Weird, Weird West

Charlaine Harris has an almost preternatural ability to build a cosmos, and she's done it again with her latest book, the start of a new series: An Easy Death. Set in an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated and the Romanovs escaped the Bolsheviks, this rip-roaring western is full of violence and magic. Lizbeth Rose is…
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Political Laughs Left and Right

It's election season again, and it's bruising when there aren't broken bones; funny bones, that is. If you need a respite from the very serious business of vanquishing your political rivals, may I suggest a few titles? Andrew Shaffer's Hope Never Dies is a bromance and a mystery starring Joe Biden and his good buddy Barack Obama…
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Novels of Indigenous Holy People

Among Nebula Award winners, Rebecca Roanhorse is unique: she is the first Indigenous American woman to win in a major category. Now, she has a full-length novel out: Trail of Lightning. Massive flooding has led to a post-apocalyptic world where the Navajo and their gods are enjoying a renaissance. Unfortunately, black magic and monsters are as…
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A Woman of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn and The Beautiful Exiles

Martha Gellhorn? Who's that? Oh, you mean the third Mrs. Hemingway? Martha Gellhorn was one of the first, most read, and prolific female war correspondents. She stowed away on a hospital ship on D-Day to get around the "No Women Journalists Allowed" rule and covered the United States' invasion of Panama. Unfortunately, all anyone seemed…
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Unresolved Incidents of Untimely Yet Intentional Demise (Murder at the Office)

Tedium is part of even the best job and I should know: I have it. Everyone's fantasized about doing something more exciting or important, like solving a murder mystery. Here are some of those fantasies brought to the page, between conference calls of course, often with hilarious results. Chuck Restic is an HR exec in…
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Big Sky Mysteries

Big Sky Country is what it says on the license plates, and Montana is definitely that. While one of the least-populated states in the country, it more than makes up for it in gorgeous scenery. These mysteries all came out in 2018 and take place in Montana. They celebrate the natural wonders and the independent…
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Shots in the Dark: Mysteries in Bars

Bartenders function as far more than mere drink pourers. They keep accounts and the peace, and act as amateur psychotherapists, among other duties. In these novels, publicans (mostly women, coincidentally) also solve mysteries. Whether the comedy is witty or slapstick, you'll find yourself laughing along with these books as well as wondering whodunit.  Maggie Lewis…
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