Mysteries of the Past: Historical Crime Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2015


Ranging from the plague-riddled 1300s to a World War II–era village in England, each of these stories masterfully conjures time and place while also ensnaring readers in mysteries most violent, most thrilling, and most startling.

Halfway to Horror: Halloween Previews | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2015


From Jennifer Egan’s The Keep to Scott Smith’s The Ruins, this collection of titles brings plenty of ambiance to set a horrific tone, parodies of current times, looks to the future, and art that is both beautiful and scary.

A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015


Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

Lend Me Your Ears: Books for Audiophiles | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2015


In February, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Awards were announced, offering up 12 terrific honorees. As there is never enough space on a list to fit every favorite, the members of the committee chose seven more titles worth ­recognition.

Crisis of Character: Debut Psychological Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2015


Psychological fiction of all kinds gives fans a chance to step outside of themselves and occupy the space of someone in grave danger. In this collection of debut novels readers become onlookers to murder, are taken over by a stranger, or search for a missing child.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Romance and Espionage | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2015


Featuring women who can disarm men with a weapon just as easily as with their charm, these spy romances are sure to satisfy.

New Kids on the Block: 2014 Debut Authors | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2015


Selected by readers’ advisory librarians, these 2014 genre debuts introduce six such authors to note and suggest.

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2015


Playing a part in fiction, weather is an element that can infuse a novel with an icy punch, a damp slap, or a languid shimmer—as the following six novels ably prove.

Year-End Review: ARRT Favorites from 2014 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2014


From Denfeld’s debut, The Enchanted to Bouman’s down-to-earth first-person mystery, Dry Bones in the Valley to Lepucki’s very different postapocalyptic ­vision, California.

Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014


Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.