Mystery

B+
Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us is author Cristina Alger's second novel, but it's my first experience with her writing. She puts a fresh spin on the well-known serial killer trope, making this novel a pleasure to read instead of the slog it otherwise might have been. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good thriller center ...

B
Lock Every Door

Riley Sager is known for writing thrillers with hints of horror thrown in for good measure. Horror isn't at all my thing, but I decided to pick up a copy of Lock Every Door, Mr. Sager's latest novel, just to see what all the fuss was about - and now, I know. The novel is a quick read, one I'm glad I ...

B+
The Scholar

If you love novels by authors such as Tana French and Jane Harper, Dervla McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series is a definite must-read. The Scholar is the second installment in the series, and does not stand well on its own, so do yourself a favor and read The Ruin before diving in. The Scholar picks ...

B+
The Never Game

I read my first Jeffery Deaver book back in 1999, and I've been a devoted fan ever since. I don't love all of his books, but there's something about his tightly plotted thrillers that keeps me coming back for more again and again. So, when I learned he was coming out with a new series, I was eager t ...

C+
The Night Visitors

I picked up The Night Visitors, the latest offering from author Carol Goodman, expecting to get lost in a twisty thriller. I've enjoyed several of Ms. Goodman's previous works, so I had no reason to think this one would be any different. Unfortunately though, this particular story did not work for m ...

A-
A Beautiful Corpse

I fell completely in love with Harper McClain, Christi Daugherty's fiery, determined heroine when I read 2018's The Echo Killing, and I've been eagerly awaiting the author's next book featuring this intrepid newspaper reporter ever since. I'm happy to assure fellow fans that A Beautiful Corpse surpa ...

A-
The Burning Island

The Burning Island is Hester Young's third novel featuring Charlotte (Charlie) Cates, a journalist with an extremely rare psychic ability that allows her to see missing or deceased children in her dreams. This is a book that could be read as a standalone, but readers will have a much clearer underst ...

B
Seance on a Summer's Night

A belated Happy New Year to all reading this review. Winter is a bad time for me health-wise, and in England believe me when I say we all need winter pick- me-ups. Thus, for my first review of 2019, I went for a favourite American, romance author, Josh Lanyon and a hot sounding title, Seance on a Su ...

A-
Death in Provence

Serena Kent’s cozy mystery Death in Provence is a twisty and well-written little bit of fiction that combines tourism porn with a funny heroine and a genuinely surprising mystery. Penelope Kite is in over her head – and the body floating in her newly-purchased swimming pool is just one exampl ...

B
Never Tell

In her tenth full-length novel featuring Detective D.D. Warren, author Lisa Gardner immerses her readers in a fast-paced and twisty mystery involving a man fatally shot in his home. D.D. is no stranger to crimes like these, but what sets this particular homicide apart from the many others she's work ...