Week of 03 Dec 2017
Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum Book 24)

No Critic Review

Hardcore Twenty-Four

by Janet Evanovich

End Game (Will Robie Series)
The Will Robie series — which began with “The Innocent” in 2012 — has always been long on action and short on philosophy. But in “End Game,” both Robie and Reel contemplate their killing selves and how that negates chances for normal lives. The intense, if brief, soul searching adds a bit of welcome depth.
The Columbus Dispatch

End Game

by David Baldacci

The Rooster Bar
As in all of Grisham’s best books, the reader of “The Rooster Bar” gets good company, a vigorous runaround and — unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom — a bit of a legal education.
NY Times

The Rooster Bar

by John Grisham

Origin is comfortably predictable, it brings back Robert Langdon and his Mickey Mouse watch for another sprawling romp, and it moves the pages pleasantly on those otherwise stressful nights...
NY Journal of Books


by Dan Brown

Count to Ten: A Private Novel
...a slowing down of what otherwise would have been a fast-paced read. However, that quibble is just a minor speed bump in a suspenseful and intriguing novel with which to close out the year.

Count to Ten

by James Patterson

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

Typhoon Fury (The Oregon Files)
Corregidor's abandoned WWII tunnels and isolated Philippine jungle islands provide the background, but there's zero character development and much macho, self-referential, and repartee-laden dialogue.

Typhoon Fury

by Clive Cussler

Every Breath You Take (An Under Suspicion Novel)
Readers who recognize early on that the most suspenseful question here is whether the heroine will regain her lost love will know perfectly well whether this latest installment is for them.

Every Breath You Take

by Mary Higgins Clark

Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive
Fans of the Stormlight Archive series will enjoy this book, which brings back favorite characters and deepens a well-drawn fantasy world.


by Brandon Sanderson

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
The book makes a rather icky sentimental misstep toward the end. It does, however, suggest something that has not been visible in the series' previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher's wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero.

The Midnight Line

by Lee Child

Artemis: A Novel
In the acknowledgements, Weir thanks six women, including his publisher and U.K. editor, “for helping me tackle the challenge of writing a female narrator”—as if women were an alien species. Even so, Jazz is given such forced lines as “I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I’m a girl, so I’m allowed.” One small step, no giant leaps.


by Andy Weir

Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel)
All the structural problems you’d expect from jamming two urgent but unrelated cases together: during much of the second half, Connelly (The Late Show, 2017, etc.) seems to be tying up increasingly low-impact loose ends. But a marvelous courtroom sequence will bring you cheering to your feet.

Two Kinds of Truth

by Michael Connelly

The Sun and Her Flowers

No Critic Review

The Sun and Her Flowers

by Rupi Kaur

The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense
Perhaps Koontz's leanest, meanest thriller, this initial entry in a new series introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes.

The Silent Corner

by Dean Koontz

Defiant Queen (Anti-Heroes Collection Book 2)
I loved this book. We get to spend so much more time inside Lachlan Mount’s head and it was FABULOUS.
Cocktails and Books

Defiant Queen

by Meghan March