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The Mystery of the Photo

January 16, 2022 News Editor 0

The above photo has been fueling the daydreams of Internet-based book lovers everywhere for the last several years. As recently as January 3, author and activist Don Winslow tweeted the photo, saying: “I hope you see the beauty I do.” To date, nearly 33,000 people have shown their agreement by liking the tweet, many of them adding comments and photos: of other dreamy libraries, of books, of book-related tattoos. Over 1000 comments in all, celebrating […]

Ernesto Patino

This Just In… Enough to Make the Angels Weep by Ernesto Patino

December 26, 2021 News Editor 0

An unsolved murder and a 150-year-old diary of an Irish soldier are inextricably linked to the past… Hired to investigate the murder of an 84-year-old widow, P.I. Joe Coopersmith hits one dead end after another in his search for leads. With few clues and no suspects, he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a connection to a bizarre plot to kill the descendants of Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Known […]

Joan Didion

Joan Didion Dies at 87

December 26, 2021 News Editor 0

American writer Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking) has died. She was 87. Didion died last Thursday of complications due to Parkinson’s disease, at her home in Manhattan. Didion was the author of five novels, 14 works of non-fiction, a play based on her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, and six screenplays, mostly co-wrtten with her late husband. John Gregory Dunne. Many beautiful words have been spilled since Didion’s death […]

This Just In

This Just In… Hubba-Hubba Holiday by Kirk Alex

December 23, 2021 News Editor 0

Obsession, fame, murder. Hollywood could destroy them all. It’s beating down with rain as Private Investigator Edgar “Doc” Holiday drives past the sprawling mansions of Beverly Hills to meet with renowned movie producer Francis Tracton. The star of his latest project is missing; an invaluable dog named Titus. But when Doc reaches Tracton’s illustrious property, he discovers something far more fitting for a horror film than real life: a dead body that’s so severely disfigured […]

Arresting Crime Fiction of 2021

December 20, 2021 J. Kingston Pierce 0

Just yesterday morning, I posted — in The Rap Sheet — my selections of a dozen favorite crime, mystery, and thriller works from 2021. But those were certainly not all of the genre books I enjoyed reading over the last year. Below are five more that were also contenders for my list. Blood Grove, by Walter Mosley (‎Mulholland): Mosley had a good thing going with his African-American series sleuth, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, when he considered […]

Anne Rice Dies at 80

December 12, 2021 News Editor 0

The great Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire and many other books, has died at the age of 80. Her son and sometimes co-author, the novelist Christopher Rice, reported on Facebook that his mother had died of complications from stroke. The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices […]

The Great Resignation

Non-Fiction: The Great Resignation by Russ Hill and Jared Jones

December 7, 2021 admin 0

“You can’t send home 70 per cent of the workforce for an extended period of time and not expect that their priorities will shift significantly,” writes Russ Hill in The Great Resignation, a book that focuses on the workforce in post-pandemic style. “Companies and leaders who don’t understand how important flexibility is and how burned out their people are right now will be the big losers in the battle for talent.” Hill and co-author Jared […]

Hush-Hush Holiday

This Just In… Hush-Hush Holiday by Kirk Alex

December 6, 2021 News Editor 0

Hush-Hush Holiday is the first book in the Doc Holiday Private Investigator Mysteries. When hard up L.A. private investigator Edgar “Doc” Holiday learns that his ex-fiancé Candy Leigh Parker has gone missing he’s hesitant to get involved. Mixing business with matters of the heart as complicated as his isn’t worth it. But then the first in a series of heinous murders take place and Doc is forced to revisit his dark past as he traces […]

Together by Jamie Oliver

Cookbook: Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy by Jamie Oliver

December 6, 2021 admin 0

A new cookbook from chef, author and television cooking host Jamie Oliver delivers 130 recipes intended to take the stress out of cooking and entertaining. Oliver’s new book, Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy, is meant to focus on the simple pleasure of eating with family and friends after a long time spent apart, The aim of Together is to minimize the time spent in the kitchen and to maximize the opportunity for the home chef […]

Bet the Farm

Non-Fiction: Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America by Beth Hoffman

October 11, 2021 admin 0

In 2019, half of America’s two million farms made less than $300. For Beth Hoffman, a journalist who’d spent decades reporting on food and agriculture, the hard financial truths of farming became painfully clear after she and her husband packed up their life in San Francisco and moved to a 530-acre farm owned by his family in Iowa. Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America is a compelling and deeply […]