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Sep 7, 2019

2019: One of the best novels I read in 2018 was Renèe Rosen’s Windy City Blues, in which she told the story of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records through the eyes of a fictionalized young woman who worked at the nascent blues and rock ‘n’ roll label. And even though she never existed in reality, you couldn’t...


Jun 21, 2019

2010: Can it be only six months ago that Richard Doetsch was a guest on Mr. Media? I remember it well because I was so breathless in my praise and admiration for his then-new novel, The 13th Hour. That story completely blew my mind. I still don’t know how Hollywood is going to squeeze so much storytelling goodness...


Jun 21, 2019

2009: One of the most daring challenges in writing novels for young adults is transferring the four-color escapades of superheroes to narrative form and still retaining the boldness ad glory of the comic book medium—while adding meat to the bones of the structure. I think Thomas E. Sniegoski (website) accomplished...


Jun 21, 2019

2010: Valentine Roncalli is 35 and feeling every bit of her years. While her friends and siblings all have families of their own, she lives in her 80-year-old grandmother’s home, amongst all of her grandmother’s trinkets and memories, running her grandmother’s shoe company. Valentine wants—needs—a man.

ADRIANA...


Jun 20, 2019

2011: There are a few real name brands in legal mysteries that make book buyers line up and open their wallets. John Grisham, of course. Scott Turow had a piece of the action for many years. And then there is Michael Connelly. He’s got the lawyer thing sewn up with attorney Mickey Haller. He’s also done a series of...