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The Long Way Home

Here, the stately pacing dovetails nicely with the theme of Gamache’s slow regeneration, as he’s drawn back into life after his traumatic recent cases.

The Minotaur's Head: An Inspector Mock Investigation

Mock's fourth case, filled with incisive period detail, features not one but two singular detectives at its core.

Strange Shores

Not the tangled whodunit some readers might expect, but a beautifully written psychological thriller with a compelling Everyman at its core.

One Kick

A dark, dangerous journey into evil to find the vanished children, and entirely hide-away-until-you-finish-it gripping.

Sunshine on Scotland Street

Bertie and company are now close on the heels of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, for characterizations, amusement, civility and common sense. Without being treacly, Smith delivers an armchair retreat from the meanness of the real world.

Black Lies, Red Blood

Eriksson writes at the political sharp-end of Swedish crime fiction, perhaps more so than Henning Mankell.

The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery

This was an absorbing book, with an authentic feel of life for the Inuit in the Arctic, right down to the rather unappetising descriptions of Edie’s cooking.

Back Channel

“Back Channel” is an illuminating text that would doubtlessly impress even the likes of Borges, that master of paranoid wonder, in its encyclopedic and labyrinthine unraveling of events and its recasting of the possibilities of historical reimagining.


Haunted vividly illustrates Florida’s scenery and its role in the Civil War, bringing to life a neglected history.

The Kills

I found that at the sentence level the narrative was flat, and dull, and in imaginative terms more of a riff on a single theme than a full-blooded, full-fleshed response to what went on in Iraq over the many years of our occupation.

Remember Me Like This

It’s not a thriller, and it’s not even really a mystery, unless it’s an unsolved one, the exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family, even when we can’t fully know them.

Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

In some ways, “Wayfaring Stranger” feels almost too big for a novel as big as Texas, too portentous, too invested in its own mythic significance. But in other crucial ways, it feels exactly the right size.

One Kick

“One Kick” is well engineered and fast-paced, and its troubling subject matter is suggested rather than spelled out, avoiding gratuitous horror.

Season to Taste

A mordant tale of cannibalism as a double act of revenge and repurposing, relayed in terms so grotesquely clinical as to make “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” seem like, well, a Broadway musical.

One Kick

Ms. Cain’s new book, “One Kick,” is the auspicious start of another series that intermingles victimization and romance. But this one is capable of reaching a much broader audience because it is far less gruesome, at least by Ms. Cain’s standards.

The Forsaken

Atkins is at the top of his game in Quinn’s fourth appearance, filled with nonstop action and moral ambiguities. The sheriff’s many flaws only enhance his human appeal.

The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery

The chills McGrath’s third Edie entry sends down your spine will rival those brought on by any Nunavut winter.

The Good Girl

The proliferation of older characters like Eve will be a pleasant and unexpected find for the many readers who understand that life over 55 can still be interesting.

Ghost Month

The teeming Taipei setting and the tormented hero combine to create a furious energy that transcends a whodunit plot too mundane even to capture Jing-nan’s full attention.

Blind Moon Alley: A Jersey Leo Novel

Jersey's second caper (Sugar Pop Moon, 2013), which finds room for several quirky characters in its crannies, is hard-boiled enough to remind readers of Hammett and Chandler.