Audiobooks by Altman, Baldacci, Collins, Gill, Korelitz, McCall Smith, Vallere, & Verducci | Xpress Reviews

For listeners who enjoy the suspense genre; recommended for Amos Decker series fans; for listeners who enjoy uplifting contemporary fiction; best appreciated by those who knew New York during urban renewal; for fans of fish-out-of-water stories; of interest to Cubs fans

Hilary Mantel, Alexander McCall Smith, Ron Currie | Fiction Finds

An eerie and adult take on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved Little Mermaid tale, a modern marriage tested by freedom, and Nazi war widows when the war is over.

Fiction: Brown, Danielewski, Edwards, Eggers, Fagan, McCall Smith, O’Farrell, & Steiner | Xpress Reviews

Worth the wait from Brown; Part 3 of Danielewski’s tale is highly recommended; a debut with a strong sense of time and place; for fans of historical fiction and murder mysteries; Eggers’s latest is seamlessly written; Fagan has written a hopeful tale about human connections; a winning collection from McCall Smith; fine new offering from the gifted O’Farrell

Pre–Memorial Day Free-for-All | What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” travels far and wide on the book trail this week.

Continuation Novels, Homages, and Other Ways To Revisit Beloved Characters | Wyatt’s World

Sherlock Holmes, Jeeves and Wooster, and a zombie-plagued Elizabeth Bennet are but three of the characters brought back from their literary graves to be born again in the pages of a book. Here are five more.

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

Fiction from Allen, Baldacci, McCall Smith, & Rodale, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

Allen’s stories wring sadness and cause chills, the best Puller novel yet from Baldacci, a suspenseful debut from Belle, a welcome addition to McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series, Rodale closes her trilogy on a darker note

Audio Reviews | March 1, 2014

Reviews of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, Alexander McCall Smith’s The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Rosalind Wiseman’s Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Mark Billingham’s Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat, Jeff Guinn’s Manson, Anne Rule’s Practice To Deceive, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Xpress Reviews: Audiobooks | First Look at New Books, January 24, 2014

Paranormal fiction at its best, fast-paced action fro Brown, a historical trilogy opener from Collins, Fairstein introduces a crime thriller featuring Central Park, storytelling from McCall Smith

Q&A: Edward Mendelson & Alexander McCall Smith

An interview with author Alexander McCall Smith and Edward Mendelson, W.H. Auden’s literary executor.