Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

December 29, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they? When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie-—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way […]


The Racketeer by John Grisham

December 24, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got […]


Derby Day by DJ Taylor

December 21, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Down—high life and low life, society beauties and White chapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and thieves. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air—this is Derby Day. For months people […]


The Big Girls by Susanna Moore

December 18, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Helen is serving a life sentence at Sloatsburg women’s prison for the murder of her children. Dr. Louise Forrest, a recently divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy, is the new chief of psychiatry there. Captain Ike Bradshaw is the corrections officer who wants her. And Angie, an ambitious Hollywood starlet […]


Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio

December 14, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio […]


Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

December 11, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time […]


NY Times Bestsellers 121112

December 10, 2012

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly COLD DAYS, by Jim Butcher NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: COMBINED PRINT & […]


Wish List: The Black Box

December 7, 2012

I haven’t been paying much attention to new releases recently, so I was unaware that Michael Connelly has a new book out. It’s called The Black Box and is the latest in the Harry Bosch series. Although the Bosch books have mostly lost their shine for me, I still find them more entertaining than other […]


15 Seconds by Andrew Gross

December 6, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Henry Steadman didn’t know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive. Stopped by a policeman […]


The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

December 4, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): When she sees her husband with another woman, Lauren Stillwell’s heart nearly stops beating. Her marriage was perfect, she has a great job, she loves her life. But his betrayal turns her into someone she never imagined she could be–a woman lusting for revenge. Determined to even the score, Lauren […]