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Read in the Blue Line

A murder-mystery perfect for skiers and history buffs

Skiers, mystery lovers and history buffs will enjoy Phil Bayly’s newest novel, “Back Dirt: A Murder on Skis Mystery.” In the third book of the Murder on Skis Mystery series, the author weaves together a tale of multiple murders, ethics violations, fraud, a love of skiing and the ...

A guide for both the expert and novice hiker

Marking its centennial, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s recently published “Peaks and Ponds: Adirondack Day Hikes,” by Bobby Clark and Cat Hadlow is an intelligent and welcome resource for both the expert and novice hiker. The Adirondack Mountain Club, which now has 30,000 members and 27 ...

‘Chlorine Sky’ is a nuanced, fascinating read

Mahogany Browne’s new novel, “Vinyl Moon,” came out in January through Crown Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Browne—a poet, activist, and teacher— is based in Brooklyn but visits the North Country frequently thanks to the Adirondack Center for Writing, on whose advisory ...

An engaging story of an unusual quest

I remember reading an article in The New Yorker several years ago about a man on the Lower Hudson River paddling south toward Florida. Some time later, the subject’s abandoned canoe was found overturned off the coast of North Carolina. Among effects found inside the craft was contact ...

A ‘perfect’ psychological thriller

“Her Perfect Secret,” T.J. Brearton’s latest stand-alone psychological thriller, is a power-packed critique of the human condition and the institutions we have set into place to guide us. The narrative preys on our instincts to place trust in authority— doctors, psychologists, law ...

Exploring the Champlain Valley: A bucket list

Rich Frost’s newest book, “Rich in History: A Champlain Valley Reader,” should be read with a pen in hand. There are so many interesting, historic places to visit that readers will need to make a list (I suggest a bucket list!) to keep track of them all. According to the author, the book ...