mystery

C
The New Girl

This is a story of three women and a tangled web of secrets and fears that leads them to despair, paranoia – and eventually murder. Margot Jones is a magazine editor at the fashion monthly Haute, and is on the cusp of heading out on her maternity leave.  One of her last duties before doing so ...

A
The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Fiona Davis is known for writing dual-timeline novels centered around iconic New York City landmarks. In her fifth book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, she turns her attention to the New York Public Library, creating a multi-layered love letter to books and those who love them. It's 1913, and Laura, ...

A-
The Lost Girls of Devon

From the time I was an infant, I've loved my maternal grandmother better than pretty much anyone else I can think of, so I knew I absolutely had to read the latest novel by Barbara O'Neal. The Lost Girls of Devon is about a woman who returns home to find her missing best friend, but even more import ...

B
Big Summer

Nothing signals the start of the summer season like the release of a new novel from Jennifer Weiner. Her stories of the complex relationships between women have long been some of my very favorite reading material when the weather starts warming up. With her latest novel, Big Summer, Weiner offers re ...

D+
Iron & Velvet

Iron & Velvet is the first and highly disappointing book in a series of silly-gritty whodunits featuring Kate Kane, a mortal, hard-drinking investigator of paranormal mysteries. Physically, she’s eternally beautiful and emotionally she’s in constant trouble.  Mourning the death of her partn ...

B
Every Stolen Breath

Every Stolen Breath is a tense, taut thriller about life, death and justice. Inspired by the Flash Mob violence in Chicago in 2011, this eerie whodunit examines just how far we’ll go in memory of the ones we love. She’s the least likely sleuth in the world. Suffering from both debilitating as ...

B+
Hither, Page

Cat Sebastian has become known for her queer historical romances set in the nineteenth century, so Hither, Page is a bit of a departure in that it is set in Post-WW2 England. The sleepy Cotswold village of Wychcomb St. Mary is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else, is in each other’ ...

B+
The River Widow

Ann Howard Creel’s southern gothic mystery tale The River Widow combines homespun drama with wicked mystery.  It’s a superb tale, but it’s not without its problems. When we first meet Adah Branch, it’s 1937, the Great Depression is ongoing, and she’s trying to salvage what she can from ...

B-
The Lying Woods

What happens when it turns out your father is a liar and cheat on a colossal scale? The Lying Woods takes a look at this difficult subject through the eyes of a young man about to discover that the past has a way of catching up with everyone. Owen Foster’s family has long been in the oil busine ...

B
The Royal Runaway

Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is her entry in the current trend of regal-themed romances. Princess Theodora is recovering from the humiliation of being dumped on her wedding day but discovers things aren't quite what they seem in this story of duty, s ...