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The Fatal Flame

It’s a very smart, well constructed novel and I really really enjoyed it.


Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit demands attention as the story boomerangs back and forth between Holly’s search for three Arab conspirators and Stone’s quest to identify and capture Pat’s predator. Romance, action and mystery give the book a high rating as a summer must-read.


Blood Ties

It’s complicated being a woman and a cop. And Nicholas Guild gets it right.


Anatomy of Evil

For a thoughtful historical thriller with no shortage of tense moments, Anatomy of Evil certainly fits the bill, bringing a fresh look to much-explored and very real historical crimes.


Burnt River

I haven’t lost my appetite for Karin Salvalaggio’s stories or her Detective Greeley. It has just been whetted. I look forward to her next one. The only mystery which remains, so far is how I managed to write this without spelling her name wrong, once.


The Body in the Birches

The Body in the Birches more than meets the needs of any reader that wants a cozy mystery with stellar writing, a lot of tension, and descriptions of amazing food.


Bone to Be Wild

Whether you’re headed to the beach, a mountain retreat, or sitting by the pool, this is a good summer read.


Little Black Lies

I have never thought of the Falkland Islands as a place I would like to visit. And they still seem rather stark and forbidding. But the virtual time I spent there was fascinating.


Grave Consequences

One can tell that the Thurlos seem to be having fun with their characters --- and their readers --- during Grave Consequences. However, that observation is made with the knowledge that Aimee passed away prior to its publication.


Your Next Breath

Johansen continues to prove capable of spirited writing, complementary characterizations, rich dialogue and quirky twists.


Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense

The book is a very good read that is neither long nor complex. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe are sure to recognize some of his story plots woven through the novel.


Solitude Creek

Dance’s fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can’t tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts.


The Fatal Flame

More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next.


The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel

Highly readable and entertaining, though far-fetched in key moments, the novel benefits especially from Massey's mostly restrained, deadpan Irish sense of humor.


Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Johnson’s crusty sheriff remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.


Robert B. Parker's Kickback

The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn’s prison-for-profit scheme.


The Harvest Man

Grecian has the chops to create a novel that engages and disturbs and has proved it before. Not here.


Disclaimer

An addictive psychological thriller.


The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel

Massey has an eye for black humor and the details of a life fully inhabited.