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Seven for a Secret

This is a novel which is historically rich and perfectly evocative in every line from the use of the Flash language used at the time by the criminal fraternity to the sights, sounds and smells of the cities and its locations.


Blade of the Samurai

Readers looking for something beyond the usual mystery fare will certainly find the Shinobi Mysteries appealing.


What Strange Creatures

I found What Strange Creatures to be a fairly light and quick read with the kind of plot and characters that will appeal to a wide array of readers from book clubbers to mystery fans.


Those Who Wish Me Dead

As described by Mr. Koryta, the fire and the lightning bolts turn out to be (pardon the expression) illuminating. This novel’s knowledge about the ways that forest fires move is another of its unexpected bonuses.


World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

Winters makes riveting entertainment out of both an old dog and his new tricks.


The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad is a lot like a rollercoaster: it builds anticipation with a steady-but-not-too-slow climb, then it drops you into a high-speeding, sharp-turning, upside-down spinning ride that is both joyous and slightly terrifying (or, in this case, grotesque).


Cut and Thrust

The political convention as family reunion, with lots of drama, no sustained plot and all the regulars acting pretty much as you’d expect.


Everyone Lies

The pseudonymous pair who write as Garrett skillfully weave just enough of the crime-solving partners’ past and hints about a more hopeful future to add even more suspense to the fast-paced plot.


The Bone Orchard

The question of who shot Kathy Frost is less urgent than the question of how many more enemies Mike (Bad Little Falls, 2012, etc.) can make in the state of Maine before he burns a hole in the map and drops headlong through it.


Blade of the Samurai

Hiro and Father Mateo’s second adventure (Claws of the Cat, 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery.


World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

This final installment in Winters’ trilogy is the weakest, marked by a falling off of both the writing and the story that made the first entry worthwhile. Perhaps the world lasted 14 days too long.


Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

Instead of focusing on the wages of long-ago sin, as he generally does, Burke shows the sins actually being committed over several fraught years in the nation’s history. The result is a new spaciousness married to his fine-tuned sense of retribution.


Enemies at Home

Flavia's slow-moving second mystery is a solidly plotted traditional whodunit with some nice historical touches. As the heroine become more fully fleshed, her challenges become more and more interesting.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman brings his world to life with texture that gives every room and vehicle and person a history and character, keeping us immersed in this mesmerizing and often terrifying story.


The Dead Will Tell

No one who picks up Kate’s stunning sixth case, a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished.


The Competition

An all-too-timely tale that makes you long for the day it’ll be outdated. Just the thing for readers whose appetites for stories of mass shootings haven’t been sated by the daily news.


Don't Try To Find Me

Don't Try to Find Me is an intense read about the relationships between parents and their kids, teens and their peers, and the emotional turmoil that can surround everyday life.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.