The Best Mystery & Suspense Novels of 2018
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The Best Mystery & Suspense Novels of 2018

The suspense market is so glutted right now that is easy to find amazing books to fill your shelves. It is equally easy to find books which sound intriguing but wind up being deeply disappointing. To help you separate the gold from the dross, Shannon and I have compiled a Best Of List sure to…

October TBR Challenge – Mysteries, Suspense or Things That Go Bump in the Night!
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October TBR Challenge – Mysteries, Suspense or Things That Go Bump in the Night!

We both went in similar directions with TBR Challenge this month. The prompt gave us a choice between paranormal and romantic suspense, and as it turns out, Caz and I both headed in the suspense direction. Caz chose a solid romantic suspense thriller with plenty of action while I went in a more humorous mystery…

Maggie and Shannon Talk Mysteries: The Domestic Thriller
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Maggie and Shannon Talk Mysteries: The Domestic Thriller

In our last column, Shannon and I discussed psychological thrillers, a brand of mystery which is dominating the bestseller list right now. This time out we tackle the domestic thriller.  A domestic thriller is essentially a mystery novel which centers around familial relationships. It can involve an ex – such as The Girl on the…

Maggie and Shannon Talk Mysteries…
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Maggie and Shannon Talk Mysteries…

Sales figures for books in the digital age can be tricky. That’s because independently published e-books can sell quite well without making a great deal of money for the author or affecting print sales at all. And that matters because ebook sales continue to decline, which means print sales continue to lead market trends. When…

Miss Kitty Says: Read This, Not That
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Miss Kitty Says: Read This, Not That

Miss Kitty has a pair of irrepressible nephews who were obsessed, several years ago, with a book called Eat This, Not That. (Miss Kitty’s nephews have always been a trifle odd, but then so are Miss Kitty’s siblings, so it’s not entirely unexpected.) The book espouses giving in to your cravings, but making smart choices…

The Best of 2017 – Shannon’s favourite mysteries & thrillers
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The Best of 2017 – Shannon’s favourite mysteries & thrillers

I definitely love a good romance, but I’m also a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. So, since I read so many great ones in 2017, I figured I’d compile a list of the ones I loved most.     The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond How far would you go to ensure your marriage…

October TBR Challenge – Paranormals versus Suspense
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October TBR Challenge – Paranormals versus Suspense

October’s TBR Challenge prompt was to read either a Romantic Suspense or Paranormal Romance: AAR reviewers  Lynn Spencer and Caz Owens went for one of each. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts I’ve been a reader of romantic suspense for as long as I’ve been reading romance, so when I saw the prompt this month, I…

An Interview with Rhys Bowen
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An Interview with Rhys Bowen

Over the years, I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed a number of Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness, Molly Murphy and Constable Evans books – she really is a master of the quiet, cleverly plotted mystery.  I was especially intrigued by the synopsis for her latest book, In Farleigh Field, as it represents something of a new direction…

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Getting the Story: Reporters in Fiction

When I was growing up there was no way my family could financially afford my reading habit. Honestly, I think a drug addiction might have been cheaper. I was the kind of voracious reader that could on any given school night finish her homework and chores and still have time to finish an entire novel…

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Are you reading the Mary Russell series? Because it’s great.

Has anyone here not read the Mary Russell series yet? If so, stop now and go find yourself a copy of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and meet young Mary Russell, 15 years old and orphaned, and snarking at a much older Sherlock Holmes who has retired to Sussex and beekeeping. Pulling heavily from Doyle’s representation of…

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