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Vatican Waltz
Kirkus Reviews : Vatican Waltz (December 03, 2013)

A fresh, moving portrait of religion as it could and should be. The cliffhanging finale offers hope that we will see more of Cynthia’s odyssey in future books.


Shoot the Woman First

Crissa’s third is another superior thriller—fast, tough and nasty—without a single extra sentence.


Billionaire Blend

Coyle’s long string of coffeehouse mysteries (Holiday Buzz, 2012, etc.) are always good value for the coffee lore and appended recipes. This is one of her best.


The Good House

It’s a wonderful depiction of life inside the mind of a real, complicated and scared woman in the grips of a harrowing addiction, and it’s a page-turner from start to finish.


Havisham

Don't be afraid to give this book a try, especially if you're a Dickens fan!


Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

Readers who persevere with the narrative will reap the rewards of a well-documented, well-written biography of the fascinating woman who established the current monarchical dynasty.


Eminent Hipsters

“Eminent Hipsters” is as bleakly funny about the aging rocker’s plight — What’s he going to write songs about? His kidney stones? — as Steely Dan always has been about its perversely chosen subjects.


Brown Dog: Novellas

Harrison calls this book a collection of novellas, and the pieces remain as they were originally published. Yet I have to wonder if, with significant cuts — though not to Hemingway’s level of restraint — these installments from Brown Dog’s life could have been reworked into a rip-roaring great read.


This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Happy marriage, compelling writing and all worthy endeavor requires hard work. That’s Patchett’s strength. And she does a fine job.


Half the Kingdom: A Novel

Half the Kingdom is more harrowing than hilarious, and too short and sketchy to be a compelling addition to a now familiar geriatric genre.


The Goldfinch: A Novel

Donna Tartt is catnip for educated people who want to read entertaining but not difficult things about lofty topics and cosmopolitan people.


The Gods of Guilt

Not much of a thriller or a mystery, but illuminating about the ways in which the law works and doesn’t.


Havisham

The reader can only recognize that this Catherine Havisham deserves more than either Dickens or Frame allows her.


Johnny Cash: The Life

Robert Hilburn’s new biography, “Johnny Cash: The Life,” gives us a thorough and thoughtful portrait of the Man in Black and a deep appreciation of his artistry.


The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing

With its artful reconstruction of the crime and its aftermath, Morse’s book asks all the right questions.


The Gods of Guilt

Thanks to Mickey’s complexities, the Lincoln Lawyer series keeps getting better.


Stella Bain

You might hope for a shattering plot twist midway through the novel or some startling psychological insight or an ending that is not necessarily filled with love and laughter. But you'll have to find that elsewhere. Stella Bain is a happily ever after girl.


Dirty Love

It’s a piercing, painful story with a surging humanity beneath it, and similar things could be said about all the stories and the novella that constitute this book.


The Goldfinch: A Novel

In her homage to Dickens, Tartt never fully channels the Victorian’s gothic strangeness, and she loses some of her own vicious variety.


This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Without the limitations of her fictive universes, she does not force herself deeper, and only skims the surface of her own life.