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17 05, 2015

Review: Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

By | May 17th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


where they found her book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Every once in a while, it’s nice to read a standalone novel that can hold its ground among all the series out there. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight not only held its ground, but it managed to hold my attention, despite the subject matter not being what I am used to. However, I think that the book, while a decent read, could have done more in the suspense and thriller department and cut out some of the endless exposition.

Where They Found Her takes place in the small college town of Ridgedale, New Jersey, where freelance journalist Molly Anderson tries to move past a miscarriage that rocked not only her marriage, but her inner core. When Molly is assigned a homicide with the body being that of a female infant, she is forced

13 05, 2015

Review: Bred to Kill by Franck Thilliez

By | May 13th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


bred to kill book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

In a wicked twist of fate, the lives of Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have once again intertwined. They need to work together to discover the culprit behind the vicious potential homicide of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student in Paris. Initially, it looks like a case of a young student simply forgetting that her beloved primates are still wild animals with natural instincts and behaviors, but at second glance, it may be something else entirely and Sharko better find out quick.

As Sharko digs deeper, it looks like Eva was secretly researching a topic that proved to be deadly. The inspector is racing against time as he sacrifices his career and personal life to pursue the eccentric and obsessive scientist behind Eva’s research project. What exactly did she uncover that was important enough to these

6 05, 2015

Review: Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

By | May 6th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments


things half in shadow book coverReviewed by A.D. Cole

In the year 1869, in post-Civil-War Philadelphia, Edward Clark is a crime journalist. When his editor asks him to take on the job of exposing the city’s bogus mediums, Edward feels the job is beneath his dignity. He does the work, against his better judgment, and suddenly finds himself a suspect in a murder investigation—and investigation that is somehow connected with a past he’d long ago left behind.

Edward finds an unlikely ally in Lucy Collins, the first medium he worked to expose as the fraud that she was. Both have their reasons for wanting their names cleared of suspicion as soon as possible, so they take it upon themselves to investigate. In the process, they learn more about Edward’s past, the world of spiritualism, and the strange secrets of the other murder suspects.

The story

4 05, 2015

Review: Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen

By | May 4th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


death of dishonorable gentleman book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Every now and then you come across an author who clicks with you. And his/her books may be ones you don’t normally read or they could be ones in your favorite genre. Either way, that is exactly what happened to me when I started reading Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen. About 1/3 of the way in I knew I would like it. By the time I was halfway through the book, I was in love! For a debut novel, I was thoroughly impressed with her writing style.

The book centers around the British Montfort family. Lady Clementine Talbot is hosting her annual summer ball at Iyntwood and wants everything in perfect order. That is all fine and dandy until a murder takes place, and her son is the prime suspect! Join Lady Montfort and

29 04, 2015

Review: The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

By | April 29th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |5 Comments


stranger you know book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

If there was a murder in your town, would you ever be able to fathom the possibility that someone you know was guilty? That’s precisely the dilemma police officer Maeve Kerrigan has to deal with.

This killer is organized, maniacal, hygienic, manipulative, and worst of all he is the man you would allow into your home if he were to ring your bell. London is under attack. The killer strangles his victims, cuts their hair, washes them clean, and then with a surgical precision cuts their eyes out, placing them onto the palms of their hands. The eeriest thing is a cold case of dejavu for Maeve with the facts undeniably the same. This case resembles a case forgotten long ago, of a young girl named Angela. A young girl, that at the time was Maeve’s partner’s girlfriend, and

25 04, 2015

Review: Parker Field by Howard Owen

By | April 25th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |2 Comments


parker field book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Les, a former minor league baseball player in his seventies who does not seem to have any enemies, is shot with a high powered rifle and is lying in a hospital bed clinging to life. It is discovered that an addled former military man, now homeless, has broken into a vacant condo and shot him. Les’ sort of adopted son decides to investigate and figure out why anyone would want to harm such a quiet, harmless man.

Willie Black is a newspaper man, heavy drinker and three time loser in the marital game. Listening to Les’ buddy, Jimmy, talk about the old days and the team members and a team groupie, not so affectionately called Fannie Fling, Willie decides to do a piece on the old starting line up of Les’ old team, the Richmond Vees. He

25 04, 2015

Review: Huntress Moon & Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

By | April 25th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |2 Comments


huntress moon book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

In Huntress Moon, FBI Agent Matt Roarke is preparing to meet with an undercover cop-friend when he witnesses that cop being murdered on a busy street. What was most puzzling about it, though, was the woman who did it…her eyes were piercing and she didn’t look like someone who would just push a man in front of an oncoming bus. Roarke begins the process of trying to find this woman and discovers that she is also connected to a few other random, but very gruesome, murders across three states. Slowly, his worst thoughts are proven: they have a female serial killer on their hands.

She kills the bad guys. She knows they are evil and she has to fix things before they can do more harm. In her travels she comes across a man and

24 04, 2015

Review: The Damned by Andrew Pyper

By | April 24th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


the damned book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

The Damned by Andrew Pyper is everything I love about horror, suspense, and fiction all wrapped up in one, well-written, self-contained package. I have been interested in near death experiences (NDEs) for many years, and have actually reviewed a non-fiction book on the subject for this web site. Pyper’s tale of an NDE gone wrong not only took the stereotypical light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel experience to a whole new level, but he managed to make the story seem so real that I felt like I was reading a something based on a true story rather than all-out fiction.

Danny Orchard died on his 16th birthday while trying to save his twin sister Ashleigh, only Danny managed to come back from the other side, except he didn’t come back alone. When Danny died, he did have a pleasant experience, and he managed

22 04, 2015

Review: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

By | April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


diabolical miss hyde book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The Diabolical Miss Hyde was my first book by Viola Carr–pen name for Erica Hayes. I will admit that I was drawn to this book by its cover; I found it to be gorgeous and fitting for the story. The Diabolical Miss Hyde is a wonderful blend of steampunk, mystery, Penny Dreadful (TV show), murder, magic, and romance all entwined into a fast paced story. I loved how Carr wove all of the characters in the story and left it open for a sequel, which I cannot wait for.

The Diabolical Miss Hyde is about Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the famous Dr. Henry Jekyll. She is a crime scene investigator searching for the “chopper” (a murderer who is killing young women and slicing off their limbs). She is also a doctor for the mentally ill

20 04, 2015

Blog Tour: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

By | April 20th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


inspector of the dead book coverPlease join David Morrell, author of Inspector of the Dead, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Inspector of the Dead is the second book in the De Quincey murder mystery series. Thomas De Quincey was a real person in the British empire in 1855 and a rather infamous one at that. This is a fictional account of the man, but the author tried to make the character act as close to his namesake as possible.

Thomas De Quincey, author of the infamous autobiography Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and the scandalously titled Postscript (On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts), is in London getting ready to go back home to face his creditors, to the relief of his temporary  benefactor Lord Palmerton.

Before his departure, De