The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Booth (St. Martin’s)

Although the definitive biography of Conan Doyle has yet to be written (Booth, like other contemporary biographers, did not have access to Conan Doyle’s private papers), this is about as complete a life story as readers are likely to find. Booth peppers the book with fascinating, little-known facts, revealing, among other things, that Conan Doyle’s … Continue reading The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Booth (St. Martin’s)

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Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds, Melissa Katsoulis (Skyhorse)

It is important, right off the bat, to distinguish between a hoax and plagiarism. Plagiarists steal other people’s work and pass it off as their own, but the men and women in this book were hoaxers: they passed off their own writing as having been done by someone else, or they made up stuff and … Continue reading Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds, Melissa Katsoulis (Skyhorse)

Chronicle-Herald Column, April 2016

Make Me (Dell, paperback) is the new Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child, and if you’re a fan of the Reacher novels then that’s really all you need to know. If you’ve never read a Reacher, then you also need to know this: nobody writes thrillers the way Lee Child writes them.   Reacher is … Continue reading Chronicle-Herald Column, April 2016

33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol: A Reader’s Companion to the Dan Brown Novel, Thomas R. Beyer, Newmarket

    This book is designed to appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, particularly The Lost Symbol (2009). Beyer explores some of the book’s codes, puzzles, and historical references. Although he does raise some interesting questions—how does The Lost Symbol’s original title, The Solomon Key, help us to understand the meaning and importance of one of the … Continue reading 33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol: A Reader’s Companion to the Dan Brown Novel, Thomas R. Beyer, Newmarket