What to Read in February?

What better way to celebrate those February holidays—Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day—than with some new books? Even if none of this month’s picks is explicitly about love (or even all-American, for that matter), there’s no doubt that our forefathers would want everyone to squeeze in a bit more reading time during a month that celebrates their […]

Review of the week: The Lost Codex

   A faceless enemy has unleashed a series of coordinated attacks on U.S. targets. A covert ops team is tasked with a single mission: find and stop the terrorists, by any means necessary. What could have been just another counterterrorism novel is elevated to new heights in Alan Jacobson’s The Lost Codex. Jacobson brings a […]

Review of Miss Fisher Mysteries set 3

Review of Miss Fisher Mysteries set 3

DVD Review: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series Three Who would have guessed that Australian criminals of the late 1920s would have to live in fear of a determined flapper private investigator? Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an Australian period mystery series, starring Essie Davis as Phryne—pronounced FRY-nay—Fisher. (One early title for the series was Phryne […]

DVD Review: Chasing Shadows

DVD Review: Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows is part of a growing trend in mystery series–the detective with Asperger’s Syndrome or some other state on the autism spectrum. In recent years, sleuths who are suspected of having such conditions, though they rarely receive an official diagnosis, have proliferated on the television screen. They range from Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the […]

Review: The Guilty by David Baldacci

Review: The Guilty by David Baldacci

Review: The Guilty by David Baldacci The fourth full-length book in David Baldacci’s Will Robie series (begun with 2012’s The Innocent), The Guilty is another tremendous entry in the best-selling thrillermaster’s increasingly impressive resume. Robie, a black ops CIA sniper, accidentally shoots a child while assassinating a corrupt foreign leader overseas. When he freezes on […]


ELITE: MOSTLY HARMLESS By Kate Russell United Kingdom: Fantastic Books Publishing, 2014. $32.50 8 hours / 4 CDs Anyone who remembers the seminal video game Elite that appeared in the early 1980s will welcome the arrival of the game in its 21st century incarnation, Elite: Dangerous—now accompanied by a series of novels, authorised by the […]

Review: The Fixer by Joseph Finder

Monday’s Book Review: The Fixer by Joseph Finder

There’s a reason Joseph Finder is an award-winning, best-selling author: he knows how to tell a deeply compelling story. Despite his proclivity toward writing standalone novels—a relative rarity among career thriller or mystery authors—Finder is adept at delivering a brand-new cast of believable characters for his adventures, and his latest is no exception. The Fixer […]

Reviews of Stephen King

June Reads by Jordan Foster: Reviews of Stephen King and Don Winslow

Now that it’s officially summer—as of June 21—it’s time to plan not only your vacation but, and perhaps more importantly, your vacation reading. Whether you’re in the mood to settle in with new tales from old favorites like Stephen King and Don Winslow or branch out with German screenwriter Sascha Arango’s debut or the first […]

Book Review: Turn of the Mind

Book Review: Turn of the Mind by Alice LaPlante New York: Grove Press, 2012. $15.00 Alice LaPlante’s debut novel, Turn of Mind, is the first work of fiction to win the Wellcome Trust Book Prize for medical writing. This may seem a strange niche for a mystery novel, but LaPlante’s book does not slot easily […]

Book Review: Northwest Angle By William Kent Krueger

Book Review: Northwest Angle By William Kent Krueger New York: Atria Books, 2011. $24.99 Welcome back to northern Minnesota and the quickest, most exciting read closest to the Canadian border. The Northwest Angle is a place of majestic vistas, pristine forests, and ocean-like waters in the Lake of the Woods. And William Kent Krueger’s love […]