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The Empire of Night: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller

This is the drama Butler brings to life so vividly in this newest Cobb thriller, making it a satisfying read for any fan of the genre.

Bookreporter : Five (December 22, 2014)

[P]ut on your thinking cap before you open Five, sit back with your calculator and prepare to be shocked. Oh, and you might want to make sure all the curtains are closed and the doors are locked

The Tudor Vendetta

Highly recommended.

Kill 'Em with Cayenne

The English and their History by Robert Tombs, review: 'brilliance and sly wit'

Memory of Flames
Kirkus Reviews : Memory of Flames (December 16, 2014)

A solid combination of historical fiction and adventure perhaps better appreciated by those familiar with the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras.

Kill 'Em with Cayenne

Serving up another seasoning-themed cozy complete with a guide to peppers and a rub recipe, Oust excels when she concentrates on her leading lady’s friendships and other relationships, even though a little more spice would up the ante.

The Devil in Montmartre: A Mystery in Fin de Siècle Paris

Essayist Inbinder’s mystery debut shows Montmartre at its atmospheric best—inhabited by characters as diverse and devious as Paris can offer.

A Nip of Murder
Kirkus Reviews : A Nip of Murder (December 16, 2014)

Miller puts Daisy squarely center stage in her second outing—not that she doesn’t belong there, but even her sexy nemesis remains in her shadow in this entertaining sequel.

Woman with a Gun

The Woman With the Gun wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away. I thought it had great potential but fell somewhat short.

Perfect Sins
Bookreporter : Perfect Sins (December 13, 2014)

PERFECT SINS is not loaded with explosions, karate, fisticuffs or heaving bosoms. It’s primarily a character study with a good deal of description and steady, diligent police work resting on a solid foundation of storytelling and a mystery with some interesting twists and turns.

The Big Finish

[I]f this indeed is Thorn’s finale, Hall is sending his creation off in a literary vehicle that consists of some of his best writing to date and certainly one of his best books in a career that has run for almost three decades.

Asylum City
Bookreporter : Asylum City (December 13, 2014)

Shoham keeps the narrative moving quickly with frequent changes in points of view marked with (for the most part) short chapters. And there is a definite mystery here, although veteran mystery readers should be able to discern “whodunit” early on.


“Gangsterland” will arrive as a gloriously original Mafia novel: 100 percent unhinged about the professionally unhinged.

The Distance: A Thriller

The Distance is definitely an intense read and one that works well for a winter afternoon.

The Baker Street Letters

The Baker Street Letters is a fun and light read, nice for cleansing the reading palate after some heavier books of late.


Moriarty is a sound mystery novel, with traps, disguises and a good if not exactly unprecedented twist, but whether it scratches the Holmesian itch is another matter.

The Convert's Song: A Novel

Rotella serves up international intrigue with a delectable twist.

Asylum City
Kirkus Reviews : Asylum City (December 09, 2014)

A treat for mystery fans who enjoy variety in their whodunit settings—or who simply savor a good yarn.

Perfect Sins
Kirkus Reviews : Perfect Sins (December 09, 2014)

The briefer framing case is touching but otherwise unsatisfying. But the main course of old bones is a humdinger.

Kirkus Reviews : Moriarty (December 09, 2014)

Readers who aren’t put off by the Hollywood pacing, with action set pieces less like Conan Doyle than the Robert Downey Jr. movies, are in for a rare treat, a mystery as original as it is enthralling.