Category Archives: Fiction

Tombland by C.J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is one of my favorite characters of all time. A hunchback lawyer during the Tudor era of England, Shardlake must overcome his own disability, negotiate some very nasty political traps, elude power hungry sycophants, maintain his integrity and … Continue reading

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The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

In 1793, in Stockholm, one early autumn morning, two children find Mickel Cardell, a man of the Watch, in a drunken stupor, and shake him awake.  At first he can’t figure out what they are saying, but slowly their words … Continue reading

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SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson intrigues me. When I read Cryptonomicon I was totally hooked by both the subject of cryptography and the thriller/suspense plot. But then the Baroque Cycle came out- a three part series about the history of science and philosophy. … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Anna Kerrigan is twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. At the time she was awed by his home by the sea, and felt the undercurrents of something unnamed but menacing between Dexter and her father. Years later … Continue reading

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, everything is planned. From the layout of its roads, the colors of the homes themselves, to the placement of the grocery stores, this progressive suburb which attracts up and coming residents who lead successful lives.  The Richardsons … Continue reading

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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

This is a story of love and sex, betrayal and friendship, misogyny and the power of women to overcome their lot in life. The story spans almost forty years of turmoil and unrest in China from the collapse of the … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

Faith Winters experienced a trauma no child should ever have to experience. On the weekend of her thirteenth birthday, at her family’s cabin by the lake, someone killed her father, her sister, her best friend and her best friend’s mother. … Continue reading

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