Mystery

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The Guy Who Died Twice

Lisa Gardner’s D. D. Warren is one of my favorite detectives and this short story contains all the elements that have lofted her to that elevated position. Humorous, clever and intriguing, The Guy Who Died Twice presents D.D. with her ‘strangest case’ ever. This is number 9.5 in the series ...

B+
The Boy

There is an old saying: ‘Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead.’ Tami Hoag’s The Boy is a dark, gritty mystery that highlights how keeping a secret often involves making sure that everyone else who knows it is, indeed, dead. This is Hoag’s second book featuring Annie Broussard and ...

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You Were Always Mine

Nicole Baart’s thriller, You Were Always Mine, examines the threads of an ordinary life gone disastrously awry when choices made in secret are exposed to the harshness of daylight. Lit teacher Jessica Chamberlain is dealing with her separation from her doctor husband Evan, whose cheating and fr ...

B+
Under My Skin

Under My Skin is Lisa Unger’s eighth stand-alone novel. It’s a twisty, twirly thrill ride of a book which takes an in depth look at the emotional pain that accompanies violent loss and examines the bad choices we can make on the journey through grief. A year ago, Jack Lang went for his mornin ...

B+
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original début that defies description. It’s part gothic, part murder mystery and part science fiction novel but there’s a whole lot more to It than that. Innovative and unconventional, it is a unique reading experience. He doesn’t know who h ...

C+
Maggie Terry

Former NYPD officer Maggie Terry, freshly sprung from rehab although un-liberated (mostly) from a drug and alcohol addiction, has settled into life as a private detective.  She hasn’t given up her cigarettes yet, and she’s not about to settle in to a life of calmative contemplation.  Her only ...

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Fogland Point

Sometimes, taking a risk on a new author and their first novel can work out to be a lovely surprise. Reading Fogland Point by Doug Burgess is a case in point. Little Compton, a tiny town east of pretty much everything on the North Eastern Atlantic coast of America, is steeped in history in all it ...

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Half Moon Bay

I absolutely loved Alice LaPlante's debut novel, Turn of Mind. It contained pretty much everything I love about psychological thrillers, so I jumped at the chance to review  Ms. LaPlante's latest offering, Half Moon Bay. Unfortunately however, this book proved to be a huge disappointment. Jane O ...

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Believe Me

J.P. Delaney's début novel The Girl Before didn't work terribly well for me, but I decided to give his second novel, Believe Me, a try anyway, and I found it to be a bit of a mixed bag. Claire is an actress who left Britain in hopes of getting away from a love affair gone wrong, but she's now in ...

B+
Somebody's Daughter

I love a good domestic thriller, and I'm pleased to recommend David Bell's latest novel Somebody's Daughter to fans of this particular sub-genre of mystery novels. I honestly wasn't sure how I'd feel about it, since the only other book I've read by Mr. Bell didn't work well for me, but this one is s ...