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Lethal Treasure

Lethal Treasure packs a double punch with its fascinating antiques mystery and a baffling murder mystery.


Shine Shine Shine

I guess if my experience is any indication, there is a bit of science, a bit of luck, and some external reference involved in gathering ideas for a book.


TransAtlantic: A Novel

As in those rare instances where an airplane trip is so smooth that passengers are prompted to applaud the pilot's skill upon landing, we clap and deplane and instantly forget the ride.


The Shining Girls: A Novel

Beukes has done similarly sturdy work, taking us on a frightening journey in time and punishment.


Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands

Margaret Thatcher is so expansive, so sophisticated and so well-written that it's hard to be overly upset by occasional and slight incursions of Moore's personal views.


In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

Bell's novel isn't just a joy to read, it's also one of the smartest meditations on the subjects of love, family and marriage in recent years.


TransAtlantic: A Novel

McCann achieves his effects with techniques that will be familiar to readers of his past work. Much of the prose consists of short sentence fragments, which he mixes with descriptions that are as lovely as they are precise.


Father Knows Death

The tension of the crime, along with the impending birth of Deuce’s second child, keep the plot moving at a fast clip. Jeffrey Allen excels at adding humor in the style of Laura Levine' works...


Circle of Shadows: A Westerman/Crowther Mystery

While the setting is interesting, it’s also slightly creepy, the way a murder setting should be.


Red Moon: A Novel

Red Moon is an epic novel --- broad and highly detailed in scope --- that undoubtedly will please fans of serious literary fiction rather than readers of the Twilight saga.


The Caretaker

This debut novel, the first in a trilogy, promises a new, exotic hero for intrigue-loving readers. It also offers a rare look at the deep philosophy of the Sikh religion, something new in American literature.


Flat Water Tuesday

...an entertaining and well-written tale of past-their-prime teachers living vicariously through their students, and of privileged young men and women struggling to live up to their parents’ expectations.... Flat Water Tuesday is a worthy addition to the prep-school genre.


The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, with its vivid and notable Cape Cod setting, is a unique beach read, the kind that might keep you glancing over your shoulder to make sure no one is sneaking up behind your beach chair.


The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

Although the wives were (and still are) less well known, their stories are told quite frankly. They deserve a lot of respect and credit for the way they conducted themselves in the public eye during a very difficult, challenging and exciting time in their lives.


The Engagements

What could prove daunting for most writers --- covering a multitude of characters over such a broad scope in time --- [Sullivan] tackles effortlessly, and fully realized people and situations emerge. With so much grist for discussion, The Engagements is a natural for book clubs.


The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist has easily become one of my all-time favorite young adult fantasy books and is a wonderful addition to anyone’s summer reading list.


Shadow People

Swain does an excellent job of painting the evil characters. They are as despicable as any I have ever encountered.


You Are One of Them

[Holt's] writing is first-rate, and she has crafted an insightful, haunting and, at times, powerful debut.


The Hanging

Middling for the endless recent crop of Scandinavian procedurals apparently designed to inhibit tourism and make you glad you’re staying in the temperate zone.