Mystery

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Death of a Red-Hot Rancher

Death of a Red Hot Rancher has a lot of fun with contemporary romance tropes. It’s the kind of cozy mystery that’s directly intended to appeal to romance fans, while anyone who doesn’t have a bit of familiarity with the genre will probably also get a huge hoot out of it.  But the book is just ...

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The Night She Disappeared

I discovered Lisa Jewell’s books in the spring of 2017 and was instantly hooked. She writes psychological thrillers that delve deeply into the intricacies of human, especially familial, relationships. The Night She Disappeared, her latest novel, is a perfect example of all the things Ms. Jewell do ...

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Velvet Was the Night

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic was one of my favorite books of 2020, so I was excited to review her latest novel, Velvet Was the Night. This classic noir narrative is a beautifully written snapshot of one of the darkest times in Mexican/American history. 1970s, Mexico City.  Maite has a ...

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The Family Plot

 About a morbid and death-obsessed family who become targets of murder themselves and the only straight woman member of the group, who tries to figure out who murdered her twin brother, if I had to describe The Family Plot in a catchy blurb, I’d call it The Addams Family Goes Wild.  Our hero ...

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Dark Roads

I haven’t read much YA suspense, but Dark Roads is a novel that reads like a young adult mystery. The youthful protagonists provide a unique perspective into a series of crimes that target teenage girls and highlight how it feels for those young women to know that the adults around them offer no p ...

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Not a Happy Family

Not a Happy Family is bestselling author Shari Lapena’s new suburban domestic thriller. Lapena is a master of that sub-genre, and this is a not-to-b- missed read for fans of those books. As the title suggests, the wealthy Merton Clan is not a happy family. Fred, the patriarch, is malicious and ...

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Lie Beside Me

Lie Beside Me is the third book in the DCI Jonah Sheens police procedural series. You do not need to have read the others to enjoy this one. At an acquaintance’s wedding five years earlier, Louise Reakes made three startling discoveries. One, she could make exciting new friends. Glamorous, irre ...

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The Maidens

I read and enjoyed Alex Michaelides debut, The Silent Patient.  It was nicely creepy, chock full of compelling characters, and ended with an excellent twist I didn’t predict.  Reader, I love unpredictable surprise twists (and diabolical villains)!  A lot.  Unfortunately, The Maidens is nowhere ...

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Beneath Devil's Bridge

Beneath Devil’s Bridge is a tense, tightly-plotted and superbly-executed mystery that is very loosely based on a real-life murder that happened in British Columbia some twenty-four years ago.   It’s a compelling, absorbing read that takes a look at the impact of a brutal crime on a small, clos ...

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Arsenic and Adobo

During the early nineties and nones, I spent a lot of my time reading about how caterers, bakers, innkeepers and tea shop owners had clients drop dead of murder at their eateries/events/hotels and then went about solving the crime before the incident ruined their business. Stepping into that long st ...