Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads
updated 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
BILL WARRINGTON'S LAST CHANCE
by James King
This moving tale follows a former marine on his quest to reconcile with his estranged children.
by Anne Fortier
After inheriting a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Julie Jacobs plays Shakespearean detective in this charming thriller.
SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH
by Alicia Bessette
A widow and her 9-year-old neighbor bond over baking and share life lessons. A tasty, if at times treacly, first novel.