The Virtues of Girl Detectives

photo courtesy of Elizabeth Frantz

Happy Publication Day to librarian Max Wirestone, whose debut mystery, The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, hits library and bookstore shelves today. To celebrate this important occasion, Wirestone shares some of the attributes of his favorite fictional girl detectives that influenced his own creation.

Beyond Angry Birds


Candy Crush and Angry Birds a great games, but they’re far from the only ones out there. The following are some great options that may be new to casual mobile gamers.

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone | LJ Review

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Librarian Wirestone’s debut is a gem of “geek chic,” chronicling the adventures of Dahlia Moss as she tries to solve a mystery in a virtual online game, which turns into a real-life murder.

Black Dogs and Best Books | French on Fridays


More dog books and costume choices this week as Halloween looms.

Going to the Dogs | Memoir

Home Is Burning

Almost all the books featured in my last memoir column for LJ have a canine or two in the mix.

Detectives, Fun Facts, Biking Across America | Books for Dudes


If you enjoy having your brain stretched and to have a good laugh along the way, try Books for Dudes. It’s good stuff. Here we continue the trend of last month’s amazing run of choice notable nonfiction titles.

Garth Risk Hallberg | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2015


An utterly absorbing speed-read notwithstanding its gorgeous 900-page heft, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire lets readers live and breathe 1970s New York.

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts | LJ Review


Gregory David Roberts’s long-awaited sequel to his best-selling Shantaram is bound to be as big a hit as its predecessor.

What’s in Santa’s Book Bag? Twenty-six Christmas Titles To Get Readers in a Festive Mood


This Yuletide season brings a sleigh full of Christmas cozies, from Elizabethan England to present-day Nantucket, MA, tempered by a few darker mysteries courtesy of Ann Cleeves and L.J. Oliver.

Family Matters | French on Fridays


I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.