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The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

In the second decade of the 20th Century, a male nurse strolled into a New York City police station with something to say. Surrendering to police, the man confessed to murdering 8 nursing home patients with chloroform. It was plainly obvious he was guilty, but proving it turned out to be fiendishly difficult. Distressingly, the […]

Great Books of the Great War (from Max Hastings, Margaret MacMillan, and others)

Great Books of the Great War (from Max Hastings, Margaret MacMillan, and others)

Upcoming Books on WWI from Max Hastings and Others In June 2014 we will reach the start of one the darkest centennials in world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which became the final catalyst for the First World War. In preparation for this oncoming anniversary, the reading lists are beginning to fill up […]

Upcoming Book Releases

Upcoming Book Releases

Christmas is a many splendid thing for many reasons but for avid readers it means lots of high profile book releases from some of our favorite authors. This year we are blessed with quite a few exciting new releases including The Racketeer, a new legal thriller from John Grisham and The Panther, a much anticipated […]

Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

Review of The Guns of the South by Harry Turtle Dove By 1864 the prospects for Confederate victory in the American Civil War are becoming bleak. The Confederacy had been cut in two down the Mississippi River, and pierced in its vitals at Chattanooga. Northern resources are now being wielded successfully by effective commanders such […]

Review of Robert B Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman

Review of Robert B Parker’s Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman

One of my favorite fictitious characters is Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone. Jesse is a damaged man who’s many problems caused his dismissal from the LAPD. As a last resort he is hired as Police Chief of  Paradise, a small tourist town in Massachusetts. Throughout the series Jesse is embattled with his inner demons, primarily his […]

Best New Authors in Men’s Fiction: # 4 Howard Gordon

Best New Authors in Men’s Fiction: # 4 Howard Gordon

Yesterday began our daily countdown of the best new authors in men’s fiction. Since it takes a few years for an author to build a body of work of at least two novels, we’re including any author who’s debut novel released in the last 5 years. Men’s Fiction is defined simply as action, adventure, thriller, […]

New Authors in Men’s Fiction: # 5 Patrick Rothfuss

New Authors in Men’s Fiction: # 5 Patrick Rothfuss

Over the next five days we’ll be counting down the top new author’s in Men’s Fiction. Since it takes a few years for an author to build a body of work of at least two novels, we’re including any author who’s debut novel released in the last 5 years. Men’s Fiction is defined simply as […]