Book reviews

Kansas City Noir by Steve Paul, editor

Kansas City Noir

If you’re a fan of shadowy crime fiction, local authors, and well-written literature, then Kansas City Noir is a book you’ll definitely want to add to your library reading list.

Sweet Invention by Michael Krondl

Sweet Invention

Most people enjoy eating sweets, especially around this time of year. Michael Krondl in Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert shows how sweets have been a part of our diet since ancient times.

Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford

Carter's Big Break

No one ever said high school was easy, and Will Carter found that out the hard way in 2009's Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. But did Carter really learn anything? We find out in the sequel, Carter's Big Break.

Blue Monday by Nicci French

Blue Monday

Since becoming a mom, I find it difficult to read novels where crimes are committed against children. Blue Monday by Nicci French is a story so compelling and well-written that it made me break out of my mold.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Heart of the Sea

The sinking of the Titanic has captured people’s imaginations for the last hundred years. In the 19th century another ship disaster became a legend in the United States and even left a mark on American literature.