The Creator’s Calling

Two weeks ago, the publishing world was rocked by the news that The Cuckoo’s Calling – supposedly a debut mystery novel written by one “Robert Galbraith” – was in fact the handiwork of Harry Potter’s creator, J. K. Rowling. Why did Rowling choose to wrap herself in the invisibility cloak of a nom de plume? She may have been eager to avoid the unreasonably high expectations (and concomitantly dismal notices) that overshadowed last year’s The Casual Vacancy, her first stand-alone …

Now Read This! So Many Books, So Few Decoder Rings

As the recipient of some 50 books a week, I’m on a first-name-basis with my UPS man. Some days he drops off just one or two packages (“Thanks, Jerry!”). More often he must lug 10 to 12 heavy padded envelopes from his truck to my door (“Thanks a lot, Jerry!”). I then wave my secret decoder ring over the bundles to decide which books to review. Kidding! I possess no such ring – though I dearly wish I did. Instead …