Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tana French, “Broken Harbor”

OK. We know that Tana French is a goddess, yeah? So all I really have to do here is tell you that Broken Harbor keeps up her usual high standard and that you should read it right away. But just … Continue reading

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Margaret Mitchell, “Gone with the Wind”

Yes. It is still fabulous. You’ll notice I’m assuming that you have read Gone with the Wind at some point, which may be a generational thing, but everyone has seen the movie, right? Sure, both book and movie are long, but … Continue reading

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Alan Furst, “Mission to Paris”

We know what we’re going to get when we read Alan Furst: moody, well-written thrillers set somewhere in Europe during the years leading up to World War II. As I’ve commented here before, these books are almost interchangeable. Take a … Continue reading

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Elly Griffiths, “A Room Full of Bones”

Ruth Galloway is a great character for a detective series:  overweight, cranky, insecure in every area but her profession, which happens to be forensic archaeology. Which is to say, Ruth studies old bones. What a terrific premise! Teamed with the … Continue reading

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Anouk Markovits, “I Am Forbidden”

Many years ago The New Yorker ran a long story by Lis Harris  called “Holy Days,” about the Lubavitcher Jews of Crown Heights. (She later turned it into a book.) I was amazed and fascinated by the lives she described, … Continue reading

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Laura Moriarty, “The Chaperone”

“Chaperone” is a good word, isn’t it? Conjures up a completely different world from ours, back when the appearance of sexual propriety was important. It seems both quaint and safe. I’ll admit that I was expecting madcap Prohibition escapades and … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell, “The Vault”

We’re getting on in years, Ruth Rendell, Reg Wexford and I. I sort of dropped the ball on the Wexford novels, one of the most consistently satisfying police procedural series. I left Reg out there in Kingsmarkham, his Southern English … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor, “A View of the Harbour”

Elizabeth Taylor is one of the few writers whose books I will choose blindly. If she wrote a novel and I haven’t read it, I don’t even bother to see what it’s about. Or “about,” because with Taylor there’s always … Continue reading

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