Mystery & Thriller

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Peter May’s descriptive narrative is the most vivid and lyrical in the mystery genre, but his heroes are knights in rusty armor carrying shields patched with duct tape.

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Young Once is an elegant noir written by a master prose stylist.”

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The crimes we commit in search of security and protection, for ourselves or our loved ones, are at the center of Andrea Camilleri’s latest Inspector Montalbano adventure, The Safety Net.

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The Beetle is a fine period piece, as well as an entertaining mystery that has withstood the test of time.”

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“Mindy Mejia brings it big time with this compelling kick boxing themed mystery. It's a knockout!”

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Shea O'Connor, a 23-year-old Buffalo cop, is given an assignment with the FBI to pose as a student in the small town of Kelly's Falls, New York.

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“Weaving two apparently independent stories together, keeping the tension ramping in both, and bringing them to a simultaneous climax, is a challenging undertaking.

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The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”

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Professor Frank Hobbs never thought he'd find love, that is until he met Maggie. Working on his Ph.D.

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“Darcey Bell builds suspense until one almost wants to skip to the end just to relieve the tension by more quickly knowing what happens.”

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If there was ever a fitting book to read during compulsory social isolation, it is Malicroix, the French Gothic classic novel by Henry Bosco, first published in 1946, and now available in

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“The action is nonstop, hardly allowing for the reader to take a breath between scenes.”

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“Valentine is a remarkable story, brilliantly told, of tragedy in a white-male-dominated society in which Glory Ramirez is deemed by many to be less deserving of j

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“All this gives the story a nail-biting quality on top of great characterization, a gripping plot, and clean, vivid writing.”

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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

“Overall, this is a reasonably good story that could have been much stronger. . . . The ending ties everything together but feels too pat and maybe a little too cute.

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“Make no mistake—this is what reading for pleasure is all about. The Last Odyssey is fast, fun, and thoroughly entertaining.”

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Matt Ruff’s novels are an eclectic tour through contemporary speculative fiction and horror. Ruff has a real affinity for identifying crucial culture influences and shaping stories around them.

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“a story of an obsessive friendship that is strong enough to survive death—and what happens in its aftermath.”

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“an incredibly researched and compelling psychological thriller.”

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Mandel’s symphony of belief and offerings builds slowly to a pattern that, in the midst of loss, insists on giving meaning and value to the half-understood, half-intended

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“Regardless of whether a reader is dipping into their 19th Temperance Brennan novel or their first, Kathy Reichs proves once again why she remains at the top of the bestseller list year aft

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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is a tremendous examination of sadness.

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“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

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“If the creative writing technique failures don’t bother the reader, they may enjoy the story itself. Otherwise, it is a three-star book.”

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