The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

April 29, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence […]


At Home by Bill Bryson

April 28, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that […]


NY Times Bestsellers 42411

April 24, 2011

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Combined Print and E-Book Fiction 1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen 2. CHASING FIRE, by Nora Roberts 3. THE LINCOLN LAWYER, by Michael Connelly 4. THE FIFTH WITNESS, by Michael Connelly 5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett Combined […]


Just One Look by Harlan Coben

April 21, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): When Grace Lawson picks up a newly developed set of family photographs, there is a picture that doesn’t belong–a photo from at least 20 years ago with a man in it who looks strikingly like her husband, Jack. And though Jack denies it, he disappears that night, taking the photo […]


The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah

April 18, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name—Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet […]


Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott

April 13, 2011

Synopsis (from the publisher): A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton’s involvement with alchemy–the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the seventeenth century–remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final […]


The Confession by John Grisham

April 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not […]


The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

April 5, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Historian Mark Easterbrook is spending time in Chelsea to work on a book. While there, he runs into an old school chum named Corrigan, who is currently the county coroner. Corrigan mentions an odd case that the police department is working on because it tangentially involves Mark’s godmother. A dying woman […]


Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

April 2, 2011

Plot Summary (from the publisher): AN IMAGINARY FRIEND Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she […]