Outside the covers

What I've been reading lately besides books A weekly roundup of long reads you won't find between the covers of a book. đź“° Nina Martyris serves up a variety of ways that the world's most popular beverage has made its presence known in fiction in When Tea Reaches Its Boiling Point in Fiction, So Too…

Read it before you see it

Long before it was a movie, 'The Goldfinch' cast a spell on its readers With the recent release of a major motion picture based on Donna Tartt's runaway bestseller, I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit my initial review of the book. This review was originally written in 2014. Wow, what a sprawling, magnificent,…

A watery way of life

'A Chesapeake Requiem' takes the reader inside the endangered world of Tangier Island There’s a romance that lingers around certain places in America. Usually they are places that to outside observers have been “left behind” by modernity. Those of us frantically trying to keep up with the blistering pace of technology fool ourselves into thinking…

Jackson Brodie returns

Nine years on, the moody detective picks up right where he left off in 'Big Sky' When last we saw Jackson Brodie, in 2011's Started Early, Took My Dog, the introspective private investigator at the center of Kate Atkinson's literary mystery series was wandering around Yorkshire, trying to track down an adopted woman's biological family…

Ellery Queen takes a trip

The sleuth leaves the city behind to tackle a small-town family's misery in 'calamity town' My mom had the Wrightsville Murders omnibus pictured at left on our bookshelves when I was growing up. It was a big heavy hardcover book containing three full-length Ellery Queen novels — Calamity Town, Crazy Like a Fox, and Ten…

Illusions of safety and danger

Dennis Lehane dives deep in 'Since We Fell' Rachel Childs is a television journalist in Boston whose career is on a steep upward trajectory until she is sent to Haiti on assignment after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The horror she sees and experiences there leave her with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder that…

The Irish Book of Job

John Boyne puts his hero through some heavy trials in 'The Heart's Invisible Furies' So many friends on LibraryThing have recommended John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies (Hogarth, 2017) to me, and one went so far as to send me a copy of the trade paperback (thanks, Amber!) It took me entirely too long to…

Viral video opens old wounds in ‘The Hidden Things’

With The Hidden Things (Gallery Books, 2019) Jamie Mason has crafted a solid suspense thriller that is firmly rooted in contemporary culture. It all begins when 14-year-old Carly fends off a would-be attacker who follows her home from school. Their encounter in the front hallway of her family’s home is captured by the surveillance cameras…