Always keep one eye on author Harlan Coben

The spins and surprises never stop — and Coben snares you from the very first sentence.

CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS

FOOD

Comforts and a cuppa at the Steaming Kettle

There’s something enticing about a café called The Steaming Kettle. Tucked on the upper half of State Street in New London, this little lunchtime oasis offers the weary pedestrian some peace, quiet and simple but well-crafted eats.

Niantic Cook + Book Club feeds stomach and soul

Fine literature and fine dining are combined in an event cooked up by Dawn Bruckner, owner of La Belle Aurore in Niantic.

COLUMNS

Keep a watch out for warblers

May is the most exciting time of year for me. It is a time when brook trout are biting, leaves are appearing, days become warmer and woods fill with migrating neotropical warblers.

John Ledyard, globetrotting college drop-out

In 1783 John Ledyard dedicated a book about his travels to Governor Trumbull, Connecticut’s Revolutionary War statesman.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Coming to a venue near you

Russell Peters — Oct. 2 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $40-$65

Beres Hammond – Aug. 8 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $48, $68

Of Monsters and Men – Sept. 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. June 5; $35

Changes in Latitudes: Jimmy Buffett Tribute — July 2 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35

Bob Newhart — Oct. 23 at Bushnell, Hartford; tickets on sale now; $48.50-$68.50

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah — July 19 at Lupo's, Providence; tickets on sale now; $25, $30

DEAR ABBY

Dental care in nursing homes can be difficult to arrange

DEAR ABBY: My mother has Alzheimer’s. She has been in a nursing home for 10 years. I feel sorry for her because she can’t verbalize that her teeth are killing her.

Little bit of mother-in-law goes a long way for wife

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband a little over a year. He’s a wonderful man, but I feel he’s a little too attached to his mother. She lives about 20 minutes away, and he wants to go visit her almost every day.

Teenager in a hurry to grow up wonders about slowing down

DEAR ABBY: I’m a teenager and I want to grow up fast.

Politics served with profanity makes dinner hard to swallow

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law and her live-in boyfriend, “Bud,” get together with us for dinner and outings.

Mom seeks detour to safety around in-laws’ driving habits

DEAR ABBY: My in-laws are fabulous. They love me and think the world of our 2-year-old daughter, “Hayley.” They do anything to support us.

Couple’s tagalong friend is too close for son’s comfort

DEAR ABBY: I’m in my 40s, happily married to my wife, and we have teenage daughters. My parents divorced when I was young and both have been remarried for years.

Wife wants out of marriage to join the woman she loves

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 48-year-old woman. I have known I was gay since I was 14.

HOROSCOPES