Light and frothy but undeniably sweet: a pleasant excursion to nowhere, done up in high style at a brisk pace.



Thelma and Louise do Europe in Hayter’s (the Robin Hudson female detective series) witty account of two American girls who go wild on vacation and end up in big trouble.

Chloe Bowen and Blackie Maher just want to have some fun. Still smarting several weeks after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, college senior Chloe decides to snap herself out of the doldrums by going ahead with a long-planned summer vacation in Europe, taking her best friend Blackie with her instead of Mr. Ex. It turns out to be an inspired move: Chloe and Blackie have similar tastes in just about everything except men, so they manage to get along fine and never end up stealing each other’s heartthrobs. In fact, they soon discover that they’re natural-born con-girls, adept at spotting married philanderers in hotel bars, slipping them mickeys in their rooms, and robbing them blind once they’ve passed out. Like many careers, Chloe and Blackie’s excursion into crime begins by mistake, goes on as a curiosity, and soon develops into a smooth and lucrative routine. But you have to be careful when you pick your marks, and the girls make their first misstep when they roll an Australian gangster and end up in possession of a gold-plated statuette that’s been stolen from a Bombay mafioso. What’s inside it? We don’t know for sure, but soon the Aussie has been murdered by mob goons who then set off in pursuit of Chloe and Blackie. On top of that, it turns out that Chloe is the look-alike of an English aristocrat who has lately broken out of a Swiss rehab center and gone into hiding. They say travel is broadening, but Chloe and Blackie, if they can’t find their way home, may soon be flattened out by the experience.

Light and frothy but undeniably sweet: a pleasant excursion to nowhere, done up in high style at a brisk pace.

Pub Date: July 27, 2004

ISBN: 1-4000-4744-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Three Rivers/Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2004

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A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.


In Walsh’s American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called.

Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He’s kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they’ll keep in touch—they’re already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah’s increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there’s a far greater likelihood that he’s just blowing her off—she’s been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she’s almost 40 years old and she’s essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn’t actually meet randomly—they both have a connection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie’s and Sarah’s pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart.

A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-52277-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

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A withdrawn graduate student embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the world in this long-anticipated follow-up to The Night Circus (2011).

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a typical millennial introvert; he likes video games, escapist reading, and drinking sidecars. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, he's unnerved—and determined to uncover the truth. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and Zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a highflying literary fundraiser in New York or to retreat back to his thesis and forget the whole affair. In a high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do, Morgenstern weaves Zachary's adventure into a stunning array of linked fables, myths, and origin stories. There are pirates and weary travelers, painters who can see the future, lovers torn asunder, a menacing Owl King, and safe harbors for all the stories of the world, far below the Earth on the golden shores of a Starless Sea. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, the novel requires patience as Morgenstern puts all the pieces in place, but it is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail, right down to the ballroom stairs "festooned with lanterns and garlands of paper dipped in gold" or a cloak carved from ice with "ships and sailors and sea monsters...lost in the drifting snow." This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call.

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-385-54121-3

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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