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The Devil in Montmartre: A Mystery in Fin de Siècle Paris

Essayist Inbinder’s mystery debut shows Montmartre at its atmospheric best—inhabited by characters as diverse and devious as Paris can offer.


A Nip of Murder
Kirkus Reviews : A Nip of Murder (December 16, 2014)

Miller puts Daisy squarely center stage in her second outing—not that she doesn’t belong there, but even her sexy nemesis remains in her shadow in this entertaining sequel.


Woman with a Gun

The Woman With the Gun wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away. I thought it had great potential but fell somewhat short.


The Great Reformer

Mr. Ivereigh’s book is particularly good on Pope Francis’s Jesuit background and the effects of his provincialate on the Argentine Province.


Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

Ms. Kristeva’s excess doesn’t lead to illuminating insight.


All My Puny Sorrows

Realistic and deeply sad, the ending captures scenes of recovery and endurance with striking fidelity.


Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville

Arnold’s book not only documents a lost world. By presenting an engaging and enlightening example of criticism in the post-critical age, it also points a way forward.


King Dork Approximately

This is a terrific, fun, terrifically fun novel, and the King Dork series is one of the best Young Adult creations.


Ted and I

Perfect Sins
Bookreporter : Perfect Sins (December 13, 2014)

PERFECT SINS is not loaded with explosions, karate, fisticuffs or heaving bosoms. It’s primarily a character study with a good deal of description and steady, diligent police work resting on a solid foundation of storytelling and a mystery with some interesting twists and turns.


The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

The book is at its best when Chandler speaks through his letters, where the man that emerges is by turns supremely confident...and dismissive of his talents... a compelling, if incomplete, portrait of a writer of lasting influence.


The Big Finish

[I]f this indeed is Thorn’s finale, Hall is sending his creation off in a literary vehicle that consists of some of his best writing to date and certainly one of his best books in a career that has run for almost three decades.


Asylum City
Bookreporter : Asylum City (December 13, 2014)

Shoham keeps the narrative moving quickly with frequent changes in points of view marked with (for the most part) short chapters. And there is a definite mystery here, although veteran mystery readers should be able to discern “whodunit” early on.


Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Here’s a message to Aretha: This book doesn’t make us admire you any less, it helps us understand you more. Just let your story be what it is. Let it be.


Bird Box

Bird Box is by far one of the best horror reads I've had the pleasure of diving into for quite some time.


Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth

Utterly engrossing in its own right, “Dirty Old London” also serves as an illuminating companion to Victorian literature.


Victoria: A Life

To survey the political history of the world’s most powerful empire while also doing justice to the inner life of a short, stout mother and grandmother is a tall order. That Wilson succeeds testifies to an ability he shares with Victorian writers like Dickens and George Eliot: to make readers sympathize with the heroine despite, or even because of, her very human foibles.


There Must Be Some Mistake

“There Must Be Some Mistake” often reads like an amusing existential satire of the detective novel, one in which the crimes and misunderstandings escalate without resolution and the convenient Agatha Christie-like “summing up” never arrives in time to deliver the culprits to the cops.


J: A Novel

“J” is not a joyful book, by any means, but its insistent vitality offers something more than horror: a vision of the world in which even the unsayable can, almost, be explained.


A Country Called Childhood: Children and the Exuberant World

With bracing purity of intent and spectacular reach, she questions the way we think of and treat children. Her musings might help build a kinder world.