Mrs. Adams in Winter

Now in paperback: Michael O'Brien's fascinating chronicle of a first lady's journey across Europe as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power. Our reviewer, Max Byrd, called it "an irresistible adventure story and a brilliant portrait of Louisa Adams [wife of John Quincy Adams, our 6th president] that ought to rescue her for good from half exotic obscurity."


Read the full text of Max Byrd's review.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.