vice Questore Patta, and his nemesis Lt. Scarpa, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venetian …
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