The Rope by Nevada Barr

Barr, Nevada. (2012). The Rope. Minotaur Books; New York. I’ve always been a big fan of Nevada Barr’s mystery novels, for two reasons: 1) they take place in the serenity of nature (more specifically, in various U.S. national parks), and 2) her central protagonist is the gutsy and seemingly invincible park ranger, Anna Pigeon. I…

The Incense Game by Laura Joh Rowland

Rowland, Laura Joh. (2012). The Incense Game. Minotaur Books; New York. Sometimes it’s nice to delve into a book packed with historical details and rife with emotional intrigue. Laura Joh Rowland‘s book The Incense Game nicely delivers on both fronts; it details what happens before, during, and after a powerful earthquake that struck a vast…