Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell | LJ Review


Rindell’s second novel (after her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist) offers a captivating look into the vibrancy of mid-20th-century New York City through the eyes of three flawed and therefore, fascinating young characters.

The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016


Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are just dying to be checked out now.

Working Titles | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

opportunity knocks

A fun and fiery peek into the world of culinary arts ­television through a makeup artist’s careful cat eye; a strong debut about two executive assistants at a publishing house, who hate each other, vying for a promotion

Reading The Wire | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016


Two noir thrillers for fans of The Wire: the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin; an excellent addition to the noir genre about a retired Washington, D.C. detective who rescues an abducted girl, only to be hired by a family in Virginia to investigate the disappearance of another girl—who has connections to the first girl.

Women in Hiding | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

something to hide

A woman builds a new life for herself in California after her husband is killed in the September 11th attacks; the lives of four far-flung women interconnect through circumstance and choice, some not of their own making, against the backdrop of the backwoods of West Africa

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | LJ Review


LJ’s review of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Top Spring Indie Fiction: This Season Brings 14 Worthy Titles Beyond the Mainstream


Blackman’s Hex seamlessly moves into gorgeously rendered fantasy worlds; Carswell is unexpectedly entertaining; Sidhu is swift, dense, and touching; Wood’s Natural Way of Things is shocking and vital, for all readers

Slave Narratives: Six Novels Explore a Painful Legacy


The six novels offered here are all solid, and in two cases—Stephen O’Connor’s Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings and Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines—they are exceptional.

Claire Harman’s Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart; What To Read, Listen to, Watch Next | RA Crossroads


In this column, the life of Charlotte Brontë and her creation Jane Eyre lead me down a winding path

Reading the Rails: How Australia’s Historic Railway Libraries Inspired a Novel


“Libraries have always seemed sacrosanct; places of infinite promise. All the people, all the worlds, all the moments you might discover on their shelves.”