The School of Night

Readers like me who've become quietly addicted to Louis Bayard's historical novels of suspense—the first, Mr. Timothy, imagined Dickens's Tiny Tim as a Victorian-era sleuth; the second, The Pale Blue Eye, detailed the adventures of Edgar Allan Poe as a West Point cadet—will welcome this new one, about a disgraced scholar in modern-day Washington, D.C., who follows the trail of a missing letter into the secretive world of Elizabethan intrigue, with perilous results.

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.