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Mystery

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

Nice Girls begins with "Ivy League" Mary moving back home from her prestigious college, moving back home with her father in disgrace after being expelled for fighting. Almost as soon as she is back in her affluent suburban hometown of... Continue Reading →

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Family Plot begins with the Lighthouse children returning home after their father's death. Dahlia Lighthouse hopes her twin Andy will finally return since he left on his sixteenth birthday. Her older siblings Charlie and Tate are there, the first... Continue Reading →

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey

Where the Truth Lies operates on two levels. On the surface, it is a suspenseful mystery about the disappearance of a high school girl, her family's trauma, and the determined efforts of her best friend to find out what happened... Continue Reading →

Palm Springs Noir by Barbara Demarco-Barrett

Palm Springs Noir is the most recent of the Akashic Noir series. Set in the legendary resort city about a hundred miles from Los Angeles. In any resort area, there is always an innate tension between those who visit and... Continue Reading →

The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney

The Grandmother Plot is a warm and delightful mystery featuring  Freddy, a rather hapless glass artist who does lampwork, not glassblowing, and he surely wants you to know the difference. He is an artisan, but like many of his kind,... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

I Don't Forgive You presents us with Allie Ross, a professional photographer, mother, and new resident of an exclusive D.C. suburb. Her life seems to be falling into place, but her past is waiting for her. Allie is so ashamed of... Continue Reading →

Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

It's the Harlem Renaissance, though for young women like Louise Lloyd, scraping by as a waitress, the glamour is superficial while the struggle is real. By day she works at Maggie's Cafe and by night she dances up a storm... Continue Reading →

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 →

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