Shakespeare Retold

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore is a mash-up of Othello and The Merchant of Venice with Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and a sequel to Fool, his twisted retelling of King Lear. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen […]

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New Mystery Series – Culinary Style

Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust. Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South decides to pursue a dream she’s secretly harbored: owning her own business, Spice it Up!, a spice shop in her adopted hometown, Brandywine Creek, Georgia. But Piper’s grand opening goes awry when the local chef who’s agreed to do a […]

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Toga Tales

Celebrate Saturnalia with these new Roman mysteries. Solid Citizens by David Wishart. December, AD39. While enjoying Saturnalia at his adopted daughter’s home in the Alban Hills, Marcus Valerius Corvinus discovers that an outwardly respectable pillar of the community has been discovered beaten to death at the rear entrance of the town brothel. Questioning those who […]

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Calling All Bernard Cornwell Fans

Check out these new historical adventure series. In the Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald delivers a rousing historical series that mixes legend with fact to bring Robin Hood to vivid life against the politics, lives, and struggles of medieval England. When he’s caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to […]

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Dramatic License

Have you ever read a novel and thought “this reminds me of a play?” You are not alone. The Watch, a novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, is a modern retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone. At a stark outpost in the Kandahar mountain range, a team of American soldiers watches a young Afghan woman approach. She has come to […]

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Put on Your Bonnet

“Bonnet Books”–inspirational fiction set among the Amish–continue to be popular with readers.  Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter and Suzanne Woods Fisher are among the best-known authors in this genre, but other authors are getting in the act with new series. Arms of Love by Kelly Long is the first in the Amish Beginnings series.  While much […]

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In the Shadow of Dan Brown

Lost manuscripts, ancient religious secrets, secret societies, symbols and codes…Dan Brown made this kind of thriller popular with Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, but other authors have kept this genre alive and added their own twists.  Here are two recent titles to liven up a rainy fall day. In The Temple Mount […]

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

True confession: I love gothic novels!  As a teenager, I was swept away to the Yorkshire moors with Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights.  I was Jane Eyre’s “Dear Reader.”  I dreamt I went to Manderley with the heroine of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.  I love the moody atmosphere, the buried secrets, and the romance.  […]

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Award-Winning Round-Up

Westerns are not just about cowboys and Indians, as the recent Spur Awards show. (The Spur Awards are given annually by the Western Writers of America for distinguished writing about the American West.) Snowbound by Richard S. Wheeler tells the amazing tale of American explorer John Fremont and his attempt to find a railway route to […]

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The Root of All Evil?

If you’re tired of hearing about the economy and think the financial world is boring, maybe it’s time to take a look at some of these new financial thrillers in which big money means big danger. In Due Diligence by Jonathan Rush, a young investment banker is assigned to a team who is working on […]

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