| Feb 21, 2012
Since at least 1976, the woman who calls herself Seven has lived without a formal identity.
She says she's 71 years old and a lifelong Cubs fan. She has fleeting childhood memories of visiting the Indiana Dunes but can recall little else and suffers from...
| Oct 29, 2011
Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works...
| Oct 30, 2011
Florence Parry Heide, a prolific children's book author best known for her droll illustrated picture book "The Shrinking of Treehorn" and her ability to convey in her writing what it is like to be a child, has died. She was 92.
Heide died in her sleep...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 8:31 AM
The time for the "Mystery Movie" has come again. In the 1970s, the idea worked so well for NBC, the network used it twice weekly for a while ... on rotating components including Peter Falk's "Columbo," Dennis Weaver's "McCloud" and Rock Hudson's "McMillan...
| Dec 13, 2012
It's a mystery worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure. Earlier this week, the staff of the University of Chicago revealed that they had received a strange package. It was addressed to "Henry Walton Jones Jr." care of the university, and was processed with...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 2:43 PM
If you are looking for Christmas gifts that are something special, why not check the Collectible Books listed on the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries web page? "Wild Life in the Far West, or A Detective's Thrilling Adventures Among the Indians and...
| Dec 31, 2012
Books often play a big role in people's holiday memories. Some of us receive a gift book that becomes a cherished memento or starts us on a lifelong love of reading. Or a family reads a certain book each year as part of their holiday traditions. We...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Early in her career as an author, Libby Fischer Hellmann had written three unpublished novels, and thought she was hot stuff.
Then her agent told her she needed to change her writing, her characters and her voice, and while she was at it, she needed...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:18 PM
If there were a Mount Rushmore of English crime fiction, it would feature the chiseled faces of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. (Yes, all women, but that's another essay.) Of this august quartet, Rendell is perhaps the...
| Jul 29, 2012
Shadow of Night
Viking: 584 pp., $28.95
Writing second installments of planned trilogies is harder than you think. There has to be enough background from the first novel — but...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 5:08 PM
In the early days of their marriage a few years ago, Chicago attorney Brett Nolan and his wife, the thriller novelist Gillian Flynn, were having drinks with a group of friends when Flynn posed a surprising question. "Does anybody have any idea," she asked...