Suspense

C
Deadly Remedy

I backed into reading mysteries through my love of romance novels, which grew to include romantic suspense and then evolved into a curiosity about "straight" mysteries. These days I enjoy mysteries and thrillers quite a bit, but I admit that I still appreciate a romantic angle and tend to prefer mys ...

B+
No One to Trust

I've never read anything by Iris Johansen before, but after having read No One to Trust, I'm off on a glom. This is my favorite type of book: fast-paced, intense, and featuring a likable hero and heroine. DEA agent Ben Forbes needs a favor. Elena Kyler, Colombian born and raised b ...

C+
Danger Zone

Books that star an already married couple dealing with their relationship a little further down the road are a draw for me. Couples who know they love each other and are just not sure they can live together, or work together, or get past a tragedy, etc., are frequently so much more interesting then ...

B+
The Absence of Nectar

It's the rare novel written by an adult that can articulate a child's point of view of the world in convincing fashion. Off the top of my head, I can think of books like To Kill a Mockingbird and A High Wind in Jamaica, to name two. I would add Kathy Hepinstall's second novel, The Absence of Nectar, ...

B
Dark Horse

I haven't read anything by Tami Hoag since Thin, Dark Line, and I'm glad that I picked Dark Horse to go back to. It features dark characters to be sure, but it's an oddly satisfying read. Elena Estes is a former police officer drowning in guilt over her part in the death of a cow ...

C
Summer of Storms

When I opted to review this book, I thought it was romantic suspense. It's not; it's a straight mystery/thriller, so if you're looking for love, this'd be one of the wrong places. I enjoy straight suspense, and though Summer of Storms is a page-turner, had the heroine been a bit more on the ball (al ...

F
Hemlock Bay

Do you want me to try for a synopsis here, or should I just cut right to my complaints? Maybe I should just list the problems since the plot was so screwy anyway. I'm still trying to make some kind of sense of it. The story begins with Federal Special Agent Dillon Savich and his team about to ...

D+
Dead Run

I have been on a mystery reading kick lately, finally catching up with all those authors I always meant to read but never had the time to. In the case of Erica Spindler's Dead Run, however, all I discovered was how an interesting and timely plot can be marred by boring characters and less-than-stell ...

B-
The Survivors Club

Lisa Gardner has become one of my favorite suspense writers. I thought The Third Victim was fantastic psychological suspense, and while The Last Accident wasn't quite as good, my faith is restored with The Survivors Club. It kept me absorbed and drew me into the story while I was trying to figure ou ...

C
Body of Lies

Ms. Johansen's latest has got it all...and then some. And that's still not saying much. Murder and mayhem in the bayous of Louisiana, explosions, poisoning, car chases - all the thriller elements are here, and yet this latest Eve Duncan opus falls remarkably flat. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan first ...