New Edna O’Brien story anthology spans 5 decades

Put on a pot of tea and curl up with “The Love Object,” the new collection of Edna O’Brien stories. If you’re lucky, it’ll be cold, damp and misty outside. Many

‘Finders Keepers’ recalls ‘Misery’ as King torments a reader

The power of books over readers is a frequent theme in the work of Stephen King. Who can forget Annie Wilkes in “Misery,” chopping off novelist Paul Sheldon’s foot with an

How 250,000 refugees were rescued in Turkey

It reads like a story drawn from contemporary headlines: U.S. Navy warships deployed to the Middle East; ISIS-like beheadings and other atrocities targeted at Christians; fears in Washington about denial

John Corey returns in DeMille’s ‘Radiant Angel’

In Nelson DeMille's latest John Corey thriller, "Radiant Angel," Corey has left the FBI and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He now works for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group in New York

Cussler’s ‘Piranha’ is great book for summer reading

Piranha,” the latest in the Oregon Files series of novels by Clive Cussler, has a new co-author, Boyd Morrison, and proves to be the best entry in the series to

‘Irrationally Yours’ delivers clever advice wrapped in humor

In his compilation of articles from his Wall Street Journal column, “Ask Ariely,” Dan Ariely wraps in a clever bow all the questions we’ve ever wanted answered concerning the behavioral

‘Solitude Creek’ is outstanding thriller by Jeffery Deaver

What begins as a fun outing for a mother and her daughter turns terrifying in “Solitude Creek,” Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller. They go to a small concert venue that brings in

‘The Fall’ is tantalizing legal thriller

John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a case

‘Pleasantville’ has gripping, believable plot

The compelling “Pleasantville” continues Attica Locke’s insightful look at African-American life in Houston, where politics, race and classism converge in myriad ways. Locke sets her third novel in Pleasantville, a Houston

‘Stolen Ones’ is exciting addition to Laukkanen’s series

Owen Laukkanen’s “The Stolen Ones” concerns human trafficking and follows two Romanian sisters, Irina and Catalina, who have been kidnapped to sell as sex workers. Irina escapes, triggering a sequence

Narrative of ‘Adult Onset’ feels intensely personal

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, “Adult Onset,” tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon. A famous author of YA novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a

Bruce DeSilva delivers another outstanding mystery

Edgar Award-winning author Bruce DeSilva delivers another outstanding mystery featuring his Providence, Rhode Island, investigative journalist Liam Mulligan in "A Scourge of Vipers." Mulligan's life and job are in shambles. His

Searching for ‘The Last Unicorn’ in the wildness of Laos

Spoiler alert: There are no unicorns in Laos. But don’t blame nature writer William deBuys for trying to find one. The premise of “The Last Unicorn” is simple: DeBuys tagged along with

‘In Manchuria’ doesn’t live up to its promises

The title of this book was so promising. An American writer who speaks Chinese settled in a rural village in a region that's often overlooked by the parade of books

‘Goldeneye’ explores Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat 

James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire. The relationship

‘Rule of Four’ author thrills with Vatican mystery

The curator of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vatican dies mysteriously hours before its premiere. Within hours, his research partner’s family becomes victim to a home invasion. The second novel from

Dave Barry’s new book filled with humor, insight

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster),” Dave Barry’s latest bookof essays, might be thin on page count, but it’s worth every penny when it comes to humor

Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

Laura Lippman’s novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way

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