No one could rightly accuse Antoinette May of not doing her research
in writing THE DETERMINED HEART: THE TALE OF MARY SHELLEY AND HER
FRANKENSTEIN. However, no one could likewise assert that May has not fallen
so in love with her research that she sacrificed storytelling for biographical
At a taut 192 pages, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is perhaps the
classic example of a good ghost story's ability to suggest the terrifying
and let our imagination do the rest.
THE VISITANT: A VENETIAN GHOST STORY by Megan Chance is a classic
example of the Read more...
Attorney Mike Sweeney is the cherry on top of Dana
business trip to North Carolina. Not only is Mike
attractive, charming, and
driven, he's also from Chicago like Dana. After a chance
encounter, they spend
an evening getting to know each other over dinner, at the Read more...
From Oedipus Rex to Monster-in-Law, stories about romantic
love are often
equally stories about parental love -- and hate.
Kathryn Craft's novel, THE FAR END OF HAPPY, follows in
this tradition. It is the
story of a man's suicidal standoff with police. Which is
really the story Read more...
1989: What a year, right?
You will recall 1989 as the year of the fatwa against
Salman Rushdie and the
death of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Perhaps you remember
where you were when
you heard about the Exxon Mobil disaster or the
debilitating stroke of
playwright Phillip Prys.
If you're Read more...
If ships at a distance carry every man's dreams on board,
as Zora Neale Hurston
wrote in Their Eyes Were Watching God, then ships at
proximity carry the
realization or denial of those dreams.
In Alexandra Fuller's third memoir LEAVING BEFORE THE
RAINS COME, the ships
are people Read more...
The first installment of the new Carter Mays
mystery series by Alan Cupp, WHEN
LIES CRUMBLE introduces us to a seamy underbelly of
Chicago's upper middle
class and the private investigator who uncovers it.
When Cindy Bedford's fiancé disappears on their wedding
day, she's crushed Read more...
I'm a college student in Wisconsin studying English
and creative writing. I try to take my professors'
advice to heart and read as much as possible. Much
of that consists of historical fiction, mysteries and
fantasies, preferably set in ancient Rome or 1800s