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A Murder for the Books

Gilbert’s series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine.


One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning

Like the best crime fiction, the violence in One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning has emotional power. You feel it as a reader.


The Ninth Grave

The complex and deftly woven together plot, however, is what really makes this novel shine.


Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

It’s a welcome read as we approach the centennial of the 1917 revolution and try to make sense of the world this man played so large a part in shaping.


The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Despite some brilliant set pieces, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve seems slighter and thinner than those distinguished forebears.


The Ruined House

Ruby Namdar has set himself enormous challenges, met them marvelously, and left this reader gasping for breath.


Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Despite "liberal historian" Robert Dallek's stated desire to elevate the stature of Franklin Roosevelt, our nation's "greatest liberal president," his new book fails to achieve that goal.


Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery
Kirkus Reviews : Unnatural Causes (December 12, 2017)

In a change from her psychic series (An Unhappy Medium, 2016, etc.), Eastman introduces a strong new heroine who has her hands full with a large cast of potential killers.


Women & Power: A Manifesto
Kirkus Reviews : Women & Power (December 12, 2017)

An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman “who dares to open her mouth in public” actually be given a hearing.


The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry.


Colorado Boulevard

A smart, noirish mystery loaded with clever dialogue and vivid characters. The Crush series is as good as it gets.


They Know Not What They Do

A contemporary novel that doesn’t lose sight of perennial dilemmas.


Not Safe After Dark

If you are unfamiliar with Robinson’s work, you couldn’t ask for a better introduction. If you know his novels, his shorter work will show you a different side to him, and you will treasure it just as much as the Banks series.


Pen 33
Bookreporter : Pen 33 (December 09, 2017)

These are books, beginning with PEN 33, that everyone should read and consider, but note well: they are not for the faint-hearted.


The Vanishing Season

The Vanishing Season has a sharply drawn heroine, a number of creatively grisly crimes, and a twisty, creepy mystery at its center.


Blood Truth

Each of these books raises the hard-boiled thriller bar, but this multifaceted Chandler-like installment rockets that measure to Himalaya heights.


The Odyssey

The poem is full of bloodshed and excitement, monsters and witches, plots and lies. It also contains passages of stillness and sheer delight.


Gold Dust Woman

Davis has written a compelling and fascinating account of her life. If you’ve been touched by Nicks’ music, you’ll enjoy this book.


Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Those words, along with a drawing by Eleanor’s young son and an unexpected bit of magic from the spirit world, provide fresh inspiration for the author and…well, you know the wondrous thing he does with it.


Lie To Me: a gripping thriller with a shocking twist!

Woven in suspense, yet scented with the familiar, Lie to Me is a reminder that life can be hell, but sometimes we get second chances.