Rowan’s Well CJ Harter Is Mark Strachan a guy who’s had a tough hand dealt in life? Or a sociopath? “Rowan’s Well” follows the story of Mark and Will from when they become roommates in college to when Mark commits a shocking, unforgivable crime, and everyone has to pick up the pieces afterwards. It’s a […]Read more "“Rowan’s Well” by CJ Harter"
Okay, so I’m done, I’m absolutely, completely done with posting about Arkady Babchenko–for now. No doubt I’ll rant about it further again soon. Someone asked me if I felt personally betrayed or just upset by the situation, and I had to say: both. My personal acquaintance with Arkady is so slight that I certainly don’t […]Read more "#FreeBooks! #Giveaways in Contemporary Upmarket Fiction and #NewReleases in #Fantasy"
Bring Out the Dog Will Mackin Different wars generate different types of literature. This seems obvious, but it’s interesting to note the differences between wars that are happening simultaneously, and even involve some of the same countries, but nonetheless produce stories of different flavors. Case in point: Western literature on the recent war in Iraq […]Read more "“Bring Out the Dog” by Will Mackin"
Career of Evil Robert Galbraith In “Career of Evil,” the third Cormoran Strike book, Galbraith/Rowling takes a decidedly macabre turn. While “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm” were not without their gruesome aspects, they were as much satires of the entertainment industry in its various facets–modeling, tabloid reporting, fashion, publishing–as they were crime novels. “Career […]Read more "“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith"
Tormented Susan Clayton-Goldner With the plot of a priest in love with a woman who dies right after he confesses his love to her, you might be forgiven for thinking that “Tormented” is some kind of lurid story about priestly misdeeds. But, while priestly misdeeds do take place, the book is not titillating trash but […]Read more "“Tormented” by Susan Clayton-Goldner"
The Silkworm Robert Galbraith In “The Silkworm,” Robert Galbraith/J.K.Rowling’s second book in the Cormoran Strike series, Rowling deploys her considerable satirical powers against a target she must know intimately: the publishing industry. After solving the Lula Landry case in “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” Cormoran and his secretary-cum-partner Robin are now rolling in business, so Cormoran has […]Read more "“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith"
The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan Whitney Dineen Mimi Finnegan has a problem. At the tender age of thirty-four, she’s already developed a bunion, which her doctor attributes to the extra…load she puts on her feet. Since the only thing she believes that makes her stand out in her family of beautiful, high-achieving sisters is her […]Read more "“The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan” by Whitney Dineen"
A River of Silence Susan Clayton-Goldner In “A River of Silence,” the third Detective Radhouser book, Radhouser is called upon to investigate his least favorite kind of crime: one involving the death of a child. On the other side of the story, Caleb Bryce is racked with guilt over failing to prevent the death of […]Read more "“A River of Silence” by Susan Clayton-Goldner"
Just Like the Bronte Sisters Laurel Osterkamp Jo Beth and Skylar are about as close as sisters can be, despite seeming complete opposites: Jo Beth is a daredevil ski racer, while Skylar loves to read. But then everything changes. I have a hard time summing up “Just Like the Bronte Sisters,” since, while it’s not […]Read more "“Just Like the Bronte Sisters” by Laurel Osterkamp"
The Ghosts of Galway Ken Bruen “A failed suicide is a sad, sad *****” So begins “The Ghosts of Galway,” dropping the reader right into the action, as Jack Taylor, former Garda member and failed suicide, ends up, not kinder or wiser, but as a security guard, which he calls “Suicide by boredom.” Only things […]Read more "“The Ghosts of Galway” by Ken Bruen"