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Questionable art and murder galore

POLARThe Russian WomanBarry Maitland Allen & Unwin, $32.99Chief Detective Inspector Brock is in a bad mood. After failing to retire, he went from homicide to fraud where, to his chagrin, his colleagues sit in front of their screens all…

Top 10 Cozy Mystery Novels | Polar

II'm not surprised that the humor and the sweet escape from the cozy crime has a moment. The books themselves are not an answer to what we are going through: most of them were written before confinement or Cop26. But while black enjoys…

Nobody talks about the Booker

Late congratulations to South African writer Damon Galgut for win the 2021 Man Booker Award for his novel "The Promise". When I reviewed The Promise on this site, I predicted that he had no chance of winning the Booker because he…

Add surprise to your reading life

Recently I was trying to rearrange my books - well, that's a lie, I was trying to ORGANIZE my books, which had never been organized - and found a copy of "Washington Square", by Henry James. It's a very small novel, "a slip of the…

Anthony Doerr weaves a rich novel

In his new novel, "Cloud Cuckoo Land", Anthony doerr manages to create a plot that begins in the days of the ancient Greeks and continues for up to 125 years into the future.Along the way, he developed a rich list of characters: ancient…