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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...

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...

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...

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...