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The Nightingale Before Christmas

The Nightingale Before Christmas is a fun book with characters that will keep you engaged. I did figure out a few of the connections, (but at the time I was supposed to figure them out), and Donna Andrews does a spectacular job tying up all the loose ends into a big holiday bow!


Five Minutes Alone: A Thriller

“All of this killing has made him feel,” Carl’s exhilarated to realize. Readers following him through this season of Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers will feel the whole gamut right along with him.


The Pierced Heart

Another tour de force with a striking finale from Shepherd (A Fatal Likeness, 2013, etc.), who specializes in turning iconic novels into clever, complicated mysteries for her tormented hero to solve.


The Secret Place
Slate : Safe as Houses (October 07, 2014)

The map she draws with the Dublin Murder Squad series is layered and relational: The street view always depends on who’s looking.


The Forgotten Girl

The Forgotten Girl fizzled a bit in the end. The build was nice and the pacing was fabulous, but the actual resolution didn't live up to the rest of the book for me. It made what could have been a great read an ok one instead.


The Missing Place

A satisfying, icy thriller.


Angel Killer

I dare anyone to pick up this book and not be immediately sucked in.


The Counterfeit Heiress

The dual-layered mystery, while interesting, takes an awful long time to pick up steam. And while the climactic reveal is done with the proper amount of drama and emotion, I predicted it several chapters in advance.


Murder at the Brightwell

A spunky heroine, a tense romance and red herrings galore make Weaver’s debut a pleasant read for nostalgia buffs who miss Agatha Christie.


The Missing Place

A satisfying, icy thriller.


Murder at the Brightwell

If you’re a fan of traditional mysteries, you’ll enjoy this one.


The Murder Man
Kirkus Reviews : The Murder Man (October 10, 2014)

The resolution feels both hurried and tacked on to what is otherwise a very readable novel.


Malice
Kirkus Reviews : Malice (October 10, 2014)

Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler.


The Forgotten Girl

Personal relationships are critical in this satisfying read, which is in the same class as Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter.


Ghost Wanted
Kirkus Reviews : Ghost Wanted (October 10, 2014)

Hart's amusing and vivacious ghostly sleuth (Ghost Gone Wild, 2013, etc.) puts her invisibility, her gusto and her sharp mind to good use in her latest outing.


Rose Gold

Mosley didn't write "Rose Gold" as a parable of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and beyond. He wrote it as an evocative tale of race relations in the late 1960s. If we recognize it as entirely too familiar, I do not think Easy Rawlins would be surprised.


The Murder Man

The Murder Man is a hardcore opener with some tough edges to it.


The Murder Man
Kirkus Reviews : The Murder Man (October 07, 2014)

The resolution feels both hurried and tacked on to what is otherwise a very readable novel.


Murder on the Ile Sordou: A Verlaque and Bonnet Provençal Mystery

Like Locanda Sordou, Longworth's maritime version of a country-house cozy offers genuine pleasures, more for its location and cast of characters than for its puzzle.