Mystery

A
Marriage and Murder

When I finished Marriage and Murder, I just wanted to turn back to page one and start the rollercoaster ride all over! So darn good! This book should not be read as a stand-alone. It assumes you have read and are familiar with characters from The Winston Brothers series and the Knitting in the Ci ...

A
The Survivors

At the head of a series of dark, dangerous sea caves on a solitary coast in Tasmania stand a set of statues overlooking a tumultuous part of a seemingly endless ocean. This is the setting for Jane Harper’s The Survivors, a thriller which examines the cost of suffering and the rewards for endurance ...

B
Before She Disappeared

Lisa Gardner adds an exciting new character to her mystery lexicon in Before She Disappeared: Frankie Elkin,  a recovering alcoholic with a new addiction that helps control her unhealthy urges - the energy she once used to chase down her next drink is now used to find missing people. Frankie’s ...

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 ...