Highlights for Children
From A to Z
What happens after the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog? Lizard helps settle the dispute. (Fiction)
Silly Stickers Stories: Farm Tales
A sampling of Mad-Libs-style stories, created for fill-in-the-blank Hidden Pictures® with stickers.
An harmonious poem published in High Five magazine.
The Right Tools
A read-along rhyme featured in Highlights Press‘ All About Construction.
Young, Gifted and Leaving
Not willing to sacrifice family life for the firm, some female lawyers are ditching their legal careers, despite the outrageous salaries. But others are tracking down innovative law firms that make work/life balance apriority. Here, a look at the intriguing policies that could benefit any industry.
Mystery Scene Profiles
Still Life With Murder: A Chat With Louise Penny
It takes a village—and award-winning author Louise Penny—to give this Canadian cozy series its edge.
Playing Hardball: Sara Paretsky
The 2011 MWA Grand Master discusses what it takes to be a female shamus—and writer—in a man’s world.
A Suspense Star is Born: Tana French
A chat with Tana French, whose Faithful Place is nominated for a 2011 Best Novel Edgar Award.
Echoes From a Great War: A Conversation With Jacqueline Winspear
An interview with author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series.
George Dawes Green: Like a Moth to a Flame
As a novelist and the founder of The Moth story project, Green draws in audiences with great storytelling.
Mystery Scene Reviews
Sherlock’s Smarter Sister
Investigate Nancy Springer’s delightful Enola Holmes mystery series for young adults.
A bracing gulp of sea air—a contemporary police procedural/ psychological thriller by Tana French that builds with all the humor and pathos of classic Irish storytelling.
Those who worry about what really goes on behind the scenes in our nation’s capital will not reassured by the dastardly DC string-pullers revealed in Matthew Quirk’s blockbuster thriller .
Once Upon a Crime
In P. J. Brackston’s fairy-tale crime fiction, Gretel must earn her bread and butter and weisswurst as a private investigator for hire in her home hamlet of Gesternstadt, circa 1776.
The President’s Shadow
Geek-hero/ citizen-spy/National Archivist Beecher White returns again in the third of this Dan Brown-meets-Doris Kearns Goodwin political thriller series by Brad Meltzer.
Girl Waits With Gun
Don’t mess with the Misses Kopp! Independent and irrepressible, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp are Jersey girls (circa 1914) who tangle with a local bad boy and more than hold their own in this debut novel by Amy Stewart.
The Twenty-Year Death
Three interlinked visceral, tough, and satisfying, stand-alone noir novels, set in three different times, by Ariel S. Winter.
How fragile are the guards we put up to protect ourselves from hard-edged reality? Harlan Coben tackles that question from three viewpoints.
Lisa Scottoline fans, do yourselves a favor: Do NOT read the book jacket, flap copy or any reviews (except this one) of Think Twice.
Summer brings a new Stephanie Plum to slip into your beach bag with Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich.
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Tucker seems to be the anti-Stephanie Plum. For one thing, she is blonde versus brunette. For another, she was raised in homogenous northern Virginia and now lives in quaint coastal Massachusetts.
Twelve-year-old Emma Graham, star reporter, waitress, and sleuth, is on the trail of an old unsolved case in Martha Grimes’ latest.
Heads You Lose
A therapeutic thriller—couples counseling disguised as hilarious crime fiction by Lisa Lutz.
The Bad Always Die Twice
All signs point to hard-boiled. Start with the classic pulp cover—black sheers and slit skirt, leather and velvet. Then note the author, Cheryl Crane: The daughter of much-married movie legend Lana Turner.
Dexter’s Final Cut
Art imitates art in the seventh of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, as Showtime TV’s version calls its final “Cut!” in its eighth and last season.
Allstate Good Hands News
Why Do Pipes Freeze and Burst?
You can prevent the worst of this winter water hazard with a few precautions and home fix-its.
5 Steps to Zen When Working From HomeTo make the most of a home office, center your time and energy.
Netiquette: Mind Your Online Manners
If you can’t say something nice, get offline!