How to Be a Book Snob

This post was inspired by a segment on RTE Radio 1 about THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, during which John Connolly valiantly tolerated some pretty impressive book snobbery. Click here to listen (popcorn at the ready recommended).   1. Use the phrase “transcends the...

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

Unless you’ve been locked in the drum of your drying machine lately, you’ve heard about THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. You know that it’s about a woman, Rachel, who rides the same train each workday (and some weekends), and when she sees something shocking from the windows of...

Welcome to 2015

Happy Birthday! Oh wait…that’s not you…that’s me. Today is my birthday. I make a point of telling as many people as possible every year because I’m still smarting from all those “Christmas and birthday” presents I got as a...

On Books and Knickers

Many Americans are out among the zombie hordes of shoppers today, and as we become consumed by what to get for whom, I’m sure some—if not all—of you are going to be giving people books. My confession: I’ve always found it difficult to gift books. Reading is a...

Bloody Murder at Bouchercon

My trip to Bouchercon was shorter than I had planned because of a death in the family, but despite missing the first couple of days, it included more than a few memorable moments. I’m going to limit myself here to talking about just two favorites. On Saturday morning,...

THE LEWIS MAN by Peter May

Today I’m turning the virtual mic over to Lauren, because I thought she’d do a better job of telling you about THE LEWIS MAN than I ever could. I was right! You can find Lauren on Twitter here. I had never been to the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland...