Coming at you faster than a stretchy missile off of a young boy’s outstretched finger(s), it’s Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe’s The Rubber Band! What is it? Why, it’s a classic mystery of the old school, with armchair detection aplenty, two-fisted shoe-leather gumshoeing (?), gals, dames, dudes, orchids, bankers, and crime cases no cop could ever […]Read more "138 — The Rubber Band (A Nero Wolfe Mystery)"
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! And so does Doc Savage. This is just one of the things that makes the two of them rivals, tentative opponents, uneasy collaborators, and, the reader continuously hopes, cautious lovers in Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow! (Alas, this may be an “all-new […]Read more "137 — Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow"
Picked out and up at a literal airport bookstore, it’s the greatest fight we’ve ever had: J.A. Jance’s Duel to the Death: An Ali Reynolds Mystery. Will this supposed thriller bring the techno-chills, delivering A.I.-derived Bitcoin by Bluetooth? Or will we spend most of our time at the DMV? (Sorry for the short notes this […]Read more "136 — Duel to the Death"
One journal you won’t want to take a bullet for, it’s Nicholas Sparks’ rain-drenched kayak epic The Notebook! The gothic tale of a war veteran alone in his ancient house, yearning for the rekindling of a long-gone love affair, crossed with an empowering journey of a young woman fighting to make her own choices and […]Read more "135 — The Notebook"
Swords? More than a couple. Sorcery? Some, but not so much that you’d get upset about it. Sandals? Probably not, but we can’t swear that weren’t any in … The Wurms of Blearmouth. Probably the highest quantity (and quality!) of funny voices in any episode ever, and DEFINITELY the longest list of purportedly funny names […]Read more "134 — The Wurms of Blearmouth, A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach"
Just in time for J.W.’s birthday, we crack the spine on Tamra Baumann’s Plotting for Murder. Full disclosure: this breaks a few of our rules, in that we (a) mainly focus on bad books and (2) rarely read anything that wasn’t published by a major house, but sometimes we just want to read something we […]Read more "133 — Plotting for Murder (Cozy Mystery Bookshop Series Book 1)"
This episode, we ask you all to take us down to Raccoon City, where the herbs are green and the ammo’s scanty — Take. Us. Home. We sneak into a supposedly disused mansion to investigate a branded spinoff and read Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy, by S.D. Perry, a (completely rad) novelization of the first […]Read more "132 — Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy"
Just in time for Mother’s Day, or maybe early for Halloween, it’s just flat-out time to get extremely spooky, so we’re bringing you the PG-est horror out there, slithering like a fat white worm and jutting upsettingly from a long-dug grave, Eric Morse’s epoch-defining Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day. Grab your backpack and get ready […]Read more "131 — Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day"
A book that will leave you sleepy, but a podcast episode that will leave you … in stitches, it’s Robin Cook’s quasi-classic Coma, a medical thriller more frightening than anything except a hospital bill. A thick slice of 70s anxiety, where women in the workplace crash up against the commodification of, uh, organ “donations” and […]Read more "130 — Coma"
It’s the greatest crossover of all time—again!!—as the delightful Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers repay our James Patterson guest spot with one of their own, joining us for James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet’s Witch & Wizard. Yes, it’s dude magic and lady magic together again for the very first time, in a Frankensteined-up teen-centered […]Read more "129 — Witch & Wizard (w/ Renata & Kait from Worst Bestsellers)"