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  • The Road to Character
    Review: David Brooks' new book on character is more than just bobos in paradise
    Unlike splashier books about the history of the world and who God really is, David Brooks’ new book, The Road to Character, is narrowly focused. But it’s not an encyclopedia of definitions. Instead, this book is based on the lives of...
  • The Rosie Effect
    Effective: 'The Rosie Effect'
    With “The Rosie Effect” Graeme Simsion has followed up his bestselling novel “The Rosie Project” with a winning sequel. Don Tillman and his bride Rosie Jarman have relocated from Australian to New York, where he is teaching...
  • There's No Such Thing as Little by LeUyen Pham
    'There's No Such Thing as Little' by LeUyen Pham: a book about big and little
    "There's No Such Thing as Little," written and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a unique and fascinating little picture book. But it is much more than little -- and that is its whole point.On each page of this picture book for (excuse...
  • “The Girl on the Train” clings to the top spot of books list
    “The Girl on the Train” clings to the top spot of books list
    The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins finally got some competition for the top spot of the book list, but was able to hold on. Train is still the only book to get on all three lists, even though it falls from the top spot for NY Times. Train...
  • Pot becomes legal in Oregon
    Bruce Barcott to grace Powell's Books on Hawthorne on Monday
    Recreational marijuana use is now legal in four states. Starting in July Portlanders can stop making that long, arduous journey to Vancouver and start buying pot right here, in town. But for some people, cannabis is still the evil weed that serves...
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    The 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for Crime Writing
    The prestigiousCrime Writers of Canada, Arthur Ellis Awards are presented in 8 categories for excellence in works in the crime/mystery/thrillergenre published for the first time in the previous year by permanent residents of Canada, or by Canadian...
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Book Review: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
    At the start of the New Year, I had quite a difficult time trying to decide what book to read. I had recovered from my previous book’s “hangover” (my fellow readers will know what I mean) and I was ready to start the year anew...
  • Book cover for Knitting by Anne Bartlett
    Book Review of Knitting by Anne Barlett
    This is a review for Knitting by Anne Bartlett. When I first began this novel I was really excited about it. The premise and plot seemed really interesting. I am currently learning how to knit, but I have been crocheting for about five years, so a...
  • Can Jeff Hinkley stop a blackmailer targeting the BHA
    Felix Francis's 'Damage' still delivers the goods
    Dick and Felix Francis's horse racing mysteries are still a good read. The authors combine a knowledge of everything horse racing with, an amateur investigator, a jockey, ex-jockey or owner, among others, who somehow stumbles into a plot...
  • Cover of "The Case of the Dotty Dowager" by Cathy Ace
    Read "The Case of the Dotty Dowager" by Cathy Ace
    This is the first book in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery Series by Cathy Ace. I love Cathy’s Cait Morgan Mystery Series and was anxious to read this new one. I have listed Cathy as one of the authors who deserve a greater readership. One...
  • Amazing Spider-Man #17.1
    Gerry Conway offers some web-slinging fundamentals in "Amazing Spider-Man #17.1"
    Much like the rest of the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man is due to go through some changes this year. He's just wrapped up a crossover involving legions of counterparts of himself battling vampire knock-offs and is about to swing head first into ...
  • Book Review: "A Pledge of Better Times" by Margaret Porter
    Book Review: "A Pledge of Better Times" by Margaret Porter
    He was the bastard son of the King of England and an actress. She was the daughter of a loyal courtier. They walked the halls of Whitehall, Hampton Court, and witnessed many monarchs on the throne. They were destined for one another. Would their...
  • 'Scarecrows' by Christine Hayton
    'Scarecrows' by Christine Hayton
    Samhain Publishing is releasing another series of themed novellas, “Childhood Fears,” and the covers to these short books are very wicked looking. I was happy to dive into the series with “Scarecrows” by Christine Hayton...
  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie: Darker and Freed sequel release dates here! 2017 time set
    'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie: When is Darker sequel coming? 2017 release date
    Valentine’s Day this year marked the long-awaited release of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, and following that tradition, Universal executives confirmed today the release dates for “Fifty Shades Darker” and the...
  • Best mystery books for book clubs 2015
    Best mystery books for book clubs 2015
    For the last three years I’ve published a list of my recommendations of the best books for book clubs. These have become my most popular articles. In considering what was important for a book club, I realized you need more than just an...
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