Irish author Maeve Binchy died at the age of 72.
I've often thought that Ebenezer Scrooge's famous indictment of holiday well-wishers would make a terrific set-up for a mystery. "If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart." Failing that, here are five 2011 mysteries for the suspense lover on your Christmas list. A legend returns, officially; murder pays a visit to Austen; an Old Bailey hack reminds us how much we miss his creator; a Scottish writer returns to old haunts with a new hero; and a freelance journalist stumbles onto murder and Noel Coward impersonators in rural Michigan.
Danny Boyle's cinematic survival tale '127 Hours,' Amos Lee's soulful album 'Mission Bell,' Ian Rankin's intriguing detective story 'The Complaints,' and more recommendations.
Master mystery writer P.D. James dissects her craft.
The Monitor’s annual gift guide to the best fiction books of 2008.