Month: April 2016

  • The real pursuit of truth

    A series has taken a new turn, and Bob Moyer hopes for a course correction. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer THE CROSSING. By Michael Connelly. Little Brown. 388 pages. $28. Harry Bosch has been banging around the Los Angeles Police Department for a lot of years.  He’s a unique creature, a badge-carrying paean to the […]

  • Putting down roots

    Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD. By Tracy Chevalier. Penguin Audio. Read by Mark Bramhall, Hillary Huber, Kirby Heyborne and Cassandra Morris. 9 hours; 7 CDs. $40. Also available in print from Viking. I regret to say that I have not read any of Tracy Chevalier’s previous novels, a situation […]

  • Overcoming great odds

    World War II continues to be an endlessly fascinating subject for those who love history. Paul O’Connor takes a look at a new book about the last major Nazi offensive. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor ARDENNES 1944, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, By Anthony Beevor. Penguin Audio. Read by Sean Barrett. 14 hours, 35 minutes. […]

  • Lifestyles of the rich and criminal

    Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson FAMILY JEWELS. By Stuart Woods. Penguin Audio. Read by Tony Roberts. 7 hours; 6 CDs. $35. Also available in hardback from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Stuart Woods cranks his Stone Barrington thrillers out pretty quickly. This one is, if I count correctly, No 37. Family Jewels, with some interesting plot twists […]

  • Rough winds and murderous seas

    My partner for this review is my younger son, a U.S. Navy officer who has served two deployments aboard Navy ships and is now an instructor in seamanship and navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson and Lt. Samuel F. Brinson THE ADEN EFFECT. By Claude Berube. Naval Institute […]

  • Man’s best friend, explained

    Getting a dog to lie still for an MRI is a daunting task. Trying to explain dogs’ love for humans may be an even greater one. Paul O’Connor’s latest listening adventure has been an audio book that tackles those challenges. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor HOW DOGS LOVE US: A NEUROSCIENTIST AND HIS ADOPTED DOG […]