"A Song for the Dark Times" by Ian Rankin; Little, Brown (336 pages, $27)
Retirement has never fit former Edinburgh police Inspector John Rebus. His life has revolved around solving crimes, bringing killers to ...Read more
Surrounded, concerned and frustrated by our current pandemic, I certainly didn't want COVID-19 to enter my game-playing time. The virus and its effects had consumed enough of my life.
Confession: I was wrong.
I 100% did ...Read more
"American Gospel" by Lin Enger; University of Minnesota Press (248 pages, $24.95)
It's August 1974 in a fractious America. Watergate has forced Nixon's exit, to the relief of most and the dismay of some. Among the ...Read more
I've had the good fortune to fall in love with Agatha Christie's murder mysteries twice.
I was in grade school when my grandmother introduced me to the writer whose more than 2 billion books sold makes her the bestselling...Read more
"The Vacation" by T.M. Logan; St. Martin's Press (384 pages, $28.99)
The choice seemed simple enough. Four women, best friends since childhood, want a getaway vacation. When the richest of them is offered a free week...Read more
"The Yellow Bird Sings" by Jennifer Rosner; Flatiron Books (304 pages, $25.99)
Like Alice Hoffman's recent "The World That We Knew" but better, Jennifer Rosner's novel is the time-jumping story of a girl who survives...Read more
"A Time for Mercy" by John Grisham; Doubleday (480 pages, $29.95)
Deep in the night, a woman waits in fear for her boyfriend to come home. Her two teenage children cower in a locked bedroom. When the man appears, ...Read more
CHICAGO - Ellis Cose grew up in the Henry Horner Homes, a public housing project on the Near West Side of the city, near what was then Chicago Stadium, and the setting for local author Alex Kotlowitz's compelling 1992 book...Read more
CHICAGO - Lee Weiner was the only defendant in the 1969 trial of the Chicago 7 who was from Chicago. He grew up in South Shore; while facing federal charges of inciting a riot and teaching his fellow protestors to build ...Read more
In the atmospheric drama/fantasy "The Place of No Words," parents attempt an unenviable task: Guiding a young child through his father's terminal illness.
It's accurate but feels like a disservice to label the film a "...Read more
On this last full day of the Libra sun, if the thing you thought would make you happy did not, then you can count yourself among the multitudes, as humans are famously bad at knowing what will do the trick. Instead of ...Read more
LOS ANGELES - In mid-June, the Grammy-winning husband and wife producers Lance and April Ledbetter already had pallets stacked with finished copies of their new box set, "The Harry Smith B-Sides," when they visited a ...Read more
(UPI) An Alberta man's accidental purchase of two identical lottery tickets for the same drawing led to his splitting a $3.8 million jackpot with himself.
Andrew Burke of Calmar told Western Canada Lottery Corp. officials...Read more
(UPI) An accommodation-finding website is offering Thanksgiving revelers the chance to get away for the week of the holiday on "Friendsgiving Island," a private island off the Florida coast.
Hotels.com said "Friendsgiving...Read more
(UPI) A man who lost his wedding ring while hunting in Maine had the item returned to him when another hunter came across it eight years later.
Shawn Howard said he had been hunting with a friend in Brighton when the ring...Read more
Tom Petty's peers and admirers will celebrate what would've been the late rock icon's 70th birthday with a star-studded virtual festival on Friday.
Set to stream on Petty's website and on Amazon Music's Twitch channel, "...Read more
The cast of "Seinfeld" will reunite Friday for a virtual fundraiser event for the Texas Democratic Party.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander, who played Elaine Benes and George Costanza in the show, will join "...Read more
(UPI) The crew of the International Space Station plugged a longstanding air leak after locating the source with the help of a tea bag.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said the station had been experiencing a mysterious ...Read more
(UPI) A U.S. company captured the title of world's fastest production car when its latest model reached an average speed of 316.11 mph.
SSC North America has announced that the Tuatara hypercar was tested outside Las ...Read more
(UPI) A Pennsylvania woman was reunited with her beloved cat five months after the feline was feared dead in a house fire.
Wanda Humphries said her cat, Hope, was believed to have died in the April fire that destroyed her...Read more
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