- Out of the Night That Covers Me
Their familiar story is a haunting one, however; part of the fabric of American life, it bears frequent retelling.
- Virgin: A Novel ("Flowers" Cover)
This story for millennials is a wonderful blend of modern angst with old-fashioned sweetness.
- Donnie Brasco: Deep Cover
This fast-paced story takes Pistone's real-life adventures as a point of departure: a Mafia contract on "Brasco's" life forces him back undercover.
- Cover Your Eyes
A few too many coincidences make this story less convincing than some of Burton’s other novels.
- Paper Covers Rock
Seventeen-year-old Thomas's obituary states that he died "as the result of a swimming accident," but his classmate Alex knows that's not the whole story.
- Come In and Cover Me
Ren’s passion for personalizing her work, attributing artifacts to specific individuals and striving to tell their stories, causes disagreements with Silas, who can’t believe her approach really works.
- Under Cover of Darkness
The most successful component of this story is Gus Wheatley's growing awareness of his emotional separation from his family.
- Murder in Canaryville: The True Story Behind a Cold Case and a Chicago Cover-Up
Though it was never officially solved, Sherlock’s dogged police work pretty much makes it clear who killed Hughes, why the incident led to a second murder years later, why there was a cover-up, and just how high it went.
- The Book: A Cover-To-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
Technical discussions of the printing press, lithography, and binding are enlivened by stories of their creators’ missteps.
- Chips in a Bag: Classy Mr. Murray
The premise for Clodagh and James’s love story is promising, with mature characters and a romantic setting.
- The Wolves of El Diablo
In this blood-soaked weird west story (following The Guns of Santa Sangre), bad guys come with glowing red eyes instead of black hats, but they still go down in a hail of (silver) bullets.
- May Day: A Gray Witch Novel
The premise of this story is appealing, reminiscent of Adrian Phoenix’s Hoodoo series, but too little meaningful exposition and too much extraneous detail keep this story from exploring anything deeper than the superficial and generally predictable.
- Miscast Spells (Chiaroscuran)
Though the story lacks greater worldbuilding, what it does offer is imaginative: a wide array of magician’s tricks, a knockoff-antiques shop whose magical items don’t quite work the same way as the originals, and clever puns.
- Midnight Omen
It’s a solid start to the series, but it lacks real story movement.
- Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases
There's no shortage of great writing in this collection of 10 stories.