mystery

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The Dressmaker's Dowry: A Novel

After years of working for a high-class fashion magazine, Sarah Havensworth has quit to begin writing a historical novel about life on the Barbary Coast.  Forever conscious of her lower-middle class beginnings, she hopes that it will win her the respect of her husband’s upper-crust family– and ...

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These Shallow Graves

These Shallow Graves tells the tale of Jo Montfort, a New York socialite attending Miss Sparkwell’s School for Young Ladies. She is the editor of the school newspaper, the Jonquil, which typically covers riveting, groundbreaking topics such as the proper way to brew tea and advice on how to fade f ...

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Shutter

I picked Shutter for review primarily because of my recent experience with Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano. I was deeply impressed by that story of a young juvenile offender and the girl who helped him solve the mystery behind his incarceration and I was hoping this story would be more of the same. B ...

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The Arms of the Law

Jenna Ryan's The Arms of the Law has a bland title and a boring cover, neither of which give a hint to the wonderfully dark suspense novel lurking inside. Kind of like Christie by way of Hitchcock, it has the spooky, menacing feel of a good scary movie. If the love story becomes secondary to the mys ...

A
To Have vs. To Hold

To Have vs. To Hold is one of the very best mysteries I've ever read in a romance novel. That may sound like faint praise as many romance authors try to write mysteries that often fail. But this book is a puzzle so clever and inventive it would hold up in any genre. It's what I would hand to anyone ...

B
The Stone Forest

Jenna Kirk followed her older sister Mandi out into the night to get a glimpse of Mandi's boyfriend, Mace MacCaman, who is also the love of Jenna's life. Instead she walks into a kidnapping: both Jenna and Mandi disappear. A few days later, Jenna is dumped at home, drugged and alone, with few memori ...

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Mandarin Plaid

Lydia Chin thought her latest case was going to be fairly simple. All fashion designer Genna Jing asked her to do was drop off the ransom so she could retrieve her stolen designs in time for her upcoming showing. At least it looked very simple. But the drop goes terribly awry, shots are fired, and L ...