Mystery from Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Peter Robinson, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2


Cha, Steph. Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250065315. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872066. MYSTERY Finally flaunting a bona fide detective license, Juniper Song gets a twisty case that has her tracking a young Armenian American woman named Lusig, hired as a surrogate by older cousin Rubina because […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015


In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Fredrik Backman, C.J. Box, Shirley Jackson, & The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2015, Pt. 4


Backman, Fredrik. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. Atria. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781501115066. $25. LITERARY FICTION An international best seller published in more than 25 languages worldwide, Backman’s first novel, A Man Called Ove, got lovely reviews here that almost always used the word charming. That word (though perhaps with more […]

Coulter, Kadrey, McCall Smith, Silva, & More | Hot Commercial Fiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 4


Abercrombie. Joe. Half a War. Del Rey. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780804178457. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804178471.  FANTASY First Half a King (July 2014), then Half the World (February 2015), and now the wrap-up to a trilogy featuring Yarvi, unassuming heir to the throne, who avenges his father’s murder and, with a warrior-hopeful young woman named […]

Thrilling Stuff from Jefferson Bass to Dick Wolf | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3


Bass, Jefferson. The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel. Morrow. Jun. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062262332. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062262356. THRILLER Ten years after Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm for conducting posthumous research, things are looking bad. He’s accused of misidentifying a body, threatened by a serial killer who has already attempted to kill […]

David McCullough, Toni Morrison, Jo Nesbo, Jane Smiley, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2015, Pt. 3


Hillerman, Anne. Rock with Wings. Harper. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780062270511. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062270535. MYSTERY With the 2013 publication of Spider Woman’s Daughter, award-winning journalist Hillerman took over the series starring famed tribal officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee that had won raves for her father, the late Tony Hillerman. Good move: the book […]

Chance’s Debut of the Month, Noirish Crime from Graham, Wiley, & New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews


November offers a cornucopia of debuts and series launches for which mystery buffs of all stripes will give plenty of thanks.

Christmas Literary Escapes: Head Home for the Holidays with These 21 Festive Titles


These holiday tales will soon have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

Essential Chillers from Iles, Indridason, Locke, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2


Brennan, Allison. Compulsion. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250035028. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035035. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even […]

Librarians Who Write: How Librarian/Authors Will Thomas and Eleanor Kuhns Juggle Two Careers


“A library is a natural place for an author” says Will Thomas, author of a series of Victorian-era novels featuring a private enquiry agent who is interested in social issues. Eleanor Kuhns believes “most librarians either wanted to write or are closet writers now.” Read more about what these librarian/authors have to say.