Ballad & Dagger by Daniel Jose Older

Ballad & Dagger by Daniel Jose Older. Los Angeles : Disney/Hyperion, 2022. 372 pp.

Daniel Jose Older has created a realistic yet fantastical world where spirits interact with humans and several cultures are meshed into one (slightly strange) heritage.Mateo loves music more than anything, followed by the love of his heritage as a …

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Copyright 2019, Ballantine Books (355 pages, $26.99).

The 1970s was a great era for music. The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Queen, to name a few, lived the rock and roll lifestyle – an “authentic rock life” – amongst the sex, drugs, and fans …

Last Call by Elon Green

“Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” by Elon Green; Celadon Books, 2021. (288 pages, $27).

Published early last year, Last Call by Elon Green is a terrific, harrowing, true-crime account of an elusive serial killer dubbed “the Last Call Killer” who preyed upon gay men …

Irish Parade Murder by Leslie Meier

“The Irish Parade Murder” by Leslie Meier.  New York: Kensington Publishing, 2021.  278 pages.

Part-time newspaper reporter Lucy Stone becomes uneasy about her job when a new employee named Rob shows up at the Tinker’s Cove Pennysaver amongst rumors that her boss, Ted, has sold the paper.  She and the handful of fellow …

Violen Conspiracy by Brendan Slocum

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, New York : Anchor Books, 2022.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb is an excellent mystery about an African American concert violin soloist whose priceless Stradivarius violin is stolen.Ray McMillan has had an unusual path toward becoming the famous violinist he is. He came from a poor …

Reclamation by Gayle Jessup White

Reclamation:  Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for her Family’s Lasting Legacy by Gayle Jessup White, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2021, 266 pages, $27.99

The grounds of Monticello, the stately Potomac River plantation house of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, is the site of two cemeteries—one for Jefferson …

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. New York : Delacorte Press, [2021]

Love romance novels? Evie Thomas, the main character of Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon, does! Seventeen-year-old Evie is a die-hard romantic who knows true love exists because she can see it in her parents’ love for each other. Evie dreams …

The Light of Days by Judy Batalion

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judith Batalion; New York, NY : William Morrow, [2020].

Published in April of last year, The Light of Days was an instant New York Times bestseller which follows a collection of unbelievably brave and cunning Jewish heroines that …

The Foundling by Ann Leary

“The Foundling: The true story of a kidnapping, a family secret, and my search for the real me” by Paul Joseph Fronczak, New York:  Howard Books, 2017

Paul Joseph Fronczak first learned of his murky paternity as a 10-year-old after stumbling over yellowed newspaper articles describing the kidnapping of a 1-day old infant …

Not The Witch You Wed by April Asher

“Not The Witch You Wed,” by April Asher. Copyright 2022, Griffin (352 pages, $13.99).

Who doesn’t love a little magic with their romance?

April Asher’s first book in her new “Supernatural Singles” series is a modern take on witches, shape shifters, and other supernaturals and how Asher’s cast of 30-something year old characters navigate …