“A convoluted story of how justice will prevail, even if it takes an extraordinarily long time to do so.”
The Abstainer is a page turner. It begins with a dramatic real event, the hanging of three Fenian agitators, members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, in Manchester, England, in 1867.
“Close enough to Christie’s own style that the reader could segue from Murder on the Orient Express into this present novel without a stumble.”
“Throughout the story, Maxwell weaves new and enticing situations that make the reader turn the page.”
“Montclair does a good job of keeping the reader on his or her toes until the very end."
“A cozy delight, with a charming heroine possessing an irrepressible ‘nose for mystery’ and an able hero willing to aid and abet.”
“a tangled web of history that slowly unravels as an ambitious chief inspector and a down-and-out private investigator, once colleagues, work against each other to discover
“Spain lays out a good story plot and every clue follows a path to the end of the story with no deviations, no short cuts, just good detective work.”
You know you’ve got a great book in your hands when you update your partner on the story at each meal and follow them around the house during the day reading out special passages.
“Allott delivers her intricate and suspenseful story with the voice of a literary writer.
“Just as Hammett made imagined crime feel real, McAlpine makes metafiction mischief suffused with meaning; from the masterful Hammett Unwritten, to the too-wonderful-not-to-mention
“a thoroughly enjoyable book, for both the plot centering around a still-contemporary malady, as well as its historical description of a world on the brink of a new century.”
“The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”
“Murder at the Mena House reflects a much more glamorous and gentler age of sleuthing, when the detective wore a tuxedo instead of a trench coat and his lovely com
“an incredibly researched and compelling psychological thriller.”
“Those who enjoy a mingling of historical fact with fiction, the intrigue of the Tudor spy network, the disparate splendor and squalor between the Elizabethan Court and the common world, an
“No matter how well you know someone, you can never fully know what’s in their heart and mind. Eight Perfect Murders proves the point.
“The Second Sleep by Robert Harris is highly recommended for those who demand complexity, eloquence, and questions that disturb one’s sleep.”
“In this ancient myth transformed into a frightening Gothic tale, author Jess Kidd has created a winsome but tough heroine in Bridie Devine, whom readers could happily follow through a seri
“Beginning with that very first sentence, this novel is definitely one for the historical mystery buff.
“TR deputized Hay to investigate the accident . . . or was it an attempted assassination?”
“an intriguing and tightly written drama, pointing out as it does that what one wishes to be true, and what actually is the truth don’t always mesh.”
“Simpson’s depiction of the south after the Civil War is chilling, with lynchings, beatings, voodoo, and hidden secrets sprinkled throughout that keep us turning the pages.”
“As with all other Bess Crawford mysteries, this one is historically accurate, entertainingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Perry is a master of the British historical novel, this time leaving the Victorian era behind and delving into a new but volatile century.”