The Attenbury Emeralds

In Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, Dorothy Sayers created a sleuthing twosome for the ages. Jill Paton Walsh's third Sayers-inspired novel is a deftly executed tale in which the couple, now happily married, find all sorts of challenges to occupy themselves in post-WWII Britain, including an old case of Lord Peter's that just won't die.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…