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

‘Our Only World’ reflects on people and the environment

The 10 essays in “Our Only World” convey outrage over environmental and community ruin while also expressing hope that the very species that inflicted such harm is capable of doing

‘Crazy Love You’ is complex and surprising

Lisa Unger takes what appears to be a tale of finding true love and adds in a nightmare element in her latest chiller, “Crazy Love You.” Ian tells his story of

Strong storytelling in ‘Among Thieves’

The brotherhood of criminals gets an incisive, gritty look in this highly entertaining launch of John Clarkson’s new series. “Among Thieves” shows the importance of unconditional loyalty and business acumen for

Matthew Reilly writes action-packed ‘Great Zoo of China’

Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton’s classic “Jurassic Park” and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, “The Great Zoo of China.” Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra

‘Russian Tattoo’ is worthwhile read

In 2011, memoirist Elena Gorokhova described her coming-of-age in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, and her decision to marry an American to emigrate to the U.S. In her second book,

‘Unquiet Dead’ is outstanding debut by Ausma Zehanat Khan

War atrocities reverberate for generations, affecting those who fought on the battlefield and the civilian victims who were collateral damage. Ausma Zehanat Khan’s gripping first novel tackles questions of identity, culture,

Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller

Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch. In “River of No Return,” Wyoming fishing guide Jake Trent, a former Department of

Tess Gerritsen’s ‘Die Again’ is rock solid

Tess Gerritsen delivers another outstanding thriller in her continuing series featuring Boston police Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The murder of a big game hunter spurs the

The New York Times top 5 fiction books

By Anthony Doerr, Scribner With brisk chapters and sumptuous language, Doerr’s second novel follows two characters whose paths will intersect in the waning days of World War II: an orphaned engineering

‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing

Geocaching — the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects — lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an

‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels

Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions.

‘Midnight in Siberia’ looks at Russia today

As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But "Midnight in Siberia" reminds us of another important

Hurtling towards disaster – the modern addiction to speed

Speed,” it seemed to Aldous Huxley, “provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.” In “Speed Limits,” however, modernity’s apotheosis of speed has more to do with pain than pleasure. An ever-quickening pace

Bravo host dishes dirt in ‘Andy Cohen Diaries’

In his new book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year,” author Andy Cohen tries to explain to his rescue dog, Wacha, the luck of going

Preston & Childs return with ‘Blue Labyrinth’

A family secret over 100 years old comes back to haunt FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's latest thriller, "Blue Labyrinth." A knock on Pendergast's