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Mystery

What Doesn’t Kill Us by David Housewright

What Doesn't Kill Us is the 18th installment in the P.I. Rushmore MacKenzie series and a real surprise. Early in the book, Mac is shot and spends the majority of the book in a medically induced coma while his friends... Continue Reading →

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

In The Maidens, Mariana Andros is a group therapist who perhaps should heed Luke's advice as a physician to heal herself. Still mourning the loss of her husband, her group is festering with one patient who clearly has become obsessed... Continue Reading →

Wolf Kill by Cary. J. Griffith

Wolf Kill is the first in what may be an interesting mystery series. I like the setup: a Forest Service wolf expert solves crimes. In Wolf Kill, Sam Rivers goes home to northern Minnesota after he learns his father died. His... Continue Reading →

Thief of Souls by Brian Kingborg

Thief of Souls is the first in a new mystery series featuring Inspector Lu Fei. Set in a backwater in contemporary northern China. Lu is a graduate from China's best police college who could reasonably be expected to be much... Continue Reading →

Where Everything Seems Double by Penny Freedman

Where Everything Seems Double is a cozy mystery featuring Gina Gray, the seventh in a series with Gina and her love interest DCI Scott. In this book, Gina is asked for help by a former friend from the past whose... Continue Reading →

Miami Noir: The Classics ed. by Les Standiford

Miami Noir: The Classics takes a long look back at noir stories from the past. Editor Les Standiford cleverly excerpted novels to provide a broader view of classic noir from Miami. The stories were published between 1926 and 2006, eighty... Continue Reading →

Belgrade Noir ed. by Milorad Ivanovic

Belgrade Noir is an excellent installment in the Akashic Noir series of traveling anthologies. This one takes us to Belgrade with a reporter editor who did an excellent job of choosing stories. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan nations,... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

The Cipher features Nina Guerrera, a relatively new FBI agent. She is attacked while jogging and arrests one of the attackers, but a video goes viral and catches the attention of a man who kidnapped, raped, and tortured her when she... Continue Reading →

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths is the first of eight French mysteries featuring Volnay, a man who was made the Inspect of Strange and Unexplained Deaths after saving Louis XV from an assassin. He is called to investigate... Continue Reading →

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake mystery. Rachel, her staff, Jacob Flint the reporter, and her favorite Scotland Yard officer return to a very different story. Rachel warns a man he will be murdered but offers to save him.... Continue Reading →

The Bones Remember by Sara E. Johnson

The Bones Remember is a mystery that made me want to go to the scene of the crime. It begins with Alexa Glock traveling to an island off New Zealand to identify a cadaver that had recently been found by... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

The Nidderdale Murders by J.R. Ellis

The Nidderdale Murders begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case of murder. A persnickety and unlikeable judge retired and bought a manor house with a hunting moor where he hosted grouse-shooting parties to the dismay of animal rights... Continue Reading →

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