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Check back regularly for book reviews by beloved (retired) Penguin sales rep
turned book reviewer, jack-of-all-trades, and Mountains & Plains’ coordinator
for special projects and Fall Discovery Show volunteer extraordinaire, Eric Boss.

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June 2018

Mad Boy by Nick Arvin

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Trick by Domenico Starnone

May 2018

The Sacco Gang by Andrea Camilleri

Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

April 2018

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

March 2018

Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

The Mobius Strip Club of Grief by Bianca Stone

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy

The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov

February 2018

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasson

The Philosopher’s Flighty by Tom Miller

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

November 2017

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

October 2017

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

September 2017

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

The Western Star by Craig Johnson

The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton and The Best Max Carrados Detective Stories by Ernest Bramah

The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell

Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

August 2017

The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams

The Hike by Drew Magary

July 2017

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

June 2017

The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

April 2017

The Revolution of the Moon by Andrea Camilleri

The One-Eyed Man by Ron Currie

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graham

February 2017

UPDATED! The Burning World by Isaac Marion

Winter of the Gods by Jordana Max Brodsky

January 2017

Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

The House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

December 2016

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

November 2016

The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs

Celine by Peter Heller

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

October 2016

The Trespasser by Tana French

A Cowboy Christmas by Tom Vandyke

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

September 2016

Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

August 2016

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Frederik Bachman

July 2016

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Dog Medicine by Julie Barton

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Redemption Road by John Hart

June 2016

Black River by S.M. Hulse

May 2016

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millett

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear

Falling in Love by Donna Leon

March 2016

The River Why by David James Duncan

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

February 2016

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

January 2016

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales

December 2015

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J.Ryan Stradal

November 2015

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

By Its Cover by Donna Leon

The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

October 2015

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Slade House by David Mitchell

September 2015

The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

July 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin

The Blackbird by Tom Wright

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Martian by Andy Weir

June 2015

Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

The Laidlaw Trilogy by William McIlvanney

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

April 2015

The Eye Stone by Roberto Tiraboschi

The Fatal Flame by Lindsay Faye

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

March 2015

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp

The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French

February 2015

Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

The Cleaner of Chartress by Salley Vickers

January 2015

The Black House by Peter May

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

The Short Reign of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri