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Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

Gatrell asks all the right questions of his subject, and his answers are sound and illuminating. Of equal pleasure for academics and lay readers.

Incomparable Realms: Spain During the Golden Age, 1500–1700

The illustrations alone make Robbins’s book worth purchasing, but it is also a defining study of a seminal period in the history of Western art.

Hitler’s Girl

Though it will be primarily of interest to history buffs, this may be a cautionary tale for today. Democratic institutions are fragile and many of the problems roiling the waters of the ’30s are ascendant again.

Death Doesn’t Forget

Once again, it’s hellzapoppin’ time in Taipei. If readers haven’t tried Lin’s stylish mysteries, here’s a good place to start.

James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life

Given Patterson’s audience, this throwaway memoir will be popular even though it isn’t merited.

An Extravagant Life: An Autobiography Incorporating Blue Water, Green Skipper

Woods’s fans will learn little of how he writes. Yachting enthusiasts will enjoy the racing segment but it’s of modest interest to anyone else.

Look Closer

The characters are papier-mâché-thin, and the story (narrated by four characters and in passages from Simon’s secret journal, jumping backward and forward in time) is hard to believe, but Ellis’s thriller will appeal to fans of bad-guy novels set among the hyper-rich.

Ocean State

Readers who enjoy the fiction of Elizabeth Strout or Kent Haruf will love this book, which shows a big heart without a whiff of sentimentality.

Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century

Lacking an over-arching narrative, Caute’s study offers instead a flood of individual cases, laying them out in detail to show how clueless MI5 agents often were in their activities.

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