The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson
April 21, 2014

Many readers have  heard of John Green the teen author with several titles to his credit and an upcoming movie based  on his novel, The Fault in our Stars.  But what if you have read all of John Green and trying to find something else? Try Maureen Johnson. Her work is not exactly like Green's but engrossing reads.  I picked this book up as I was intrigued by the main character, Rory who is from Louisiana but spends a year in a private British school in London. She also happens to begin school just as a Jack the Ripper killing spree begins.  Mystery, foreign locale and a smart narrator make for a great read!

Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
April 15, 2014

There is a lot of talk about all of the Scandinavian crime thrillers after the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and more.  But dark crime novels from Scotland were there first and no better practioner in the field than Ian Rankin.  If you haven't read his Rebus series, do yourself a favor.  This one is number nineteen in a long, well written series that follows John Rebus and his partner Siobhan Clark.  

What Makes this Book So Great
Jo Walton
April 9, 2014

This is a fun book to dip in and out of to read Walton's essays.  Walton wrote a blog for TOR publishing about rereading favorite science fiction and fantasy books.  This compilation of the blog is a great way to find new reads or revisit old faves.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
April 2, 2014

I believe that I have read everything Ann Patchett has written. While I haven't loved everything, I do count her as one of my favorite authors.  This is a collection of essays that she has written over the last sixteen years or so. Not all of them are about marriage but usually about relationships in some form.  Her style is open, conversational and I am always excited to see new work by her.  

The Intern's Handbook
Shane Kuhn
March 24, 2014

New thriller writer on the scene and he has written a corker of a read!  Interns are usually invisible in companies.  So who better to train and deploy as assassins right?  They can get into the company, ingratiate themselves with the right people and when the moment comes, kill the target.   I think I read this book in about two sittings - hope this guy writes more!

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie
March 17, 2014

Every now and then I go back and re-read old favorites.  Agatha Christie is a mystery writer who never lets me down. This book is the first in the Hercule Poirot series and was originally written in 1920.  Knowing how long ago this was written reminds me how Christie was ahead of her time crafting a well written puzzler of a book full of intrigue.  If you haven't read Christie, you are in for a treat.