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A Puzzle to Be Named Later

The Puzzle Lady, who seems to improve with each new adventure (Presumed Puzzled, 2016, etc.), spreads red herrings with reckless abandon this time out.

Burning Bright

From start to finish, Burning Bright is a rollicking rollercoaster of an adventure.

A Puzzle to Be Named Later

The characters are well-formed and the plot is clever, leading you through a maze of puzzles and clues that eventually end with the killer.

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock: A Samuel Craddock Mystery

There are many small town, modern lawman stories out there—too many, in fact—but Samuel Craddock earns his place for realistic characterizations and steady plotting.

The Dry

Harper does a wonderful job ratcheting up the suspense in The Dry.

The Dry

“The Dry” is a breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up for Falk during his visit.

The Ice Beneath Her: A Novel

While the plot expertly twists and turns in upon itself, the fully realized memorable characters help to propel the book as well.... Those who are eager to begin a new nordic crime series from the beginning can start right here.

The Hollow Men: A Novel

A first in a series that is well worth your time, and I'm very much looking forward to the return of Dr. Harry Kent.

All the Missing Girls: A Novel

A bit too gimmicky but still an interesting story that did keep me guessing.

The Ice Beneath Her: A Novel

All in all The Ice Beneath Her wasn't a bad book, it simply fell short of comparable titles. Which is a shame considering I'd hoped it would be one to add to my growing list of Scandi faves.

The Monster's Daughter

The Monster’s Daughter blends a rousing plot with deep, multifaceted characters, and it constantly pushes for deeper meaning beyond the surface.

Plaid and Plagiarism: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 1

For those who enjoy well-plotted stories set in charming locales (think 'Murder, She Wrote' with a brogue) and likable main characters, this looks to be a fun series in the making.

Lies of the Land
Kirkus Reviews : Lies of the Land (December 06, 2016)

Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan’s very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter’s Field (2015).

Beyond the Truth: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Seven
Kirkus Reviews : Beyond the Truth (December 06, 2016)

The detection is labored, but the family of suspects is memorably monstrous, and Holt (No Echo, 2016, etc.) even finds time for a welcome and touching Christmas miracle. Ho, ho, ho.

Trigger Yappy
Kirkus Reviews : Trigger Yappy (December 06, 2016)

All the right components—mystery, romance, dogs—but nothing that brings Orgain’s second to the front of the crowd.


The chase for the murderer, the humor: both will drive you to the end in a comic dash. Perhaps, though, the book’s aftertaste will also leave you thinking about Morocco’s dance with Spain, the allure of which may be only a mirage.

Exile on Bridge Street: A Novel

Exile on Bridge Street is a gangster story that reads more like “Robin Hood” than The Godfather because of these men’s inner strength and the love they have for each other.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Fleet, conscientious, and utterly true to its carefully wrought formula.

Bronx Requiem
Kirkus Reviews : Bronx Requiem (November 09, 2016)

Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor this one. But if you want sweetness and light, move along. There’s nothing to see here.

The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel

Novelist Ketchum and screenwriter McKee deliver an otherworldly, satirically streaked thriller about a precocious young actress, her psychically bonded dog, and her increasingly unhinged stage mother.