Mystery and More: Kate Morton’s Carefully Structured The Lake House Has Broad Appeal

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History, mystery, a split yet deftly interlocking time frame, the complexities of family, the sweep of England’s grand country homes—of course it’s a Kate Morton novel.

Why Alice Still Matters: Celebrating 150 Years of Wonderland with Gregory Maguire

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It’s been 150 years since readers first fell down the rabbit hole with the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , and no one’s been the same since.

McLain’s Circling the Sun Soars | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to RA Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection readers’ advisory (RA) service goes where it may. In this column, Beryl Markham leads me down a winding path.

New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World

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Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.

Two Across by Jeff Bartsch | LJ Reviews

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Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. F Bartsch’s first novel opens at a 1960 spelling bee at a Washington, DC hotel, where we meet Vera Baxter and Stanley Owens, brilliantly fierce competitors in the national championship. In a rare occurrence, they tie for the win, a […]

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg | LJ Review

City on Fire

Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 944p. ISBN 9780385353779. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353786. F This epic, well-written, and highly entertaining first novel is set in New York City from around Christmas 1976 to the blackout of July 1977. Years earlier, wealthy widower William Hamilton-Sweeney had become engaged to a woman whose wheeler-dealer […]

Fiction from Bittner, Brackston, Stewart, and Debuter Ware | Xpress Reviews

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Love in the Old West from Bittner; readers will suspend disbelief in Brackston’s mystical tale; an unhurried pace, an element of mystery, and plenty of symbolism from Stewart; debut novelist Ware builds suspense with verve and energy

Fiction from Ball, Brown, Kelly, Kundera, Lynch, Makkai, Markovits, Roosevelt, Tucker + Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Ball’s cure for suicide, a domestic noir, Kelly might disappoint, Kundera offers an intellectual workout, Lynch’s novel is lovely if not light, Makkai’s starred title is strange and profound, Roosevelt knows the Beltway, Tucker has a flare for lingo

Finding Closure: The End of a Series | In the Bookroom

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It was with excitement and some dismay that I read the final installments of a pair of long-running historical series: Willig’s Pink Carnation and Long’s Pennyroyal Green

J. Ryan Stradal | LibraryReads Author, July 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter J. Ryan Stradal