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.
“Young Once is an elegant noir written by a master prose stylist.”
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.
“The Beetle is a fine period piece, as well as an entertaining mystery that has withstood the test of time.”
“Mindy Mejia brings it big time with this compelling kick boxing themed mystery. It's a knockout!”
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.
“Weaving two apparently independent stories together, keeping the tension ramping in both, and bringing them to a simultaneous climax, is a challenging undertaking.
“The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”
Professor Frank Hobbs never thought he'd find love, that is until he met Maggie. Working on his Ph.D.
“Darcey Bell builds suspense until one almost wants to skip to the end just to relieve the tension by more quickly knowing what happens.”
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
“The action is nonstop, hardly allowing for the reader to take a breath between scenes.”
“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
“All this gives the story a nail-biting quality on top of great characterization, a gripping plot, and clean, vivid 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
“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.
“Make no mistake—this is what reading for pleasure is all about. The Last Odyssey is fast, fun, and thoroughly entertaining.”
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.
“a story of an obsessive friendship that is strong enough to survive death—and what happens in its aftermath.”
“an incredibly researched and compelling psychological thriller.”
“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
“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
“The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is a tremendous examination of sadness.
“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
“If the creative writing technique failures don’t bother the reader, they may enjoy the story itself. Otherwise, it is a three-star book.”