A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

February 27, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was […]


Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

February 21, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and […]


And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

February 17, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself. When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, […]


The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

February 14, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico […]


The Confessor by Daniel Silva

February 13, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Munich: The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said, “Who the hell are you?” In response, the man shot him. As Stern lay dying, the gunman murmured a few words in Latin, then he gathered the writer’s papers and […]


Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

February 10, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after […]


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

February 6, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives […]


Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

February 2, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Celebrated novella of a middle-aged German writer’s tormented passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences. Powerful evocation of the mysterious forces of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, and the isolation of the artist in 20th-century life. Warning: Spoilers below! Liked: […]