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The presumption of innocence until proven guilty wasn’t conceived by the Founding Fathers and debuted in the U.S. Constitution. Its lineage ca…

I am searching for the "better angels" among the cult-like followers of Donald Trump who, it appears, are willing to commit treason and sell t…

Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, riots, has the moral understanding of a three-year-old, if even …

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This is the “everyone trapped on a train in the snow” Agatha Christie classic and still one of the best books like this ever written. It’s enhanced by a few very unpredictable puzzle pieces, and not just the ending.

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Speaking of Agatha Christie, Weinberg’s acclaimed debut (named one of The New York Times’ 10 best crime novels of 2020), set on a Norfolk, England, college campus, features a murder at its center that “might have met with the approval of the Queen of Crime” herself, wrote NYT reviewer Marilyn Stasio. “Dame Agatha happens to figure tangentially in this uncommonly clever whodunit, which makes plentiful references to her books, plot twists, settings and even the 11 days in 1926 when she inexplicably disappeared — all while coming across as madly original.” (Penguin, $17, out Jan. 26)

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This book’s premise is irresistible: Mild-mannered bookseller Malcolm has published on his blog a list of fiction’s eight most perfect murders — ranging from Agatha Christie to Donna Tartt — only to find himself eyed with suspicion when a local serial killer seems to be making his way through the list.

Excuse the empty platitude, but in the final hours of 2020, we cannot help but think of the cliché, “Don’t wish your life away.”

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