D.B. Borton

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D. B. Borton lives in a small Midwestern college town, where she teaches writing, film, and literature at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has published eleven mystery novels in two series, the Cat Caliban series (Berkley, Hilliard and Harris) and the Gilda Liberty series (Fawcett). As an academic writer, she has published work on film, women’s literature, and the supernatural; she is co-author of Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women and Ghost Stories by British and American Women. She has also written for Ms. magazine.

A native Texan, Borton became an ardent admirer of Nancy Drew at a young age. At the age of fourteen, she acquired her own blue roadster, trained on the freeways of Houston and
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D.B. Borton I'm working on a novel that I hope to publish in 2018, BAYOU CITY BURNING.

In the blistering summer of 1961, Harry Lark is running a detective agency…more
I'm working on a novel that I hope to publish in 2018, BAYOU CITY BURNING.

In the blistering summer of 1961, Harry Lark is running a detective agency out of a seedy office in downtown Houston when a well-dressed mobster entangles him in President Kennedy’s plans to send a man to the moon. His daughter, eleven-year-old Desdemona "Dizzy" Lark, is running a neighborhood lost-and-found out of a suburban garage when she’s hired to find a missing father. Against a backdrop of racial tension and labor unrest, the two cases dovetail as Harry tracks a firebug who is trying to burn down the city. BAYOU CITY BURNING is a mystery based on historical events that asks the question: how does life change for a hard-boiled detective with orthodontist's bills to pay?(less)
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One for the Money

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Two Points for Murder

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Three Is a Crowd (Cat Calib...

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Five-Alarm Fire

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Four Elements of Murder

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Six Feet Under

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7th Deadly Sin (Cat Caliban...

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Eight Miles High

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Smoke

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Second Coming: Elvis. Extra...

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A positive review seems redundant for an author who, according to the book jacket, "lives in San Francisco and Tuscany." But I suppose he may have his own artistic insecurities, though these are redundant, too, except as they inform his understanding ...more
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A sequel to THE OLD WINE SHADES, so fans of that novel will be delighted by the return of raconteur Harry Johnson and his dog Mungo. The narrative from Mungo's perspective might not be everybody's cup of tea--I'm usually put off by this sort of thing ...more
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The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes
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Apart from the mystery, this book is a funny, punny tour-de-force about the love of language and narrative, and about the human compulsion to finish the story, to know what happened next. Playful and irresistible.
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A sequel to THE OLD WINE SHADES, so fans of that novel will be delighted by the return of raconteur Harry Johnson and his dog Mungo. The narrative from Mungo's perspective might not be everybody's cup of tea--I'm usually put off by this sort of thing ...more
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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
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For those who work in academia, this book is a romp. If you also happen to be fortunate enough to work in an English Department, it's a tour-de-force.
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Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
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A young editorial assistant is sent to babysit an eccentric but famous one-book author (think Harper Lee) who is on the verge of delivering a second book, only to discover that her duties primarily consist of babysitting and chauffeuring nine-year-ol ...more
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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I won't spoil this novel's big reveal by telling you what it's about, except to say that it is an ingenious and moving reimagining of historical events from the surprising perspective of an unintended victim.
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