Category Archives: Popular fiction

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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The more things change…

Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer TWO KINDS OF TRUTH. By Michael Connelly. Little Brown. 402 pages. $29. ‘Things change.” On his way to downtown L.A. from San Fernando, Harry Bosch reflects on how the landscape, the office he’s going to, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the gun

Bob Moyer’s New Year’s resolution is to review more books even when he’s on the road, as he often is. He just doesn’t know about this resolution yet, but one hopes he will after reading this post. Reviewed by Robert … Continue reading

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