Mystery

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In a Cottage In a Wood

In a Cottage In a Wood is Cass Green's second novel. It centers around a run-down cottage in Cornwall, and I found myself intrigued by both the plot and the setting. I've read and enjoyed a number of books set in that part of the world, and I'm pleased to add this one to that list. Neve's life is ...

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Unraveling Oliver

I have been harping on about this book for months, so if you’ve not been subject to my evangelical zeal about its brilliance, allow me to quickly summarize. Everyone who knows Oliver Ryan is shocked when he beats his wife to the point of a coma. This mild-mannered children’s author who lives in ...

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Copycat

Copycat is the latest psychological thriller from bestselling author Alex Lake. It's a twisty, atmospheric tale that centers around one woman's attempt to get to the bottom of a series of suspicious events that have managed to turn her once picture-perfect life upside-down. It's the kind of book tha ...

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Saving Sophie

I'm one of those readers who enjoys a gripping psychological thriller, so, when I came across Sam Carrington’s début novel, Saving Sophie, I leapt at the chance to review it. Unfortunately, I can't say I enjoyed it very much. While the plot itself had a good deal of potential, the author's lacklu ...

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Are You Sleeping

Are You Sleeping is Kathleen Barber's debut novel. It's the story of one woman's need to make peace with her past, and it's utterly engrossing. Josie Burhman has done everything possible to distance herself from her childhood. She's changed her last name, moved to New York City, and told countles ...

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Emma in the Night

There are plenty of books out there that will tell you a predictable story in a predictable way, but Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is something altogether different. It's the kind of book you'll want to devour in one sitting, so compelling is the story, and it's one you'll be thinking about long ...

B+
Give Me the Child

If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, you're living in the perfect era. It seems like a new thriller with a shocking twist comes out every few weeks, and I'll be the first to admit I couldn't be happier about it. From the moment I read the blurb for Mel McGrath’s Give Me the Child, I knew it ...

B
Not a Sound

I'm always on the lookout for books featuring competent, true-to-life characters with disabilities. Unfortunately, these aren't as easy to find as one might think. So, when I heard about Not A Sound, the latest novel from author Heather Gudenkauf, I was eager to get my hands on it. Ms. Gudenkauf cra ...

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Red Leaves

Paulina Simons’ psychological mystery, Red Leaves is a tragedy with no happily ever after.  A fatalistic, chilling portrayal of four supposed friends who look the other way when one of their number is found dead, the story depicts the worst of human nature and will haunt readers even after the bo ...

B+
The Lost Order

The Lost Order is an engrossing, gripping contemporary mystery about the confederate Knights of the Golden Cross from the time of the U.S. Civil War and about the vast horde of gold and silver they amassed and hid. It is also about the intriguing past and devious machinations of the Smithsonian Ins ...