Mystery

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The Younger Wife

I had a very difficult time grading The Younger Wife. Sally Hepworth’s family-driven suspense novels are always a great read, and The Younger Wife is genuinely surprising, absorbing, and interesting, providing the reader with a satisfying page-turner. But on the other hand, its entire plot hinges ...

B-
The Paris Apartment

Lucy Foley’s The Guest List was one of my favorite mysteries of 2020 so naturally, when The Paris Apartment came up for review, I was eager to read it. Like The Guest List, the events in this book take place over the course of just a few days and the plot resembles a locked room mystery in that ev ...

C
The Patient's Secret

The Patient’s Secret was one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2022. Unfortunately, it didn’t fulfill the hopes I had for it. Lily and Tom Bradley are respected residents of the comfortably posh Story Cove community. She is a psychotherapist, he’s a distinguished professor at the local ...

A-
The Golden Couple

The Golden Couple is the latest offering from the writing duo of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I’ve loved every book they’ve published and this one is no exception. Avery Chambers is of the firm conviction that losing her license as a therapist and the resultant necessity of doing indep ...

B+
Run, Rose, Run

Run, Rose, Run is just as charming as everything else connected to musician/actress/philanthropist Dolly Parton. Though it’s mostly a character study about three different personalities making their way through the Nashville scene than a thriller, the suspense element adds a nice bit of variety to ...

C+
The Harbor

The Harbor is a Nordic noir police procedural which centers around the case of a teenager who disappears off the streets of Copenhagen on his walk home from school. While this is the third in the Kørner and Werner series, you don’t have to read the first two volumes to understand this one. Our ...

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The Night Shift

The Night Shift is a prequel to Alex Finlay’s stunning 2021 release Every Last Fear. In this volume, we meet Special Agent Sarah Keller while she is still a crime scene agent, before her transfer to the financial crimes unit where she has her amazing adventure with Matt Pine. It’s a night of ...

B+
Homicide and Halo-Halo

Homicide and Halo-Halo is the second book in the Tita Rosie's Kitchen cozy mystery series, a set of novels that revolve around a young restauranteur solving crimes in the small town of Shady Palms, IL. I would strongly recommend reading the tales in order since a lot of the character building and re ...

B+
The Other Family

It has been almost a decade since I picked up a Wendy Corsi Staub novel but the plot of The Other Family sounded so intriguing I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. This is a quick, engrossing read that is ideal for whiling away a cold afternoon. Nora and Keith Howell, along with their dau ...

B-
Real Easy

Ruby is one of a number of girls who dance at the Lovely Lady, selling fantasies and lapdances to the lonely and the horny during the day.  It’s 1999, the women stand on the brink of a new millennia, and they are weary and jaded, but do not lack humor about their lives. One of the many who wor ...