Monthly Archives: February 2013

Who’s dead, who’s missing?

By Linda C. Brinson I’ve read all Charles Todd’s books since that mother-son team’s first novel appeared in 1996.  Now, we have the 15th in that first series (there’s now a Bess Crawford series as well). As with any series, … Continue reading

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Insights into history

How did that happen? How did the United States win World War II, only to find itself within months embroiled in a frightening, costly “cold war” with one of its former allies? Paul O’Connor looks at a book that provides … Continue reading

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Out of retirement, into a mystery

Old detectives, it seems, are a lot like old soldiers – except that in addition to never dying, they rarely fade away. Tom Dillon reviews a new Ian Rankin book (published in Great Britain last year) in which John Rebus … Continue reading

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The Third Reich and the power of fiction

Bob Moyer doesn’t throw glowing adjectives around lightly. If he calls a book “amazing,” it’s worth taking note. By Robert Moyer HHhH: A Novel. By Laurent Binet. Translated by Sam Taylor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 327 pages. $26. The heated … Continue reading

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Fearless (almost) Flavia tackles murder in the churchyard

How much do I like Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels? Here’s an indication: This is the second time I have read the latest novel straight through – and then listened to the audio book version. Having read the book, … Continue reading

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Aesthetics vs. pragmatism – what really matters?

Bob Moyer is back, taking a thoughtful look at a novel that depicts the travails of Germans and others caught up in the horrors of the cataclysm that was World War II. By Robert Moyer THE LIFE OF OBJECTS. By … Continue reading

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