Tana French is the author of four highly acclaimed novels of suspense. French grew up in Ireland, the US and Malawi and trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin; she has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. And then came fiction. Her books include In the Woods, The Likeness, and Faithful Place and have won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards.
We’re deep into summer reading, and there’s nothing better than immersing ourselves in a great novel that takes us away to another place with characters we can relate to. Author Elin Hilderbrand is a pro at this, and in her novel Summerland, we’re brought back to Nantucket as she tackles something new by splitting her narrators between the parents and their teenage children to tell a story of heartbreak and forgiveness.
Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.
Robert B. Parker’s famed detective, Spenser, lives on in the new novel, Lullaby, by Ace Atkins, who has taken over Parker’s franchise following his death in 2010. Ace Atkins joins us to talk about the pressure and honor of writing Parker's characters.
Jacqueline Winspear's Maise Dobbs mysteries have been called by USA Today "less whodunits than why-dunits, more PD James than Agatha Christie." The books are set in "between the wars" England, time currently in the spotlight given the success of the Downton Abbey TV series on PBS.