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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Feb. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102. He died...

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Review: Twin plots of latest Doc Ford novel are far-fetched

Feb. 12, 2020 10:21 AM EST

“Salt River," Putnam, by Randy Wayne White Thirty years have zipped by since Randy Wayne White first introduced readers to Doc Ford and his pals in “Sanibel Flats,” and from time to time the mostly solid crime fiction series seems to falter. “Salt River,” the 26th Ford novel, is...

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Review: Schaffhausen's `All the Best Lies' is fast-paced

Feb. 11, 2020 10:57 AM EST

“All the Best Lies,” Minotaur Books, by Joanna Schaffhausen Forty years ago in Las Vegas, Reed Markham’s biological mother was stabbed to death as he lay nearby in his crib. The case was never solved. Now, Reed and his adopted sisters agree to take DNA tests to learn more about their...

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Review: Author Robert Dugoni crafts compelling `Cold Trail'

Feb. 4, 2020 10:55 AM EST

"A Cold Trail,” Thomas & Mercer, by Robert Dugoni A cold case pulls homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite into a deep look into her past in “A Cold Trail,” Robert Dugoni’s latest mystery. Crosswhite returns to the small town of Cedar Grove with her husband, Dan, and their new baby to...

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, photo, bridge hostess Mary Vlach, standing, visits with a table of bridge players at raceway Retirement Community in Tupelo, Miss. The hostess does all the calling to see who’s coming, arrives early to set up the tables and fills in at a table if they need a sub,” said Vlach, 75.  (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

A winning hand: Oxford author pens second bridge mystery

Feb. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Last winter, just after his first cozy mystery “Grand Slam Murders” was published, author R.J. Lee did a book-signing for residents at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo. “Grand Slam Murders,” the first of six Bridge to Death Mysteries in Lee’s...

Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark dead at age 92

Jan. 31, 2020 11:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Higgins Clark, the tireless and long-reigning "Queen of Suspense" whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world's most popular writers, died Friday at age 92. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that she died in Naples, Florida, of natural causes. "Nobody...

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Review: Dundas delivers fast-paced plot in `The Blaze'

Jan. 22, 2020 10:57 AM EST

“The Blaze,” Putnam, by Chad Dundas “The Blaze,” Chad Dundas' second novel following his critically acclaimed “Champion of the World,” is both a cleverly plotted mystery and a touching account of a wounded veteran trying to rebuild his life. Matthew Rose, an army...

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Review: Cat-and-mouse game skillfully told in debut novel

Jan. 14, 2020 8:05 AM EST

“How Quickly She Disappears,” Berkley, by Raymond Fleischmann When Elizabeth Pfautz was a child in Pennsylvania, her twin sister was lured away by a stranger, never to be seen again. Years later, in 1941, Elizabeth is raising a daughter who bears a striking resemblance to the missing twin. They...

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‘Joker’ leads Oscar noms; ‘1917,’ ‘Irishman’ close behind

Jan. 13, 2020 6:46 PM EST

Female filmmakers were shut out, “Parasite” made history and “Joker” edged out “The Irishman," “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” in Monday's Oscar nominations. Todd Phillips’ R-rated superhero smash “Joker” topped all...

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Review: `Prized Girl' has complex, well-drawn characters

Jan. 13, 2020 10:36 AM EST

“The Prized Girl: a Novel,” Dutton, by Amy K. Green At age 14, Jenny finally had her fill of beauty pageants. She would no longer allow her mother to paint her face with makeup, dress her in age-inappropriate outfits and drag her to those hideous competitions several times a month. “The...