Mystery

C
The Book of Hidden Wonders

(Note: this title is published in the UK asThe Illustrated Child). The Book of Hidden Wonders is one big old dark, depressing slog of a novel, only enlivened by the skill required to tell the tale. Its treatment of childhood leans more towards Tennessee Williams than JM Barrie, though teens weane ...

B+
And Now She's Gone

Gina Carey once said, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” And Now She’s Gone is a story about the many different kinds of adversity and adversaries women face in their lives and how learning to leave the battlefield bloody and bruised but victorious is the most i ...

B-
One By One

Despite my being a thriller/suspense-sans-romance newbie, Ruth Ware’s name is familiar to me - her books are prominently displayed by my local bookseller, and we’ve given two of her books DIKs.  So when I saw she had a new book out for review I snapped it up.  One by One is a contemporary twis ...

B
When No One Is Watching

Home is where the heart is. In America, it’s also where we store a lot of our wealth - not just the stuff inside the house, but the investment it represents in and of itself. Home can also be a source of great danger, which is the theme of When No One Is Watching. A difficult divorce finds Sydn ...

C
Love Sold Separately

Love Sold Separately gets a lot of credit for giving us a wildly imperfect lead – but it has some points subtracted for uneven plotting and characterization as well as unfortunate stereotyping that pulls down the grade. Stoner actress Dana Barry has just been fired from her latest retail job (a ...

B+
The Comeback

Grace Turner – née Hyde -  had it all; or so it seemed.  A Hollywood starlet on the eve of a breakthrough into the serious acting world, she was plucked from England via a stroke of luck at the age of thirteen.  In acting, she found a way to snag the attention of her parents from her newborn s ...

B+
We Are All the Same in the Dark

Mysteries set in small Southern towns specialize in stripping away the idyllic image of  sunshine-laden streets filled with scenes of  saccharine sweetness, and showing the dark, eerie underbelly of betrayal and murder that lie beneath. We Are All the Same in the Dark is an excellent example of th ...

B
The Guest List

I picked up Lucy Foley's The Guest List in part because of all the fabulous things I'd been hearing about it, but I have to admit I was also drawn to the setting. The book takes place on a tropical island and centers around a group of people attending a wedding there. I'm always on the lookout for c ...

A
Engagement and Espionage

Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid is the start of a spin-off mystery series from her highly entertaining Winston Brothers series. In Beard Science, Jennifer Sylvester and Cletus Winston began their romance when Cletus helped Jenn attain her independence from her parents. It was my favorite of t ...

B
Outsider

In Outsider, the twelfth installment in the Kate Burkholder mystery series, author Linda Castillo gives readers a few more glimpses into the past of our series heroine. Previous books have given us quite a bit of background information on Kate's early life, but here, the focus shifts to her first fe ...