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Third Time’s the Charm: Winning Trilogies

Third Time’s the Charm: Winning Trilogies

If you like team contact sports played on ice, or if you simply live in Chicago, you are aware that the Chicago Blackhawks just won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. With three, luxuriously long months of summer upon us, what better time to celebrate stories that go on and on and on.   All […]

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From Rap Sheets to Mad Tweets: 16 Crime Writers to Follow on Twitter

From Rap Sheets to Mad Tweets: 16 Crime Writers to Follow on Twitter

Some of the mystery genre’s most prolific writers just can’t stop. In addition to writing deftly plotted crime novels, these authors keep their keyboards clicking with frequent updates and shout-outs to their social media fans. Can’t wait a year to reconnect with favorite characters? Catch up with their creators on Twitter.    @DonnaAndrews13  (Donna Andrews) @alafairburke  (Alafair […]

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]

Solving the Puzzles of the Mind: Psychiatrists in Mysteries

Solving the Puzzles of the Mind: Psychiatrists in Mysteries

In Lisa Scottoline’s new stand-alone thriller, Every Fifteen Minutes, a psychiatrist puts his family and career at risk to save a troubled young man. From good guys like Alex Cross to the unbelievably bad like Hannibal Lecter, psychiatrists offer a uniquely qualified view into the minds of men. (And, lest we forget Chelsea Cain’s deliciously […]

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

The mystery world has lost one of the grande dames. The much-lauded Ruth Rendell (winner of numerous mystery awards, including the 1991 Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s Achievement in the Field, not to mention being awarded a CBE in 1996), who had suffered a stroke at the beginning of this year, passed away on May 2, 2015. […]

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

As impressive as the Apple Watch is, I’m going out on a limb and saying that the printing press is still at the top of the heap when it comes to innovation. (Along with the wheel, internal combustion engine, and the programmable coffee maker.) Lead your early adopters into the stacks and remind them where […]

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Of Sinkings and Shipwrecks: Historical High Seas Disaster Stories

Of Sinkings and Shipwrecks: Historical High Seas Disaster Stories

In Erik Larson’s latest bestseller, Dead Wake, he tells the twisting and terrifying tale of the sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915. From the intense fight for survival to the intricate logistics of salvage, these stories of high stakes on the high seas also make for gripping reading. Dark Light, by Randy Wayne […]

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Happy Birthday, Lady Day
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Happy Birthday, Lady Day

Today, April 7, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday’s birth. The recording industry is all over this landmark event, first with Legacy Records’ release today of Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection, which gathers 20 essential recordings from Holiday’s career. In addition, jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James have both […]

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Pioneers and Prairie Tales

Pioneers and Prairie Tales

Nearly a century after is was written, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, Pioneer Girl, has finally been published. Annotated by her biographer, this nonfiction treasure is currently poised at the top of bestseller lists and could hang on well into summer. For fans of  “simpler times,” recommend these other tales of pioneer life. The All-True Travels […]

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Modern Fiction’s Most Memorable Fables

Modern Fiction’s Most Memorable Fables

Reviewers are hailing Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, The Buried Giant, as profound and magical. Since Aesop’s day (and probably before) we’ve been using fantastic stories to soft sell what is the most important to us. That tradition lives on in some of contemporary fiction’s most memorable fables.   The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho The Cave, by Jose […]

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