The Twelfth Enchantment

At the dawn of the 19th century, an unfortunate young woman of good breeding but meager finances (who might have wandered out of a novel by Jane Austen) meets Lord Byron, discovers a talent for magic, and gets entangled in a shadowy conspiracy. David Liss has reimagined history in marvelous novels such as The Whiskey Rebels. Here, he demonstrates that he's no less a wizard when it comes to the supernatural. Absorbing fun.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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