The Bitterroots by C.J, Box (Mystery/Crime Novel in Modern American West, 2019). A best-selling and multiple award-winning author, C.J.Box here tells yet another uncompromising and disturbing, even brutal yet ultimately thrilling tale of crime and punishment in modern-day Montana. This is his 4th Cassie Dewell novel. Cassie is a former deputy sheriff who quit in […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Bitterroots"
Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown (Talking Animals/Cozy Mystery, 2019). Rita Mae Brown and her feline companion/co-author have offered up another multi-era cozy featuring Mrs. Murphy, the wise crime-solving cat, her various non-human sidekicks and the assorted clueless humans they routinely assist. In this charming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Whiskers in the Dark"
From Sea to Stormy Sea edited by Lawrence Block (Short Story Anthology, 2019). Lawrence Block, the best-selling and much-honored author of numerous crime novels and stories, turned anthologist a couple years back. The above title is the 3rd in a series of anthologies he’s edited. In each case, he’s used paintings by famous artists as […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: From Sea to Stormy Sea"
Almost 40 years after Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith returns with the 9th novel about stalwart Russian detective Arkady Renko. Somehow, Renko is still surviving as an honest, resourceful and determined cop in the corruption-plagued land of Vladimir Putin. Is the man supernaturally vigorous? The question deserves thought, considering that here, again, he is subjected […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Siberian Dilemma"
Much-honored mystery writer Simon Brett returns yet again to the somewhat funky English coastal town of Fethering for his latest tale of cozy murder and wry wit. As usual, the local police are mostly faceless and ineffective. So when Leonard Mallett takes a fatal tumble down the stairs at his house, they’re inclined to write […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Killer in the Choir"
The Old Success by Martha Grimes (Mystery Novel, November 2019). Mystery writer Martha Grimes has more than 30 published books to her credit. The Old Success, her latest, is the 25th book about an ace British crime-solver named Richard Jury. With such an extensive series, one would expect a considerable back-story involving Inspector Jury being in […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Old Success"
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell (Victorian Gothic Novel, 2018). First published in the UK, Laura Purcell’s 2nd novel is a compelling and subtle, ultimately satisfying Gothic tale of early Victorian England. Purcell opens the book with a telling excerpt from “The Song of the Shirt,” a poem from that era that recounts the poverty and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Thread"
Bad Things by Nancy Bush (Crime/Suspense Novel, July 2019). Veteran suspense writer Nancy Bush focuses her latest novel on a group of longtime friends with way too many secrets–most dating from their high school days. Ugly, even deadly secrets that even back then had cost one girl her life. Now they’re all around 30 and the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Bad Things"
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard (Cozy Mystery Novel, July 2019). This is the first in a new cozy mystery series, set in a small touristy town in Georgia. Although the author has published no less than ten previous novels, Peach Clobbered is the first to appear under this name. The earlier books, comprising three separate mystery series […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Peach Clobbered"
Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs (Cozy Mystery Novel, December 2018). The fatal knifing of a shady (and widely disliked) attorney during a dress rehearsal for an amateur theater group’s upcoming holiday production of A Christmas Carol puts Suzanne, cafe co-owner and amateur detective into investigative mode yet again. its the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Eggs on Ice"