Over the past three months, I have read and listened to mostly police procedurals and serial killer thrillers. I had another serial killer thriller scheduled as my next read, but I was starting to feel a little burned out. I could feel a reading slump approaching. I decided to shake things up a little bit with a psychological thriller; I am so glad I did. The Boy at the Door was just what I needed. The Boy at the Door is a mind blowing, twisty tale of a woman who will stop at absolutely nothing to hang on to the things she holds most dear.Read More
The serial killer thriller genre is being revitalized. Authors Dot Hutchison, Ashley Dryer, M. W. Craven, and Daniel Cole have found new and innovative ways to breathe life into a genre which for me at times seemed predictable and anti-climactic. While Hutchison, Dryer, Craven, and Cole each remain true to the standard serial killer thriller formula; they each have found a way to incorporate their own subtle yet impactful twists on the serial killer thriller. Over the last few months I have read or listened to books by Hutchison, Dryer, Craven, and Cole. I have enjoyed each new release by these authors. Daniel Cole’s latest release Hangman depicts some of the most gruesome murders I have ever read. It is these gruesome descriptions that set Cole’s work apart from classic serial killer thrillers creating shocking yet, exciting tales of a killer who is sending a deadly message.Read More
Nora Watts is one of the most intriguing lead characters I have read. When the opportunity to ask the author who created Nora presented itself, I was super excited and could not wait to learn the back story and inspiration for this complex and flawed characterRead More
My first Q & A!!! I am so happy that my first Q & A features the authors of such a gripping and original book. Thanks to William Morrow and Ashley Dryer for this awesome opportunity. Below is the link to my review which also includes the synopsis of Splinter in the Blood. Also below is little info about the two talented women behind Ashley Dryer. Splinter in the Blood is available now !Read More
If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but soft interior, I believe she is proof that the trend is here to stay.Read More
I hear by declare Liz Nugent, the master creator of gripping and ominous opening lines. With one sentence Nugent poses many questions. Who is the voice behind the opening line? What happened to them? What happened to the person they are referring to? Nugent’s ability to grab the readers attention is nothing short of amazing. What is even more amazing is Nugent’s ability to keep the reader’s attention. Lying in Wait had me racing to the end because I just had to know the conclusion, yet wanting to dive even deeper into the minds of these fascinating and complicated characters.Read More
Last week I had the incredible opportunity to meet Ruth Ware. Ware is the author of some of my favorite crime fiction books, In a Dark Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and her newest release The Death of Mrs. Westaway. All of Ware’s books are the best examples of classic crime fiction mixed with modern elements. Ware’s books consistently rejuvenate my love of crime fiction.Read More
Each time I read the newest installment of The Hangman’s Daughter series, I feel as if I am reconnecting with old friends. To me this is the mark of an excellent series. With every new book readers feel welcomed, eager to catch up on the recent life events, and happy to reflect on times gone by. In The Council of Twelve, book seven of the series, Potzsch continues this cheerful trend bringing readers along on the latest adventures of the Kuisl family.Read More
2018 has been a great year for the strong female lead character in crime fiction. At least every other book I have read this year features a new intriguing leading lady. From police officers, FBI agents, to tarot card readers and nannies, the list just keeps growing and I am loving it. Splinter in the Blood continues this wonderful trend. Dyer takes everything crime fiction readers love about serial killer thrillers and adds a refreshing twist.Read More
My love of crime fiction and my inspiration for starting Murder and Moore is linked to my eternal admiration of Daphne du Maurier. Du Maurier is the author of what I consider to be best psychological thriller of all time, Rebecca. So it is not shocking that I am drawn to books which feature spooky houses and unassuming lead characters.
This is honestly one of the hardest reviews I have written. With Paris’ 2017 release Behind Closed Doors, Paris quickly became one of my favorite authors. To read Paris’ newest release and to not have completely and utterly love it, makes this review especially difficult. While Bring Me Back has a creepy and haunting feel, the lack of character development caused the story to miss the mark for me.Read More
Discovering a new series is always exciting for me. I am always on the lookout for my new
favorite lead character. More than likely, the character is a troubled, disgruntled, and disliked
detective. The Collector trilogy offered me not one, not two, not three, but several new favorite
lead characters. In the final book of the trilogy, The Summer Children, Hutchison concludes the
story of a group of damaged and heart broken people who have been dealt some the cruelest of
circumstances. In spite of each characters troubled background they have survived, found each
other, and are dedicated to supporting one another and every victim of a tragedy they meet.Read More
We have all heard the phrase it’s a thin line between love and hate. After reading Our Kind of Cruelty, I think this statement can be amended just a bit to there is a thin line between love and obsession. Our Kind of Cruelty is a disturbing tale of a man, who refuses to accept any form of reality except his own.Read More
My discovery of the Detective Inspector Kim Stone series was completely accidental. The series popped up on my Amazon account as a recommendation. After reading the synopsis and a few reviews on Goodreads, I knew I had to give the series a try. Once I got about a quarter of the way through Silent Scream, the first book in the series, I knew I had just been introduced to one of my favorite protagonists of all time, Detective Inspector Kim Stone.Read More
Every now and then, I come across a very special book. One that makes me think about things I have never pondered, makes me look at things from a different perspective, and stays with me long after I have finished reading the book. I am sure other readers can relate to this feeling. If you have not experienced this from your past reads, then I urge you to pick up The Old You.
I love a female police officer as a lead character. I do enjoy a male police officer as the lead character but I find the story of a female detective much more compelling. Usually both are driven by a tragedy in their past, but the female police officer is usually motivated by emotions of sadness and grief, while the male police officer is motivated by rage and revenge. I am always on the look out for a new series featuring a female protagonist, so when the opportunity to read the first book in the Detective Kelly Moore series was offered, I could not resist.Read More
When I started this blog, I assumed I would have difficulty writing reviews for books I did not enjoy. Surprisingly, the reviews I struggle with are actually for the books I love. I struggle because many of the aspects I enjoyed cannot be shared for fear of giving away the plot, thus ruining for the story for those who have not read the book. I found myself in this exact situation after reading Sometimes I Lie.Read More
My first giveaway!!! So excited. The Perfect Mother is one of the most highly anticipated books of the summer and will soon hit the big screen with Kerry Washington in the starring role! Check out the synopsis below and the link below for my full review! One lucky winner will receive a finished copy of The Perfect Mother mailed to them. Giveaway rules are listed at the bottom of this post. You can also enter here on murderandmoore.com. Simply comment on this post with "The Perfect Mother" and your Instagram handle as well so I can notify you via DM if you are the lucky winner. GOOD LUCK!
They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.
When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.
Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.
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The amateur sleuth/detective is one of my favorite protagonists. This type of protagonist is usually a perfectly normal person going about their life. Suddenly they or someone they love is thrust into a dangerous situation - they must choose fight or flight. I find this protagonist the most relatable. I try to put myself their situation, wondering what I would do in their shoes. More often than not, I can understand the choices they made during their investigation. I can relate to their motivations for inserting themselves into a potentially dangerous situation. The Perfect Mother featured multiple amateur detectives, but unfortunately I could not find a way to connect with any of the characters.Read More
I have always found the dynamics of the stepparent and stepchild relationship interesting. In the best of situations, the stepparent wants to take an active parenting role with their partner’s child, but does not want to be overwhelming. The stepchild is perhaps struggling with feelings of disloyalty to their parent. In All the Beautiful Lies Swanson expounds on this dynamic by adding in a new element, obsession and lust.Read More