On Conan Doyle

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda has subtitled this book "The Whole Art of Storytelling," with good reason. Starting from Arthur Conan Doyle's life and work -- which included, in addition to the Sherlock Holmes stories, wonderful works of historical fiction and adventure -- Dirda weaves a memoir of boyhood, a peek into the world of the "Baker Street Irregulars," and a meditation on the power of fiction. The game's afoot!

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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