The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve assembled a panel of notable local authors to share some must-reads that also make great gifts.

William Martin is a best-selling author whose latest historical suspense thriller is "The Lincoln Letter."

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the author of "Truth be Told," the third book in her crime-novel series that was just chosen as a best of 2014 by Library Journal.

Matthew Gilbert's new book, "Off the Leash,” chronicles his transformation from homebody to active member of a group of colorful and eccentric dog lovers.

Here's a list of all the books they discussed on set:


Gilbert: "Redeployment," by Phil Klay

Ryan: "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes," by Les Klinger and Laurie King

Martin: "Suspicion," by Joseph Finder


Gilbert: "My Age of Anxiety," by Scott Stossel, who explained his own dread on Greater Boston in January.

Ryan: "What If," by Randall Munroe

Martin: "In the Kingdom of Ice," by Hampton Sides

Children/Young Adult

Gilbert: "Journey," by Aaron Becker and Candlewick Press 

Ryan: "Half Magic,"  by Edward Eager

Martin: "Edward Hopper Paints His World," by Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor


Gilbert: "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast, who was on Greater Boston in May.

Ryan: "Boys In the Boat," by Daniel James Brown

Martin: "Boston Irish," by Bill Brett and Carol Beggy