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Spousal abuse at heart of 'Little Night'

Sisters Clare and Anne were close growing up, but haven’t had anything to do with one another for more than 10 years — and for good reason. Clare was sent to jail for attacking Anne’s abusive husband. She was trying to protect Anne and defend her...

'Deep Zone' takes readers on thrilling journey

Imagine Katniss Everdeen in her 30s. That's the picture I get of Hallie Leland, the female heroine in James Tabor's new novel, "The Deep Zone." Both women are smart, strong, resourceful and love being in the outdoors. While Everdeen of "The Hunger...

'Objects of My Affection' emotional, realistic

Lucy Bloom has a lot of problems. She is divorced and has just broken up with her boyfriend, and making matters even worse, has discovered that her only son is a drug addict. Lucy has sold her house and just about everything she owns to put her son...

Friendship at heart of 'Ties That Bind'

Margot Matthews loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she's made in New Bern, Conn. She just never thought she'd still be single on her 40th birthday. Despite her friends' attempts at matchmaking, Margot has all...

Author tells of surviving elements, inner battles in 'Wild'

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solitary journey along 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail is not just a journal of a long-distance hike. Yes, it is a tale of surviving the elements, facing danger — from man, beast and nature — fighting fatigue,...

Humor, suspense fill 'Body in the Boudoir'

Publishing 20 novels is cause for celebration for any author. Mystery writer Katherine Hall Page does the celebrating right with her latest novel in her “Faith Fairchild Mystery” series, “A Body in the Boudoir.” Faith and Tom Fairchild are off on a...

'The Shoemaker's Wife' a mesmerizing love story

Give her a crown, because Adriana Trigiani can easily be called the “Queen of Italian-American Love Stories.” From her “Big Stone Gap” series to her young adult “Viola” novels, Trigiani captures the essence of the big love shown by the Italian...

The Paris Review books a must for literature lovers

Founded in 1953 in which the city after it was named, The Paris Review is a quarterly literary review journal that set out to exemplify the creative art of writing: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. It gained its flawless reputation by grounding a...

Fifty shouts of ‘I don’t get it!’

I’m not a fan of the romance novel, but as an editor, I’m always interested in literature (I use this term with trepidation here) that breaks through and becomes a best-seller. Think “Twilight.” So, for the sake of RESEARCH, I borrowed a copy of “...

Frankel's 'Skinnydipping' a fun summer read

If you don’t know who Bethenny Frankel is, then you obviously aren’t a fan of reality TV, liquors designed for women, or diet and nutrition books. Frankel gained fame as one of the “Real Housewives of New York,” as well as being on the Martha...

Lansdale’s ‘Edge of Dark Water’ dark indeed

Author Joe R. Lansdale has said he thinks “Edge of Dark Water” is probably his best novel to date. I can’t say it is or isn’t. I’m biased. I’ve long held “The Bottoms” by Lansdale to be the best novel I’ve ever read. It’s certainly Lansdale’s No. 1...

Steve Berry's 'Columbus Affair' fast-paced, fascinating

As schoolchildren we are taught that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America. As adults we found out that this wasn’t exactly true, he actually discovered the island of San Salvador. For years there has been speculation that...

Writers share love for Robert Parker, Spenser series

If you’re a fan of Robert Parker or his Spenser series, you’ll probably love this collection of essays by other fans who happen to be writers themselves. “In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American...

Hard to put down Robert Crais’ ‘Taken’

There are few authors I truly get excited about when a new novel is coming out. Stephen King and Joe R. Lansdale certainly do it for me. Robert McCammon definitely gets me excited with his Matthew Corbett series. And, finally, there’s Robert Crais...

‘The Buddha in the Attic’ brilliant

Told as a collective stream of consciousness, “The Buddha in the Attic” follows Japanese mail-order brides from their passage across the seas to American soil, from their dreams to their reality, from hope to heartache. Author Julie Otsuka writes in...

'More Than Words' a tale of love, redemption

In Robert Barclay's "More Than Words Can Say," Chelsea Enright comes from a wealthy family from upstate New York and has everything one might desire — a good job teaching, a home of her own, a loving family — yet she feels dissatisfied with life...

Baldacci's 'Zero Day' a first-rate mystery

He's not from Texas, but you don't wanna mess with John Puller. Puller is a combat veteran (Iraq, Afghanistan) and the most prolific investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. He's tall, strong and in his 30s. He's also very...