Category Archives: Popular fiction

Crime, life and most of all, books

Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer THE MAN WHO CAME UPTOWN. By George Pelecanos. Little, Brown. 263 pages. $27. Have you read the collection of Appalachian short stories Kentucky Straight?  How about westerns by Elmore Leonard, or The Things They Carried by … Continue reading

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A novel to savor

In many circles, Bob Moyer is better known for his haiku than for his book reviews. I offer him this lead-in to his latest review: Finest French cuisine Clever detective at work Bob is in heaven   Reviewed by Robert … Continue reading

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Death in the Catskills

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson AN UNWANTED GUEST. By Shari Lapena. Penguin Audio. Read by Hillary Huber. 8 ½ hours; 7 CDs. $35. Also available in print from Pamela Dorman Books. This latest suspense novel by best-selling author Shari Lapena … Continue reading

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Mystery and history, with a nod to Agatha Christie

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLE. By Susan Elia MacNeal. Books on Tape. Read by Susan Duerden. 10 hours; 8 CDs. Available in print from Bantam. 300 pages. Through eight novels now, Maggie Hope’s adventures have … Continue reading

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A tangled case, a lot of laughs

Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer Bob Moyer finds much to like in Jonathan Kellerman’s latest whodunit. NIGHT MOVES. By Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine. 395 pages. $28.99 Psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis have been tackling tangled cases over a … Continue reading

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Women to the rescue

While I’ve been on a bit of a vacation, Bob Moyer has been keeping the book reviews coming. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer SAFE HOUSES. By Dan Fesperman. Knopf. 401 pages. $26.95. Spy novels too often teem with testosterone-driven heroes … Continue reading

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When the dream becomes a nightmare

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson ALL WE EVER WANTED. By Emily Giffin. Random House Audio. 10½ hours; 9 CDs. Read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby and Catherine Taber. $45. Also available in print from Ballantine Books. First things first: … Continue reading

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To have and have not…

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson LOVE AND RUIN. By Paula McLain. Random House Audio. Read by January LaVoy. 11 ½ hours; 9 CDs. $40. Also available in print from Ballantine Books. Paula McLain is brave, choosing to write historical fiction/memoir … Continue reading

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America’s actor, America’s stories

Bob Moyer takes a look at a book from last fall, short stories from someone we think of primarily as a very good movie actor. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer UNCOMMON TYPE. By Tom Hanks. Knopf. 405 pages. $26.95. Tom … Continue reading

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Lights, camera, action, love and friendship

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE. By Melanie Benjamin. Random House Audio. Read by Kimberly Farr. 16 ½ hours; 13 CDs. $50. Melanie Benjamin has made quite a successful career by spinning the real-life stories of … Continue reading

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