Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



First Born by Will Dean

First Born explores the toll the death of an identical twin can take. When Molly Raven learns her identical twin sister KT is dead, it seems as though several rugs have been pulled out from under her all at once.... Continue Reading →

Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire

A stranger walks into a bookstore. Not just any bookstore, though. It's the famed Book Chalet in the ski-town of Last Word, Colorado, a resort town that draws the rich and famous. The man came in during a local book... Continue Reading →

All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond

All the Broken Girls tells us the story of Mari Alvarez, crime reporter, and single-minded pursuer of the truth. I hesitate to say one can be over-zealous in pursuit of the truth, but if anyone is, it's Mari. Mari is... Continue Reading →

Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

Fox Creek demonstrates that Cork O'Connor does not have to be sheriff for his life to be rife with danger, crime, and suspense. He's retired, cooking burgers, but when a man comes in looking for his wife, his detective's intuition... Continue Reading →

Sinister Graves by Marcie R. Rendon

Sinister Graves is the third book in the series featuring Cash Blackbear by Marcie Rendon. Cash is from White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. Cash, unfortunately, grew up in a series of foster homes before Sheriff Wheaton, whose initial report... Continue Reading →

South Central Noir ed. by Gary Phillips

South Central Noir is a spectacular addition to the Akashic Noir Series. Here's the thing. I always know each volume in the Noir Series will be interesting and enjoyable, but some locations simply are more noir than others. In some... Continue Reading →

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum by Jim Eldridge

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum begins with the newly married Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton are commissioned by Queen Victoria to solve the murder of Andrew Page, a curator whose body was found near the foundation stone she... Continue Reading →

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings explores the boundaries of memory, trauma, and family ties. When Jeanie King's mother died in an accident, she and her brother Jamie were raised by their aunt and uncle until their father came home from the war... Continue Reading →

Pryor & Cummings by Rod Pennington

Pryor & Cummings one-ups the locked-room mystery with an entire locked building where a scientist is murdered. There is no gun and no suspect despite the building being locked up and the high-tech surveillance security reveals no one coming or... Continue Reading →

The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards

The Girl They All Forgot is a mystery rooted in the past in several ways. A young man kills himself in the same place as his father did twenty years earlier. The father had been accused of raping and murdering... Continue Reading →

The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans

The Physicists' Daughter is a World War II spy thriller. With the majority of men fighting overseas, there are more than a few Rosie the Riveters. Justine Byrne is just one of the many women working at a factory producing... Continue Reading →

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library is an ingenious mystery within a mystery. It begins with a murder in the library when four strangers hear a scream and retire for some coffee to talk it over. They subsequently learn there was... Continue Reading →

The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

What could be better than a new Phryne Fisher novel? How about several Phryne stories all in one book? The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions gives us seventeen short stories that have Phryne solving mysteries almost in an... Continue Reading →

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

The Rabbit Factor is a hilarious thriller that features an actuary as the main character. I love that math is a superpower in this book. Henri Koskinen has a well-ordered life. His apartment is optimally located for his job where... Continue Reading →

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club brings together what I hope will be a long-lasting trio of crime-solving women in Marlow, one of those quiet English villages along the Thames. Of course, some might say St. Mary Mead was a quiet village, too.... Continue Reading →

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