This past July I had the opportunity to attend a panel on which Laura McHugh spoke about her latest novel, The Wolf Wants In. During the panel McHugh’s personal connection to her book and characters was palpable. McHugh spoke of how she dealt with the effects of sudden death. After McHugh’s panel, I immediately purchased The Wolf Wants In. The Wolf Wants In is the story of a sister’s love, loss, and guilt.Read More
Every avid reader of crime fiction needs a book which serves as a pallet cleanser. A book which contains less gore and a more than average amount of heart. I have a few go to authors which serve this purpose but I am always on the look out for new pallet cleansers. In The Long Call I found an additional go to series for a lighter, less gory, feel good crime fiction story.Read More
By page four of The Chestnut Man I was hooked. The Chestnut Man checks off each and every element of classic Nordic Noir that I love. It is dark, moody, gruesome (in the best way possible), immersive and unbelievably compelling. For readers who love Sara Blaedel and Lars Kepler-The Chestnut Man should be added to your TBR immediately.Read More
I am a sucker for any crime fiction story which takes place in a school. Some of my favorite books are set in schools. Whether it is the implied locked door mystery or the sometimes chaotic and volatile behavior of teenagers, a book which takes place in a school is an automatic read for me. The Swallows proves that this compulsion continues to serve me well.Read More
For some citizens Jury Duty is seen as a hassle. For others Jury Duty is viewed as your civic duty as a citizen of the United States. We learn in Steve Cavanagh’s latest release some (a very small number, I hope) use the opportunity to manipulate the justice system. With a thrilling and original premise, Cavanagh delivers a twisty and tension filled read perfect for fans of legal thrillers.Read More
After reading The Murder List I realized I have never read a proper legal thriller. Sure I have read books which feature court room scenes, but I have never read a book in which lawyers and court procedures are the primary plot. I love court room drama; the lawyers obsessed with wining, the clients counting on the attorneys, surprise witnesses, unexpected evidence, I love it all. Ryan’s latest release The Murder List, contains all these things AND… a bit of psychological suspense ; creating a tense and anxiety filled read.Read More
Are you the same person you were twenty years ago? My answer to this question is “ good grief I hope not”. Amy Whey, the lead character of Joshilyn Jackson’s newest release Never Have I Ever, would answer “absolutely not”. Amy’s attempts to make up for her past have been noble but become fruitless when an extremely informed new neighbor shows up. Jackson tells the riveting story of a woman who’s past has finally caught up with her. Instead of running she faces down her past with her wits, refusing to be manipulated.Read More
The incorporation of dramatics into crime fiction is one of the things I am very picky about when it comes to crime fiction. Too much drama makes the story cheesy and unrealistic. However all stories require some theatrics to keep the reader engaged. With both In The Vines and Gretchen, Kirk has successfully merged drama into crime fiction creating exciting and enthralling reads.Read More
The thought of moving into a house where a mass murder took place is terrifying to me. Especially if the victims of the massacre were my family. However, this is the scenario Dixie Wheeler has willingly placed herself in.
There is an old saying “ If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.” I have learned over the years that this expression holds true most of the time. In Lock Every Door Jules Larsen puts this expression to the test by accepting a job which requires much more than she is willing to give.Read More
There is nothing better than finding a literary character you connect with; a sort of literary soulmate. A character who likes the same things you like, who’s reactions to situations mirror yours, who’s family circumstances are similar to yours. When you find this character you have experienced one of the many joys of reading. Lucky for me I have several literary soul mates. The lead character of Stone Cold Heart, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is one of them.
Books which present the ideal family or the perfect couple, but hint at just beneath the surface drama - are awesome! I love trying to figure out who is having an affair with whom. Is the husband the biological father of the child? Is the husband or wife really who they say they are? Is someone being abused? I started A Nearly Normal Family assuming it would be the type story loaded with secrets, lies, and betrayals. Indeed it is, but it is also so much more…Read More
This time last year, I was telling anyone who would listen about Splinter In The Blood; book one of the Lake and Carver series. What I praised most was Dyer’s ability to create an original serial killer thriller. Although The Cutting Room is a more traditional serial killer thriller, the endearing characters, a truly horrifying crime, and the forensic details makes The Cutting Room a stand out in the crowded serial killer thriller genre.Read More
Entertainment is just one of the reasons why I love reading. Reading also offers the opportunity to learn and explore. For me there is nothing better than a book which opens my eyes to the lives of others. In Her Daughter’s Mother we meet a couple struggling to have a child. I am aware some couples battle with infertility, however I did not know about the potential solutions. The key word being potential. What I found extremely heartbreaking is a couple could go through several fertility treatments and still not conceive. To deal with the cost, the painful procedures, injections without conceiving is unimaginable to me. Her Mother’s Daughter is not only a suspenseful and captivating read, it is also thought provoking and eye opening.
scared, creeped out, and disturbed while reading ; it was nice to just enjoy a book. To laugh out loud rather than shudder and wince. The Sentence Is Death is a delightful and compelling read set in modern times with all the staples of a classic crime fiction story.Read More
Ragnar Jonasson never ceases to amaze me. I have read every book by Jonasson that have been translated into English. Each one is immersive, compelling and better than the last. Jonasson out does himself with each new English translation. The Island is no exception to this rule.Read More
I know this is very weird ( and a bit morbid ), but nothing grabs my attention faster than a 911 recording. Whether in a documentary, Podcast or book ; I am immediately hooked. The panic of the caller, the operator struggling to remain calm but urgently needing info from the caller in order to help; there are few better ways to start a story and capture the attention of an audience. For this reason I was enthralled with Beautiful Bad by page three. Intense and filled with anxiety, Beautiful Bad will stick with readers long after they have finished reading.Read More
Just when I thought I had read every variation of the detective novel, along comes Detective Chief Inspector Frankie Sheehan. Kiernan has created a distant but dedicated lead character. With unique criminal profiling abilities and a zest for the truth, Frankie Sheehan refuses to bow down to media pressure or police politics in her pursuit of justice.Read More
There is trouble in Wolfhunter River, Tennessee. Young women are disappearing and the police are making little progress in their investigation. At the end of a terrible day, Gwen Proctor receives a cryptic call from a Wolfhunter River resident. The woman is requesting Gwen come to Wolfhunter River, but will not provide any details. Initially Gwen believes the call may be a trap laid by her enemies but a few days later she receives another call from Wolfhunter River. Although Gwen is under an extreme amount of stress, she packs up her family and heads to Wolfhunter River. Upon their arrival Gwen realizes she may have jumped from the pot into the fire.Read More
As a sole reader of crime fiction, I often see the same authors pop up when I am book browsing. Alafair Burke is one of those names. I read stellar reviews for other books by Burke such as The Wife and The Ex and vowed to read Burke’s next release. I finally got the opportunity to read The Better Sister, Burke’s latest release and I could kick myself for not discovering this author sooner. The Better Sister is indeed a murder mystery but so much more. Burke gives readers a twisty and embroiling mystery, as well as an examination of family bonds and how these bonds can be broken but are not beyond repair.Read More