“French Braid” is the latest novel from Anne Tyler, who continues her understated, compassionate, delicate looks into family dynamics in and around her beloved Baltimore.
“Her Last Affair” by John Searles is a novel about love and its tenuous nature. It is also a tense and chilling suspense novel about the human need to preserve the past at all costs.
Charles Todd’s “A Game of Fear” is the new Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, 24th in a series begun with “A Test of Wills,” first published in 1996.
“Small World,” the new novel by Jonathan Evison, is anything but small. The author of “West of Here” has written an expansive tale about the golden allure of America and has channeled it through the building of the transcontinental railroad.
“Booth” is Karen Joy Fowler’s astonishing new historical novel that is, at its heart, an epic fictional account of the family of one of America’s most notorious villains.
“The Final Case,” David Guterson’s new novel, seems for its first half to be a courtroom thriller in the fashion of, say, John Grisham. Then it makes an abrupt turn, becoming a totally satisfying novel of a surprisingly different kind.
“Life Without Children” is Roddy Doyle’s latest collection of stories, this time set during the COVID-19 pandemic in his beloved Dublin.
“The Good Wife of Bath” is the new historical fiction from Karen Brooks. Published just last year in Tasmania, the book is now making its debut in this country.
“The Mirror Man” by Lars Kepler is the eighth entry in the series of Scandinavian thrillers featuring investigator Joona Linna. First published in Sweden two years ago, it is now making its debut in this country.
The irony of the title of “Creative Types” by Tom Bissell becomes increasingly evident as this sly collection of seven stories reaches its end.
“Seasonal Work: Stories” is the sly new collection from Edgar-Award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman, who gave us “Baltimore Blues” — the first of her well-received Tess Monaghan series — 25 years ago.
“All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business” by Mel Brooks is fascinating both for what it is and for what it is not.
“A Little Hope,” the debut novel from Ethan Joella, is the perfect little gem to have unearthed during these unsettled times.
I read several intriguing books last year, such as Kristin Hannah’s “The Great Alone.” A family (mother-father-daughter) relocate to a remote area of Alaska where their lack of survival skills is evident. The year is 1974 and the father, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from PTSD, turns violent…
“Our Country Friends,” the decidedly funny and deeply moving new novel from Gary Shteyngart, could just be the first truly literary novel to come out of the recent pandemic.
“The Postmistress of Paris” is Meg Waite Clayton’s new historical novel, set during the French Resistance of World War II. Its main character is an American expatriate with both an active spirit of adventure and an admirable sense of conscience.
“David Copperfield’s History of Magic” conjures up the lives and illusions of magicians past and present as it also conjures up a look at Copperfield’s secret museum of magic.
“The Judge’s List” is John Grisham’s sequel to “The Whistler.” This time, there’s a judge even more corrupt than the one Grisham saw nailed at the end of his earlier work. This judge is a true sociopath.