The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

What is the difference between surviving and living? The four Gold children, ages seven to thirteen, of the Lower East Side, visit a fortune teller in 1969 who predicts the date of each one’s death. How to react to this news? Each comes at it with a mixture of belief, disbelief, scepticism.  We all know […]


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

If you like a lot of science with your fiction, this one’s for you. Due to rapidly increasing bolide strikes from pieces of rock knocked off an impacted moon, Earth is splitting apart and burning. How to ensure that  humanity survives for the next 5000 or so years that the Earth will be uninhabitable? That […]


French Exit by Patrick deWitt

French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Frances is an awful human being, so self-absorbed that when she finds her despised husband unexpectedly home and unexpectedly dead, she grabs the suitcase that she had popped in to get and continues on to her ski weekend. I’d hate her if she weren’t so entertaining. Until recently, she was wealthy, envied, and feared. Now […]


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]


Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

When you are part of a covert MI5 operation to flush out British pro-German Fifth Columnists in 1940 in England, you may often ask (to yourself, of course) who can you trust. Clever but naive 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is recruited to transcribe recorded conversations between an MI5 agent posing as a Nazi liaison and […]


The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours (Black Death #1) is great British mystery writer, Minette Walters’, first historical fiction and it is amazing! Both painstaking historical research and terrific character development make this book really special. The Black Death enters England from a ship docked at a port in Dorsetshire in June 1348. The countryside is emptied by […]


Love is Blind by William Boyd

Love is Blind by William Boyd

For a book about love, passion, hate and jealousy, Boyd’s prose is curiously cool and his main character, one of Europe’s finest piano tuners of the late 1800s, Brodie Moncur, isn’t a completely likable hero. Brodie works for John Kilbarron, a brilliant, egotistical concert pianist whose time in the limelight is ending. Brodie has fallen helplessly […]


The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Naomi Cottle finds lost children. She finds abducted children.  She finds trapped children. Though only in her late 20s, Naomi is exceptionally good at her job. Hired by desperate parents who refuse to give up hope and working with stymied police departments, she seems to have a special instinct for following the trail of an […]


22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

This moving novel takes us to post-World War II England where Jaunsz and Silvana Nowak and their 6-year old son Aurek are finally reunited after spending the war years apart. After Poland was conquered by the Germans, their lives became ones of desperate survival. Silvana’s story, especially, is one of unspeakable experiences and hardships for […]


The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

History. mystery, art, fun, murder, food, really rich people and the people who want to sell things to them. A missing painting by Watteau named The Improbability of Love is found, put up for auction, stolen.  Annie, a young woman  in London suffering from a broken heart, comes across a dirty old painting in a […]